I keep seeing articles about the “Top 10 baby products you need”. I read through the list sometimes think, “oh yea, I agree”, or “Huh?! No way, I didn’t use that” or, “Whoa, that would have been useful!”
I also wondered what would be on “My List”. So here’s mine, as Ruby just turned 7 months old!!
For those that are planning on breastfeed or are going to be pumping mommas, I suggest:
1)Spectra S1 – This was an upgrade to my insurance, but totally worth the extra money for the rechargeable battery. In all my online groups, most everyone loves this pump. I don’t have anything to compare it to but I think it’s awesome and am so glad I picked it. The only downside is that you have to order replacement parts online and you aren’t able to pick up parts at the local store, so keep extras on hand!
2) If you are going to pump more than once a day, I recommend the Simple Wishes Bra. I didn’t have it until probably 3 months, but came in handy after going back to work and having to double pump twice during the day.
3) Nursing Bra/Camisoles. I live in these! I have a few from the Maternity Store, a few some Target brand. The sizing is weird, so try them on in person at first, and then you can order once you know your size.
With insurance, you can get a pump for free. I would go ahead and get that even if you aren’t sure if you can/want to breastfeed. Hold off on the pumping bra until you know you will be doing it, but have a few nursing bras on hand and take 1 to the hospital with you!!! So much easier!!!
Ok for the baby… Not in any particular order and this is just off the top of my head- which doesn’t exactly function properly anymore.
1) Ergo carrier, but look at the options before you buy one! I found 1 on clearance at Target months before R was born. It was normally $150 and was half off. I sat there in the store, uneducated, but it was a good deal. I love ours and we have used it a lot, but I wish I had done more research on this particular model before getting it. It doesn’t hold the baby outward on the front, which is what R prefers now, so its use is limited right now. I don’t have the courage to backwear yet, but maybe soon!
2) Besides a crib, you will probably want the baby to sleep close to you for the first few months. We opted for a bassinet the first 10 weeks (I think). It was moveable, so we could easily move in different rooms and levels in the house. Then we transitioned to a pack n play with the bassinet top. We moved her out of that at 6 months into the crib. Our bedroom and hers are on different floors, so that’s why we didn’t transition her to her crib/room as soon as I would have liked.
I have seen dock a tots and other very expensive bassinet and co-sleepers, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that she might not even like.
There are tons of different options for these. We did have the napper/changer one and it came in handy for the first 2 months
3) Once they start teething, try the Banana brush. R loves it!
4) Bandanas are awesome, especially for drool. We’ve tried a few different types.
5) Zutano Fleece Booties are a favorite right now. R would manage to get her socks off and we’re hoping these help!
6) Swaddles – When she was a newborn, she loved being swaddled. We liked a few different types, the summer infant and halo brands stick out. We used the halo swaddle from the hospital for a long tie.
7) PJs that zip are handy!!!
8) Pants that have feet!! R would kick her socks off, so we could skip socks with these.
9) A baby Monitor- We didn’t immediately get one, because she barely left our site, but once we did naps in different rooms, this was helpful. I don’t want to recommend one, but things to think about. Do you want to carry a special unit or do you want to be able to use an app on your phone? Or do you want to be able to view from outside the home? These will really drive your choices. We opted for a separate unit.
10) Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment- The Red one. We only use it when she starts to get a little red and by the next change, all gone!
11) Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant – It’s like fancy Vaseline. When R was teething and drooling A LOT, she got “drool rash”. Yes, look it up, it’s a thing. We applied this and got daycare to as well, and it cleared up.
That’s all I can think of now!