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My Must Have Baby Products: 1st Month

I have put together a list of my Must Have Baby Products for the 1st Month and why they were needed! I definitely recommend registering for these items or picking them up before your little one is born!

  1. Car Seat – you must have one already installed in your car in order to take your newborn home from the hospital. Make sure the carseat fits before you purchase! I believe you can go to Babies R Us and test them in your car {I did not do this, but was told you can and I think this is smart as not all carseats fit in every car}. We got the Chicco KeyFit 30 in Graphica along with a second base, so we have bases in both cars. Then we got the Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame for the carseat to fit into and its GREAT! Most hospitals will check the carseat installation for you, although you can also take it to any fire station and they will check it as well.
  2. Boppy – I absolutely love my Boppy! I didn’t take it to the hospital with me the first time, but the second time we went in, I brought it and realized how much I needed it. I suggest taking it to the hospital with you, just make sure you wash the cover RIGHT when you get home!
  3. Boppy Newborn Lounger – This thing is a MUST in my household! We plop it right in the center of our ottoman and Rett will just sit there and look around. Or if you need to set them down quickly for a minute, this thing is portable and so convenient!
  4. Piano Gym – Rett loves this thing! We put him on this for about 10 minutes a day. It’s also great for tummy time! Although, once you are in the 5 week time frame, I guess babies’ nervous system is developing and they go on sensory overload, so limited their activity during that time.
  5. Pack n Play – this thing is a God-send! At first, I wasn’t sure I “needed” one… but now that Rett has to sleep at an incline, this Pack n Play with the Newborn Lounger has saved us!
  6. Aden & Anais Swaddles – These have been great for the summer, they are lightweight and easy to use. Rett doesn’t like being swaddled all the time, so we just swaddle him at night.
  7. Aden & Anais Bibs – I use these as burp cloths, but they can also be used as bibs around the baby’s neck when they get a little older.
  8. Aden & Anais Blankets – I love this set and during the summer have used these in the carseat. They are lightweight, but are great and easy to tuck into the sides of the carseat to cover them up.
  9. Footed PJs or “Sleep & Plays” – I really like these ones from Carters and definitely try and get the zipper ones, not the button ones as they are much easier to work with in the middle of the night when you are half asleep and you have to change their diaper.
  10. Cloth Diapers as burp cloths – These work wonders as burp cloths! We also use them to lay down underneath him so that when he has a blowout, it doesn’t get all over his loungers. For a while, we were using these on the changing pad too, so the “cute” changing pad cover didn’t get ruined.
  11. Monitor – we LOVE this monitor and would definitely recommend it to anyone! The picture is great, it has night vision and it has a mode where it turns on when they make sound up to a certain level. We also have a sound monitor but our little guy is so noisy, it keep us up all night thinking he’s waking up. It tilts and zooms, so you can get just the right picture and also mounts on the wall.
  12. Butt Paste vs. Desitin Cream – We love both of these creams. We use the Butt Paste as a preventative for diaper rash, so an every-day use. The Desitin is Extra Strength, so when Rett actually has diaper rash, we use that and its gone by the next diaper change!
  13. Nursing Tanks – these are a must have! This is what I wore in the hospital once I was out of my gown and they work so well for breastfeeding and hanging out!
  14. Humidifier – this humidifier works great and looks cool too! Living in Colorado with this dry climate, we have to have a humidifier for our little guy!
  15. Saline Drops & Nose Sucker – they should give you a nose sucker at the hospital, but if not they can be found at a Walmart or Target. Everett started getting boogers right away, and the only way to get them out was to use the saline drops to soften them, then use the nose sucker to suck them out. Poor guy could hardly breathe at times, so this definitely helps!
