Hi everyone and welcome to the final installment of my Baby Registry 101 Series – The Blogger Baby Registry Favorites List! Ten of my fellow blogger mamas and I have rounded up our top 5 baby products that we consider must haves. It’s the best of the best, so you don’t want to miss it! These ladies have been my sounding board and support system as we navigate mamahood together and they each have great tips and recommendations, so be sure to check out their blogs too!
Hey ya’ll! I’m Jessi from Jessi’s Design and I am the proud (semi) new Mama to Miss Anderson Greer who is 11 months old. We live in small town Virginia and take Southern charm to a whole new level. Have ya’ll seen the onesie that says “Well dressed Southern mess?” that probably sums it up in these parts!
1. Pack-n-play: We STILL use this as our main changing station and she actually slept in this for her first 6 months of life. The newborn napper was perfect for the first few weeks and it can be removed when no longer needed. These things are so easy to take along for traveling and we have LOVED it.
2. Motorola video monitor This monitor has been a life saver. The range is fantastic and so is the sound. You can talk to your babe through it and even soothe them with music. It is a must have for any home!
3. Baby Breeza: We purchased the Baby Breeza at Target when Andi started solids. It was SO easy to use and so money-saving/efficient. It is an excellent way to make your own baby food and so user friendly!
4. 4moms Plush Mamaroo Infant Seat: Ya’ll, this is a MUST. It’s on the pricey side but so worth it. This thing definitely got used to the max. We traveled with this everywhere we went until she outgrew it. It has the coolest movement and sound settings – I give it an A++
5. Wubbanub: The simple wubbanub! You can’t go wrong and pick out so many different animals and colors. Andi didn’t take to a paci very well but loved that it was attached to a plush animal that she could cuddle!
Hi! I’m Cait from Home Sweet Ruby. Currently a Charleston resident, I’m a boy mama to a rambunctious 13 month old. I’m currently navigating the world of motherhood while attempting to maintain my sense of self and a sense of humor one cheap glass of Pinot noir at a time.
Here’s the deal with babies and registries. You need a lot of stuff.
It’s super easy to get sucked into all of the fancy gear and adorable toys directed towards that newborn stage. I confess that we have an abnormally large amount of swaddle blankets. Apparently I also have a thing for pants and pajamas with animals on the butt.
But once my son got to the “doesn’t sit still for more than 5 seconds stage,” we didn’t have anything to keep him busy. We were also ill-prepared for solid food and sippy cups. So when friends ask me for registry advice, I always tells them to remember your babe is going to grow out of most of the stuff you register for and you’ll have to drop a couple hundred on Amazon Prime just to keep up.
So, I give you my top five items for after the newborn stage, which as I look at it mostly consists of meal time gear. Maybe we just eat a lot?! That white noise machine though, do yourself a favor and use that from day one. Sleep Sheep doesn’t stand a chance.
1. IKEA Highchair: So simple, easy to clean, $20 (!!), and that sweet babe of yours can use it from the time he or she is sitting up. Highly, highly recommend. Originally we registered for different highchair and the fabric was always a B to clean and it was bulky. So off to IKEA we went!
2. White Noise Machine: Natural white noise sound, doesn’t shut off automatically, and its still going over a year later. Having something to drown out noise and mimic the sounds your babe heard before he or she was born is crucial.
3. VTech Sit to Stand Walker: This is an all time favorite toy in our household! Mind you, your Achilles and baseboards will take quite a few hits but I think this walker was a huge reason why my son walked so early.
4. Bowls and Cups: The suction on these Munchkin bowls ensure my son can’t chuck them at the dog and after extensive testing, the Miracle 360 sippy cup is a clear winner- easy to clean and no leaking.
2. Solly Wrap: I love baby wearing – in fact it’s one of my most missed things about my daughter being so tiny. What I love about the Solly Wrap is that is is lightweight and breathable, convenient to ball up and throw into my diaper bag and easy to put on as well. I could wear my daughter for hours and it instantly calmed her. There are many benefits to baby wearing including promoting bonding with your child, being able to be hands free & even helps to reduce postpartum depression – just to name a few!
