12 baby items I wish I'd had for baby #1

June 14, 2017 57 Comments

12 baby items I wish I'd had for baby #1

Baby items have come a long way in the 4 years since I had my last baby. Or maybe I was just clueless the first time around haha. Spending years in the baby industry forces you to know and love all the best baby products out there. I'm sharing twelve products that I wish I would have had with my first baby and I'm really not sure how I lived without them first time around ;)

 

1. All in one stroller 

Our top pick is the Uppababy Cruz for a few reasons. It's the only lightweight stroller (only 20lbs) that still has all the bells and whistles. You can change the seat from forward to backward, travel system-friendly (compatible with most popular carseats on the market), attach a ride on board, one step fold/stands when folded, full recline, and the basket is giant. It's also beautiful and easy to use. Win win! I've researched strollers for almost a year now haha (I'm a researcher to a fault) and no other stroller in it's class tops the Cruz for me. Since you're not getting the bassinet, it's a lot more affordable than the Vista. However the Vista is an awesome option if you're looking for a double stroller. 

PS they have a fun promo going on right now with this exact model. 5 lucky winners will get their purchase reimbursed if they find the golden ticket in their package! Check out the details HERE.

https://uppababy.com/cruz/overview/

https://uppababy.com/cruz/overview/

2. The Dockatot 

Lots of buzz about this new baby product! Awesome solution for co-sleeping, which we didn't plan with our first but it was the only way he'd sleep. It happens. It's also great for transitioning from cradle to crib and pretty genius for traveling. I've read awesome reviews about how babies sleep really well in their Dockatots, which is all any new parent craves....am I right? Tripp sleeps the best in his!

https://dockatot.com/

  

3. Nice plush Carseat 

our top pick was the Nuna Pipa. I was sold after I read this review. You can check out the full review here! Plus it uses the same adapters as the Maxi Cosi, which means it's compatible with the Uppababy strollers. PS the Dream drape is an amazing feature! Look how cozy Tripp is with the memory foam, I wish my seat in the car was this comfy :)

https://www.nuna.eu/usa/pipa

 

4. Moses Basket

 This Plum and Sparrow basket is beautiful and timeless! This will be baby's bed for the first few months, and I can't wait to pack it up for park naps, pool naps, and more! Also love how the dock a tot fits inside!

https://www.plumandsparrow.com/

https://www.plumandsparrow.com/

5. All the baby carriers 

Carriers weren't as big as they are now when my first, Fin was a baby. After my sister had her twins she'd let me use a wrap for one twin while shopping and my mind was blown. I loved the cuddle time with my nephew, and he snoozed away while I shopped....HANDS FREE! Definite game changer for both doing chores around the house and running errands. Plus extra baby cuddles are always a good thing, they grow so fast! Since then there have a been a lot of new carriers and I'm going to talk about my three favorites. In my opinion all are must haves since they are all for different stages and occasions. 

Solly Baby - Perfect for those newborn days and the fabric is the softest thing you've ever touched. 

Wildbird Ring Sling -  I just love the look of slings, the easiness and of course the breathable, durable linen fabric. 

Happy Baby Carrier -Finally! A soft structured baby carrier made of my favorite fabric.....LINEN! Linen is ideal for hot weather (a must living in Vegas) since it's breathable and lightweight. It's easy to use since it's a structured carrier, no tying or slinging required! Although it's different than other structured carriers, it's actually 30-50% lighter than all others on the market! And since it's soft-structured it fits in your diaper bag. Bonus is it has a pocket with a sun cover and has room for extra storage. I'm pretty smitten about this carrier you guys.

Recap: all carriers are wonderful for different reasons. Although if I could only choose one it'd be the Happy Baby carrier since it's the most versatile. From newborn to toddler, quick errands to hiking in the mountain...this one takes the cake!

 

6. Sink Tub

Puj Tub makes a simple tub, it's easy to store, easy to use and sink baths are the bees knees. 

https://puj.com/products/puj-flyte

 

7. ToteSavvy Insert 

You should know by now that I'm an organization freak. ToteSavvy makes these awesome organizers. I went with the mini, which fits perfect inside my Fawn bag with room for extras. I love that I can easily switch bags, or if I don't want to tote around my entire diaper bag I can just throw the insert into the bottom of my stroller or the car. Genius. 

