Who knew someone so small could need so many things? Not to mention there’s so much stuff you think you need that you end up not using and visa versa.
At six months in, I can say with certainty that these are the items we’ve used and loved so far. If I could do my registry over again I would definitely have all of these on there. Of course, every baby is different so what has worked for us and Lily may not be a good fit for others.
Without further ado, here’s the big list of all the baby stuff we use and love. Helpful for whether you’re a parent-to-be and in need of ideas, or you want to know what would be a good gift for that new parent in your life.
I chose to build my registry on Babylist because the items I wanted weren’t all from one store, and Babylist allows you to add items from anywhere and shows you all the possible places to purchase that item. It eliminates the need to make multiple registries, something I’ve seen a few of my friends do. It also makes it easy for everyone’s buying preferences whether they purchase in a store or online.
I’ve been really fortunate to have about 98% of Lily’s clothes all gifted from other people. I’ve bought a few special things for her or essential stuff she’s needed like socks, but for the most part her wardrobe is from friends and family. When I do buy her clothes this is where I mainly shop:
Toys: Just basic rubber duckies. She loves them!
Washcloths: No preference. We have a wide variety of muslin cloths and terrycloth ones. I mainly use the FridaBaby DermaFrida the SkinSoother Silicone Bath Brush.
Baby Monitor: Nanit + Nanit Breathing Wear Band. Joshua did a lot of research and ended up with the Nanit because it was the most secure. I’ve heard horror stories from other parents about how their monitors were hacked, so we took our time researching to make sure we got one we were comfortable with. After moving her to crib we got the Breathing Band and boy does it give us peace of mind knowing we can monitor her breathing. Now I don’t go in every 5 mins and stick my fingers under her nose because that anxiety is definitely there! I also like the Breathing Band because there’s nothing electronic in the band – the monitor simply tracks the pattern on the band.
Bassinet: SNOO Smart Bassinet Sleeper. This is a smart bassinet that rocks baby to sleep and plays white noise that mimics the sounds they hear in the womb. It’ll detect if baby is getting fussy and amp up the rocking until baby is back asleep. It’s a pricey bassinet if you purchase it outright but we opted to rent ours since at most she’d be in it for six months. We transitioned her out of it at 4 months. We kept all the original packaging so when we were done we boxed it up and dropped it off at our local FedEx. I can’t recommend the SNOO enough, and I will definitely rent it again if we have more babies.
Blankets: Muslin Swaddles. Lily loves her blankets and is the happiest little baby when we swaddle her in the muslin ones. She loves the fabric up against her cheeks.
Crib Mattress: Serta Perfect Embrace Crib and Toddler Mattress
Crib Mattress Protector: Sealy Allergy Protection Crib Mattress Pad Cover with Organic Cotton Top
Lounger: DockATot Deluxe Plus Dock – When you first bring baby home they’re gonna sleep a lot, and this makes it easy to set them down anywhere. Comes in real handy when you’re trying to have a meal and you want baby to be close by. It’s also been helpful on road trips when we have to change her in the car. We have gotten so much use out of it!
Changing Pad: Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale
Changing Pad Cover: PeeKaPoo Disposable Changing Pad Liners
Diaper Pail: Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail in White
Diaper Pail Liners: Ubbi Plastic Diaper Pail Bags
Disposable Diapers: We were big fans of Pampers Pure Diapers in the beginning, but then COVID hit and diapers became scarce. I switched to Hello Bello and got their monthly diaper bundle which included daytime and nighttime diapers plus baby wipes.
Wipe Spray: Among the Flowers Baby Wipe Spray
Bibs: No preference. We have a wide variety of silicon, cloth, and plastic bibs. They’ve come in handy in order to avoid multiple wardrobe changes due to spit-up and drool. Can’t have too many of these!
Bottles: Dr. Brown’s® Options+™ Newborn Wide-Neck Baby Bottle Set in Clear. Fantastic bottles especially for formula. The venting system prevents bubbles from getting in therefore reducing gas and spit-ups. We got a few different brands of bottles in the beginning from various welcome kits, so we were able to see which ones Lily liked. We had the best results with Dr. Brown’s.
