I’m sharing with you the best baby products that will give you a great return on your investment! I would definitely add these items to your baby registry.
When I was pregnant with Isaac, the most daunting task was researching baby products. I would spend hours learning about all the different gadgets. There are so many things out there and it’s hard to know what’s worth it and what’s not. Now that Isaac is 6 months old, I feel like I can say without a doubt what my must-have products actually are. These are the products that I used (and still use) the most frequently and that have given us a great return on investment. I really love all of these products and would highly recommend adding each to your registry or picking them up (if you already have your sweet bundle of joy)!
This one is always highly recommended in any “must-have baby registry items” or baby product reviews. I wondered if this thing would live up to the hype, especially since it is so pricey. I also read that some babies hate the Mamaroo. I didn’t want to pay full price and Isaac end up hating it. So we ended up scoring one on a local resale site for half the price! Definitely, check out your local sites for this. I see them all the time on the resale sites in Memphis. Well, the verdict is in, and Isaac LOVES this swing. He still uses it today (although we will likely retire it soon as he is starting to try to pull up)! We use this mainly for naps during the day. He has slept many hours in the Mamaroo. It’s great because it has several different motion settings (car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, wave) and white noise built-in (rain, fan, ocean, and heartbeat). You can also connect your phone to it and play music through the MP3 plug-in. The newer versions even have Bluetooth built-in and you can control it from your phone. This proved helpful for when Isaac fell asleep in my arms and I needed to get the Mamaroo started before putting him down!
I can’t even describe how much I love the Boppy Lounger. I love it so much I bought an extra. We used this so much up until Isaac was about 5.5 months old. You can easily sit baby in it anywhere you are: couch, on the floor while you shower, on the table while you eat (we never left him unattended in this, ever), on the bed while you fold laundry…you get my point. It’s great when you just need somewhere for baby to hang out. Isaac loved it because he could see what was going on since he was propped up. He’s never been one for chilling in his Pack n’ Play so this option was great for him and so portable. We took this thing everywhere. I also think it helped him learn to sit up on his own faster since he wasn’t always flat on his back. I wish he could still use it! But, once they start to roll over and sit up…this magical pillow loses its luster.
We looked at several different strollers and ended up choosing this bad boy. Yes, I know it is crazy expensive but hear me out. This stroller is so versatile and will last you for years. You can have a total of three children riding in this one stroller! It includes a bassinet (which is easily removable so you can bring baby in when they fall asleep during a walk without waking them up), toddler seat, rain shield & bug shield for bassinet & toddler seat. You can easily attach pretty much all the popular car seat brands (we got the Maxi Cosi car seat) with adapters (sold separately but not expensive). This stroller rides great. I didn’t buy a jogging stroller because I can use this one as long as I lock the front wheels. I will admit my jog is pretty damn slow, though. Also, UppaBaby has amazing customer service. Your stroller is pretty much guaranteed for life. And it should be for $900. Ouch. I better never have to buy another stroller again.
4. Snuza Pico
Shortly after we got Isaac home, we started the weird, “watch him while he sleeps to make sure he’s still breathing thing”. I realized we needed some sort of monitor. I researched a few including the Owlet monitor (the little sock that they wear while sleeping) but I read too many negative reviews regarding false alarms. We ended up going with the Snuza Pico and it was a great decision! You just clip it onto their diaper and it monitors abdominal movement rate, body temperature, body position and even fall detection. The best part is that it is Bluetooth enabled so you can view all of this from your phone through the mobile app. It sets off an alarm if your baby goes 15 seconds with no movement. This is then followed by a loud alarm if a further 5 seconds pass with no abdominal movement. It will also alert you if your baby’s movements are weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. I love technology. This little thing let us sleep soundly (well, you can’t really sleep soundly with a baby but you get my point) at night without worrying about him.
I originally got a diaper bag on Amazon. It was great, had lots of pockets, and held everything I needed. The only problem was carrying it on my shoulder became a drag. Not to mention it looked like…well…a diaper bag. It wasn’t all that cute. So for Mother’s Day this year, I got one of these beautiful and super functional Fawn Design bags. I love that it looks super stylish (not like a diaper bag), it’s super roomy (I could probably fit all of Isaac’s toys in this bag plus diapers, wipes, bottles, and anything else), and I love the leather (it’s very high quality). I will probably be able to use this again for the next baby, too.
6. A Quality Baby Carrier
I’m a little bit obsessed with babywearing. It’s so convenient and sometimes it is the only thing that will soothe a fussy baby. I could not pick just one so here are my favorites: Solly Baby wrap, Poppy Laurel ring sling, and the Tula Baby Carrier. I think they all three serve a different purpose. The Solly wrap is great for soothing your baby. Isaac often falls asleep when I wear him in this one. The Poppy Laurel ring sling is amazing for when you just need an extra hand but baby wants to be carried. You can also nurse really easily in ring slings vs. other carriers. Lastly, the Tula is best suited for outings like the park, the zoo, or shopping because the structured carriers like the Tula give you more back support if you’re carrying baby longer.
