I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two going into my second pregnancy and baby game. I mean let’s be honest, parenting is all about trial and error so I’m sharing a few ‘Must Have’s’ that I loved from my first experience and a few ‘Must Not Have’s’ of things that either didn’t work or were completely unnecessary. Here we go…
Dock-A-Tot: We used this quite frequently in the first few weeks. It allowed for us to lay baby down on the sofa, floor, or bed without feeling like they’re going to roll away or get squashed – ah! It was such a staple for us and worth the cost, in my opinion. I had registered for this the first time around so luckily for us, it is the gift that keeps on giving.
Sound Machine: Quick backstory…my sister gave me a white noise machine before baby #1 and I was like nah, I’m good. And within the first week I quickly realized how much of a necessity it was. This one is my favorite and I’ve gone through several. I have to admit that now even I can’t sleep with a little white noise.
SwaddleMe Swaddles: These were another item that my sister passed down to me and were a life changer. First time Moms: do not waste your time trying to swaddle with blankets. These work better, take less time, and are super secure even for those babies who try to wrangle out of them!
UppaBaby Mesa Carseat: We loved this car seat because it is SUPER easy to install, works perfectly with our stroller (UppaBaby Vista), and isn’t too heavy. Added bonus: each grandparent already has a base so we’re all set for baby #2.
ErgoBaby 360 Carrier: I used this with for a VERY long time with Clyde despite how large he was. In the beginning, I used it so I could actually cook a meal, for him to nap if necessary, to nurse in public, and even while we were on our boat. Towards the end of it’s use with Clyde, I used it a ton while traveling. It was super convenient to go through airport security and have him sleep on me and even allow me to doze off if needed without worrying he was going to slide off my lap!
Other items that I highly recommend: burp clothes (you’ll need 100 of them), diapers (I used honest company and loved them, I recommend sizing up one for nighttime use. Also, just put it on your amazon subscription so its mindless and you never run out!), a reliable breast pump & pumping bra (you’ll have to check with your insurance to see what is covered), and nursing bras. I also recommend having a humidifier especially if you’re due in the winter months – as soon as your little one gets a cold, you’ll be happy you have one! And lastly, I didn’t use a diaper bag with Clyde; I used and loved this instead! It allowed me to swap into different totes and/or backpacks with ease.
Must Not Have’s:
Rock N’ Play: RIP RNP. It was recently recalled and deemed unsafe for sleep. While I loved this with Clyde, I basically googled myself out of using it for baby #2 based on all of the horror stories and decided to go with The Snoo instead this time around. The Snoo has received so many amazing reviews and I’m excited to try it.
Baby Swings: I have this one and I’m keeping it for baby #2 HOWEVER, Clyde did not like the swing so part of me is tempted to part ways with it…but I know every baby is different and has different needs/preferences so we’ll keep and see how it goes. It was a gracious hand-me-down from family but what I will say to first time mom’s is to hold off on equipment like this until you know your baby will love it.
Bath Tubs with Foam: Get a simple bath tub like this one instead! Anything with a foam interior or liner or even a sling will get moldy and gross.
Pacifiers: wait. before you think I’m crazy, hear me out…Clyde didn’t take a pacifier (ever, yes ever). So before you go buying 100 pacifiers, they give you one at the hospital. See if your baby will take to it & go from there.
Okay, that’s it! Good luck! No, I’m kidding…I’ll keep this list up to date as we go!