In my bag insert is the softest diapers and wipes you've ever felt by Parasol Co.  Hands down best diapers and they're cute! Also in my bag is the Comotomo bottle. Best bottle for breastfed babies! My son has no troubles switching back and forth. 

8. Leather changing mat

Gathre makes these awesome mats, we use them for everything. I have almost every size haha. I love the simple design and that it looks stylish while still being easy to clean. The micro size can easily be put into your diaper bag for diaper changes and we also use at restaurants as a table mat! Then we use the Highchair mat for easy clean up under the high chair and small crafts. Last, we have the All-purpose mat for pretty much everything else: picnics, crafts, play-doh time, and more! 

 

9. The Ollie Swaddle 

This swaddle makes nighttime swaddling a breeze. Velcro is my new best friend for swaddling, nobody got time to use a swaddle blanket every diaper change during those gruesome night feedings/changes. Besides, my son can Houdini out of all swaddle blankets, but not the Ollie. This one has awesome moisture wicking fabric, has ONE SIZE (hallelujah for not having to buy more), and the bottom opens for easy diaper changes! SOLD!

10. The Owlet

Peace of mind and better rest is priceless for any new parent. The Owlet smart sock 2 uses and app to pair with a comfy sock to track baby's heart rate and oxygen levels while sleeping. No more all nighters watching babies chest move up and down! 

11. The best at home breast pump

After much research I've decided on the Spectra S2 breast pump for this baby. I exclusively pumped for 10 months with my first, so a nice pump is so important to me (even though I'll try to avoid exclusive pumping this time around haha). Find out how to easily get a free pump with your insurance in this blog post.

If you don't plan on pumping much than this manual suction pump is for you. I'm going to buy one of these for every mother I know. I have a crazy amount of milk in the first few weeks, breastfeeding is the messiest thing ever and I soak pads like every hour and I can soak like 4 bath towels from the side baby is not feeding on (ok maybe I'm exaggerating a bit), but it's messy you get the idea. I had NO IDEA how much milk was being wasted until I used this on the boob that wasn't being fed on. I easily get 4 oz. per feeding....hello milk storage! Best part is it's only $9 for two. I also use to take off the edge of engorgement if baby sleeps longer between feedings and use in the car in case of engorgement emergency and I can't get home right away. Packing the pump is a pain and cleaning it is even worse. This is SO SO simple. I was skeptical that a simple suction could get so much milk out but I almost get as much as when I pump. My mind is seriously blown over this product and this is not sponsored haha I just love it that much! I bought two sets, one for the diaper bag, one for where I nurse at home and a couple for the car. 

12. Quality baby wash and lotion

 If you've followed my blog for a while you know that my first had extremely sensitive skin/eczema. I'm pretty passionate about Tubby Todd because it helped his skin so much!! Every new mom should have their Basics Bundle on their registry. I love all their products but I cannot live without the hair & body wash, everyday lotion, and the all over ointment. The all over ointment is what saved Fin's severe eczema and I recommend it to every mom I come across that asks how we healed Fin's skin. 

https://tubbytodd.com/

 

That's my top twelve items you guys!! Comment below with what new baby items have you came across that you cannot live without for a chance to win a Fin & Vince $100 credit!

 

 

 




57 Responses

Sara Bass
Sara Bass

June 18, 2017

Congratulations to mbnielsen2002@gmail.com, you’ve won the Fin & Vince Giftcard!

Lydia bahrke
Lydia bahrke

June 16, 2017

I love my sollybaby wrap. It’s perfect since I have to take care of my other 2 kids it makes it so much easier. Plus big fan of my dockatot, wish I had it at the beginning of motherhood. One thing that would be hard to live with out is a nursing bra and a sound sleeper… but other than that, you nailed this list ❤️

Megan
Megan

June 15, 2017

Loved reading this post! We just had our third baby girl in February and so many of these items are my must-haves as well. For us, the DockATot was a game changer for both our 2nd and 3rd daughter (when my first was born it didn’t exist yet) and I love my Solly Wrap and Wildbird Sling but the Happy Baby Linen carrier is by far my most-used one of the three, especially in the summer heat!! I also love just classic swaddle blankets (and have way more than I need…) but the item lately I’ve been loving (and getting tons of compliments on) is my Little Unicorn Carseat Canopy. So functional and lightweight, perfect for summer. I also love having a Summer Infant video monitor which scans between all cameras of my three girls while they’re sleeping and my Boppy Lounger. I got it as a gift and took one look at it and thought “I’m not ever going to use that” and seriously, I use it ALL the time! Thanks for sharing all your favs! xo