3. Boppy Changing Pad Liners: Babies require multiple diaper changes a day. You will find that sometimes you are just not quick enough to catch it all. These liners made changing time so much easier. Instead of having to wash the changing pad cover each time I simply put a new liner down. Trust me when I say add it to your registry.
4. Boon Lawn: When it comes to babies it means that a lot of washing is in your future. From clothing to bottles if something makes life easier than I am all about that. The Boon lawn is great because it collects excess water at the bottom the tray, has ample storage and a low profile. It also comes with cute accessories for things like bottle nipples and pacifiers. Bonus – it nicely dries wine glasses.
5. One Piece Pajamas: When I found out I was having a girl I immediately began shopping. Mini jeggings and lots of dresses and bows were awaiting her arrival. Well I should have known that when she arrived it would be much easier to zip her into a cozy little one piece. We never have enough of these and seeing a baby in footy pajamas never gets old. We are big fans of Carter’s fleece & cotton snug fit pajamas.
Hi there, lovely readers! My name is Jessica, and I blog over on a little slice of the internet called The Newly. You can find me there almost daily recounting the adventures of life with two crazy littles and a husband completing a surgical residency. Brittany and I have been blog friends for a while now, so when she asked me if I wanted to participate in this super fun collaboration, I was so excited. When I was pregnant with my first baby – my son Caleb – I remember being completely overwhelmed by all the information that gets thrown at you when it is time to register. I would have loved a comprehensive guide to registering like Brittany has put together over the last few weeks, so I am happy to contribute what I know!
1. Tommee Tippee Bottles: We have tried a variety of bottles, and two kids later, have decided that Tommee Tippees are the only ones for us. As a breastfeeding mama that wanted her children to be able to take milk from a bottle when needed, these just seemed to do the trick. The nipples are designed to closely resemble a real nipple…and maybe my kids are gullible. Or maybe they just work. Because both my son and my daughter have loved these bottles. Total believer.
2. Blooming Baby Bath: We never wanted one of the big bulky infant bath tubs taking up space in our home. No, thanks. With Caleb, we purchased a foam bather that we placed in the bottom of the tub during bath time. It worked well…except for one little problem. There was no way to clean it, so after a few baths, it would have to be tossed. With Vivian, we registered for the Blooming Baby Bath. And we have LOVED it! Its compact, soft, flexible, washable, and so stinking cute. It can be used in the sink or tub. Highly recommend.
3. Aden & Anais Swaddles: Another product we didn’t have with Caleb that we invested in for Vivian were the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets that you hear everyone droning on and on about it. Well, I can attest to the droning – they are well worth the money. These blankets are lightweight and breathable. And the size is perfect. They can double as nursing covers and infant carrier covers (keep those strangers from touching/breathing on your sweet newborn!) Trust me. Buy them.
4. Paci Clips: I was given some cute, expensive pacifier clips as well as several of the Wubbanubs to try with both babies. But these simple Walmart clips have been more well-used than any others. They are less than $5 each, and last for forever. They wash well. The clips stay tight. Babies can’t pull them off. And you don’t have to worry about where baby’s paci went – especially in the car while driving. Amen.
5. Rock n Play: We had a bassinet that we used with both Caleb and Vivian, but if we did not have that, I would have bought a Rock n Play in a hurry. All – and I mean ALL – of my mama friends swear by theirs. They are perfect for newborns to sleep in during those first few weeks at home. They are easily portable and can be carried from room to room (unlike the bassinet that we used). And they supposedly work wonders with creating the perfect environment for long naps. Winning.
Hope this helps! And good luck, mamas:)
Hi, all!! I am Jess from Scott Family of Maine! We have a 3.5 year old boy, Cameron, and a 9 month old girl, Louise, so I am basically an expert at baby products! I remember registering for the first time…I think I added and deleted about 23,843 products before deciding on a final list. When we found out I was pregnant with Louise, I started looking at some new items because, let’s be honest, I didn’t use half the stuff I got for Cam and ended up needing completely different stuff that I had to buy. Some of these items are tried and true (rocker, swaddle, bumbo, pacis) and some items are new pieces that have worked like a charm for Louise (high chair and security blanket).
