There are SO many baby products out there to choose from for your little one! As a first time mom I had no clue what I would actually need, what would make life a little easier & what was honestly just a waste of money. There are just a ridiculous amount of sponsored posts so I really couldn’t figure out what was useful and what wasn’t from other mom blogs out there. Of course there were a few honest post and reviews that were helpful but you just never know what YOUR baby will like, love or hate. So today I have put together a NON-SPONSORED post of baby items I actually love as a first time mama. I really hope this helps all of my sweet mama friends who are looking to put together that perfect baby registry!
1.) UPPABABY Vista
A GOOD STROLLER IS KEY YALL!!! I wish I could politely scream this from the roof tops! Kyle and I were both very skeptical of investing in such an expensive stroller. I mean its for a baby right? and the baby could honestly care less about what gets them from point A to B. Really it’s about convenience & productivity from the mama and papa’s point of view and let me tell you its worth EVERY.SINGLE.PENNY. Uppababy take my money! The Vista has it all from comfort for baby to convenience for mama. It comes with a bassinet, which Miller slept in for the first 3 weeks of his life ( so we didn’t have to buy an additional bassinet). It also comes with the seat which is awesome and perfect once baby likes to sit up and look around a little more than when they were newborns. The Vista also turns into a double stroller if having more than one kiddo is your jam. It seriously is such a smooth ride and really easy to push around! The Uppababy Mesa carseat also fits directly onto the stroller for a wonderful travel system or it has adapters for other carseats to fit on it as well. Also the warranty is amazing, if anything breaks you just contact the customer service team and they will send you the part that broke or even a new stroller if needs be! We have pushed around friends strollers and the Vista just does not even compare, it is on a whole other level and we just love it so much. Its definitely our favorite baby purchase and we tell anyone and everyone who will listen!
2.) The MamaRoo
okay okay I’m sure you have heard mixed reviews but for us this swing was a lifesaver! Miller LOVES it! He’s honestly sitting in it right now as I write this & that is just proof enough, the mamaroo helps me get stuff done! He never sleeps in it at night but he is always down for a GOOOOOD nap in the mamaroo. Miller is 5 months and still fits in it just fine, He will probably use it for at least a few more months. It will be a sad day when he grows out of it! It has many different positions, speeds and motions to choose from and is this mamas saving grace!
3.) The BabyBrezza
This is hands down the BEST invention ever!!! I tried so hard to breastfeed and it just wasn’t working for mama or baby. My milk production was low and Miller needed to supplement with formula. I still breastfed but only a few times a day, the rest of his feedings were formula. The Baby Brezza just makes life soooo much easier if you formula feed! You literally press a button and the formula is made for you. It goes straight into the bottle at the perfect temperature the the perfect amount for your little one. It saves us so much time and energy! Its pretty much a baby Keurig and its the best baby product ever!
BEST.BOTTLES.EVER! I wish people had told me about Tommee Tippee Bottles from the beginning. So many moms told me that Doctor Browns bottles were the best but honestly we hated them. Maybe we are just lazy but Doctors browns bottles had wayyyy too many parts to wash and so many parts that could get gross and moldy if not washed correctly. We were at TJMaxx one day and saw Tommee Tippy Bottles, we decided to try them and let me tell y’all it was the best decision ever! They have a bottle & a nipple and thats it! The nipples are shaped like an actual nipple so Miller latched really well right away to them. They also have a vent in the nipple that prevents air bubbles, so they help with gas without having that awful tube you have to wash every time. They are very similar to ComoTomo bottles without the price tag and we are all about that!
The Ollie Swaddle is not the cheapest swaddle but it is our absolute fav! Its a velcro swaddle that is made out of a really breathable fabric. It grows with your baby. When you decide they no longer need their arms swaddled you can swaddle them with their arms out to transition them to no swaddle. It has a very calming effect and Miller loves this swaddle.
6.) The Dockatot
I won’t say much about it, but for us the dockatot was our saving grace. Miller slept in his dock from the first night he went in his crib and he has slept through the night since he was 4 weeks old. We LOVE it & can’t live without it but to each his own!
We have tried pretty much every paci under the sun. Miller honestly isn’t very picky, as long as he has something to suck on he is a happy baby! BUT with that being said you can tell he has his favorite and its without a doubt the Ryan and Rose Cutie Pat. They come in round and flat nipples depending on what your baby likes ( we went with round and Miller LOVES IT!) It has a teether on the opposite side of the paci, its big enough for Miller to take in & out of his mouth, its silicon and easily washable & it folds into itself for clean transport when its not in his mouth! You can order them through amazon & we are big fans!
There are some baby products that are not worth the money but Monat Baby Shampoo & detangler spray will forever and always make the cut. It not only smells amazing but helps with baby hair loss as well cradle cap and dry skin. It’s tear free, Sulfate & Paraben as well as dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested. Its also cruelty free!
Poor sweet baby Miller had THE WORST diaper rash I have ever seen when he was just a few weeks old. I tried every diaper rash cream I could think of and nothing worked. It was so bad, it would bleed and he would just cry, I had no idea what to do it was just the saddest thing. One of my friends reached out and told me to try Tubby Todd AAO and it worked & I mean within 24 hours his terrible diaper rash was COMPLETELY GONE! I have never used another diaper rash cream since and Miller has never had another diaper rash. That stuff is a miracle worker and will be going in every single baby shower gift that I give from now on! It also works on other skin issues like cradle cap, bug bits, skin irritations, burns or any other skin related issue. Its not just for baby it works for mama too!
10.) Ergo Baby 360
There are so many baby carriers out there but Ergo baby is by far my fav! Miller fits so easily in the carrier without his hips being in a weird position. Its also comfy for mama and the straps don’t slide off of your shoulder. It has a sun visor that flips up to protect baby from the sun or strangers touching your baby if thats not your thing. Baby can sit facing you or facing the world and can hold up to 45 lbs though I don’t think I will be carrying Miller when he is 45 lbs lol! It also comes with an infant insert for when they are tiny. All around we have loved this baby carrier and so does sweet Miller boy!
A few other things on my list that are worth adding to your registry….
Nose Frida, Bubla Steal Diaper Pail, Bonds Wondersuit Zip Up Jammies, Dreft Newborn Laundry Detergent, Boon Lawn Drying Rack, Boon Soak 3- Stage Bathtub, carseat/nursing cover, nursing dress for mama, Boppy Pillow or My Breast Friend Nursing pillow for nursing, Jujube Diaper Bag.
I am by no means an expert on babies or mothering this is just my two cents on what worked for us and what I love as a mama! All of these products changed mama hood for me and I honestly couldn’t live without a single thing on this list! I was not sponsored to talk about any of these products & all opinions are 100% my own! I really hope this helps take at least a little stress off of making your registry & makes the transition to mama hood a little less chaotic! 🙂