Natalie Brady
Natalie Brady

June 15, 2017

The owlet has saved me with this baby! I completely agree that it is a must-have. I have preemie babies and it totally gives me peac of mind that they are okay while we’re asleep. I’m so grateful for it!
Love your brand so much!!
Natalie

Amelia
Amelia

June 15, 2017

The 4moms mamaroo was a must have for me!

Kelsey
Kelsey

June 15, 2017

The easy swaddles really helped us with sleep! I also love my carrier and Uppababy stroller

thomasina Archer
thomasina Archer

June 15, 2017

Things I wish I had with my first baby are cloth diapers, wraps/ring slings/carriers, and a mamaroo swing! Things I’m still wishing for now that I just had my 4th baby are a dockatot and a nice nursing bra and/or shirt!

Halee
Halee

June 15, 2017

Oogie Bear! Seriously so great for those tiny noses!

Lisa
Lisa

June 15, 2017

A bapron from Bapron Baby! I wish I knew about them earlier! My baby hated bibs and ruined a lot of clothes with food. She will wear the bapron, plus they are really cute prints, so they are my thing now. I also would have loved an owlet. These were not around when my baby was born but I would have picked one for sure over all other baby gear.

luci
luci

June 15, 2017

Tubby Todd ointment is wonderful!! Have an order in for more.

Laura Beck
Laura Beck

June 15, 2017

My favorite baby item is my mammaroo swing. It let me cook dinner and do other things while baby is nap happy

Geni
Geni

June 15, 2017

The Solly Wrap was a life saver! So light weight and soft and my daughter loved to snuggle up and sleep in it so I had my hands free for anything!!!

Madison Muir
Madison Muir

June 15, 2017

This list is going to be so helpful stocking up for baby number two’s arrival! Baby carriers are definitely at the top of my list, mine were game changers with the first babe and I can imagine they will be even more necessary for the second!

Amber
Amber

June 15, 2017

I could not survive without each the Tubby Todd products of course! They are all so gentle for my babe (myself too, if we’re being honest) and smell lovely. I could have definitely used this list 6 months ago for my newest babe.

Brittany
Brittany

June 15, 2017

It was hard to choose just one! There are so many amazing items on here! I would have to say the ToteSavvy Insert! I love it!

Jamie
Jamie

June 14, 2017

The Dohm sound machine ?
We still use it with our 2.5yo so that thing has lasted around 13k hours of use (I’m not exaggerating I just did the math!) I also can’t wait to get my second baby on the way some super adorable Fin & Vince clothes too!

nicole spring
nicole spring

June 14, 2017

seriously anything WOOL for my babies. No matter what season they were born in (and I have 3 seasons covered!) all my babies slept better when wearing their wool – it could be wool shirts, wool sleeping sacks or hand knit wool items made by me (my favorite being my son’s baby blanket I knit him). Wool socks or booties are the best for keeping those sweet baby toes toasty, too.

I also love my wraps and my Tula baby carrier and nursing tank tops are a big must for me, too!

Alanis kellar
Alanis kellar

June 14, 2017

My wild bird sling is a life savor! I had a wrap for when he was smaller but the sling isn’t so light weight and easy to put on. Also, the people that make the nose frida make a thermometer that goes on baby. Makes it so easy for when they fuss. ?

Erin
Erin

June 14, 2017

Mason bottle! They are silicone nipples that fit on top of Mason jars. It is the cheaper, more versatile version of a glass bottle. My daughter had a tongue tie and was very picky about nipples. These made us both happy!

Ashley Vandezande
Ashley Vandezande

June 14, 2017

The nose freida and my wraps/slings are what I can’t do without!

Megan Curtis
Megan Curtis

June 14, 2017

found this through the tubby todd group! :) definitely an all in one stroller!!

Kate K
Kate K

June 14, 2017

Backpack diaper bag! I love my Fawn Design bag, especially now with two it is so amazing to throw in my back and not worry about carrying another thing!

