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When you find out that you're pregnant everything changes. Suddenly, the clock is ticking and you have a limited amount of time to prepare for the biggest (and most amazingly wonderful) change of your life. It's exciting...but it's also stressful.
As you begin to piece together what you might need for your baby registry, you start to realize there are millions of products out there and everything claims to be an essential item for you or your baby.
How in the world then do you begin to distinguish which items are unnecessary and which items are actually something you will really use and need?
As parents ourselves, we have tried countless baby products over the years; some were total failures, some were alright but unnecessary and some were super helpful lifesavers.
Since we had to learn the hard way (and unfortunately the expensive way because those failures and unnecessary items add up) we decided to make this list of our Tried-and-True Must Have Items for Your Baby Registry.
Our goal is to help save you time - and money - so you can spend these next few months enjoying your pregnancy and less time worrying about what you need to get before your baby arrives.
So, without further ado, let's get to it!
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Medela Pump in Style® Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump with Backpack
$299.99 retail price
Medela offers a wide variety of breastpumps, however this is our favorite!
Read more about the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Double Electric Pump with Backpack
What we love about it: The Medela brand is a well trusted brand among millions of moms and their breast pumps may even be covered under your health insurance provider. We love that this Medela breast-pump comes in a backpack, which makes this so travel-friendly for breastfeeding moms! You'll love the double pump, which saves so much time when you're on the go or trying to pump at work. This breast pump has customizable settings & accessories - single knob adjustable speed and vacuum with one touch letdown button, plus a set of PersonalFit™ Breast Shield sizes, allow moms to enhance their pumping experience, based on what’s most effective and comfortable. Most major retailers sell the accessories for the Medela pump so finding them is super easy & they are usually pretty inexpensive should you need different sizes/replacement parts in the future. This set also comes with a small cooler bag and ice pack, which is made to fit up to 4 Medela bottles perfectly for storing while on the go. This is our #1 breast pump and we take it everywhere we go when traveling with our newborn!
Medela Easy Expression Bustier
Price: $29.99 retail price
Details: Shown here in Black
Read more about the Medela Easy Expression Bustier
What we love about it: The Medela Easy Expression Bustier is a lifesaver for working moms who breastfeed and moms on the go! It helps free moms hands so she can get work done while pumping. Bonus: this bustier is easy to fold and stow away in your purse or diaper bag and it doesn't take up much space.
Boppy® Feeding & Infant Support Pillow
Details: Shown here in Elephant Love
Click here to read more about the Boppy Feeding & Infant Support Pillow
What we love about it: Boppy is a brand that moms everywhere have come to love and trust for their quality, affordable baby products. Whether you are planning to nurse or bottle-feed your baby, add the Boppy Feeding & Infant Support Pillow to your registry list because this pillow is fabulous! It gives mom’s arms and back a break while breastfeeding and bottle feeding by lifting baby to a more ergonomic position. The versatile design grows with baby through the first year, starting with propping and tummy time all the way to sitting! Plus, it's got removable slipcovers that are machine washable and come in a wide variety of designs to fit every nursery theme.
Omni Swaddle Sack with Adjustable Wrap by SwaddleDesigns
Details: Shown here in Black Tiny Hedgehogs
Click here to read more about the Swaddle Sack with Adjustable Wrap
What we love about it: Described as possibly "the best swaddle for 0-3 month olds on the market," The Swaddle Sack with Adjustable Wrap has an ergonomic and convertible design which allows baby more arm positions for safe sleep. The fabulous design allows parents to swaddle their baby the way that their baby likes best - either with arms up or hands up so baby can easily reach his or her mouth to self-soothe, or with arms on chest under the wrap - so baby feels snug and secure. The Swaddle Sack with Adjustable Wrap has a smooth, 2-way zipper with an inner strip of soft fabric that lies between the zipper and baby's body - leaving no risk of accidentally pinching baby's tender skin in a zipper! We think the 2-way zipper is perfect for late-night diaper changes because you can easily unzip the Swaddle Sack with Adjustable Wrap from the bottom to access the diaper without ever having to undress baby. We loved that the Swaddle Sack with Adjustable Wrap is made of 100% premium cotton and it's stretchy, breathable and SUPER soft! We thought the size of the adjustable wrap was great because it's narrow design doesn't get in the way of baby's hips. We also loved to see the soft hook-and-loop fasteners on the adjustable wrap, which we think makes swaddling baby super easy and makes the Swaddle Sack with Wrap perfect for first-time parents new to swaddling! The Swaddle Sack with Wrap is available in a variety of patterns and comes in size 0-3 months.
PaciGrip by BooginHead
Details: Shown here in BAM!
Read about the PaciGrip by BooginHead
What we love about it: The PaciGrip is a sanity-saver and probably the most brilliantly invented baby accessory ever! If your baby or toddler loves their pacifier or "binky" as much my little guy, the PaciGrip is a product you definitely need to have in your life. It's a universal pacifier holder compatible with ALL pacifiers! On one end is a loop which you easily attach around the pacifier, and on the other end is a clip that you attach to baby's clothing. We love the PaciGrip because even when our little guy dropped his "binky", the pacifier never fell to the floor or got lost! We also loved that the clip on the PaciGrip was strong so it stayed securely on our little guy's clothes and yet was gentle on his clothing.
