I remember the glorious moment when Robert and I found out we were going to add a new addition to our family. I then remember how confused we were about what we would need in preparation for this little person. With so many products in the market, it was hard to decipher what was a necessity versus a nice-to-have. As minimalists, we really focused on purchasing items that we were actually going to use.
Through my community of friends, I pooled together a list that has worked well for us. Every family is different and has different needs, but these items have worked well for us thus far. I hope this list serves as a solid starting point for you!
Hudson Baby apparel - They have the cutest little onsies for kids. We have 'Ice Ice Baby' and 'Chill Dude' Onsies for Liam.
Swaddleme Original Swaddles - You will learn how to swaddle your child at the hospital, but these swaddles make life much easier.
Halo Sleepsack- We haven't tried this yet, but have heard that it does wonders!
Baby Laundry Detergent - I have been told by my Mom and others that it is a good idea to use baby laundry detergent to prevent skin allergies on delicate baby skin.
Other than these suggestions, I am sure you will be receiving a lot of clothing or hand-me-downs from family and friends who can't resist adorable onsies and outfits for your baby. I know you will probably be buying some yourself. Some of our favorites: Carters, Baby Boden, and Baby Gap.
Bathing and Skincare:
The First Years Infant - Toddler Tub - This tub has been working well for us - and it's easy for us to use over our bathroom sink.
Hooded Infant Towel - These towels are amazing because they keep Liam from being cold and it's easy for us to dry his hair afterwards.
Washcloths - Washcloths are handy to have; we particularly use them to wipe his face everyday.
Johnson and Johnson 2 in 1 Wash- This product has been gentle on his skin and it's something I grew up using.
Baby Aquaphor - I use Aquaphor after giving Liam a bath. It's a great moisturizer!
Boudreaux's Butt Paste - I can't rave enough about this product. We use the butt paste during ever diaper change, and we haven't seen a sign of skin rash yet.
Munchkin Bath Super Scoop Toy Organizer - This hasn't been used yet, but we liked it because we like to keep our small space as tidy as we can.
Out and About:
Britax Stroller + Car Seat - This stroller has been phenomenal for us thus far. It's smooth and easy to use even though it's a bit heavy to carry the car seat.
Britax Raincover - This is worth the purchase if you know you will be walking around quite a bit.
Ergo 360 Baby Carrier - We tried other carriers, but this one has been THE winner thus far. The lower strap supports my lower back, and I can use it without needing help.
Crib - I included this line item here for your convenience. :) We found a crib with a changing table and eventually turns into a toddler bed.
Mattress - You will want to find an extra firm mattress for your crib.
Burt's Bees Fitted Crib Sheets - We love these sheets because they come in neutral colors, are soft, and seem comfy for a firm mattress.
Changing Table - Our changing table was attached to the crib, but you can find a changing table practically anywhere.
Bumbo Changing Pad - This product is a life saver! The rubber is contoured for a baby's body and it's easy to wipe. No extra laundry is necessary!
Rocking Chair / Glider - We really wanted this item but could not fit it into Liam's room.
Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper - This little gem is portable and has been great for naps anywhere in the house.
Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker - This vibrating chair has been fantastic when I cook, work, or need to be handsfree. Liam typically sits and watches me or stares at his favorite painting on the wall.
Graco Pack and Play - This is another awesome product that has been useful for naps in the living room or to use as a portable crib.
Kick and Play Piano Gym - This toy is a fun sensory experience; it's fun to see Liam's face light up when he plays with it.
Blankets - There's a good chance you will be gifted with a few to use.
My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow - This pillow has truly been my best friend. It has made nursing easier because provides the adequate support I need to feed Liam. I'm not slouching, and my lower back has thanked me for it.
Nipple Cream -This product helped soothe the soreness - alternatively, if you have coconut oil in the house, put some in the fridge and use it as a balm. It's baby friendly.
Boon Grass Drying Rack - The drying rack helps to keep all the bottles and parts in one place.
Dr. Browns Bottles and Bottle Brush - Liam prefers these bottles, and we chose to stay with this brand; why change something when it's not 'broken'?
Handsfree Bra for Pumping - This bra will save you so much time when you pump! Enough said.
