You just found out your pregnant! Congrats! Soon you will have a precious, tiny little human being. A perfectly unique babe, with just the right combination of you and your spouse. She’ll fit perfectly inside your arms. He’ll look so tiny in his crib. Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes. Tiny, small, petite, little…you get the idea. But somehow this tiny, small, petite, and little human being will take up more room than you could ever imagine! Yes, we could go deep here and expand on how this little babe will fill your heart with more joy than you ever thought possible, but today, we’re going to talk STUFF. All the gadgets, do-dads, products, and stuff that comes with welcoming a tiny, little person into your lives!
I can remember registering for Gracie’s baby shower. It was exciting, fun, and overwhelming all at the same time. All the choices! What do we really need? I remember registering for things that we never used, and then there were things that we never registered for that we realized we needed! My list won’t be all inclusive and every new family will have it’s own unique needs, but here are a few things that we loved having for Gracie, or figured out that we needed to buy.
We loved our jogging stroller. I did jog with it some, but even just for walking it was great. You can get a nice one like this without breaking the bank. The key is to get a stroller with a front swivel wheel, that then has the option to lock. This will make switching between walking and running so much easier!
Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
We registered for a bassinet for Gracie. She HATED it! We did a little research and read that some babies really liked to sleep in the rock ‘n play. Gracie did so much better in the rock ‘n play. It elevates baby’s head a bit, holds them more snugly, and when put right beside your bed, you can gently rock it when baby starts fussing and hope she drifts back off to sleep!
We used large thin swaddle blankets to get Gracie all baby burritoed and snug, but I also like these velcro swaddle blankets as an option. These would be useful for those that don’t feel they can easily swaddle their babies. I will warn you though, many babies can be little Houdenis and somehow figure out how to wiggle their arms free of the swaddle…or was that just our restless, poor sleeper babies? When they get big enough to roll over, make sure you are leaving their arms free of the swaddle. These are still great to use to keep them warm, instead of having extra blankets in their crib that could be a safety hazard.
Babies, ok, our babies, seemed to wake at every tiny floor and door creak. We never actually had a noise machine, but we used an app on our phones (and still do) called Sound Sleep. We program it on the relaxing river noise.
You’ll thank me for this one! When our nephew was born, his parents discovered that if they sat with him and gently bounced up and down on the exercise ball, the movement would calm him down and help him go to sleep. This was seriously the ONLY thing that helped get Gracie to calm down and go to sleep. She would fight sleep like it was her job. Swaddle her up, pop the binky in and bounce up and down with the noise machine going and she just couldn’t win. The down fall of this is that you could be bouncing them to sleep for awhile. Upside…sleep!
Most of my picks for mamas involve those mamas that will be breastfeeding. There were so many things that I never even thought about getting before Gracie was born. Breastfeeding can be hard! Hopefully having a few of these things on hand can make it a little easier, and you can enjoy your baby without stressing.
Lily-Jade Diaper Bag Insert
I love Lily-Jade diaper bags, and happily became the owner of one after winning an instagram giveaway. They are so stylish and their inserts are so amazing. They hold everything you need without constantly having to rummage through everything to get to the very thing you need that has somehow made it’s way to the bottom of your bag. But honestly, I probably would not have bought myself one due to price. If you have someone that would love to gift you with these beautiful bags, yay! If you need to buy yourself a diaper bag and really love the organization of the Lily-Jade bags, I would recommend buying the diaper bag insert. It won’t break the bank and it can fit great inside lots of other bags. I actually just brought my insert with us to Africa and stuck it inside a bag I purchased here. It works perfectly!
I use to make nursing scarves to sell in my etsy shop and loved the versatility of them. Other nursing covers can sometime feel too bulky or awkward to handle. You also have to find a place to put them after you are done nursing. Nursing scarves are great because you can wear them where ever you go and easily covert it to cover up.
Motherlove Nipple Cream
I didn’t discover this until well into nursing, Gracie, but it is something I wish I had earlier. Nursing moms, have some on hand!
Disposable Nursing Pads
Nursing pads are something I didn’t even think of having, but when you’re breastfeeding, they’re kind of nice to have on hand so you don’t end up soaking through one side of your shirt! The disposable ones have always worked better for me, so I’ll use these often, especially over night.
Reusable Nursing Pads
I’ve tried a few different brands of reusable nursing pads, and so far, Marleys Monsters , are the ones I like the best. They are also pretty cute, so even if no one is going to see them except the baby, they can still make you happy when you stick ’em in your bra!
There you have it! My top picks for new parents. What would you add to the list? Was there anything you had wished you registered for or something you never ended up using? Let us all know!