When you are pregnant with your first baby, you are so excited to register for your baby shower, but at the same time, I bet you were overwhelmed. Who knew there were so many different products out there? Well I am going to break it down for you and list the top 10 things I couldn’t live without with my daughter.
- Travel system. You obviously know that you need a car seat; I mean without one, you cannot leave the hospital. But no one tells you to just get a travel system. You will need a stroller as well as a car seat, but if you buy them separate, a lot of times it is more expensive. Plus, with the travel system, the infant car seat fits perfectly on the stroller. I don’t know how many times I have kept from waking my daughter up by just transferring the car seat right to the stroller. It really makes life easier! I really loved mine from BabyTrend.
- A swing and bouncer combo, similar to this one. I have a relatively small living room, so I didn’t have the room to store both a swing and a bouncer. That is why the swing and bouncer combo was a great fit for me. My daughter loved them both, but obviously could only use one at a time. Plus, if your baby doesn’t like one or the other, you don’t have something taking up extra space. Another thing I liked, it was a neutral color, and so I can use it for baby number 2!
- Cloth diapers. Ok, before you start thinking, “she’s one of those moms”, I am not. I have never used a cloth diaper as a diaper, sounds strange right? Well, when I talk about cloth diapers, I am talking about the ones you have to use diaper pins with to keep on. Still confused? Well, they have so many great uses! First off, they make excellent burp cloths! Before I gave up on breastfeeding, I leaked like a faucet. I used one of these for the breast that she wasn’t latched onto in order to keep from soaking everything, plus one under the breast she was latched onto for when she was finished. They were the only thing that actually caught all of the breast milk, even a towel didn’t work as well. Once I stopped breastfeeding, I could use them to wipe her face when she made a mess, and when she did spit up, they actually caught all of it. With regular burp cloths, I would go through 2-3 a day, while I could make it through a whole day with one cloth diaper. They are also great when changing diapers. Now, I didn’t use the same ones for a burp cloth as I did for changing diapers! I laid one under her bottom, and then if she peed while changing her diaper, I just had to change the cloth diaper and not the whole changing pad cover. Same with blow out poopy diapers, they saved the changing pad cover. Not all the time, but most of the time it saved me some work.
- Co-Sleeper. My Arm’s Reach Convertible Co-Sleeper was really a lifesaver, especially in those first few weeks when it hurt to get out of bed. All I had to do was sit up and get her out to feed her in the middle of the night. No climbing out of bed and walking down the hall to her bedroom. Plus, it is convertible, so when she got older, I was still able to use it as a pack-and-play when we went out of town! You can read my full review here if you like!
- Avent Natural Bottles. My daughter would only take the Avent Natural bottles. Trust me, I tried several different ones! I guest the good thing is, these bottles are self-venting so it reduces colic, without all the extra parts. There are no more parts to clean than a regular cheep bottle (nipple, ring, bottle and cap). Plus, if you are breastfeeding, they are meant to mimic breastfeeding and make it easier to switch back and forth from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding.
- Diaper Pail. I loved my Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail! This did a great job of keeping the smell confined, preventing me from having to take out the trash several times a day (especially once she started eating real food). The downside is you have to buy the refills, but this is just a minor inconvenience.
- Aquaphor. Having a baby with very sensitive skin has not been fun. If I do not put some kind of diaper cream on her bottom before bed, she wakes up with awful diaper rash. That is why aquaphor has been a lifesaver (and yes I did buy the big tub, she is a year old and we have barely used half of it). It has prevented an unknown number of diaper rashes, and when she does have diaper rash, it is cleared up in a day.
- Bedtime bath and lotion. I swear by Johnson and Johnson bedtime bath and lotion. I know this stuff helped my daughter sleep and I noticed a huge difference if I didn’t use it.
- Feminine Wipes. So, these are not exactly a baby product, but I still couldn’t live without feminine wipes after delivery. If you have ever had a baby you know how you just don’t feel clean down there for several weeks, even after getting a shower. These made me feel cleaner even when I couldn’t get a shower.
- Dermoplast Spray. Dermoplast spray is another non-baby product, but again, I HAD to include it. After you have the baby, ask your nurse for some of this. It is amazing! It numbs up your nether regions making it easier to pee and wipe, and even walk. It doesn’t last a long time, but usually long enough to go to the bathroom, clean off, and get to the couch or bed. Seriously, ask for some of this, most hospitals give it, but if not make sure you send Hubby out for some!
- Books. Ok, I know I said 10 baby products, but I had to include books! I never knew how important books would be to my daughter at such a young age. She will sit on the floor for 15 minutes looking at a book. We read a book every night before bed and her and I both look forward to it. I urge you to have several different books to read. You can even ask for them at your baby shower!
There is always the obvious stuff (diaper, wipes, clothes) but I tried to just include not so often thought about things. Maybe this will help you when it comes time to register for your baby shower.
What is your “must have” item or items for baby?