  16. Gripe Water – this is an herbal supplement that can ease tummy ache for hiccups or colic. We use this just about every day if he gets hiccups {and they are bad hiccups!} or if we just know his tummy isn’t turning right… sometimes he has stopped crying right away. It’s great and non-medicated with ginger and fennel.
  17. Thermometer – the doctor had us check his temperature every day the first 2 weeks of life, so this came in handy. We also got a regular thermometer from the hospital which is supposed to work better… but you have to shove it in their armpit and Rett hated it, plus it takes forever to get a reading.
  18. Laundry Detergent – we use Tide Free & Gentle and it works great! Do not use Dreft, as it doesn’t get poop stains out very well. I also use OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover and it helps get stains out that have set.
  19. Uddercovers – These work great if nursing in public! I’m not really sure about other covers, but these have a plastic band at the top, that holds the fabric out from your chest so you can watch your baby without anyone else seeing. Genius!
  20. Carseat Canopy – we use this thing non-stop! Its great for traveling when Rett takes a nap… that way he’s not bothered by the light. I have the gray chevron and LOVE it!
  21. Diaper Bag: I definitely wanted a diaper bag that my husband was comfortable carrying around, if needed. So we got the Skip Hop Messenger bag. Here’s whats recommended to keep inside: 10 diapers, wipes, 3 onesies/outfits, swaddle blanket, pacifier, Desitin/Buttpaste, burp cloth, outerwear {if cold}, arm & hammer diaper bags, Uddercover. We also keep our booklet from the Pediatrician in there for Rett’s checkups.
  22. Boon Grass – this thing is A-MAZING and oh-so-stylish! We just keep it on the counter for drying bottles, pacifiers and bottle accessories. I also have the twig and flower, and you definitely need both with the amount of lids and nipples that need drying. Plus, this elevates the accessories to leave room for bottle below. I’m obsessed with the Boon products!
  23. Sleep Sheeps – we have both the large one and travel one and use them both daily! They have great sounds that will help put baby straight to sleep. I have one attached to his changing table right next to the rocker, so when I’m rocking him I’ll turn it on and it helps keep it noisy. The second one I have attached to his sleep lounger and turn it on every time he sleeps. Love them!
  24. Fan – You want a noisy fan! I turn this thing on every time he sleeps and it works great. This helps to give them the soothing sounds of when he was inside mamas belly, as well as give you the freedom to be noisy and loud throughout the day. We have extremely squeaky  floors in our home as well as an obnoxiously barking dog, and he doesn’t hear a thing!
  25. Bathing:
  • Bath Tub – We have a large sink in our kitchen that is a single basin, so I knew this bathtub would fit perfectly in it. We fill the sink up with warm water and some bubble bath up to about his waist, and he fits perfectly comfortable in it with some room to grow.
  • Washcloths – I received these Geo Washcloths in Gray and love them! They also have some cute washcloth/towel sets at Target
  • Turtlemeter vs. “Hot” Rubber Ducky – MAKE SURE YOU GET THE Turtlemeter! You will need to have this to tell the EXACT temperature of the bath water. It turns Red when its too hot, and blue when its too cold… then green when its just right. It is imperative that you have the temperature to let you know that the bath water is between 95 and 102 degrees. If you get one of the Rubber Duckys, it doesn’t let you know how hot it actually is and you can burn your child.
  • Aveeno Soaps – I love the Calming Comfort Bath for the bubbles, and the Baby Wash and Shampoo to wash him. They work great and smell nice too!
  • Head scrubber – At the hospital, when the nurse gives your little on their first bath, they will use this little scrubber with a sponge on the other side. Definitely grab it to take home, or ask to take one home… the scrubber helps with cradle cap! Don’t use the sponge side as it collects germs.
  • Bath Wrap – Here is the matching bath towel to the washlcoths and its super cute! Our little guy gets wrapped, snuggled and dried in this thing and loves it!

