Much like a wedding registry, the list of baby gear that you’re told you need is endless (come on, am I really going to need a set of china?)! As the psycho researcher that I am, I spent months leading up to Nez’s arrival putting together what I considered the perfect baby shower registry and buying every possible bit of gear that I could. We are now three months into this crazy thing called parenthood and I wanted to share the list of products that we have actually used time and time again. This might differ for everyone, but here’s what worked (and a few that didn’t) for us.
Breast Pump: I’m so grateful that I ordered this before we had the baby because I used it the second we got home. I love that the Spectra S1 pump doesn’t have to be plugged in, so I could move about freely.
Bottle Sterilizer: As soon as we switched over to bottle feeding, I got into the gear. Yes, there are more expensive and hi-tech options out there, but I think this steam sterilizer by Munchkin is super easy and affordable. I use it every day when I do a big bottle cleaning.
Bottles: I switch between two bottle brands and love them both for different reasons. Dr Brown’s Bottles Newborn Feeding Set are the best for avoiding gas pain. That being said, they’re tougher to clean since they have quite a few parts. Como Tomo bottles are the easiest to clean and still work great!
Formula Maker: If you are going to formula feed, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro is such an awesome investment and makes life infinitely easier, particularly during those middle of the night feeds. A huge helper! There is a new model called the Formula Pro Advanced available too.
Wipe warmer: We love the Hiccapop Wipe Warmer. This might seem like an extravagance, but think about if your toilet paper was always wet and cold… You’d hate it!
Changing Pad: I think the Hatch Changing Pad is genius. It helped us know what weight Nez was at in between doctors appointments, and we have used it to get a rough estimate of how many ounces she was eating when I was breastfeeding her.
Diaper Caddy: I honestly didn’t think we needed this because all her diapers were in the top drawer, but I’m glad that we got it. This Skip Hop one is nice to look at and has all the compartments I need for her lotions, diapers, and diaper cream.
Newborn Sleep Stuff
Sleep Sacks: When Nez was a newborn, we loved the Halo Sleepsack in fleece (they also make cotton if your baby isn’t a winter baby) as it’s super easy to swaddle your baby without having to figure out that origami fold that’s damn near impossible. After about a month, she started to hate having her arms constrained, so we switched to the Kyte Baby Sleeping Bag and use it every night and every nap. It’s super soft and cozy.
Onesies: OK here’s the deal with adorable baby clothes; as amazing as it is to have a cute outfit, the fact of the matter is that ease is key. For the amount of diaper changes that you end up doing, having to take an outfit completely off is a nightmare. Our top picks for easy on and off are the Hanna Andersson Little Sleepers onesies in a range of colors as well as the ridiculously soft and cozy Kyte Baby Layettes.
White Noise Machine: I am obsessed with this travel white noise machine by Marpac. We attach it to her crib and turn it on every time she sleeps, including naps.
Stroller & Car Seat: We did our fair share of research on this subject and landed on the Nuna Mixx stroller and Nuna Pipa Lite car seat. They were the easiest to use (folding up the stroller is amazingly simple), which was important for me knowing that I’d be recovering from my c-section for a while but also wanting to feel independent. Yes, it’s expensive but I love it!
Baby Carrier: We have tried every version (soft vs. structered) and landed on two. I like the Sakura Bloom Scout because it fits my body easily, is super comfortable, and actually cute. My husband is a fan of the Ergo Baby 360 carrier, but it was too bulky on me.
Just For Fun
Play Mat: Yes, it’s expensive, but the Lovevery Play Gym is not only the best looking play gym out there, but also comes with amazing resources on your baby’s mental development, as well as toys and attachments to help with each stage. We use it 10x a day, every day.
Bouncer: So I definitely went style over function in our pick of this Stokke bouncer and honestly, it’s not that big of a deal, but there are certainly moments when I wish that I didn’t have to bounce it myself. Which has me wishing we had gotten this Fisher Price auto-bouncer instead. Lesson learned.