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Hi, friends! Finally getting around to sharing this list with you! Sorry for the delay. Momin’ ain’t easy, okay? If it weren’t for the convenience of these items, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get this post out for another three months. Laugh with me!
I read so many “must have items for baby” lists before our little Ella was born, I honestly believe I now know of every baby item that exists. With that being said, some of what people told me I would need, I absolutely did. Some things, I absolutely did not. Please remember, these are my own opinions and just because something worked / didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it will work / not work for you! These are the top ten items we have used during month’s one – three, in no particular order, with a few “sane mama tips” thrown in here and there. I KNOW that as E gets older, we’ll stop using some of these and start using new things. For that reason, I will try and update you on our favorites every three months!
- Travel System (Stroller / Car Seat Combo) – We have the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System and we love it! We put these items to use, daily! Of course, having brought her home in it, the car seat is one of the first items we used. I did lot’s of research on this system before adding it to our registry and I was very impressed with the reviews. I feel very confident in the safety of these products and come on, they’re as cute as a car seat and stroller can be! I have had no problem with either product. They are both durable and importantly, lightweight. You can unfold the stroller in one pull and pop the car seat right on! * Sane mama tip – get your car seat installed well before your due date and practice setting the whole system up a few times before baby gets here. It’s not at all complicated but you don’t want to be in the Target parking lot, trying to figure out how to get the stroller and car seat to click together, while your baby cries and everyone stares at you. This didn’t happen to me but I worried it would, so as I am telling you to do, I practiced before she got here.
- Owlet Sock – Okay, so we had decided we didn’t need to spend money on this until E spit up during the middle of the night at the hospital and her choking sounds did me in. Literally purchased it right then and there, in the hospital bed. I am not sure I can call this an item YOU need but i’m calling it an item I personally need. SO. MUCH. PEACE. OF. MIND. I truly believe this helped me sleep (the few hours I could) the first few weeks we had her home. Now, even though I think I could probably feel okay without it (maybe), I use it to track her sleep and sleep patterns. I had no idea it could do that, until we started using it. I encourage you to do a little research on this item before purchasing. It’s expensive but I do recommend it, for many reasons. * Sane mama tip – make one of the first things you do every day be taking the sock of baby and putting it on the charger. I forgot to charge it ONE day and my options were to either put E down without it on and then risk waking her up when it was done charging or keep her up until it was finished. Neither are ideal. I went with the first one. She woke up. CHARGE your sock!
- Bassinet – Used ours every single night during Ella’s first 8 weeks. It was so nice to have a safe and comfortable spot for her close to us, but not too close. We used the Delta Children Sweet Slumber in “Garden Path” and although I am definitely recommending a bassinet, I do not recommend this one in particular. The bassinet itself did the trick for 8 weeks but the attachment with the music, lights, vibrations and mobile stopped working during week two. As time went on, the rest of the bassinet started to feel cheap. It started creaking every time I attempted to QUIETLY roll baby closer to or further away from our bed. That was super annoying. The plastic wheels stopped rolling well. The metal legs started to bend a bit. Overall, low quality piece. Wish we would have gone with the one we originally had picked out (Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet). We moved her into her crib at 8 weeks, but that was our plan all along. Had it had anything to do with the bassinet, we would have purchased a new / different one.
- Swing – If I were making this list in order of convenience, this would be number one. I had a lot of people tell me we wouldn’t use a swing and that may be the case if your baby doesn’t care for one but Ella L O V E S hers. She has from the get – go. We used the Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing in “Twinkle”. The sounds, the lights, the bunny and cloud that hang down and the mirrored ball at the top (that she didn’t care for until she could really see, obviously). I think she’d be perfectly content if I never took her out of it. It’s been so convenient to have an item she can hang out in, that she truly loves, while I get things done.
- Boppy Lounger – Another item that we did not put on our registry and didn’t plan on having until I had a friend (thanks, Emily) suggest I borrow and try hers. We now use it daily. Love that I can grab it and lay it wherever I need Ella to be. The couch, the floor, the grass… She’s comfortable in it, where ever it is. I also appreciate that if lifts her head a bit. Helps with acid reflux and allows her to look around the room rather than straight up at the ceiling.