Breastfeeding:

  • Breast Pump – I have the Medela in Style Advanced Breast Pump … {this one comes with the starter kit bundle}. CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE before you buy yours… my insurance gave us the pump + 4 bottles with lids. Then, I went and bought all of the accessories and add-ons. Just get it all… I use the wipes when I’m traveling, the steam bags to sanitize, the cooler bag for travel, the storage bags for freezer storage, the slow flow nipples {get 2 packs of 3}, and the hands-free bra {get 2}.
  • How to Increase milk supply – the doctor told me to get Fenugreek, I got mine at Sprouts Farmers Market and take 3 capsules 3 times a day. Also, eat Oatmeal {not the instant kind}. On Sundays, I cook 4 servings of Oatmeal, split it up into bowls and refrigerate so they are ready to go during the week. All I need to do is heat it up, put a little bit if butter, brown sugar and milk in the morning. Another dish I make is this great Baked Oatmeal recipe my friend Tracie gave me and its delish! Although, I use regular milk, add fresh peaches and for the vegetable oil, I use half of that serving for canola oil and the other half for Natural Apple Sauce. Finally, drink tons and tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of water. My mom tells me, “if your pee is yellow, you are not drinking enough water!”
  • Nursing vs. Pumping: I was so uncertain on knowing when to pump, while breastfeeding. I knew I wanted to start getting a stockpile, but I felt like if I pumped, then there wouldn’t be any left for Rett. I heard to pump 1 hour after he fed/1 hour before he ate}, and this worked sometimes… or pump right after you nurse. You might not get very much, but dont worry, it will come! Breastmilk is so on-demand… so if you nurse, then pump… your body will soon know it needs to produce twice as much. I waited the full 30 days to give Rett a bottle, but once I did he was getting it much faster so he primarily takes a bottle now and thats all. Every once in a while if I’m in a crunch or waiting for the bottle to warm, I will let him nurse… but he tends to get pissed off because he knows he can get it quicker from the bottle. I realize now, he wasn’t sleeping all that well because he wasn’t getting a full belly. There were some nights he was up every hour and I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe with the next child I will give the bottle sooner? At like 2 weeks? Who knows…

A little bit of advice:

The best advice I received before having Rett was from my friend Natalie, who said something like “the first month is survival mode” and it’s so true! You literally just learn as you go, so do what you can to survive! To go with that, I was also told “do what works for you”. Theres a ton of “do this” and “dont do that” out there… and honestly, if they need a pacifier in the first month to calm down, then give it to them!

During this time, don’t try and create a “schedule”, for most babies it just isn’t going to happen. Just go with the flow and hang in there!

Also, I would start to get all worked up about getting other stuff done. Just relax, look at your baby and say to yourself “this is the only thing that matters, this is the only thing I need right now, everything else can wait!”

Now, the only thing I get worked up about is lack of sleep… which is needed! Literally nap when they nap, sleep when they sleep! Even if its 3 times in the middle of the day. You will get to a point where even an hour of sleep is amazing! You will be sleep deprived, and it will sneak up on you. I’ve had a few days where Nick has come home and would say something as simple as “are the dishes in the dishwasher clean?” and I would start crying and go on about how I haven’t slept because Rett hasn’t slept all day and how does he expect me to get anything done, etc.! He would then take the baby and demand I go to bed. It’s rough stuff. I remember people telling me “oh, get ready for no sleep”… but literally NO SLEEP and its really hard! Nothing can prepare you for this, its just what happens.

Sign up for Lucie’s List. They give such great advice on whats happening with your  baby at the week they are at, and they have a great product list too! Another site I find myself constantly reading from, is Baby Guide…. download the app!

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Baby Stewart’s Nursery

The Nursery is finally done, and so are the photos! I’ve been asked for photos since I got pregnant and I apologize for taking so long, but it has been a process. There are so many adorable nursery styles and themes out there, but the thing that sold me was the faux deer head! I originally wanted the big one {this one} for over the crib, but when thinking about the mobile and collage wall, I went a slightly different route. I’m calling this theme: “Woodland Meets Geometric” or “Whimsical Woodland”.

