Baby Gear Roundup: 10 Baby Must-Haves for New Moms

Happy Friday, my friends!! I know it’s been awhile since I posted here, but I promise I have good reasons for being MIA. Last week, we had a scary incident that landed me, baby, and my almost 2 year old in the hospital… then on top of that, I came down with a horrible viral flu of some sort. My husband had to take the week off work to basically play house/mom, but as grateful as I am to have such a supportive and helpful spouse, it’s not the easiest thing in the world for me to just sit back and let others take the reigns.

Personally, it’s just hard not being able to do anything. But I decided to make the most of it and take it as a sign that I need to take a step back and focus on my health, as well as this baby’s. So, we’ve really just been in survival mode over here!

That being said, I’m now only a little over a week away from my due date. The hospital bags are finally packed, crib and nursery set up, a decent amount of baby clothes hung and folded.. and it’s all starting to feel more real!

All this “nesting” has gotten me thinking, though– mostly about baby gear I used or didn’t use the first time around. As new moms, we have so much information thrown at us about what we “need” for baby (just take a look at the registry guides most stores offer!) that it’s hard to know what’s truly necessary and what isn’t.

While I can only speak from personal experience based on my first baby, I’ve compiled a list of must-have items for new moms that I either wish I’d had or highly recommend for subsequent babies. Keep in mind that every baby is different, so what works for one may not necessarily work for another. That’s the beauty of being human 😉

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So, here is my list of TEN must-have baby items to make your life as a new mom easier:

CO-SLEEPER: From the beginning, I heard amazing things about this multifunctional co-sleeper handmade in Europe and designed in Sweden. It’s made of 100% cotton and has even been tested for breathability! Mothers swore up and down that it helped their finicky sleepers actually… SLEEP. I’ll admit that I’ve wished countless times I’d forked out the cash for a Dockatot with my first, who didn’t learn to sleep through the night while off my boob until 18 months old. In fact, we’re still struggling to get him out of our bed! I truly wish I’d known more about this because I really think it would have been worth the investment. Honestly, this is the first item I put together and got ready for this next babe. I’m so excited to use it and I’ll be letting you all know how it’s going once he’s actually here!

NASAL ASPIRATOR: Forget those old school hospital nasal aspirators your baby will hate. The Nose Frida was a lifesaver with my first and you can bet we’ll be using it again with the second! It makes it so much easier sucking those stubborn boogers out of a squirmy newborn.

PACIFIER: So many hospitals nowadays discourage the use of pacifiers in order to establish breastfeeding. While I can appreciate that if there’s a valid reason involved, for us, my son had zero issues taking immediately to the breast. I wish I’d enforced pacifier use from the get-go because he ended up using my nipple as a pacifier up until halfway through this pregnancy. We absolutely love the adorable Wubbanubs, and lots of babies seem to love them too.

SWADDLE: Swaddling is essential during that fourth trimester baby is earth side- especially if they’re colicky and have a hard time soothing. We tried so many different types of swaddles with our first, but I wish we’d known about the Ollie Swaddle! The material is ridiculously soft, totally baby-safe, and wicks moisture away from your newborn’s body.  The design even makes middle-of-the-night diaper changes ultra easy! Plus, it comes in some of the most adorable packaging I’ve ever seen.

SHOPPING CART HAMMOCK: With my first, I didn’t feel the need to invest in anything other than a baby carrier since I usually avoided lugging his car seat into stores with me. But now that I’ll be toting both a toddler and a newborn around, the thought of attempting any sort of grocery shopping scared me; like how would I fit a squirmy two year old and newborn into a shopping cart, along with any groceries? I’m beyond excited to try out this safety tested shopping cart hammock from Binxy Baby, which allows you to strap in your newborn directly into the hammock either with or without the car seat, leaving room for all your groceries underneath and for your toddler to sit up front. How cool is that?!

NONTOXIC BABY PRODUCTS: I’ll admit that I wasn’t always well educated on the subject of safe baby skincare. I’ve always been well aware of the products we use, but I had no idea that some lines claiming to be “baby-safe” contain some really toxic chemicals. We’ve been using the baby line from Beautycounter on my toddler, and I kid you not- his skin is AMAZING. I’m so excited to use these on our newborn without worrying about what his delicate skin is absorbing!

