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Now that I’ve had my second baby I’ve owned a variety of different baby products over the years. I had a pretty big baby shower for my first born and was extremely lucky that most people stuck to purchasing from my registry and I was able to have most of the items I needed. I made some friends as I started my motherhood journey and learned of some must-have baby products that I would have put on my own baby registry had I known about them prior to having my first child. Most of these items were lent to me by my friend Patty and passed around our group of moms because we all loved them so much.
I created my registry through Buy Buy Baby but if I could go back I would absolutely use Amazon’s baby registry. Most people are Amazon prime users so it would make it convenient for gift purchasing. Although I believe the biggest benefit of using Amazon is once you complete your register you get a 15% completion discount on a single order that you are able to use to purchase anything that was not received from your registry. I’ve seen people buy their car seats, strollers, pack and plays and even breast pumps this way.
Here are my Top 10 Items that I wish I put on my baby registry.
- Tripp Trapp High Chair
We ended up purchasing a convertible highchair from Buy Buy Baby that was extremely discounted for being an open box. The idea of it staying with your baby into toddlerhood is great until you realize at that point they can just sit in their own regular chair. High chairs with fabrics can also be pretty difficult to clean.
My first must-have item is the Tripp Trapp High Chair. A few of my friends have these for their children and I wish I had known about it sooner. This chair allows babies, toddlers and children to sit upright with their legs and feet at a 90 degree angle to promote healthy eating dynamics and allow your child to get the most out of mealtimes. The chair is also table-height with no tray so your child can participate in mealtime with your family. It is completely adjustable for all heights and extremely easy to clean.
- Baby BabyBjörn Bouncer
When I was looking for items to put on my baby registry I could not fathom spending a ton of money on certain items that my kids would eventually outgrow. Well, after my girlfriend let me borrow her Baby BabyBjörn Bouncer for my newborn I WISHED I would have had it for my first baby. It has become the single most used baby product in our household since we received it. The seat is quite reactive to even the smallest of kicks and it has three different reclining positions to grow with your baby. My 5 week old is very picky when being set down but she will spend a considerable amount of time in this seat. I’ve used a few different bouncers with different features but this one’s design is by far the most efficient for comfort and versatility.
- Hatch Plus+ Sound Machine
This one has gotten extremely popular for families over the years. We even bought a second one for the new baby’s room! The Hatch Plus+ Sound Machine is Wi-Fi enabled with a smartphone app to keep them snoozing through the sounds of everyday life. The machine doubles as a night light with different light colors that you can also change through the Hatch Rest App. It’s newest edition comes with a charging base for convenient on-the-go capabilities. It has been a part of our oldest’s bedtime routine since night 1 and we can not live without it.
- Nursing Pillow
I had registered for the Boppy Nursing Pillow with my first born and although it was a great purchase and I got a great amount of use out of it, I recommend putting the My Brestfriend Nursing Pillow on your baby registry instead. I had no idea what I was missing until using this for the first time with my second born. It has an ergonomic design to help support your back while keeping your baby close to your breast. I love the adjustable strap and easy to wash removable cover. It also has a pocket that you can keep extra breastfeeding supplies such as nipple cream, nursing pads or even extra snacks.
- Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
There are so many different variations of baby wraps and carriers but this one is a must have. I put a traditional baby carrier on my baby registry for my first baby and as much as I loved it I did not feel that my baby was very comfortable when being used for long periods of time. After using the Moby Wrap Baby Carrier I can never go back. The fabric is stretchy and durable and it feels like the weight of the baby is evenly distributed across my whole body instead of just in the middle of my back.
- Infant Optics Baby Monitor
I put the Google Nest Camera on our baby registry, and as much as it was convenient because we could check it from our cell phone as well as the Google Home, it became less than reliable when the Wi-Fi went out. I purchased the Infant Optics HD Video Monitor and we love using it. I like that it comes with an interchangeable wide angle lens to see more of your child’s room if necessary. Especially after the transition to a toddler bed. You can also add a second camera to the monitor if you plan on having more children. It has an extremely clear night vision and active noise reduction, so it will not pick up extra white noise.
- Nested Bean Zen Swaddle
The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle is another item that was gifted to me for my daughter to use. Along with it were several variations of sleep sacks and swaddles. Out of all of them, this one helps her not only fall asleep but stay asleep. It is made to mimic the pressure that your baby feels when you’re holding them. You can swaddle with arms in or out so you’re still able to use it when your baby starts rolling. It has a TOG rating of 1.5 so you’re able to use it year round up to 6 months of age.
- This Nasal Aspirator
Newborns are so incredibly congested in the first few weeks of life, especially at night. Sometimes you’ll need to help them along with some saline spray, and a nasal aspirator. I really don’t like using the nasal bulbs, nose frida or cleaning them for that matter. I came across this nasal aspirator and really favor using it when my baby is congested. The best part about it is the automatic self cleaning function that makes it 10x easier to clean than any other nasal clearing product.
- Wearable Breast Pump
There are a lot of breast pumps out there, but for busy moms like myself I don’t always have the time to sit in one spot for a half hour and pump. I love my Double Elvie Breast Pump. It is almost completely silent and I am able to use it discreetly while working, driving or even taking my kids to the zoo. It has a smart phone app that I can use to control the suction and can alert me when the containers are almost full. A full charged battery can last me about 4-5 full pumping sessions.
- Feeding supplies for starting solids
The switch from a liquid to solid diet happens faster than you think. We didn’t start with combination feeding with my frost until 7 or 8 months, but I realized how underprepared we were. We ended up purchasing some on Amazon and I can not begin to explain how much we love them. The first item is the WeeSprout Suction Plates. They’re made with 100% food grade silicone with suction cups to keep your child’s meals mess-free. We also love Avancy’s Bamboo suction bowl and plate as well as their spoon set. These items were great when we started baby led weaning and have held up for well over a year now. The silicone suction rings detach from the plate and bowl for easy washing and drying. As for bibs go, I wish we would have registered for silicone bibs with deep pockets such as the ones made by mushie or Moonkie because they’re better at protecting clothing and do not carry stains.
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