Anne
Anne

June 14, 2017

Allllll the baby carriers for sure! Especially once you have more than one kid, it’s 100% necessary!

Hailey
Hailey

June 14, 2017

Our Solly and Snuggle Me pillow (similar to Dock A Tot) have been absolute life savers!! They only way anyone gets any sleep around here.

Jen
Jen

June 14, 2017

We swear by the Ollie swaddle! And bonus that it comes in cute colors now.

Tara
Tara

June 14, 2017

I found this too 12 very helpful to me! Every thing on the list I noted! The Moses basket and the dockatot are on my top three must haves now for baby number 2!

Kate Paskett
Kate Paskett

June 14, 2017

I swear by the nose frida and my solly wrap (oh annnd the fels naptha bar for all baby related stains)! I recommend these goodies to all moms to be.

Valerie Bloom
Valerie Bloom

June 14, 2017

Dock a tot is my favorite

Jasmine
Jasmine

June 14, 2017

Wow first off I wish I had this list even 8 months ago. Lol my baby is 8 months. Second baby but it’s been 8 years! And I’m still discovering new great products. But definitely must have for me is my ring sling! I have a Santa bloom. My baby loves it and it’s been a lifesaver for grocery trips and helping out in my daughter’s class at school! Also another cannot live without is my white noise machine! I even downloaded a white noise app for when I have a crying baby in the car. It really works wonders!!

Jasmine
Jasmine

June 14, 2017

Wow first off I wish I had this list even 8 months ago. Lol my baby is 8 months. Second baby but it’s been 8 years! And I’m still discovering new great products. But definitely must have for me is my ring sling! I have a Santa bloom. My baby loves it and it’s been a lifesaver for grocery trips and helping out in my daughter’s class at school! Also another cannot live without is my white noise machine! I even downloaded a white noise app for when I have a crying baby in the car. It really works wonders!!

Monica Lopez
Monica Lopez

June 14, 2017

The comotomo bottles were wonderful until my little one discovered they were squeezable and would squeeze my precious milk everywhere! Ha! I switched to lifefactory glass bottles and he did great!

Mollie Pepper
Mollie Pepper

June 14, 2017

We love the 4moms infant tub because clean water goes in and dirty water goes out! It makes baby feel safe and secure as well! It is a must for us!

Janine
Janine

June 14, 2017

Beautiful collection :)
My Bykay wrap has been amazing.. I wish I had of discovered this way of baby carrying before I got to my third!!
I would’ve loved a docatot!

Faith
Faith

June 14, 2017

My daughter, my second child, spits up so much! All day, everyday! I don’t enjoy putting bibs on her because they distract from her outfit and she goes through at least 15a day! Store bought burp cloths—i discovered with my first born—faded from the constant washing and then just looked trashy! Then I discovered Alexandra Rose Handmade oversized burp cloths! OMG! They’re durable and absorb so much spit up! They’re also big enough that I can use to put my daughter on tummy time, and, AND they DON’T FADE! Plus, they have modern mommy friendly prints and not the kind that make you just roll your eyes like store bought stuff!

Also, braided pacifier clips are a total life saver! I made all of mine, but Madeline’s Box has many beautiful options!

Michaela kramer
Michaela kramer

June 14, 2017

Baby carriers / wraps for sure! I would even throw mine on just to go for a short walk that’d help little one fall asleep when he was crabby. He’s 1 tomorrow and I’m still using it at times! My brand I use it the ktan wrap but I have heard great things about other wraps and carriers as well. :-) an item I really wish I had and am planning on having for the future is a Moses basket! How handy!

Elena Golovanova
Elena Golovanova

June 14, 2017

First time mom-to-be in 10 weeks & have purchased quite a few items from this list already! Thanks for the tip on the mats, adding them to my registry now. Another unique find is Baby Blue Print. I came across them on Instagram. They preserve & restore ultrasound photos. I had a print made as a Father’s Day gift for daddy & it turned out great! Definitely will have more done in the future since I have many adorable shots of my little guy :)

Kyli Padilla
Kyli Padilla

June 14, 2017

Baby carrier, oh I would not have survived the first few months without it! and now at One year (today!) i still use them! I always recommend a sling to my mama friends!