NURSING PILLOW: Some might say they never used a nursing pillow, but I honestly don’t know how that’s possible. This thing saved me during the long, middle-of-the-night nursing sessions where my son seemed to nurse for hours. I don’t know how my arms would have made it through without our Boppy!! It’s already sitting in my glider waiting for this next kid to make his debut.

COZY NURSERY RUG: If you have all hardwood/tile floors like we do, then a cozy nursery rug is a must, in my opinion. I wish I’d known about Lorena Canals Rugs and their amazing collection of 100% machine washable rugs! Featured in Vogue and renowned by celebrities, these rugs handmade in India are composed of all natural dyes and don’t contain any toxic fumes. They truly have the most adorable selection of prints and designs I’ve ever come across, and honestly, what mom doesn’t love the idea of being able to throw everything in their kid’s room directly into the washer?

MULTI USE COVER: Although I did get a nursing cover with my first, I rarely used it. My son would end up just ripping it off anyway, and by the time he was 3 months old, I was so sleep deprived that I gave up trying to fight back. When a friend gifted me a Milk Snob cover, though, I fell in love. This multi-use cover can be used as a car seat cover, nursing cover, shopping cart cover… you name it! Not to mention they come in multiple prints. I ended up using it mostly as a car seat cover and also as a nursing cover when I needed something my stubborn baby couldn’t easily rip off in public.

BABY CARRIER: Last, but definitely not least, a good baby carrier is an absolute MUST HAVE. For us, our carrier of choice is Baby Tula: comfortable, chic, 100% adjustable and just plain adorable. Seriously, there are so many prints to choose from, and then there are the accessory customizations! It’s so easy to get sucked in and buy a thousand of these (I’m not joking haha). I currently own a ring sling, which is great for the newborn stage, as well as a soft structured carrier that I literally used nonstop from about 4-18 months. I love babywearing for so many reasons, and I’m excited to get to do it all over again with this babe.

And there you have it! Hopefully the next time you guys hear from me, I’ll have a cute baby to show for it 😉

Moms with multiples, is there anything else you’d add here? I’d love to know!



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27 comments on “Baby Gear Roundup: 10 Baby Must-Haves for New Moms

  1. I’m such a fan of baby wearing and co-sleeping! I’ve practically got everything on this list for my four month old, aside from the pacifiers, but I’m now considering using one as I’m convinced she too is using my breast as one to get her to sleep. Ah motherhood, it really is a learn on the job type of role isn’t it!

    1. Yes, I can’t believe how much has changed just in the 2 years since my first son was born. Thank you, Harmony!

  2. This was an awesome post! I pasted it on to my daughter and her friends who all have small children! Thanks for all the great suggestions and your research. Some of these are great for grandma too.

    1. Thanks so much for doing that, Cheryl! And I absolutely agree that these can work for grandparents, too!

  3. We have a DockATot too and it’s been a life saver! My little guy has had some bad bouts with ear infections and has basically lived in the DockATot in our bed!

    1. There are so many baby products out there, it’s hard to know what’s worth trying and what isn’t. Congratulations on your new baby!

  4. These are all awesome picks. I’ve used almost all of these with my youngest. I’ve heard so many good things about the beauty counter line. Didn’t know they had a baby line as well. Great post!!!

    1. Their baby line is seriously AMAZING. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you! Thanks Regina!

    1. Oh I couldn’t have survived the first year of my son’s life without our Tula. That thing was/is a lifesaver!! Babywearing is amazing!

    1. My son was not a fan of it either at first, but I persisted… because I wouldn’t have been able to get anything done without it! Luckily he came to love it as much as I did, if not more!

    1. That’s awesome, Dana. I wasn’t personally a fan of the wraps as I got hot quickly, but I loved a ring sling for the newborn stage and a soft structured carrier later on. So awesome that there are so many baby wearing options available!

  5. All such great baby pieces and must need! I love our cart cozy and baby carriers are a must but my fave is definitely the dock a tot ❤️❤️❤️ Can’t wait to see a beautiful baby boy inside all those pretty things!

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