I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a looooong time. When I had my second baby, I learned a few things from having my oldest. As moms, we’re all about what makes our lives easier, and personally some of the lists I find online are a bit outdated and I figured (since I also get asked) I’d share what I consider must haves for infants that aren’t in a typical registry.
Luckily for you, I have found some pretty cool stuff that won’t break the bank and have been complete life savers for me. They are seriously awesome gifts for a new mommy AND even a second (or third or fourth) time mommy. I’ve personally used each one on this list and they don’t disappoint.
This is the single most must have for anyone with a baby! I came across this beauty when we were going to have our first child and it occurred to me a high chair wouldn’t fit in our tiny apartment. And so, my search for a portable/travel chair began and this has been a lifesaver. I’ve used it on counters, dining tables, restaurants, you name it. The cover is machine washable and even cleans up really well with a simple baby wipe if you’re in a pinch. AND…drumroll please…it’s folds up and can easily fit in a carry on bag. WHAT?! I’ve had mine for 5 years and it’s my favorite item ever. You will not regret this purchase.
My friend Vivs sent this to me one day in the mail and at first I didn’t have the slightest idea what it was until I realized it was for teething! God bless her because we were all practically dying in this house with Chuqui’s teething: sleepless nights, constant clinginess, suppressed appetite, runny nose…I mean it. was. bad. I put this on her, and she happily chewed away and relieved some of the pain. Now, don’t get me wrong, Motrin and Tylenol are still lifesavers, but this helped SO much. AND it’s dishwasher safe!
You know this particular toy is actually for 12 months and up, but my little one started using at around 9 months. It sticks to the surface and it kept her preoccupied while I made dinner, not to mention, this is great for motor skills. And just so you know, this thing has been thrown off the table (because SOMEHOW the baby will find a way) countless times and it’s still holding strong.
I know what you’re thinking, why would a baby tent be a must have? Listen, when you have a baby and a preschooler, summer can suck because there’s only so much you can do with that big age gap. I really wanted to go to the pool with my husband and oldest, but I didn’t want the baby getting so much sun and I wanted to have the option to have my hands free. One day, while going through amazon, I found this! You can attach toys to the top and it’s breathable, plus can zip up completely so no bugs get in. I actually laid a towel inside to give her some cushion, plus would bring a battery operated fan (the camping kind), and placed it in front of her. She was happy as a clam.
Before your head starts spinning, this particular item is not just for mommies who breastfeed. This is actually really comfy for bottle feeding as well and takes up less space than a boppy pillow. It’s great to stick in a diaper bag, leave in the car or take in your carry on for a long plane ride that can easily be more comfortable by using this. You can definitely wash it and I kinda wish I knew about it with my oldest, but better late than ever and they have the cutest designs, too!
I don’t know how every single parent out there doesn’t have this. It’s the most common sense thing to have because let’s face it people, your kid has the best time throwing their toys every, single, time when they are sitting at the dining table, at a restaurant or even in the damn stroller. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to super glue the toy every moment it was chucked. Behold, your cheapest and most sanity saving item!
I looooooove this nasal aspirator. Can you tell I’m a mom? Who the heck gushes over a nasal aspirator? (#momlife) As I mentioned earlier, when my little one would teethe she would have some serious runny noses and I used the famous blue bulb they give you at the hospital and even though she was a trooper every time I used it on her, she absolutely hated it….and it was so gross. I mean, you can try your best to clean it, but between being in a time crunch and not really seeing for certain how clean it is inside, I had to find another option. I’m sure most of you have used Nose Frida and I have myself, but the constant blowing to get the mocos (boogers) out was a bit much on my lungs (long story) and I didn’t feel like using a baby version on the little one. This particular baby nasal aspirator is so awesome. It’s gentle, but gets everything, it cleans really well AND my preschooler can use it, too. My little one likes it so much, she will grab it and try to do it herself. Yeah, I know she’s weird and clearly we’ve become baby- nasal-aspirator-aficionados (say that five times).
I’m rather certain most of you don’t find the car mirror as a necessity or a big deal, but in my particular car I couldn’t see my kids (completely) and it drove me insane. My logic was my car mirror was just too small and when I ordered this, it was seriously night and day. Best thing ever and gave me peace of mind. We’ve gotten so used to it that taking it off in the future would make my husband and I feel strange. I’m pretty certain people will think we’re blind when they get in the car and realize our kids are already in college.
So there you have it folks. I’m working on a short list for toddlers and preschoolers, but as it stands this particular baby list happens to be my favorite and can be used for a long time.