The colors for the nursery was the easiest and surprisingly the first thing I picked out. My fav colors are mint and gray and have been for over a year {yes, they change frequently}. I knew they would be perfect for a little boy’s nursery, so once we found out the gender of our little one, I quickly got to work! I picked the paint color first {which is actually an interior design no-no}, but I found this muted mint color and fell in love. Interior Design 101 – Designing around a paint color is so much more difficult than picking a paint color to match your decor. Luckily enough, I found the bedding that would coordinate perfectly and the rest came together.

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We ordered the rocker and that took {what seamed like} FOREVER! I wanted something that both Nick and I would be comfortable in and could plan on sleeping in, if needed. Whats great about this chair {and well worth the price} is it is a “convertible rocker” – basically, the rocker legs come off and stationary legs go on, to make the chair great for our living room years down the road.

Originally, I was going to make the curtains, but then realized the task was much bigger than any You-Tube Sewing tutorial I could learn off of, so I found some others I liked just as much {pre-made} here.

I had my eye on the silver leather pouf online for months… one day I walked into ZGallerie and they had this one – ON SALE – plus 50% off! What a steal! That was an exciting day for sure!

The mobile above the rocker is little silver planes and this hung in my Grandma and Grandpa’s bedroom for as long as I can remember. It’s so special to me and reminds me of them, I knew I had to include it in my little boy’s nursery!

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I came across this little Mustache pillow on the clearance rack at Paper Source. A totally random find, but I loved it so had to have it! Gotta have a Mustache in my Little Man’s room.

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The dresser is a vintage dresser that was actually my mom’s when she was a baby. Then I used it when I was a baby, and my brother as well. Between storage and a few other households in the family, its been well taken care of and was in great shape. We just had it repainted and it looks fab!

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I found these adorable little wooden owl knobs at Hobby Lobby with 50% off, talk about perfect, right? I <3 them!

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We got so many books from our showers that I had to put them on display! I love reading books to little kids and can’t wait to read to my own!

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I’ve had these blocks forever, I bought them years ago on Etsy as newborn photo props and decided to display them in the nursery as well with his initials. I’m not giving away his name to the internet world yet… we will announce it when he’s born!

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I found this idea on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with it, although they did wood burning and I just wanted to write on them. After a witch hunt to find these wooden plaques, I found them at Michaels of all places {thank you Whitney}! Both Nick and I decided on two Bible verses and I went to work.

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I had been looking for a big “E” to hang in with this collection and actually found this one at the A Paris Street Market at Aspen Grove from a vendor that makes his own furniture. Such a great score!

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The crib and changing table are Pottery Barn Kids. I originally had another crib picked out on Amazon.com, then got a PBK catalog in the mail with this crib ON SALE, and was actually cheaper than the one I had picked out. Knowing the quality of PBK and the sale price, we couldn’t resist! I loved how gender-neutral it is so we can reuse it for however many times we need to and its pretty modern, which is what we were looking for.

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The mobile was definitely a project and I loved that Nick helped me strategically plan this thing out so that the antler and each ornament spin, making it a realistic mobile. The antler is kind of heavy, so we had to make sure it was tied up really well and don’t worry… it is! The antler is from ZGallerie and the ornaments, I found on Etsy {they made the owl one special just for me}.

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Who doesn’t love a JellyCat Woodland Owl? He’s so soft and precious, I just couldn’t resist!

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I immediately fell in love with this bedding because it has all of my colors and I love the triangles, but I’m a little disappointed with the shop I bought it from, because it took 3 promises of delivery, and didn’t happen… this is why this post is delayed. Anyway, my suggestion is to find a fabric that you like and try to make them yourself! Thats what I’m going to do next time! Remember: no bumpers and frou frou fabric or blankets, pillows, etc… SIDS is a very serious occurrence that can happen and your babies can suffocate… they say nothing in the crib but the flat sheet for at least the first year of life. {Obviously we will take the stuffed animal out when he arrives}.

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The changing table, we actually found on Craigslist and purchased it from this wonderful couple who didn’t need it anymore. {Thank God for Craigslist!}

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I loved organizing the closet. We had talked about re-doing the whole thing to have shelves and lots of storage, etc. but honestly, we have enough work to do around here. I found this idea on Pinterest to buy the Ikea bookshelf and that helped out a lot. We’ll take it for now!