My sister-in-law gave Isaac one of these books a few weeks ago. He absolutely loves it. I wish I would’ve known about these sooner! They are soft paper books that are chew-proof, rip-proof, non-toxic, and 100% washable! Isaac loves to “read” these…aka throw, slobber, and try to rip them up. These books have entertained him for up to thirty minutes at a time. Thirty minutes is long enough to eat dinner in peace. Need I say more? They have so many different titles on Amazon and they are really affordable so you can buy a few different books in case your little “reader” gets bored with the same one.
Isaac was one of those babies that refuses approximately ten different types of bottles. We tried all of the “breastfeeding friendly” ones: Avent Natural, Comotomo, MAM, and Dr. Brown’s. My child had rather starve than use any of those. I thought I was going to have a panic attack when I was close to going back to work and he refused the bottle. Someone on a Facebook breastfeeding group recommended these Evenflo Balance + Bottles. It worked like a charm and he still uses these bottles now. Not to mention, they are way more affordable than most of the other brands.
Don’t ask me why my child is obsessed with a set of $8 rings from IKEA over a certain $30 giraffe we all know and love. He loves to bang these around and chew on them. Simple toys often prove to be the most entertaining for some reason.
We had a weird reactions to a few different brands of baby shampoo on the market. I finally found California Baby and Isaac’s skin has looked great ever since. This stuff makes his skin so soft after bath time! It also doesn’t contain any sketchy ingredients and it’s a tear-free formula.
We love this traveling white noise machine disguised as a cute little sheep! We would attach this to Isaac’s car seat for trips and doctor’s appointments. It usually kept him asleep the whole time.
I registered for this diaper pail in the anticipation that we were going to cloth diaper Isaac. The cloth diapering didn’t work out in the long run for us, but we actually really love this diaper pail for disposables. It holds a weeks worth of dirty diapers for us and it’s super easy to empty. The replacement bags last quite a while, too.
13. The BEST Diaper Rash Cream: Resinol
I feel like this stuff flies under the radar. Everyone always recommends Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. We hated it. It did nothing for Isaac’s diaper rash. Someone happened to get me Resinol as a shower gift and I decided to try it one day. His diaper rash went away within a day. I could probably write a blog post about diaper rash creams in general as I tried about ten different ones on Isaac’s rash that was untouchable. Resinol finally did the trick. Try it!
We tried several brands of diapers because Isaac has super sensitive skin. These came out to be the winner! They are more expensive than your standard Pampers but we do the subscribe and save through Amazon which saves us 20% off retail price.
This is another product that no one really tells you that you should register for. So here it goes: register for this! Our pediatrician told us we could start putting him in a jumperoo at four months old to help him develop his muscles more. I had no clue what a jumperoo even was. Enter this amazing gift to mothers. Isaac loves this. He will jump in it for twenty to thirty minutes at a time a few times a day. He laughs and smiles the whole time he’s in it.
16. The Windi
God knew what he was doing when he created The Windi. This weird invention saved us more than a few times when Isaac was so gassy and nothing else worked. And that happened quite a bit. I won’t go into the logistics of how this device works but MAN DO THEY WORK. Be careful out there.
17. Water Wipes
We also tried several brands of wipes and these are the best. There are no weird chemicals in these so it helps keep baby from getting diaper rash.
Swaddling when baby is little is so important. It helps with the startle reflex which can cause them to wake frequently. These are the cutest, softest swaddle blankets. You can never have enough so these three packs are perfect for building your swaddle collection!
19. HALO SleepSack
The HALO SleepSack makes it super easy to swaddle baby and if your little one is a baby Houdini, there is no breaking out of this one! This is affectionately called the “baby straitjacket” in our household.
Probiotic drops are awesome for baby! These really helped Isaac with his gas issues. I tried a few different ones but these are the ones that I like the best. These are grape flavored so Isaac loves them!
Isaac sleeps in our bedroom and has since day one. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends room sharing because it can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%. Co-sleeping is so much easier when you are breastfeeding as well since you don’t even have to get out of bed. If you’re considering co-sleeping, I really like this bedside bassinet by Arms Reach. It comes right up to the side of the bed so he sleeps really close to me at night. Isaac is still using this at 6 months.
I hope you get some value out of my tested and approved must-have baby items! What are your favorite baby items? I’d love to hear as I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest baby gadgets that will make my life easier.
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