When I was pregnant, there were so many different registry lists and things to consider that it was intimidating. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by wonderful cousins and family who were able to really give me the details on what their kiddos liked. It was great to have seasoned mommies who were able to lead me in the right direction in terms of what would be useful and what would be pointless.
That being said, there are a thousand of these lists and moms who are ready and willing to give their recommendations. These are items that worked for me for my baby. Every baby and every home is different, but I would have definitely had a hard time in the first two months without these bad boys in my arsenal. Here’s my Top 10 Must Haves for your newborn.
- Dock a Tot – This might be the reason Ivy sleeps through the night. We co-slept for the first month, and couldn’t really find a way to get her to go down on her own in her bassinet or various swings/rock n’ plays/etc. Doc a Tot is all over Instagram, and when her pediatrician suggested rolling up blankets and surrounding her with them in addition to a swaddle, I knew we had to get it. The Dock a Tot is basically a safe alternative to making your baby feel all padded up and cozy, without the new parent anxiety of wondering if the blankets are suffocating your little one.
- Doona Car Seat/Stroller – I’ve always wondered why there isn’t a car seat that becomes a stroller without the hassle of a base. Hello, Doona! This is the best invention since forever. We’ve had family members joking say they want to have another baby just to be able to use this. That’s how serious it is. It’s perfect for city living: it becomes an easy to carry car seat at the click of a button. It doesn’t require a car seat base (perfect for taxis). And it requires less storage since there’s no need for a separate stroller base. It is an infant seat though, so we’ll be sad when she outgrows it. But it has made the first three months a lot less stressful.
- Miracle Blanket Swaddle – Our favorite swaddle blanket, because swaddling and reswaddling a fragile infant is really annoying and terrifying at 4 am when you can’t find your glasses. This swaddle takes the guesswork out of how to wrap your baby up.
- JOOVY Room Playard and Nursery Center (Not Pictured) – You don’t need this exact model, but we do love ours. Our Joovy lies in our bedroom and acts as her mini nursery. It’s multi-functional: I didn’t want a bassinet that would only be useful for the first few months, I wanted some kind of playpen/bassinet set up that could be used as she gets older. This Nursery Center has a bassinet addition (we put her Dock a Tot in it) and a removable changing table, which made the 3 am poops a lot easier.
- OXO Tot Wipes Dispenser – This might seem like a luxury item or something since most large packs of wipes come with a wipes dispenser. But this “perfect pull” dispenser comes with a weighted plate that guarantees you’ll only pull up one wipe at a time. Plus, it has a little see-through portion in the front so you can tell when you’re running low. I can’t tell you how many times we ran out of wipes and how annoying that was!
- Zip Up Jammies with Footies/Zip-Up Sleep & Play Pajamas – I literally forgot they made zip-up footies. I don’t know why, but I registered for NONE of these and was so annoyed at the snaps that most pajamas come with. The zip ups make diaper changing a lot faster, which is great when you have a screaming baby!
- Hooded Towels and Towel Sets (Not Pictured) – I had read other blogger saying that adult towels work just as well, etc etc etc. Something I hadn’t considered: maybe those bloggers don’t have crappy 4-year-old towels from Target. Those things are way too rough on a baby’s skin! Register for hooded towels – they’re cute and they’re worth it. We love our Little Unicorn Cotton Hooded Towel & Wash Cloth Set in the Summer Poppy print.
- Burp Cloths (Not Pictured) – You’ll need more of these than you think. We ordered these Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, Pack of 10 and ended up needing another 10 pack because we couldn’t keep up with the laundry. And we were doing laundry daily!
- Baby K’tan ORIGINAL Baby Carrier (Not Pictured) – My absolute favorite thing that got us through the second and third month. The Baby K’tan is better than a wrap in my opinion because here’s no human error – it’s a wrap without the wrapping and knot tying, etc. My cousin recommended this and it really is my favorite thing to date. Ivy went through a stage where she just wouldn’t nap, so I would wear her for half of the day and she would nap on me while I would work. It hurt my back, but it kept us close and kept her happy!
- FridaBaby Nose Frida – This is the one that everyone tells you is super disgusting. And it is! BUT it is the best way to get a sick baby’s boogies out. My husband would do this one because I hated to hear our little girl cry. But he would show me the end result and, yup, no way you’d get all that out with a regular bulb syringe!
Honorable Mention: Lalabu Soothe Shirt (Not Pictured) – When Ivy was sick (and only 3 weeks old!) she wouldn’t let me put her down. Wearing her became the best option – she slept better and was more comfortable. Once she wasn’t sick, though, this shirt became too tight and eventually made its way into a space bag. It was incredibly useful
Honorable Mention: Little Unicorn Swaddles – I love the prints these come in! They are seriously the cutest ones on te market if you ask me. You obviously don’t need these super soft, absolutely adorable swaddle blankets. But they are truly a wonderful gift to give and receive – super soft, and they come in a variety of colors and prints to match any nursery.
Baby gear is fun to shop for, although it is incredibly overwhelming. But these were the best things for us for the past 3 months, and I absolutely wish I had registered for all of them! In fact, many of these big items we ended up getting ourselves after Ivy was born. I guess you can never be too prepared – I thought we were fully stocked!