 

VOILA! It’s finally finished and ready for our little guy to come and enjoy it! We can’t wait!

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A great way to figure out a design is to create a storyboard… here’s mine:

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 1. Silver Deer Head  |  2. Paint  |  3. Real Wood Plaque  |  4. Print & Frame  |  5. Jellycat Owl

6. Silver Deer Antler  |  7. Real Wood Creature Ornaments  |  8. Crib  |  9. Sheets  |  10. Owl Knobs

11. Wingback Convertible Rocker  |  12. Mustache Pillow {Paper Source}  |  13. Baskets

14. Silver Leather Poof {Z Gallerie} |  15. White Faux Rug  |  16. Trash Can

 

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Top 10 Baby Products {via Keri}

My good friend Keri has a beautiful 2 year old girl, Adeleia and just had a new baby boy, Keller {see their photos I took here}. I love how practical Keri’s advice was on these products and so many of them! Here’s what I found:

1. Medela In Style Double Pump – $304.99 at Target

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2. Petunia Pickle Bottom – $210 at Nordstrom

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3. Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Bouncer Seat – $46.39 at Meijer

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4. Boppy Newborn Lounger – $39 at Pottery Barn Kids

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5. Fisher Price Piano Activity Gym  – $39.99 at Target

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6. Pack and Play – $199.95 at albeebaby.comtravel crib

 

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7. Rocker – $999 at Pottery Barn Kids

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8. Halo sleep swaddle sacks – $39.50 at Pottery Barn Kids

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9. Swing – $119.99 at Target

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10. Bottle Drying Rack – $24.99 at Target

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11. Fuzzy Carseat Strap Covers – $9.99 at Amazon.com

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12. Angel Care Video Monitor – Detects SIDS – $185.00 at Amazon.com

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13. Baby Bath Chair – $29.99 at Target

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14. Bath Temperature Toy – $12.95 at Amazon.com

Bath Thermometer

15. Temporal Thermometer – $27.49 at Target.com

Thermometer

16. Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat – $214.49 at Amazon.com

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17. Baby Jogger City Select Stroller – $389.00 at Amazon.com {yes, this stroller is expensive, but if you are planning on having a second baby within the next few years, this stroller will work double time with 16 different configurations!}

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18. Umbrella Stroller – $99.99 at Target.com

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She also suggested these more “personal” items:

1. Ameda Disposable Breast Pads – $8.80 at Amazon.com

Breast Pads

2. Lanolin Nipple Cream – $11.15 at Amazon.com

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3. Nipple Gel Covers – $11.42 at Amazon.com 

Gel Pads

 

4. Hooter Hider – $34.95 at Uddercovers.com

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5. Breast Milk Storage Bags – $18.99 at Target.com

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6. Bibs, Burp Cloths & Receiving Blankets – I really like the Aden & Anais Brand for these. They are lightweight and natural. Loving this Moonlight collection at Amazon.com

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7. Baby Nail Clippers – $4.99 at BabiesRus.com

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8. Carseat Cover – $49.95 at CarseatCanopy.com

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9. A&D Ointment and Butt Paste – $7.99 at Target.com – Keri advises you get a few different kinds because your little one will build a tolerance.

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10. Disposable Changing Pads – $6.11 at Target.com

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11. Little Noses Saline Drops – $3.79 at Target.com & Booger Sucker – $15.19 at Target.com

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12. Arm & Hammer Disposable Diaper Bags and disposals {for your diaper bag} – $3.41 at Target.com

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13. Diaper Genie – $34.99 at BabiesRUs.com

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14. Aveeno Baby Products – $29.99 at BabiesRUs.com

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15. Baby Brezza – $79.99 at Target.com

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Tons of advice, right? This girl knows her stuff and I’m so glad I have her knowledge! Thanks Keri!