- Bouncer – CONVENIENCE! We have the Ingenuity Inlighten Bouncer in “Twinkle”. It’s basically her swing but it doesn’t swing. It’s features are nice (vibrations, sounds, lights) but if I am being honest, she doesn’t seem to care about those on the bouncer, specifically. She just likes that the bouncer allows her to be off the ground and near me around the house. She is 12 weeks old this week and kicking up a storm so she’s starting to have more fun in this than she was before, because she can make it bounce, but it’s always been very convenient for me. We take this outside and to the Grand’s a lot because it’s easy to maneuver.
- Monitor – We did not start using ours until 8 weeks, when we moved her into her bedroom / crib. It’s a monitor. You know what it does and you know you need one so I won’t talk your ear off about it BUT I will say that we love this one in particular. I get all alerts to my phone and can watch her whenever / where ever I want. Had a lot of people warn me that I shouldn’t get a wifi monitor, as they have a reputation for cutting out easily but we have only had to deal with that one time, personally, and it was our fault. We had messed with the internet earlier in the day and threw it out of wack for the evening. I would buy this one over and over again. *Sane mama tip – Do NOT sit and watch your baby on your phone all night. Don’t do it. Go to sleep. Your baby is fine.
- Boon Grass Drying Rack – Pretty much speaks for itself . I didn’t plan to use many bottles but when I realized we would be, we grabbed one of these and I use it daily. It’s nice to be able to dry E’s items, and my pump parts, separate from our other dishes. Assures me they are SUPER clean and ready to go when I need them. We use the white one because I am a neutral color freak. Bright colors are NOT my thing (when it comes to house decor) and when I can avoid them I do. Sometimes I can’t. Speaking of…
- Play Mat – Oh, the bright colors. It pained me to have something to bright and colorful in our home UNTIL I saw how happy it made Ella. Her first smile took place on this mat. Her first REAL head and shoulder lift, her first laugh. It entertains her for a super long time and I really enjoy watching her play on it. Something about the monkey that hangs in the middle makes her day. I think she loves him more than me, sometimes. Maybe even more than the ceiling fan!!
- Dreft Detergent – Technically, I used this well before any other item on this list. I washed E’s clothes a few times before she was born BUT I am still using it now, very often. Ella doesn’t have sensitive skin or allergies (thankfully), so we could probably throw her stuff in with our stuff and our “adult” detergent and all would be well but I don’t and you shouldn’t because being honest, I don’t ever want her to smell any different than she does right now. You want your baby to smell like this detergent. It’s heavenly. I am CERTAIN that twenty years from today, I could catch a whiff of dreft somewhere and start crying happy tears. Nothing smells better than my baby in freshly laundered clothes. I could sniff her for hours. I might actually wash her clothes in this stuff until she moves out. Think her high school friends will notice? Probably not. * Side note for a sane mama – babies produce a TON of laundry. Spit up rags, towels, multiple clothing changes a day, blankets.. it adds up and every now and then (if I don’t stick to my routine) I find myself in piles of laundry bigger than our washer and dryer can quickly handle. I would rather stump my toe than have to run and fold ten loads of laundry in a day. If you find yourself here, drowning in laundry, I highly recommend you take a quick trip to your nearest Athens Commerce Laundromat. Their East Side Athens location offers a wash – dry – fold service. You can literally drop your things off and they do everything for you. Hello extra free time! Their laundromat in Commerce GA, is open 24/7! Get it all done quick and well when it’s best for you! Don’t worry, you can take your own detergent. Your baby can still smell like she was sent down from the dreft heavens. 😉
Of course there are many other things I think you need to have for baby. Diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifier (Ella lives for hers), clothes, medicine and hygiene products to name a few. These are just the 10 I felt I needed to share with you ASAP. We swear by all of them and I would purchase them again and again. Message me with any questions!