Bottle Sterilizer: Dr. Brown’s® Microwave Sterilizer
Bottle Warmer: Dr. Brown’s® MilkSpa Breast Milk and Bottle Warmer in White
Burp cloths: No preference on these except the more the merrier. We seem to go through these so fast which is why you can’t have too many! Having a few rolled up in the diaper bag has saved us from bottle leaks too.
Breast Pump: Medela Starter Set. I was able to get mine for free through my insurance. Simply ask your doctor about it and go from there.
Dish & Bottle Soap: Babyganics® 32 oz. Fragrance-Free Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap
Formula Dispenser: babybrezza® Formula Pro Advanced Formula Dispenser. It’s like a Keurig for babies. If you’re formula feeding this makes things SO much easier! I got mine from buybuy BABY and was able to use a bunch of coupons (including Bed Bath & Beyond coupons) to get a good deal on it.
Highchair: JOOVY Nook High Chair in Charcoal
Solids: Little Spoon. Every two weeks we get fresh, organic baby food delivered right to our door. Lily gets to try a wide variety of flavors and loves them all!
4moms® rockaRoo® Infant Swing. I keep this in my office room and it’s great for when she wants to chill but not on her back. She loves rocking away in this thing and cuddling with her toys.
Crate & Barrel Busy Baby Activity Chair. This one also stays in our office room and lives on the desk. That way she can play and we both can see each other.
SKIP*HOP® Silver Lining Cloud 2-in-1 Activity Floor Seat. I keep this one on the kitchen counter so when I’m doing stuff in the kitchen I can keep an eye on her. She LOVES this thing! The only downside to it is that it’s a little challenging to get her in and out of it due to her chunky lil thighs.
Car Seat Mirror: Baby Backseat Mirror for Car
Sling / Carrier: Moby Classic Wrap Baby Carrier in Solid and Ergobaby Omni 360 All Carry Positions Ergonomic Baby Carrier in Pearl Gray. I found the Moby Wrap was handy from the time she was a newborn up to present whereas the ErgoBaby works best now that she is bigger and can face outwards.
Cart: IKEA RÅSKOG Utility cart
Clock: it’s a small world clock
Dresser + Wardrobe: DIY heirloom pieces
Humidifier: LEVOIT Humidifier. Originally this was in my bedroom and I had the Crane humidifier but I switched them around. I love that you can set the ideal humidity so that it will switch off when it does, and it even has a little spot to add some essential oils doubling as a humidifier and diffuser. I use it with Saje’s Aroma Fairy blend.
Mobile: Moon Phase Mobile
Night Light: Himalayan Salt Lamp
Plants: IKEA FEJKA Artificial Fig Leaf
Prints / Posters: Kingdom of Cute Print, Star Wars Leia & Padmé Vanity print from Disneyland, and various prints made/taken by me
Shelf Unit: IKEA MOSSLANDA Picture Ledges
Side table: Martini Side Table
Gas/Hiccups/Discomfort: Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
Hand Sanitizer: Babyganics Fragrance-Free Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer
Laundry Detergent: Branch Basics
Medicine Dispenser: Fridababy MediFrida the Accu-Dose Pacifier Medicine Dispenser
Nail Clippers: NailFrida The SnipperClipper™ Nail Care Set
Nasal Aspirator: Fridababy NoseFrida® Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
Thermometer: Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer
Toothbrush: Baby Banana Infant Teething Toothbrush
Pacifier: WubbaNub™ Unicorn Infant Pacifier. Our girl hasn’t been into pacifiers but since she is starting to teeth she’s been liking this one because she can hold it. She chews on it more than she sucks on it, so I can say with certainty she’s just not into binkies.
Teethers: Itzy Ritzy® Pineapple Teething Mitt, Itzy Ritzy® Teething Mitt Cactus, Itzy Ritzy® Pineapple Silicone Teether, chewbeads® Juniorbeads Jane Jr. Necklace in Turquoise, and Sophie la girafe Set la girafe & Chewing Rubber. We got a variety of teething toys, and the only one Lily seems to really like is the Sophie giraffe which I think is due to it being the easiest to hold.
Are there any products I missed or specific baby items you’re curious about? Let me know in the comments!!
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