We’ve made it to the weekend and today I thought I’d share few registry must-haves with you all, as we’re nearing the arrival of our baby girl and to switch it up from all the Christmas gifting.
I am so excited to use these items, some I’ve already used with Corbin and they were a complete game changer, and others that are newly out on the market or since he was a babe.
First, I found the cutest backpack on sale and think it will be amazing since it also has handles for the stroller so I feel it will be convenient for travel and everyday use. I honestly hardly used a diaper bag the first time around and I felt like I was such a disorganized mess so I figured I would give it a go this time around. I also love this option and how chic it looks. Freshly Picked backpack. I also love the idea of a backpack, simply because I can still carry my handbags and not feel over loaded. Just my opinion, as I tend to carry larger handbags and with all the baby gear don’t want to look or feel weighed down. Something to think about when choosing the right diaper bag for you.
Let’s talk strollers. I have a couple that I’m loving and will be the first to tell you that travel systems are worth EVERY penny. They will save you the hassle of buying individual pieces and will guarantee you less of a headache. The carseat converted stroller I’m loving is the Doona. It is a carseat and stroller in ONE. It will be so useful, not to mention handy especially with one child in pre-k and toting around an infant during school drop-off and pick-up. Check it out here. Also, here are a couple of other great travel system options that have wonderful reviews. Here and here. I have also heard great reviews on this brand and this as well if you’re just looking to find a carseat without the stroller.
When it comes to sleeping, or there lack of, and if you’ll be nursing for the first several months, I would suggest a bassinet. We have this one and didn’t have it with Corbin so I’m excited to see how she likes it and will hopefully get a restful sleep, if that even exists with a newborn. Haha! It has a vibration setting and sound as well, making it a dream in my mind. This Bassinet also has great reviews and is under $80. I’ve also heard amazing things about the SNOO but unless that’s all your child will be sleeping in long term, I think it’s a little pricey; my opinion only. We used this for Corbin as a newborn and it has its perks, but I was afraid of leaving him in the sleeper so never used that part of it. They play pen was awesome though for naps as he got older and it served its purpose during those late night diaper changes. For traveling is was also wonderful, as it folds up and is easy to tear down and set up. It’s a little bit of an investment but is a good one if you’re a traveler or just want something set up in your room for those first few months.
Baby wearing. Y’all, I never really did this with Corbin, because I was too dumb to figure out the Moby wrap. Ashamed a little to admit that but I was always afraid he’d slip right through. I’ve looked into possibly getting the Solly baby wrap, as I’ve heard great things or trying this one out. I was recently gifted a ring sling as well from Soul Slings and am anxious to use it as well. I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand and am excited to review it. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more once our little bundle arrives.
One of our most used products when we had Corbin was our Mamaroo. He literally loved it, slept in it, watched me as he got older do housework and it was a complete soothing tool for us during the teething phase. It also allowed me as a new mom to get things done for the first couple of months while he slept. I pray baby girl loves it as much as he did. Fingers crossed. It’s also an investment but We loved it, and literally took it on trips with us when we could. He sat in it until he was around 6 months or maybe a little older. Here is another great swing/sleeper option for under $50 that many of my friends swear by as well.
This binkie or pacifier is a little pricier than what I would normally spend, but I love that it pops in and out to keep the germs at bay. We didn’t have these either before, so I’m excited to try them out. Hope this baby likes a binkie! 🙂 She has a few colors and other kinds already, but I’ve tried to steer clear of the ugly massive ones. HA! Has anyone tried these? What was your experience?
Dock A Tot, yes please!! My mama gifted this to us and it’s another item I was hoping to receive, just because everyone I know who has use it, swears by it for sleep training and in general. It has so many good reviews and comes in a variety of color options to suit your needs. It can be found here.
Whether you plan on nursing or bottle feeding, Dr. Brown’s have been such a good choice for us in the past. They worked great for Corbin when he had a tummy ache or acid reflux so I’m hoping if baby girl has that, it will also help her. What bottles do you recommend? This is also a subject I am totally open to for any advice on, really anything I recommend is open to suggestions. Do you have a favorite brand that you like to use?
We got a new changing pad, and it’s awesome! It literally will track your babies weight and has a cool chic design plus an app that has other features. Check it out here.
Lastly, monitors. We splurged and bought the Owlet Baby Monitor. This monitor fits securely on your babies foot and reports your babies heart rate on an app on your phone. If your babies heart rate isn’t detected while sleeping, an alarm will alert you on your phone. It is reducing the risk of SIDS, which gives this mama peace of mind. I also like this option that includes a camera for over the crib. The Lollipop Cam is also neat and can be attached or wrapped around literally any surface. Another well reviewed product.
I hope this list of items was helpful if you’re an expectant mama. I am so excited to try these out and can’t wait to report back on some of the items I haven’t yet used once our sweet girl arrives.
Thank you for reading and for following along! Have a great weekend!!!
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