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One of my favorite topics probably ever is baby gear. I don’t know what it is about it. I feel like I could talk for hours about all the baby stuff out there and never get bored of browsing online for what’s new and cool. But with so many choices for us mamas, I thought it’d be helpful to share what I’ve been using these past few months with my second baby, just ICYMI on my Instagram and Stories. Figuring out what’s going to work best for you, your baby and your lifestyle can get a little overwhelming, so I hope this post will help you navigate those baby gear choices with a little more ease after seeing what tools I depend on in the first few months of newborn life. All of the items I’m sharing in this post are available on The Tot website.
When The Tot approached me to share my newborn baby faves from their site, I was flattered and accepted without hesitation. They are an online shop for moms, babies and kids with curated products as well as trusted advice, created by some pretty inspiring Russian women in fashion — Nasiba Adilova and Miroslava Duma. I mean, these are uber-cool fashion moms. I’m definitely interested in what they pick for their own babies.
The Tot’s mission is “to be the premier destination that offers trusted advice with mindfully curated safe, non-toxic, innovative and stylish products for conscious parents in a world of overwhelming choice.” More than an e-commerce site with amazing baby gear, The Tot cultivates an impressive network of experts in journalism, family medicine, nutrition and more to explore everything from fertility to sleeping, feeding and nutrition, style, gear and wellbeing. They share interviews with famous mamas (who are just like us) such as Jenna Bush Hager, Daphne Oz, and Taylor Tomasi Hill, and their “blog” section covers some great topics and is quite the interesting read.
Wherever possible, all products featured on The Tot are free from pesticides, toxic chemicals, dyes, or anything that may be harmful to you or your baby. Style is important to them, and they try and choose materials that are as natural and organic as possible. That’s why I’m obsessed with browsing their site! Although I feel like I know most of the cool brands out there, I somehow always seem to come across something new and amazing on The Tot, so I think of them as a source of the best mama and baby products out there, without me having to go to all those baby product conventions myself.
So, without further ado, here are my favorite newborn baby gear items I couldn’t live without to get what I need done on a daily basis.
Top 10 Newborn Baby Gear Essentials from a Second-Time Mom
The Dockatot is a baby lounger and bed for use between 0 and 8 months old. I hadn’t heard of it with my first pregnancy, but I knew I had to get one with my second. I kept hearing from other moms how much it helped their babies sleep, so I figured it would help mine too. The concept is that the baby feels safe and secure in a womb-like bed. The Dockatot has been great for co-sleeping this time around; newborns are so tiny, so it’s good to have a designated, safe spot for them to sleep if you choose to have them with you. We put the Dockatot in the middle of our bed and it acts as a bumper for him, which helps put my mind at ease. I definitely wish I had it with my daughter. As he gets older, we can leave the bottom open to accommodate his growing legs, and then there’s a bigger size for older babies. I’ve also used the Dockatot for propping him up for tummy time! We can move it anywhere in the house and if he falls asleep, he can be moved back into the bedroom without waking him up. When we took our road trip from SoCal to Sacramento about a month ago, it was the first thing I packed to take with us to the hotel room. The outside is washable, and I love the crisp, white cover; it does get dirty pretty quickly from spit up and such, so having a second cover isn’t a bad idea. I wash my Dockatot cover on cold and don’t let it go in the dryer because it already fits pretty snugly and I would hate for it to shrink. We use the Dockatot daily.
The BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft is an ergonomic baby bouncer where baby can play or rest safely. It doesn’t need batteries nor any electric power and is lightweight and portable. The baby’s own movements set this baby bouncer gently rocking. It has multiple positions, from sleeping to playing, and it helps baby develop balance and motor skills. We use it in the living room for hanging out and in the bathroom when I need to shower. I’ve also brought it to grandma’s house and the beach since it folds flat in a few seconds. The cover comes off easily and is washable. We use the BABYBJÖRN bouncer daily and couldn’t live without it.
3. Nook Niche Organic Feeding Pillow (c/o The Tot)
The Nook Sleep Systems Niche Organic Feeding Pillow is 100% organic and luxuriously soft and breathable to keep you and the baby cool and cozy while breastfeeding and lounging. It has a removable, washable organic cotton and eucalyptus cover. Body-hugging arms ensure that the pillow doesn’t shift, and the shape and firmness make it perfect for propping up the baby while he’s learning to sit on his own. At home when he’s not hanging out in his bouncer or Dockatot, he’s propped up in this nursing pillow. Everyone in our family uses it actually. The Misty color is a grey with a hint of eucalyptus green, which I find very calming and complementary to our home decor. We use this breastfeeding pillow daily as well.
