So with our second daughter born a few months ago, we pretty much had everything we needed in terms of baby gear. I got a few little extras (like a double stroller!) but other than that we were good to go! I thought I would share some of my favorite everyday items that you definitely don’t have to have, but sure do make life a whole lot more convenient!
Dekor Plus Hands-Free Diaper Pail, White
Ok, like I said you don’t NEED a diaper pail, but they are super convenient! I actually have one at my house, my parent’s house, and in-laws’ house haha! I love how sleek and simple this one is because you can use it as a regular garbage as well! It uses less plastic than other diaper pails, they have regular plastic and biodegradable bags, AND they offer cloth diapering bags that fit inside if you choose to go that route! I only lasted 3 months with the cloth diapers, but oh well!
OXO Wipe Dispenser
OXO Tot Perfect Pull Wipes Dispenser
This is my husband’s favorite! He HATES normal plastic wipe dispensers because he’s always shaking the wipes out and pulls out more than he wants! This thing has a weight that allows you to remove one at a time! Again, simple and sleek looking so you can use it for doggie paw wipes when you’re done with kids!
Swaddles have been Liz and my jam in the infant phase! Our moms think our kids look like they are in strait jackets but they work! I use different ones for different ages.
Nuroo: This was great for the newborn stage! Thin, super soft material; easy to use with no zippers or Velcro! Great for hot temperatures or if you only want a thin layer over baby! They work as a sleep sack too when you don’t want to swaddle anymore!
Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: I like these ones for the the 2-5 month age. I can wrap my babes super tight in these (safely of course!) They sell just the zip up wearable blanket for when your babes are done swaddling.
Summer Infant Wrap Sack: These are nice for the 1-2 month stage. I think after that I like the Halo ones. Again, pretty easy to use and wrap your little ones up tightly!
Little Lotus Swaddle: I came across this brand when I was pregnant and LOVE their company mission! These swaddles and wearable blankets are a little more expensive but for good reason (I waited for a deal before I bought one). First, “Little Lotus products feature Outlast® technology first developed for NASA spacesuits. The special proprietary fabric draws away excess heat when babies get too warm, and releases it when they start to cool down. It keeps your baby at an ideal temperature in a safe and comfortable way and fewer temperature fluctuations means better sleep.” Second, “With every Little Lotus product you purchase, they will donate proceeds to save a baby in the developing world with the Embrace incubator.” So it’s a win-win! You get an AWESOME product and help save babies! Score!
Love to Dream Swaddle UP 50/50: This was a new one I found because my daughter was breaking out of the swaddle at 4 months no matter how tightly I wrapped her. I like how this version lets them keep their hands up and then you easily transition by removing one sleeve at a time! It looks so funny though, haha!
Bottle Rack & Bottle Warmer
I use a bottle rack every single day for all my pumping supplies and bottles. My favorite is this one:
Munchkin High Capacity Drying Rack, White
The bottle warmer is definitely a convenience thing but it really does help when you’re quickly trying to warm a bottle! I’ve used two and have liked both!
Munchkin High Speed Bottle Warmer, Orange/White, 1 Count
I’m kind of obsessed with sound machines. My husband says “you couldn’t hear a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant” with how many sound machines I have LOL! Excuse my Christmas Vacation reference. We have one in every room of the house! My two favorite ones are these:
Infant Optics Video Monitor
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
This has been the only video monitor I’ve ever tried and since I have been happy with it I have to recommend it! I did not want a Wifi monitor that I had to check on my phone so if you want Wifi this is not the one for you. I like that you can add up to 4 cameras (we currently have two) and how it automatically cycles between cameras every 5 seconds. You can leave the video part on or turn it off. It definitely lasts! We’ve been using ours for over two and a half years so to me it was worth every penny!
Overall it just comes down to preference. Use what makes you and your baby happy! Hope this helps even in a small way for you and your family!
*I did not receive any compensation for these recommendations. These are my personal preferences.