EDIT: After this article was published, Fisher-Price has recalled the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. Please follow their recall protocol.
When you’re expecting your first baby, you have absolutely no idea what the hell you’re doing nor do you know what you all need. There are literally thousands of baby products out on the market and all the options can be overwhelming, to say the least. When I had Sydney, we registered for things that we never used and didn’t register for things that I wish we had. After you have the baby, you quickly learn what essential baby products you need to survive.
I’m bringing my experience to you. Here is a list of my top 10 essential baby products:
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Wubbanubs are pacifiers with small stuffed animals attached to them. They are perfect for when your baby is a little bit older (3+ months). We’ve used these for both kiddos. Why do we love them? The main reason is they are hard to lose and easy to find. At night, when your baby is crying out, the last thing you want to do is search for a small pacifier in a dark room. And, if you’re anything like me, you want your baby to learn how to soothe themselves. Wubbanubs are easy for you and your baby to find at night. We usually keep three of them in the crib. Amazon has tons of animals to choose from!
2. Fisher-Price® Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
=Sawyer was a reflux baby and would spit up all the effing time. The Rock ‘n Play was our savior. It kept him upright when he slept, which took away the fear of him choking to death via asphyxiation (thanks for putting that in my head, Breaking Bad). We also had it next to our bed for the first three months so I had easy access to him to nurse at night. The Rock ‘n Play conveniently rocks your baby (if you have the auto rocker) and folds up for storage.
EDIT: This product has since been recalled. Please follow the recall protocol on the Fisher-Price website.
3. Jogger Stroller
First off, let me make this statement: I am not a runner. In the four years that I’ve owned a jogger stroller, I’ve never actually used it for jogging. What we love about this stroller is how easy it handles multiple terrains. It works well on pavement, grass, rocks and even sand. Our summers are filled with walks and tee ball games, so this stroller has been awesome for us. We have a Graco® Fastaction™ Fold stroller that we love, but go with whatever brand you love!
4. Portable High Chair
When your baby starts eating solids, a portable high chair will be super handy to have. When you bring your baby to a friend’s house or visit family or take them to a party, chances are they will have to eat. Having a high chair on hand is very convenient. Baby doesn’t have to sit on your lap and they can eat at their own pace. Portable high chairs fold up really easily and can fit in your car. We usually leave ours in our trunk so we always have it! I use the Summer Infant Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster and love it!
5. Boiron Camilia Teething Drops
These are for those moments when the necklace doesn’t help. When Sawyer is having a bad day with teething, we give him these. They work wonderfully. There are no preservatives in them and are made with all natural ingredients. They take the edge off the pain and help soothe baby without sedating them. You can find them on Amazon.
6. Love to Dream Swaddle UP™
Best. Swaddle. Ever. I cannot say enough about the Swaddle UP. They make your baby look like little football referees, allowing them to keep their arms up over their head in a natural position. Baby is able to move a little bit but not enough to wake them. They also have a transition swaddle where you can remove the arms. Start by removing one and let baby get used to that, and then remove the other one. It makes the transition out of swaddles super easy.
When baby has a runny nose, suck it out with NoseFrida. One end goes into baby’s nose and the other end goes in your mouth and you manually suck out the snot (don’t worry…it’s impossible for the snot to get in your mouth). This is such a gentle way to get all the goo out of your baby’s nose. After they’ve had a cold for 5 days, their nose can be a little tender, so this is perfect. Plus, it’s super easy to clean so you don’t run the risk of mold or bacteria growth.
8. 4moms mamaRoo®
I’m a little apprehensive to put a swing on here because they are so hot and cold with babies, but this worked wonders for us so I have to include it. The mamaRoo was essential for us, as both of our kiddos loved the swing. It mimics your bounce and sway, feeling more natural for baby, and comes with built-in white noise and an MP3 hookup. This was the perfect soother for us. I know they are pretty pricey but it’s really easy to find a used one for a reasonable price. If you can’t afford a mamaRoo, any swing will do! What I liked about the mamaRoo is it eliminated a swing and a bouncer, thus saving some space.
9. Bobby® Nursing Pillow and Newborn Lounger
Okay, I’m technically cheating and including two products, but they both were essential for us. The Boppy Nursing Pillow is a staple if you are breastfeeding. It makes it so much easier. The Newborn Lounger, on the other hand, surprised me. I didn’t have it for Sydney but got one for Sawyer. When he and I would hang out on the couch (which was every day during my maternity leave – no shame), this was perfect for him to lounge in. Sure, you can use the nursing pillow for this, but the lounger offers more support and there isn’t a hole for them to slide into.
10. Muslin Blankets
Muslin blankets are a fabulous product to add to your baby list. They are so stinkin’ versatile! You can use them as swaddles, burp rags, nursing covers, a summer blanket, and more. They’re made from a super lightweight and breathable fabric, causing fewer skin irritations and take away the fear of overheating and suffocation. They even make small muslin security blankets!