Funny little fact, I was not a baby person at all growing up. I didn't play with baby dolls that often, I never babysat and I was the youngest of three so I had zero newborn experience. Could you have guessed?! I was totally clueless when Aria was born! So when it came to stocking her nursery, I had no idea what "stuff" I should or shouldn't buy and the endless options out there were pretty overwhelming. Then the baby showers happened! We were gifted so many different brands of diapers, wipes, bottles and everything under the sun for our first little one.
This time around with baby Kai, we've taken a much more minimalist approach. Although we were again blessed with many wonderful gifts from our friends and family, we really didn't buy very much ourselves, only the necessities, because 1) every baby is different so it's really trial and error to see what works best and 2) less stuff = less mess = less stress, right? I also tried super hard to be very selective and stick with Kai's Hawaii "palm" nursery theme and buy all matching products. Totally unnecessary, but it makes me smile. :)
So if you're a new Mom or just curious what products we use daily, here are my Top 10 Baby Stuff Must-Haves!
With a carriage/bassinet, car seat with base and a toddler mode, this complete stroller system is so versatile, perfect for travel and is priced under $280! We love using the bassinet mode for overnight hotel stays and long walks so Kai can stretch out and be more comfortable.
Kai isn't too too big on the paci right now but this is the only one he will take when he's fussy and needs some soothing to fall asleep. Every baby is different but the size and design of this one has been perfect for Kai's first three months. We like to keep his on a cute pacifier clip so it's easier to locate. These palm and flamingo clips are adorable!
My Mother gifted us this 23 piece layette set very early on in my pregnancy and it has ended up being one of our most used gifts! The Spasilk is 100% cotton, incredibly soft and the set includes all of the basic necessities you'll need - short and long sleeve bodysuits, hats, mittens, burp cloths, receiving blankets and a sleep sack. They also have it in pink.
Whether you're nursing or bottle-feeding, this pillow makes feeding and holding your baby in those first few weeks of recovery so much more comfortable! They also double as a perfect positioner for taking newborn photos, for propping baby up for tummy time and helping them sit up as they grow. For Kai, I splurged on this gorgeous watercolor palm print cover from Caden Lane to match his nursery decor. Their fabrics are so beautiful!
Both of my babies have had super sensitive skin and this 100% natural talc-free powder keeps their bottoms fresh and it smells so good! It's definitely a must-have item in our Texas heat and humidity to keep their skin from chafing and if you're blonde and haven't had time to wash your hair in a few days, this powder also doubles as a great dry-shampoo!
Kai had some major gas and tummy issues during his first month, which we later discovered was due to a milk allergy, but these anti-colic bottles made a huge difference! The design has an air-free vent that keeps the nipple full of milk during feeding making baby less likely to swallow air. So if your baby is bottle-feeding, eats a LOT very quickly like Kai and is having lots of gas, definitely give this bottle a try! These Gerber Soothe anti-colic probiotic drops helped too!
Kai's doctor recommended Cetaphil for daily use because it's hypoallergenic and gentle on his sensitive skin but if he starts to show any sign of irritation I use the Boudreaux paste and it clears it right up!
Pampers Sensitive diapers and wipes were the only ones that worked for Aria so we're continuing the tradition and only using these for Kai. I've tried many other brands, including some that are eco-friendly and all-natural, and was very disappointed. Other brands are scratchy, have an odd smell, leak and cause the worst diaper rash so if you're going to use disposable diapers, hands down, Pampers Sensitive is the BEST!
These swaddle blankets are a little on the pricey side but I am SO glad I got them! They are so lightweight and soft and we've used them every single day since Kai was born. From traditional swaddling, to a crib blanket, to covering the stroller, to a nursing cover or car seat cover, they're amazing and can be used for just about anything. You can also tie the ends together in a knot and use one as a baby sling! I carried Kai all over San Antonio and on several flights in one and he was so snug and happy! They come in the sweetest prints too! We love the palm set but here's a pink dinosaur set, a wave set and a rainbow set.
And finally, our #1....
Both of my babies started sleeping completely through the night really early, Aria by 8 weeks and Kai at 6 weeks, and I give partial credit to this amazing rocker! It's smaller than your typical bassinet but it's so soft, vibrates, rocks gently and positions your baby perfectly for naps and bedtime. I love that it's snug on the sides, almost like it's giving your baby a hug, and that it's elevated, so you don't have to worry about baby spitting up and choking. It also folds up so easily for storage and on-the-go.
Both Aria and Kai spent every night in one of these for their first 3 months before transitioning to their cribs and I wouldn't choose anything else. There are so many other bassinet, cradle, dock and rocker options out there, but trust me, you NEED one of these!
And one more for a bonus - we also love these one piece rompers from Burt's Bees! They're so soft, made with 100% organic cotton and the rugby design is just too cute!
That's it y'all! I hope you found this list helpful. If you're a first time expecting Mama, Yay! Congrats!
And welcome to the wonderful world of baby stuff!
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