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It seems everyone is having kids these days. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked (or offered) to review someone’s baby registry. I actually love doing it! I have a knack for knowing all about baby products — I’ve done the research, tried out many different products, and definitely have some favorites and some “must haves” on my list for baby #2 due in November. Many of which I already have, but a few I’ve added to my wish list.
Soothies Pacifier | Tubby Todd All Over Ointment | 4Moms Mamaroo | Guava Family Lotus Bassinet & Crib Kit | Zutano Booties | Solly Baby Wrap | Milksnob Nursing Cover | Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock | Wildbird Ring Sling | Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer | Smartnoggin NogginStik | Sophie la Giraffe Teether | Primo Eurobath | Halo Sleep Sack
There are so many “baby registry must haves” out there and it is hard to know what you will like when your baby comes. It really comes down to personal preference and trying things out. Some babies absolutely hate swings while others love them and they are your saving grace for getting anything done. Some moms prefer a more structured carrier to a wrap or ring sling. Using a ring sling takes a bit of a learning curve, but I promise, once you get a handle for it, you won’t want to use anything else.
Breakdown of my Picks:
Soothies Pacifier – We tried a bunch of different pacifiers. We ended up going with these because they are all one piece. There is absolutely no chance for them to break apart. They are also easy to clean (water does not get stuck inside the tip due to the solid design).
Tubby Todd All Over Ointment – Tubby Todd hands down makes the best baby bath products. We don’t use anything else for my daughter and I don’t plan on using anything besides their line for baby #2. The All Over Ointment is by far my favorite diaper rash cream. It can even be used for cut/scrapes and mosquito bites. I can’t tell you how it stops the itching, but IT DOES! Best of all, it is all natural.
4Moms Mamaroo – We have this and Beth loved it. We actually had two swings. One for upstairs, and one for downstairs. This one we kept downstairs and used more. I’d also like to mention that Nuna came out with the LEAF Grow which I have been eyeing for baby #2. Swings are a bit of a gamble. Your child will either love it or hate it. What I like about the Nuna swing compared to the 4Moms is that it grows with the child and a toddler can use it as a chair to watch tv or read.
Guava Family Lotus Bassinet & Crib Kit – This is my husband’s favorite baby registry item that we got. When we first brought Beth home and for the first 6 months she slept in the bassinet in our room. We then later converted it to a travel crib until we moved her into the crib in her room. It is super lightweight, you can manually rock the bassinet, and it is probably the easiest and lightest travel bassinet/crib on the market.
Zutano Booties – We only had a few of these for Beth since she was born in the Summer. I plan on stocking up on these for baby #2. Regular socks just do not stay on baby feet but these are amazing and worth the price.
Solly Baby Wrap – A baby wrap is one of those things you will love or hate. I used it for the first 3-4 months but regret selling mine. I’m hoping to get another one for baby #2.
Milksnob Nursing Cover – I have two of these and the Milksnob cover quality is by far the best I’ve tried. Tip: Start using them early if you plan to use them to cover up while nursing on the go. If you wait, some babies will not let you use them or will try to pull them off as they get older. They are also great to use in the Summer to block the sun (especially before the 6 month mark when it becomes okay to put sunscreen on a baby). We’ve also used them as a snuggle lovey, blanket, and a shopping cart/high chair cover. My husband actually even wore it once while holding our daughter to keep her out of the cold/windy air.
Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock – You are probably like, “what is this thing?” I can’t tell you how many times we were asked at the supermarket or Target where we got it. This thing makes it much easier to grocery shop with an infant. You can put all the groceries underneath in the cart and it is super sturdy, soft, and comfortable.
Wildbird Ring Sling – Once I got the hang of using this thing, I preferred it to a more structured carrier or my baby wrap. It definitely takes a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of it, but it is comfortable to wear and easy to adjust.
Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer – This is on my wishlist. It doesn’t require any covers and is easy to wipe clean. The reviews are great. We’ve actually gone through two of our current changing table toppers. They started to fall apart somehow?!?!
Smartnoggin NogginStik – On the pricier side for a toy, but this toy can be used from birth on. It is great for development and has a good grip for infants to wave around. My daughter is 2+ and she still sometimes is fascinated by the fact that it lights up and changes colors. Now she will name the colors.
Sophie la Giraffe Teether – Best and most popular teether. I can’t tell you why babies love it, but they do. The newer ones I was told no longer have the hole in them so they are easier to clean. I’d also recommend a harness for Sophie. We got one from Our Little Helpers but you can also probably find them on Etsy.
Primo Eurobath – We started out with the 4Moms Infant Tub and loved it because it had the temperature sensor and could fit in our kitchen sink. Once our daughter grew out of it, we got the 4Moms Spout Cover for the bathtub and a larger bathtub that would fit in our regular tub. We love this bathtub because your baby can sit up and play on one side or lay back while you wash them.
Halo Sleep Sack – We invested in a bunch of these. Beth never liked to to be completely swaddled. She always liked her arms out. They do make Halo Sleep Sacks (Swaddle Version), but these were great because they kept her warm. As she got older, we continued to use them and they kept her from trying to climb out of her crib.
Hope these help many of you create and update your own registries! Feel free to comment below if you would like some registry feedback or have any questions. I am a big fan of Babylist for creating a registry. I like that you can add items from many different sources (Target, Amazon, Nordstrom, Brand names…etc..)