Philips Avent Steam Sanitizer - We bought this item after washing a ton of bottles and wondering if they were truly clean.
Burts Bees Burp Cloths - Our favorite burp cloths because they are so soft, absorbable, and super handy.
Diapers - We haven't taken the cloth route yet, however we have tested Pampers, Huggies, and the Costco Kirkland Brand. The Costco brand has worked well, and saved us tons of money.
Huggies Natural Care Unscented Baby Wipes - These wipes have been doing the job!
Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail Powered by Arm and Hammer - We like this pail because the step makes life more convenient AND we can't smell a thing!
Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail Refills - As mentioned above, we can't smell a thing, so Arm and Hammer is doing it's job.
Portable Diaper Changing Station - These little clutch pads are great on the go. Our diapers, wipes and ointments fit into this contraption.
Diaper Bag - This is such a personal preference. I bought the largest Le Pilage bag from Longchamp; it serves as a diaper and computer bag in one. Robert may be investing in a Diaper Dude or Jeep Brand bag
Other Miscellaneous Items:
Nose Frieda - I have not had the pleasure of using this yet, but as gross as it is, I've heard that it works to relieve stuffy noses.
Nose Frieda Filters - You'll want these filters if you buy the Nose Frieda!
American Red Cross Baby Healthcare Kit - We bought this kit because it had everything we thought we would need. We have used most of these items too.
Marpac Dohm White Noise Machine - This machine is a life saver - hands down!
Crane Cool Mist Humidifier - I have started to use this now that the heater is on in our house. It does the job, and best of all I can put lavender oil into the water to create a calming vibe in Liam's room.
Sophie the Giraffe - Parents rave about this toy because it helps to stimulate all five senses. Liam is still to young to play with Sophie - but we hope it's all that we want it to be for him!
NogginStik Developmental Rattle - This rattle was gifted to us, and we love it! It comes with a variety ideas to try as Liam goes through different developmental stages.
Melissa and Doug Toys - These toys are thoughtfully designed to appropriately stimulate kids' senses.
Lamaze Freddy the Firefly is always a great developmental toy for kids
Baby Einstein as a fun little take-along music toy that entertains Liam for hours. .
Baby Monitor - This is a personal choice but we went with the Baby Sense Monitor.
Soft Books - Liam loves these books because of the sensory experience it provides, not to mention he loves putting everything in his mouth. We typically read him the book and give it to him to play with.
Comfortable clothing - Quite honestly yoga clothes have been my saving grace. I can't fit into my regular clothes, but my yoga clothes are a little more accommodating to my body in its present state. Athleta has been one of my go-to brands because it's BCorp, yet when I shop local, Summit to Soul is my go-to on the Hill (you can also purchase their clothing online).
Bringing Up Bebe - I'm a big advocate of discipline and etiquette, so I found the basis of this book quite appealing. Druckerman does a great job offering advice that is based on her own experiences without being pushy, and I learned so much!
What to Expect When Your Expecting - A classic book that answers all those, "Is this supposed to happen to my body?" questions.
Lavender oil - There's nothing like lavender oil to calm me down on my roughest days. I have not been wearing perfume, so this oil serves as my scent. I dab a few drops on my wrist and neck. I also used this during labor in between pushing, and it really helped me stay calm, and focused.
Palmers Tummy Butter - I am genetically disposed to stretch marks from what I've witnessed in my family. I used this product at least three times a day and before going in the shower to protect my belly from getting too dry, and it worked! Persistence paid off, and I don't have stretch marks to my absolute amazement.
Baby Gear Lab is a great site that has reviews on everything baby-related that you have questions about.
IKEA has some wonderful toys and furniture that you should consider taking a look at.
KellyMom has been a useful website for parental information and advice.
Try to connect with local parenting groups, listservs, or pre/post natal workout groups (like Fit4Mom) in your area. Parents in your area have been there and done that, so it will be worth your while to learn about local resources and other 'tricks of the trade.' You may also find parents who want to get rid of clothing or toys that have outgrown their child. This a great way to save money on clothing and toys, especially when your child will be growing leaps and bounds at this stage.
There is A LOT of noise and advice out there. I'm trying to minimize the noise for you, but please keep in mind that you know your child the best. Each child is different, so use your intuition to determine what is best for your baby.
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