Every mama knows what’s best for her own babies, but in case you wanted a sneak peak into what’s on my baby gear radar, keep on reading. With the myriad of baby products out there, it can be helpful to see what other mamas are trusting and using.
If any of this above sounds like something you resonate with, my picks below will likely be a good starting point for your own baby must-haves list.
My philosophy in picking baby gear among all of the choice is to pick once and pick well. I tend to gravitate towards quality items that are gender-neutral and will work for all my future babies. I’m having a girl and have nothing against pink, but I will personally reserve the pink-ness for hair bows and clothing accents, not so much my choice of stroller textiles, etc. I also have a fear of turning my home into one big baby carnival of loud colors and “ugly” baby gear strewn everywhere. I want my baby gear to not only be functional but also beautiful, as a natural extension of my home and lifestyle.
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Nursery Furniture //
My furniture taste in general is transitional; I like my classic pieces mixed in with some modern.
I love the DwellStudio crib for its mid-century modern design; the metal-capped angled legs just tickle my fancy. It comes in a lovely French white, so I knew it would fit my nursery aesthetic perfectly. It’s beautifully made and wasn’t too hard to put together. Another important option for us was the toddler conversion rail, so we know this piece of furniture will last us a few years with this baby.
At a mere 6 pounds, I was sold with this mattress. I could only imagine changing sheets in the middle of the night on little to no sleep with a heavy mattress. The 6-inch thickness makes it nice and plush for baby, and the materials are non-toxic, naturally waterproof, and resistant to bacteria. It fits perfectly in our DwellStudio crib.
Honorable Mention: Nook Pebble, if budget allows
This is the most beautiful rocking chair I’ve personally ever seen. You ladies know I love my tufting. If we had a bigger space, I’d so be looking to purchase this rocker.
A Moroccan pouf would go so well with the NurseryWorks rocker. I have the silver one, which comes in handy for sitting at lower heights. Plus, I think it’s incredibly chic in any room.
If you ask almost any mama, the bamboo swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais are the absolute best. They’re a few bucks more than their regular muslin counterparts, but they’re incredibly soft against baby’s skin from the very beginning. I’m planning to stock up on some plain white ones and maybe a few with designs on them, so I can use them for years to come.
The Little Giraffe blanket is incredibly luxurious with the ultra-cozy fabric and classic satin trim. It’s a good size for the crib, stroller, and tummy time. It was one of the very first things I purchased my baby girl, and they make beautiful baby gifts if you don’t know what to get your expecting friends.
Ever since I set my eyes on this futuristic stroller nearly 10 years ago at a park, I was instantly drawn in. I love the Stokke Xplory for the minimalism, clean lines, and beautiful fabric choices. It’s not for everyone, but design aficionados will definitely appreciate this head-turner.
I went with the Peg Perego Infant carseat, because it has excellent safety ratings and classic design. Being made in Italy, European standards are higher than what we have here in the US. It’s not the absolute lightest carseat on the market, but it’s still definitely on the lightest end of the spectrum. The Peg Perego can be attached to the Xplory base as well.
Wraps seem nice, and I might try one out, but I currently have the Sakura Bloom ring sling in maple linen fabric. I like that getting this sling onto your body is non-fussy and the linen fabric looks almost like a scarf/accessory rather than clunky mountain climbing gear. Dads can wear them too – just take a look at the Sakura Bloom Instagram page. It’s machine washable and comes in a variety of colors to match your aesthetic.
Shopping carts tend to harbor lots of germs, so a cart cover comes in handy for those quick runs to Target or Trader Joe’s when baby is ready to sit up. The Balboa Baby one in Camellia print is my favorite, and it’s a part of the big giveaway at the bottom of this post, so be sure to enter! It doubles as a high chair cover too.
The people at 4moms really saved me in the swing department; I think they make the most handsome-looking baby swings as well as the most ingenious. Both the rockaRoo and mamaRoo have a very small footprint compared to traditional swings, since the axis is turned upside down.
Register for the rockaRoo if you think your little one would prefer the calming back-and-forth rocking motion or the mamaRoo for the five different bounce and sway motions. Both swings are fully adjustable, have removable/washable fabric, play music via your phone (the mamaRoo has its own sounds as well), and come with three toys in a detachable mobile. As a plus, the company has awesome customer service.Be sure to enter the rockaRoo giveaway below, along with all the other lovely prizes!
If a pregnant woman in her third trimester can put this playard together in just a few minutes with no sweat, anyone can. Playards usually give me major anxiety, because most of them are so hard to put together, especially alone, but this one is aptly named a “Breeze.” It also has a removable bassinet top, which can function as a cozy sleeping spot for baby in the first few months. Overall, this is a product that has function from birth to a few years old, whether at home or away.
Tummy time can start as soon as you bring baby home, so it’s nice to have a clean, soft spot to put baby down. I just love this sweet little lamb playmat from Mary Meyer! Too precious.
Honorable Mention: Ikea LEKA Baby Gym (budget-friendly too)
Bath Time //
Baby bath tubs are generally bulky, and I live in a small apartment, so when I saw the Puj foldable tub, I knew I wanted to try it out. I store it flat under our bed for now, so you wouldn’t even know I have a baby tub in the house! It also fits on the side of my refrigerator as another option.
Simply fold inwards and allow the magnets on the bottom to snap together; place it in your sink and set the faucet to an ideal temperature for baby’s comfort before putting your little one inside. When bath time is done, simply unsnap, dry off, and store away.Win one for yourself in the giveaway at the bottom!
I mentioned the super soft Little Giraffe blanket above, and their adorable baby bath robe was yet another early purchase for me. The little ears on the top just kill me with sweetness. I wish I had one of these hooded robes in my size!
