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Today I am rounding up a few of my favorite baby items and things that I think are essential for your baby registry. These are the smaller more affordable items, because there are obviously more big ticket items that I think are essential too. I will do a post later including some of those items, but in the meantime I’ve got the small essentials for you. If you are pregnant or know someone who is pregnant be sure to share this post!
1. Kickee Pants – My love for Kickee Pants runs DEEP. When I nannied in college the family used Kickee and I fell in love. They are THE softest pajamas for your littles and they wash so well. I also love that all of the footed ones have hand covers on them for the newborn stage. Because lets be real, those little gloves they make NEVER stay on tiny baby hands. They are made from bamboo and are worth every single penny, in my opinion. We have owned tons over the course of Sadie’s life and each pair has been a favorite. She still sleeps in them. I’m so excited to reuse them for Berkley and to get new ones.
2. Zarbees Chest Rub – I always have a good chest rub on hand. Some brands you aren’t supposed to use before I think three months of age so be sure to read the label or check with your pediatrician first. But, a good chest rub is essential for those first colds. I love using ones that are made with natural ingredients like coconut oil and essential oils.
3. Boppy – Perhaps one of the most versatile baby gadgets out there. Perfect for nursing mama’s and perfect for practicing tummy time and using to sit baby up. We used ours forever and I can only imagine we will use it just as much with Berkley.
4. Dockatot – I can’t vouch for this personally as we didn’t use one with Sadie, but one of my good friends is a sleep coach and she swears by the Dockatot. Everyone I know who has used one has fallen in love. It makes transitioning to different locations easier. You can put it in bed with you to safely cosleep, put it in the basinet or crib. I did something similar with Sadie using a moses basket so I’m excited to try the Dockatot with Berkley.
5. Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock – This is one of the coolest inventions I think I’ve ever seen. I am so sad I didn’t have one with Sadie. It is so much easier than lugging a big carseat into the grocery store that takes up the entire shopping cart. This is perfect if you don’t want to wear baby.
6. Muslin Swaddles – These were some of the most versatile items when Sadie was a newborn. We used them for everything. Swaddle blankets, receiving blankets, burp cloths, nursing cover, carseat cover. You can never have too many. Aden + Anais makes some that are made from bamboo that are even better and I would highly recommend. Talk about soft.
7. Sprout Baby App – A friend of mine who is a lactation consultant told me about this app when I had just had Sadie and I still have it on my phone and use it to this day. It tracks everything. Sleeping habits, eating habits, diapers, milestones, doctors appointments. I can’t say enough good things about this app. It gives such peace of mind when baby is sick to see how many dirty diapers are being produced, how often baby is eating, etc.
9. Thermometer – I would highly suggest putting a quality thermometer on your registry. Not just one of the little ones you stick under your tongue or arm pit. We have this one and it is incredibly accurate. I ordered it in a pinch on Amazon because we didn’t have one on hand and now I am so grateful we have it.
9. Cool Mist Humidifier – This is another item you need. Just trust me. Don’t be without one. The last thing you want is to battle baby’s first cold and not have one. No one wants to make that late night Target or Walmart run, trust me. Not that I’m a seasoned pro or anything ;).
10. Lorena Canals Rugs – This is more of a fun item, but if you plan on having a rug in your nursery, I would HIGHLY recommend Lorena Canals. Their rugs are machine washable. You read that right. Stick those bad boys in the washing machine when you get spit up or a blowout on them. So easy.
11. Nose Frida – We were hesitant about this when we first saw it, because lets be real its a snot straw. But, there is no way the snot can get in your mouth and it works 10x better than the bulb syringe (which I would still recommend having, by the way). It clears out nose congestion like no ones business. We still use it on Sadie when she is stuffy. If you can get past the idea of it, its a total lifesaver.
12. Ollie World Swaddles – I haven’t tried these swaddles yet, but I’m excited to! We used several different similar versions of swaddles like this with Sadie and were really impressed with them. Sadie was born with the cord wrapped around her neck twice and one of her hands was caught in the cord so she always had her little hands by her face and we had to swaddle her that way. Swaddles that had velcro were a huge lifesaver for this purpose. I’m thinking we will love the Ollie swaddles as well since they are velcro and have an open bottom for easy diaper changes.
13. Kickee Pants Swaddle – These were another favorite of mine. They are super stretchy and made of the same soft bamboo fabric as the pajamas I mentioned above. They make it easy to get a super tight swaddle. And like the muslin blankets they are just perfect to have on hand. Sadie still has some Kickee swaddles that she uses herself or on her baby dolls.
I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Be sure to pin it on Pinterest and share with any expecting mamas! Thanks for reading and supporting the brands that I love and stand behind.
And as always, because the condition of my heart is far more important than anything I put on or in my body, I leave you with this. “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrow’s in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5