 

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Top 10 Baby Products {via Brooke}

I asked my friend Brooke who has a 2 year old, Tanner and another on the way {due any day now!}, what her top 10 must-haves were. Here’s what she said, along with what I found:

1. Baby jogger – city select stroller – $389 at Amazon.com and $499 at Right Start

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I love this stroller because of how many configurations it has, especially if you are planning to have more than one child. Another friend recommended this stroller too, so it became top of my list!

 

2. Chicco (car seats, pack n play, swing, high chair)

Chicco is a great brand! Here’s what I found:

Chicco Car Seat – $194.99 at Right Start

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Chicco Pack n Play – $189.99 at Right Start

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Chicco Swing – $149.99 at Amazon.com

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Chicco High Chair – $204 at Amazon.com

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3. Prince lionhart car seat protector – $24 at Amazon.com

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Talk about a necessity you never knew you needed! Save your seats with these covers. They are inexpensive and will save you so much money in the long run! There are even different colors to match your upholstery. Score!

4. Baby Einstein lullaby – $5.00 at Amazon.com

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5. Aden and Anias swaddle blankets – $45 at Right Start and towels/wash clothes – $20 at Amazon.com

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6. Huggies natural care wipes – $17.99 for a 3-pack at Amazon.com

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7. Pampers swaddlers – $24.94 for 80 count Newborn at Amazon.com

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8. My brest friend nursing pillow – $44.99 at Right Start

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9. Ergo carrier – $130 at Target

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10. Baby bouncer – $159.98 at Babies R Us

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11. Bumbo – $39.99 at Target

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12. Tommie tippie bottles – $21.99 at Babies R Us and Playtex bottles w/drop in liners – $11.99 at Target

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13. Soothie binki – $3.99 at Babies R Us

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Top 10 Baby Products {via Lacey}

I asked my friend Lacey what her “Top 10 Baby Products” were when she had precious little Lilah in August 2013. Here’s what she said:

  • Fisher Price Swing
  • Sleep sacks by HALO
  • Sleep and plays by Carters
  • Magic Bullet for Homemade Baby Food
  • Boppy Pillow
  • Gas Drops or Gripe Water
  • Blankies of all thicknesses for the seasons
  • Pacifier clips
  • Portable changing pad that has a place for diapers and wipes {for public places}
  • Humidifier

This is what I found:

Fisher Price Swing | Sleep Sacks by HALO | Carters Sleep & Plays | Magic Bullet | Boppy Pillow | Gas DropsGripe Water  | Blankies | Pacifier Clips | Portable Changing Pad | Humidifier

Lacey’s list was so helpful because these items are definitely needed here in Colorado with the dry and unpredictable climate! Thanks girl!

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Top 10 Baby Products {via Laura}

I asked my best friend Laura what her “Top 10 Baby Products” were when she had her precious baby girl , Grace Violet, in September of 2012. Here’s her list:

  • Swaddle Me – Swaddle Blankets
  • Soothie Pacifiers – pacifier
  • Mother’s Love – nipple cream
  • Noodle & Boo – baby lotion
  • Aiden & Anais – swaddle blankets
  • Ameda Breast Pump
  • Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra
  • Breastflow Bottles – newborn bottles
  • Baby Timer App – track feedings, diapers, etc.
  • Ergo Baby Carrier – baby backpack
  • Pacifier Clips
  • Baby Recliner Chair – BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance

I was able to research each item and added these to my registry:

SwaddleMe | Soothie Pacifiers | Nipple Cream | Noodle&Boo | Aiden & Anais | Ameda Breast Pump | Pumping Bra | Breastflow Bottles | Ergo Baby Carrier | Pacifier Clips | BabyBjorn BabySitter Balance

Another great set of advice Laura gave me, was to register at each store {Babies “R” Us, Target, Giggle, etc} and then sync/link them all to MyRegistry.com. That way your family and friends can go to one registry and everything is in one place. You can add individual items to your MyRegistry.com, although most stores will give you a discount on the rest of your registry items and this is HUGE when you are trying to buy things you need and can’t get your discount.

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