The Stokke Xplory is my holy-grail OG stroller that I’ve used with both babies, and I have a few strollers in my collection. It has all the options I could ever need to be a truly transformative stroller for every stage – from the bassinet to car seat adapters to the toddler seat with a newborn insert as well as the sibling board attachment. The height is amazing for taller parents like us, and that alone makes it the most comfortable for me to push. I rely on it every day to get from our apartment to the parking structure and back, now that I have two kids and regularly bring home groceries, etc. It’s a lifesaver, and I wouldn’t be able to live in a high-rise building with kids without it. We use the Stokke Xplory stroller daily.
My daughter never took to any of the bottles I tried (nor any pacificers), but I’m wondering if she would have been more keen on the idea if I had tried these Comotomo bottles with her, which mimic breastfeeding and ease breast-to-bottle transitioning because of the shape and feel of them. They are made out of medical-grade silicone, and the bottle itself is soft and squeezable! The Comotomo bottles are also easy to clean because of how wide their opening is and features leak-free vents to prevent colic. We don’t use them often because I’m still exclusively breastfeeding and have only left my son once so I could go to a girl’s brunch, but he took to these bottles right away when my husband fed him. It is a freeing feeling to know that I can leave him if I need to because he takes a bottle of my pumped milk! The nipples come in varying flow options, such as Slow Flow for newborns and faster flows for older babies available for purchase. Also, as a cherry on top, these Comotomo bottles are rather beautiful with their minimalist design.
I feel like this product is pretty self-explanatory. I spared you any photos of me actually using it, haha, but I use the NoseFrida Snotsucker on both my kids pretty regularly (I use a different one for each child, and I also keep one in my diaper bag, so I have 3 total). This style of baby nose-cleaner where the parent sucks out the boogers is the hygienic choice of today. There’s a filter that prevents you from getting anything in your own mouth (not to worry), and you can see exactly what’s come out and then easily clean it out.
Fridababy products have truly impressed me. This nail clipper is the only one I use on my kids, and I haven’t hurt any fingers or toes yet! Fridababy’s uniquely designed nail clippers feature a safety spy hole that enables parents to see exactly what they’re cutting. The curved, overlapping blades allow for safe, smooth and silent snipping. I don’t use the nail file because I don’t see the need for it after the nail clipper has done its job. We use the NailFrida clippers a few times a week, since baby and toddler fingers grow pretty quickly.
This wooden play gym by Finn & Emma is beautiful, non-toxic, and features organic cotton detachable toys. It has a 100% birch-wood frame finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers. The wooden toys are also non-toxic, made from all-natural, untreated Indian hardwood buffed with vegetable seed wax. The knit dolls are made with phthalate-free rattles inside and are hand-knit with organic cotton. All Finn + Emma play gym toy attachments are interchangeable and can be used on the car seat, the bumper bar of your stroller or on a high chair. We use this wooden play gym above the Dockatot on the floor of our living room or on our bed as well as in front of the BABYBJÖRN bouncer.
I prefer to use wraps and ring slings in the first few months as opposed to more structured carriers, because they just feel softer and safer for a tiny newborn but still let me get stuff done with both my hands available. I can easily breastfeed in my wrap too without anyone even noticing. With my second baby, I got the California mom cult-classic Solly Baby Wrap in Natural & Grey Stripe. This wrap is made out of a soft, stretchy modal, comes in some beautiful colors and patterns, and is machine-washable. If you’re worried about figuring out how to use a wrap, don’t be — it becomes second nature after a few tries. I watched a YouTube video my first time because I’m more of a visual learner. Let’s be real — the fabrics and colors that wraps and carriers come in these days also make it fun to match with your outfit! I use my Solly baby wrap every other day or so to get stuff done around the house and sometimes to go to stores so the car seat doesn’t take up space in the shopping cart.
My son takes pacifiers, which was a relief actually, since my daughter wasn’t a fan. He loves the orthodontic shape and rubbery feel of these Ecopiggy Pacifiers, and I love how they look as well as how the handle makes it easy to attach pacifier holders so we don’t lose them. They’re made out of 100% natural rubber, are molded in one piece, and don’t leave marks on baby’s face. Although my son takes other pacifiers, these Ecopiggy ones are my absolute favorite.
All of these items are available on The Tot in a one-stop shop. These 10 baby products are what I couldn’t have lived without for the first few months of newborn life. Well, not literally, but these baby items do make my life as a mom of 2 significantly easier, and that’s exactly what you want from anything you bring into your home. As an added bonus, they’re beautiful and of course made out of high-quality, safe materials. I hope these mini reviews have helped if you’re a first-time mom or even a second- or third-time parent looking to see what’s new in the baby world in 2017.
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