1. Fisher Price Rock and Play: This is a lifesaver. (I might say that about everything on this list!) Both kids slept in this for naps and nighttime, until they were too old about five months. It folds up and stores easily, cleans easily and makes life easier.
2. Miracle Blanket: Cameron was super colic-y, so THIS helped us so much! It’s like a straight jacket for babies, but as soon as you wrap them in it, they calm down. It’s also virtually impossible to break out of, so they sleep longer.
3. Aden & Anais Security Blanket: Louise does not calm down or sleep without this. She LOVES to have something over her face (weird), and this is totally breathable. It’s also small enough to bring places, so we don’t worry about it dragging on the ground and getting dirty. And the silky edge is perfect for rubbing. We have six of these, in case you need to know how important they are to us!
4. Boon Flair Highchair: I totally got this on a SUPER sale, but we call it our “magic” chair. We put Louise in it, and she’s fine for an hour. She could have nothing in front of her, and she’ll sit in it and be happy. It’s high enough to sit at our island, it’s on wheels (amazing) and it’s so easy to clean. (Can you tell I don’t love to clean?!) If you see it on sale or you’re having more than one kid, BUY THIS!
5. Bumbo and Bumbo Activity Center: A favorite for both kids. Once babies realize that they don’t have to lie down all the time, they want to sit all. the. time. We used this as a high chair, before they could sit in a real high chair, too. And the activity center…great time passer before they can move around!
Bonus: MAM Pacifiers: Both of our kids use(d) these, but I know every kid has a difference preference. The reason that I really love these is because they have ones that glow in the dark!! Hello…smartest idea ever! We also LOVE the Bob stroller, Graco infant car seat, Fisher Price swing, Baby Einstein playmat and exersaucer, Ergo 360 and Dr Brown Bottles.
Hi, everyone! I’m Brittany and I’m the mama to a wild 11 month old little man named Logan. My husband and I live in a suburb of Indianapolis where we both work full time. When I’m not working or loving on my little goofball, you can find me blogging over at Perpetually Daydreaming. Here are some of my very favorite baby products to include on your registry.
1. NoseFrida: My little man has been in daycare since he was three months old and there is just nothing like those daycare germs! Getting sick is inevitable and when your babe gets hit, you’ll want him to be able to breathe. In my opinion, nothing works better for cleaning out snotty noses than the Nosefrida. While I have a love/hate relationship with it (Love how it works, hate having to wrangle my little to use it) I consider it an essential.
2. Dr. Brown’s Bottles and Dishwasher Basket: Hands down the best bottles. I know lots of people swear by these, myself included. We had a little incident with a different brand of bottles where my little guy was getting too much air and it. was. awful! We switched to Dr. Brown’s at one month old and haven’t looked back. We like the wide neck kind because it’s easier to pour formula into them. And the dishwasher basket is specially designed for Dr. Brown’s bottle parts, so you know they are getting clean.
3. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: I love these sleepsacks! The velcro swaddles and zippers are so convenient when they are little and need swaddled and also act as a cozy (but not too hot) blanket. They are high quality cotton material and come in lots of fun prints. I also love the regular sleepsacks (without the swaddle) for when they get out of that swaddle phase. It’s a safe way for your baby to ‘wear’ a blanket.
4. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes: The one toy that makes noise that doesn’t drive you crazy! And it actually distracts my babe from whatever fit he was having, like getting strapped into the carseat. It’s also the perfect size to throw in the diaper bag or keep in the car. We started using this around 3 or 4 months and are still loving it at 10+ months. That’s a winner in my book!
5. Baby Bjorn Original Carrier: I love the simplicity of this infant carrier. A baby carrier is kind of personal preference, but I definitely consider it an essential. These days I use it when we’re shopping, going out to eat and I need my hands free to carry a tray/drink/etc, or just anytime I need my hands free. He is always perfectly content in the carrier and will even fall asleep in it!
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That’s a wrap on the Baby Registry 101 Series! Hope you all enjoyed it!