Lacy Bennett
Lacy Bennett

June 14, 2017

Bonnets❤️❤️ Gimme all the bonnets. And stretchy swaddles because those have saved me when getting my babe to sleep! You said a lot of the must-haves in the post❤️❤️❤️

Courtney C
Courtney C

June 14, 2017

You aren’t joking! Bailey was born 5 years ago and baby wearing wasn’t even a thing! Much less all these new innovative products! One that I would add to your list is the dohm white noise machine… he won’t sleep with an obnoxious amount of sound ?

Ashley
Ashley

June 14, 2017

So many great items on this list! We’re expecting our first and can’t wait to use the Dockatot, Ollie swaddle and Solly wrap with her!

Kaycie eddie
Kaycie eddie

June 14, 2017

This is so helpful! A bunch of these are already on my registry, but I added a few more. First time Mom here, so nothing to add, but give me a few months and I’m sure I’ll find some must have products. :)

Brandi
Brandi

June 14, 2017

My baby is almost 10 ? And there are so many baby items I see now that I wish I had! Bumbo’s, for example. But honestly….Facebook, instagram and Pinterest would have been amazing to have…I would have dressed my little ones so much cuter ?
My SIL is pregnant after years of miscarriages….I’d love to hook her up with the cutest clothes around.

Marlyn Chang
Marlyn Chang

June 14, 2017

I just had my baby May 17th! Invested in a Moses bassinet and baby sling this time around! And thank you for the breast pump link and information! I just ordered one ❤️!

Toni
Toni

June 14, 2017

I am in love with a sling I got from my wild bird. My little one won’t take a nap unless she’s snuggled up in her sling. It’s also perfect for walks!

Megan Bryce
Megan Bryce

June 14, 2017

I would add to the list a max+moose swaddle blanket(or similar quality). It makes a great blanket and is so soft with just a little stretch. It’s the only swaddle blanket without Velcro that keeps my baby swaddled!

Sarah
Sarah

June 14, 2017

I loved my Solly Wrap. I still have a wishlist of items I wish I would have tried with my 3rd and last baby. The puj tub was definitely one of them as well as the Moses basket.

Hannah
Hannah

June 14, 2017

I’m loving this list! I’m pregnant with my second and I agree, lots of great things have come along in the past 3.5-4 years. I thought it was so silly, but my mom brought me a wipe warmer (we live in the mountains) and it was so nice to have warm wipes!

Hannah
Hannah

June 14, 2017

I love this list! Mine is so similar, loving the Dockatot, Gathre mats, Tubby Todd, WildBird slings, and Freshly Picked baby shoes ?

Anna
Anna

June 14, 2017

I will definitely be investing in a Moses basket and doc a tot next time around! I love the sink bath tub as well!

Blythe Hoerr
Blythe Hoerr

June 14, 2017

Oh man, I’d be lost without my Solly Wrap! Also, diaper and wipes subscription service = game changer.

Jenn Lott
Jenn Lott

June 14, 2017

Puj tub for sure! And all the baby carriers! Plus a comfortable nursing bra!

Hannah D
Hannah D

June 14, 2017

Brimmed Bonnets, because I live in the sunshine state and the beach is our best friend or even when we’re just out and about, we don’t have to keep shading her! It’s a cute way to keep her little head from getting burnt and thout sun out of her eyes!

Kassady Bingham
Kassady Bingham

June 14, 2017

Gathre changing mat for sure! Rolls up so easy to take on the go and such an easy clean up. My baby had multiple diaper blow outs a day so I don’t know how I would’ve lived without this mat!

Marie
Marie

June 14, 2017

My favorite is Tubby Todd!! The all over ointment is a life saver! It cures everything :) Im pregnant with my second and have complication’s with this pregnancy but if all goes well I look forward to trying all their products on this baby:)

Haylee-Rae
Haylee-Rae

June 14, 2017

My Solly Baby wrap!! This was a life saver for me, as a first time mom who never wanted to out my baby down, but still wanted to be out and about and productive! I recommend any mom or dad interested in baby wearing to get one!

Kellie
Kellie

June 14, 2017

I would love to have Dockatot for my first baby as well, it look so comfy for the baby! All these amazing baby products makes me want a baby again! Or maybe not…

Love the post!

Kalli
Kalli

June 14, 2017

Completely agree on the Dockatot. We ended up co-sleeping early on and a Dockatot would’ve made such a difference with my girl. Such a great list!

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