When you have a new baby there are so many things that people say you need to buy, and so many lists of things that say they are super helpful. But let’s be honest, you don’t need half of it and some people make really crappy suggestions.
As a mom to two kids under 4 and aunt to many many little ones, I have seen all this time and time again. It is time to stop the madness.
So I’ve come up with my own list of the best and the worst baby products we used. I’ve updated this list over time as I discover new things and I promise to always give you my brutally honest opinion on things.
I’ve bought that stupidly expensive baby item that never get’s used before, it sucks. So let’s dive in and I’ll let you know things you actually need and don’t need for your new baby!
We’ll start with the best baby products we tried.
(PS- affiliate links ahead!)
Seriously the Rock and Play is a lifesaver. I have given it as a gift several times since having our first. Abby LOVED sleeping in this and it is the perfect place for baby to chill while you are busy.
As an added bonus it closes flat so it can fit anywhere. We took it everywhere with us when she was little and it is super easy to keep it around for baby friends who come over.
By far we have used this the most out of anything we got for Abby. I would suggest getting a neutral color so it’s easy to use with your next little one!
EDITED TO ADD: I’ve recently read research that these may not be the safest for overnight sleeping. I would only use this for supervised naps, but do your own research to make this decision!
I know this may sound silly, but I had at least two receiving blankets on hand at all times. Not to cover Abby up, they were a little small for that after she grew, but for ALL the spit up.
Abby was what you would call a happy spitter. She would spit up all day every day but was so happy while she was doing it.
The receiving blankets were absorbent and large enough that we didn’t have to switch out after every feeding.
Plus, they cover your whole torso from spit up, what kind of baby knows to stick with only the small area where your rag is to spit up? Not mine.
We actually didn’t get this for Abby until she was 7 months, but I wish we had a carrier toy from day one. This toy was perfect for Abby to keep herself busy in the car, she wasn’t too enamored with the dangling ones.
We have this toy now still for our newest little one and it is worth it’s weight in gold! We got on trips very often, this has kept him entertained starting around 2 month’s old when he figured out.
I dread him growing out of the infant carrier because it occupies him so much!
The lights, music, mirror combo made both of them a happy babies and saved my sanity several million times. Plus it is SO affordable.
Baby Monitor 3G
Instead of spending $100+ on a baby monitor with video we did this. It’s only $3.99 and it has a variety of options to track your baby.
It can be used on so many products we usually have at least three hanging around between computers, iPads, and iPhones that can work as a baby monitor/ parent monitor.
You can’t see the baby in the dark which is definitely a con, but I learned to be ok with it. You can see them during naps though.
If anything this app makes a perfect travel monitor, but we’ve used it full time.
We bought our portable high chair way too late in the game. It is a godsend when we visit people’s houses.
Before I would let Abby sit on my lap and eat with me and it was a disaster. The day we bought the portable high chair is a day I will never forget.
This particular one we have is super affordable and it is collapsible so it can be stored easily in your car.
This book was a lifesaver with both of my babies. It is a great step by step guide for having a new baby and a guide to get them to sleep through the night.
I know you can google this stuff, but this book is written by two pediatric nurses who know their crap. Plus I can attest that their methods really work!
They cover things like what you need in your medicine cabinet before baby, what is baby’s schedule at this age and that age and so on to help them actually sleep through the night.
If you intend to breastfed or pump for your little ones, education is the key to success. I breastfed and pumped with both of my little ones and I wish I had these classes with my first!
Even though I breastfed and pumped for over a year with my first little girl I took these classes before I had my son and was blown away by the crazy helpful info.
They are separate classes so you can buy one or another and they are SO affordable. Check them out here for more info.
Free Baby Prep Bootcamp
Ok I’m a little bias for putting this on the best things section of this post. But I have made this awesome Baby prep bootcamp just for you all that covers all the must know’s for getting ready for baby.
I go over things like finances before and after baby, a must
Now for the worst baby products we bought.
I’m sorry to the creators but this thing is a joke, at least our was. You have to keep the paci in your baby’s mouth for 2 minutes before it gets an accurate temperature. That’s an eternity for a fussy, sick baby! It’s just not feasible.
Don’t waste your money. Instead get the temporal thermometer, it is fast and I felt that it gave a more accurate reading.
The pack ‘n play is probably a great investment for a lot of people. For us, it just didn’t fit. Abby slept in her bassinet of our pack ‘n play for the first few weeks. But the changing table leaned to the side, (it was a serious design flaw) and it just made me nervous to use.
We ended up co-sleeping more than I thought we would with Abby and we just didn’t use it that much. If we traveled more this might’ve been a winner, but it just didn’t hit the mark for us.
I was so adamant that we get baby mittens before Abby was born and have them in our hospital bag. And then we never used them.
Abby didn’t really scratch herself much, so I’m not a good judge on kiddos who really go at it. However, I have heard using socks works too, and honestly, that makes so much sense to me.
Let me know if you have any additions to the list! I always love hearing about baby products, whether they worked or not!
Look I know what you might think, my poor babies bottom will be cold and they will scream! Well you may be right.
But guess what? You can’t take your wipe warmer with you on the road. So when you go to change darling Susy’s bottom in Target she is gonna lose it!
Just pass this one up, you’re baby will get used to slightly cold wipes and you wont have to throw away the bottom 5 or 6 that inevitably dry out.
This one comes with a caveat. If your baby is born in winter, yes you really may need some shoes for that cutie!
Both of my kiddos were born just before summer and we did not bring out one pair of shoes until it got colder outside. And let me tell you, they grow out of those little baby shoes fast!!
I know a bottle warmer may be easy. But it really is something that you just don’t need!
Here is your DIY bottle warmer: run some warm water into a large glass, and stick the bottle in it for a few minutes. It works like a charm!
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