Nursing & Feeding //
Check with your health insurance if your breast pump might be covered by your plan, especially since they can be pricey. I was able to get a Medela electric double pump as part of my benefits.
Although the Boppy is very popular, I’m going with the shape of the nursing pillow by Dr. Brown’s. The Gia features an angled, thick-to-thin design to grow with baby for virtually limitless nursing positions. It sits wide and tall for comfortable positioning of baby and mama.
If you’re planning on nursing, ultrasoft reusable bamboo nursing pads will come in handy. They don’t show through and shouldn’t leak through either (there is an overnight version as well). The heart shapes win me over!
Like the Balboa Baby Cart Cover (which is part of the giveaway below), the Camellia bibs are equally pretty as well as functional! One of the bibs is the larger print and the other is a smaller print. Both bibs have a white terry cloth back, which should keep baby girl’s clothes dry.Be sure to enter the giveaway below, which includes the double set of Balboa Baby bibs.
My obsession with Stokke continues. The original design of the Tripp Trapp wooden highchair helps bring baby right up to the family dining table. It can be configured to fit a newly-sitting 6-month-old up to a full-grown adult. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s easy on the eyes and will look nice against our wooden table.
Way cuter than the Bumbo, the Mamas & Papas seat is my choice for a baby seat. It has a removable Stage 1 and Stage 2 option to accommodate babies from about 3 months old! The tray is included; the activity toy tray is also another option.
The Honest Company is killing it in the diaper design department; their sweet little patterns definitely make the mundane task of diaper-changing a little bit more fun. Moms I know seem to like them for the functionality as well, so I’ll definitely be trying them out.
Fellow mamas I’ve talked to also seem to love these, so I plan on trying these out for the “blue line” indicator that lets you know when the nappy is ready to be changed.
This organic diaper rash balm is top-rated, fresh-smelling, clinically-tested, and even safe for cloth diapers. It’s the only balm made with organic olive oil infused with a proprietary blend of naturally antibacterial and antifungal organic herbs, shea butter and pure essential oils; it also soothes itchy bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns.
It’s not advised to use diaper wipes on sensitive newborn skin, but Water Wipes seem to be ok, since they’re 99.9% water with a bit of fruit extract. Granted, you can make your own “baby wipes” for a newborn with just water and paper towels, but that can be a hassle. I’ve tested the Water Wipes out on myself too, so I’ll be using them with my little girl in the first weeks.
Jellycat is an English classic for plush stuffed toys. I got my little girl a Woodland Babe Bunny to start her collection. You won’t believe how soft these stuffed animals are until you hold one!
Sophie is a French classic, made out of natural rubber and decorated with food grade paint for teething babies. There’s actually a whole line of Sophie La Giraffe teethers, plush toys, and even books! Sophie is easy to hold for little hands and makes a delightful squeak when her tummy or head is squeezed.
Honorable Mention: Go GaGa Squeeze & Teethe Elephant
The Cloud B Sleep Sheep has four soothing sounds to help baby sleep easier, and the on-the-go version fits easily in a diaper bag as well as attaching to the side of a crib.
Little Giraffe, not to be confused with Sophie La Giraffe, makes luxurious baby blankets, layette, and this sweet stroller toy. It has interactive crinkle paws, a rattle, and pull-vibrate features. I plan on attaching this little guy on our carseat handle for baby’s first drive home.
This is where I personally registered, since we have a location close to us. I also picked Buy Buy Baby for their wide range of brand choice, including harder-to-find boutique-y brands. They have Stokke products in stock to touch and feel too, so that was a major selling point for me. Registry consultants are usually pretty knowledgeable across their wide range of brand offerings.
Perks include a goody bag upon registration, a 10% off completion program, complimentary announcement cards and gift packaging, and hassle-free returns. Also, they often have coupons that you can get in the mail (and email); some of the higher-end brands are excluded, though, so be sure to read the fine print. Non-expired Bed Bath & Beyond coupons are also accepted at Buy Buy Baby locations.
Amazon Baby would be my second choice, especially if I had more family and friends in far away places who were also savvy online shoppers. The biggest selling point for me with Amazon Baby is that the registry is universal, meaning you can add items to your Amazon Baby Registry from any website!
Perks include a 10% off completion program (15% off if you’re an Amazon Mom member) and 90-day return policy.
Target is a great choice for it’s ease of access; almost everyone has a Target near them, and if you’re a wife or mama, you’re probably in that store weekly anyway. You can often find baby deals via their text couponing service, printable coupons on their site, and the Cartwheel app (love that app so much, by the way). The only reason I didn’t register here is that brand choices are somewhat limited in the stores I’ve been to; I do see that their range is much greater online, though, if you think your friends and family are comfortable with online shopping.
Perks include a welcome gift (goody bag with samples and $50 in coupon savings), a 15% off completion program, and free shipping + 5% off for gift givers with the Target REDcard (I have that too and love using it along with Target coupons and the Cartwheel app). Returns and exchanges are also supposed to be easy, like most registries.
Congrats to our winner, Brittany Stromatt Millsaps! She was randomly selected by Rafflecopter.
Thank you to everyone who entered and spread the word. Your comments below were very helpful as well. We will continue to have more giveaways here and on Instagram (currently running an Insta-giveaway for a Blanqi tank ending Saturday, November 8th, and planning another a few days later).
Please share your personal must-haves in the comments below. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything!
This post is not sponsored, although my opinions and product choices wouldn’t differ if it were. I only recommend items I personally believe in and plan to use. Special thanks to the companies offering their awesome baby products for this giveaway!