– So good it deserved a repost –
As mommas, we can appreciate anything that will make our baby-filled lives a little bit easier. And with baby number two just around the corner, my mind has been dwelling on all things convenience. Now, I know I’m not the only one who dreams of more hands and less clutter, so I’ve decided to make a list of my absolute go-to mommy and baby essentials for us all! I do hope it helps you busy mommas and mommas-to-be out there. And if babies aren’t in your near future, this is one you’ll definitely want to save it for later!
Soothing essentials: While I don’t recommend you buy any pacifiers (your hospital will give you a bunch and you don’t know which kind your baby will prefer) I do think wubbanubs are brilliant. It is the closest thing you can get to a pacifier that stays in a baby’s mouth, because every time they fall asleep, the pacifier will fall out of their mouth. As soon as it does, they freak out. The stuffie attached to the paci keeps it in place much better. Other soothing essentials: the sleep sheep, a lovie, a crib soother (these are ugly but the babies LOVE them!), and the “5 S’s” (otherwise known as The Happiest Baby on the Block).
Baby wearing: I really loved baby wearing, and Charlie loved it too. For a while, he lived in my Moby wrap. I actually took down all of the ornaments from our Christmas tree while wearing him in it when he was 6 weeks old and wouldn’t let me put him down. Once he was a couple of months old we switched to our Ergo, which we loved and used all of the time.
Swaddle Blankets: you’ve probably heard it before by now, but Aden + Anais make the best swaddle blankets, hands down. They are soft, stretchy, large, cute, and just work the best. You also might want some sleepsack swaddles, but a word to the wise: see how your baby likes to be swaddled before spending a bunch of money on swaddle sleepsacks. Charlie had his arms over his head all the time in the womb, so he hated having his arms swaddled down – meaning he never wore the three sleepsack swaddles we bought and washed for him. We only swaddled him, arms out, in the swaddle blankets, and then he would wear a sleepsack over them sometimes (he wore sleepsacks until he was two – we called them his baby wizard outfit
Infant Carrier: Your baby is going to spend a lot of time in this (in the car, in the stroller, chilling in restaurants, etc.) and it is the thing that needs to be the safest out of the baby essentials. I did a lot of research and the Graco Snugride 35 is highly rated for safety, comes in cute colors, and can be used with most strollers (though you will need a converter specific to your stroller).
Diaper bag: You need a good diaper bag. You want it to be really big, because you carry a ridiculous amount of shit in there. Sometimes literally. I still use and carry my Hudson diaper bag, but I also really love the convenience (and style) of this chevron diaper + stroller bag from Skip Hop.
Stroller: If you live in the burbs, will drive most places, and only stroll around the mall, you probably don’t need to invest in a great stroller. But if you’re like me and you live in the city or an area where you walk most places and plan to put a lot of miles on your stroller, you really do need to invest in a good one. I researched strollers like I was shopping for a car, and to me the UPPAbaby Vista was the best. Amazing stroller, great customer service, bonuses like a huge basket underneath (way bigger than the Bugaboo for example – and yes, you do want a huge basket) and a basinett that is included (other strollers charge extra and are already more expensive than the UPPAbaby) make this a way better bang for your buck. If I had to pick one item that I am the happiest with, it is our stroller.
One final thing that was a huge help to me: Amazon mom. Have you heard of it? Anyone can sign up and you get discounts on diapers, wipes, and more essentials with their subscribe and save (it makes a huge difference when you’re constantly buying diapers), and you get FREE 2-day shipping for three months (it used to be a year when Charlie was a baby!) We bought (and still do) all of our diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials on Amazon. You only get it for free for three months and then you can sign up for Amazon prime to continue.
What’s your number one essential for newborns? Did I miss any of your favorites? And you can shop all of my favorite things for baby here.