There are MANY pregnant women in my life right now. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to put together a list of my favorite baby gear. These are things I am glad we bought, even if it was a bit of an “investment”, things that saved us over and over and were worth the purchase.
12 LIFE-SAVING PRODUCTS
Boppy pillow – My wrists and shoulders are very grateful for the Boppy. It’s really nice to have some support when feeding or holding an infant, especially in the beginning while your body is healing and adjusting and when your baby needs to be fed every two hours.
Gerber burp cloths – These are actually tri-fold cloth diaper inserts, but they make for EXCELLENT burp cloths. They are super absorbent and dry quickly. Plus, I hear they can also be used as rags for cleaning once you’re done using them for spit-up.
Covered Goods car seat and nursing cover – This is the best $35 I’ve ever spent. I use this cover for EVERYTHING. It’s perfect for over the car seat because it’s light and breathable. You can also stretch it in a variety of ways to accommodate baby’s preferences. (For example, I pull the bottom of the small opening all the way under the car seat so it’s nice and breezy and so Tommy can still see what’s going on.) It’s also the easiest nursing cover I’ve used. It is so simple to put on, and it offers excellent coverage.
Dockatot co-sleeper – We had a lot of issues with Lily when it came to getting her to sleep. She’s still pretty high maintenance about falling asleep, actually. I wanted this time to be different. For us, the Dockatot was the answer. We had it in the bed with us for about 8 weeks after bringing Tommy home. It’s soft and breathable, unlike some of the other co-sleepers. You don’t feel like you’re sleeping next to a box. We also used it to help him transition to his crib, and we use it when we travel. It’s nice to have something he’s familiar with so he can still fall asleep in an unfamiliar place.
Ollie Swaddle – You will feel like you are squeezing your baby into sausage casing, but, trust me, it is worth it. This is by far the best swaddle we have used, and we’ve tried a LOT. It is made of wicking fabric, so those leaky diapers won’t soak your baby’s skin. It also grows with Baby. Plus, it washes well and dries quickly!
VTech crib soother – A crib soother helps us put our babies to bed while they are still awake so they can teach themselves to fall asleep. I know we’ll have to wean them off the soothers at some point, but, for right now, they’re worth the trouble. I used to have to rock Lily to sleep, sometimes for an hour and a half to two hours. The crib soother saved us. She can now put herself to sleep and back to sleep if she wakes up from a bad dream, and she’s able to keep herself busy in the morning.
aden + anais swaddle – We love these swaddle blankets. They’re so thin and soft – perfect for tiny babes. We used the aden + anais swaddle to transition Tommy from the super-tight Ollie Swaddle. It worked like a charm! Plus, the blanket is light enough to use for shade when your baby is too young for sunscreen – coverage without overheating. 🙂
Gerber side-snap shirts – I’m a bit obsessed with these shirts. I think they are so sweet. They’re perfect for those first couple weeks when you have to be careful of Baby’s belly button. The sleeves also have the little cuffs attached to cover your baby’s hands so he doesn’t scratch himself.
white noise maker – You can absolutely find an app for this! However, we have ones that stays in our babies’ cribs. The white noise helps Baby fall asleep and covers the ambient noises of your home. Plus, it’s plush so you can use it as a stuffed animal after you’re done with the noisy part.
Mamaroo – This is admittedly a bit of an extravagance. When you have two under two, though, it can be VERY helpful. The Mamaroo kept Tommy asleep during a Lily tantrum more than once. It’s also nice to have a safe place to put your baby when she’s awake and you have things to do, like pee.
carrier – There are many, many types of carriers. Find one that you think will work for you, and go with it. It’s so good for the baby and for YOU, especially if you have more than one little. We’ve tried the Wildbird sling, the Ergo carrier, and the Boba wrap. I like all of them, but I think the Ergo is the most versatile and sturdiest for longer outings.
Binxy Baby cart hammock – I had no idea how on earth I would get two babies out and about to run my errands. Enter Binxy Baby. This cart hammock can hold Baby or your infant carrier car seat. Let me tell you, if you have a winter baby, this thing is a life-saver. Baby can go from car to cart safely and without interruption.
I hope this is helpful. It’s difficult to navigate all the baby products out there. Help a mama out – leave your favorite baby gear in the comments below!