Boppy® ComfyFit® Baby Carrier
Details: Shown here in Heathered Gray
Click here to read more about the Boppy ComfyFit Baby Carrier
What we love about it: Boppy made this great ComfyFit Baby Carrier and we think it's fabulous! It enables confidence in babywearing because of its simple and supportive structure that is both comfortable and comforting. It has an intuitive and secure design features a padded waist belt and comfortable wide shoulder straps help to distribute baby’s weight evenly. Inspired by yoga apparel, it's made with machine washable soft fabric and spandex that supports an active lifestyle without compromising style. 2018 & 2019 Parent Tested Parent Approved Product, 2018 Chicago Baby Show Honorable Mention, 2018 Best of Baby TTPM Award and 2018 Baby Maternity Magazine Product of the Year Award.
Omie View Bassinet Mirror
Click here to read more about the Omie View Bassinet Mirror
What we love about it: Controlled via remote, the Omie View Bassinet Mirror enables parents to easily get the best angle for a perfect view of their baby. It has a soft night light to help you see baby in the dark. It's got a convex mirror and tilts up and back at an 85-degree angle. It has a universal fit on bassinets and pack ‘n plays and can even be used on some cribs, too. It's a tool that can be used in SIDS prevention. We love it because it's super easy to install, very travel-friendly and gave us peace of mind for an affordable price!
Graco® Pack 'n Play Playard Change 'n Carry
Details: Shown here in Manor
Read more about this Pack n' Play by Graco
What we love about it: Our Graco Pack n' Play goes with us everywhere! When our newborn is sleeping in our bedroom for the first few months, we use our Pack n' Play because it doubles as a crib / diaper changing station and doesn't take up that much space. We love that this grows with your baby - it has a comfy nest bassinet for the newborn months and then later converts into a full-sized playard to suit your toddler. It also has an adorable toy mobile for baby to look at. We love that this has storage pockets to keep diapers and essentials close. This Pack n' Play & super easy to fold down into the provided go-anywhere travel pouch when traveling or going to visit the grandparents. Best of all, the fabric is wipe-clean so it's easy to clean up.
Muslin Swaddle Blanket by SwaddleDesigns
Price: $35 for a 3-pack
Details: Shown here in Gold and Graphite
Read more about the Muslin Swaddle Blanket by SwaddleDesigns
What we love about it: The Muslin Swaddle Blanket is best described as "pure softness." It is made of boutique quality, 100% cotton muslin - which means it's super soft when you first take it out of the box and it will continue to get softer after every wash! Florida families who are often worried about the risk of their baby overheating with a blanket that's too heavy will love the open weave design of the Muslin Swaddle Blankets because the fabric is breathable and lightweight. At a generous 46x46 inches, the square shape makes it easy to use as a sunshield, playmat for tummy time, or privacy throw for breastfeeding. There's even helpful labels on the blanket to show you how to use it as a swaddle if you'd like! We think the super-soft, premium muslin cotton fabric also makes this a great cuddle blanket that your little one can snuggle for years to come. We loved that the breathable fabric is slightly see-through, which makes it the perfect privacy blanket to drape over the baby carrier or stroller when baby takes his afternoon nap during our grocery shopping trip! We also loved that although the size of the blanket is generous, the soft, lightweight fabric is really easy to fold and easily fits in both our regular-sized and smaller-sized diaper bags.
Convertible Swaddle Sack by SwaddleDesigns
Details: Shown here in Tiny Arrows
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What we love about it: Infants who love the security of being swaddled but aren't quite ready to transition to a wearable blanket yet will love the Convertible Swaddle Sack by SwaddleDesigns! Parents will love how SwaddleDesigns very thoughtfully created the Convertible Swaddle Sack to be safe and comforting for baby and also easy for parents to use. The Convertible Swaddle Sack features unique arms up sleeves with fold-over mitten cuffs which can be worn open or closed. The arms up design is a safer sleeping option because if baby rolls over, the design allows baby to use his or her arms to lift baby’s torso and re-position his or her head to get access to air. The ergonomic design also allows baby to self-soothe by sucking his or her hands, offers partial suppression of the Moro (Startle) Reflex and supports baby in a natural sleep position which helps baby feel secure and most importantly helps baby sleep better. We loved the Convertible Swaddle Sack's smooth, 2-way zipper and the inner strip of soft fabric that lies between the zipper and baby's body - leaving no risk of accidentally pinching baby's tender skin in a zipper! We think the 2-way zipper is perfect for late-night diaper changes because you can easily unzip the Convertible Swaddle Sack from the bottom to access the diaper without ever having to undress baby. We also loved that the Convertible Swaddle Sack is made of 100% stretchy, breathable soft premium cotton knit and is so amazingly soft to the touch - it's the perfect fabric for your little one to snuggle in!
Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer
Details: Shown here in Geo Meadow
Click here to read more about this Deluxe Bouncer from Fisher-Price
What we love it: Our infants loved their Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer! This bouncer is lightweight and easy to bring with you while traveling - we brought ours everywhere! Our little guys loved lounging in their bouncers while they watched me cook or get a little work done. They loved how snuggly and comfortable this was and that they were partially sitting up so they could see the world around them. This bouncer also comes with a gentle vibrate option - when turned on, it gently vibrates the chair which really soothed our little guys around naptime.
Strolyy Universal Car Seat Carrier
Click here to read more about the Strolyy Universal Car Seat Carrier
What we love about it: The Strolyy makes traveling with an infant a lot easier! It has a universal fit for ALL infant-style car seat, removable storage basket, secure with safety strap and dual locking brakes & is lightweight. Strolyy carries the car seat into the restaurant for you. Strolyy fits perfectly at the table so you no longer have to use what the restaurant has to offer to set your car seat on (goodbye dirty upside-down restaurant high chairs!) Strolyy is lightweight and because it's very similar to a standard camping chair, it's very easy to unfold/collapse it - which means everyone from baby's older siblings to the grandparents can easily handle and operate it. Strolyy is super compact so it won't take up a lot of room in your trunk. Strolyy is made with safety in mind & comes with a Quality & Worry Free Satisfaction Guarantee!
The SippiGrip by BooginHead
Details: Shown here in Hearts
Read more about the SippiGrip by BooginHead
What we love about it: It's an award winning, mom-invented product which prevents your child's cup, bottle or toy from falling on the floor and getting lost or dirty. I highly recommend buying several SippiGrips, because you will use them everywhere you go! The SippiGrip is something I always carry with me in the diaper bag. It's been a life-saver for us during grocery shopping & running errands because even when our little guy drops his sippy cup (which let's be honest, happens a lot) it remains clean and never hits the dirty floor. We also keep a SippiGrip on the stroller and have one for the car too (no more backseat panic from dropped sippy cups while we're driving!) The SippiGrip is available in a variety of fun patterns.
The Original Steri Bottle
Price: $19.99 (or $16.99 on Amazon "Subscribe and Save")
Read more about the Original Steri-Bottle
What we love about it: Steri-bottle® is the exciting single-use feeding bottle that’s ready to use out of the box and 100% recyclable. With a choice of 2, 5 or 10 bottles and nipples per box and Steri-bottle is made of a safe Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalate free plastic. Convenient for traveling families, there is literally nothing like it for taking the time and stress out of bottle-preparation and cleaning when you're on the go! 100% recyclable and BPA free.
Details: Shown here in SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe
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What we love about it: The lightweight, breathable fabric blocks over 97% of UV light and provides a cozy, dark environment for your baby. We loved using this when we were grocery shopping with our napping infant - the SnoozeShade kept our baby in a cozy, dark space (safe from nosy strangers wanting to touch or wake the baby) yet we could still easily see our baby through the mesh. The SnoozeShade is travel-friendly because it fits onto strollers of all sizes and can easily be folded up into the diaper bag when not in use. We think the SnoozeShade is a great product, especially for on-the-go parents. The SnoozeShade has won over 70 awards and there are more designs to fit all types of strollers and baby carriers!
Mini Charm Stroller Organizer by Humble-Bee
Details: Shown here in Olive
Read more about the Mini Charm Stroller Organizer by Humble-Bee
What we love about it: This is a great multi-use bag for moms on the go. It's a stroller organizer that can be worn as a purse or attached to the stroller. It has an expandable main compartment to hold taller bottles as a stroller organizer and to add more space as a purse. It has "OMG Free," easy to wipe of cream oil, playground mud, and food grease. All-weather water-repellent exterior, machine washable! Has reflective accents to increase nighttime visibility, two built-in bottle holders and comes in great colors!
Boppy® Newborn Lounger
Details: Shown here in Elephant Love
Click here to read more about the Boppy Newborn Lounger
What we love about it: Here's another great item for those early months. This Newborn Lounger lets parents enjoy a hands-free moment by letting baby play and rest in this portable nest. It has a recessed seat that creates the perfect spot for baby to watch the world go by. It's convenient handle and lightweight design makes it grab-and-go friendly around the house and while traveling. 2017 What to Expect Mom Must-Have Finalist, the 2018 BabyCenter Mom’s Pick Finalist and the Mom’s Choice Award.
Details: Shown here in Roarin' Rainforest
Click here to read more about this Jumperoo by Fischer-Price
What we love about it: Our Fisher-Price Jumperoo was the #1 place to be for both of our little ones! They loved playing in their Jumperoo; whether it was just to play with the fun toys on it or to jump around, they spent hours every day giggling with delight when they were in their Jumperoo. We loved it because it not only kept our little ones safe and entertained, but it also allowed us time to cook, fold laundry, work on blogs, etc too. We liked that the jumperoo was pretty easy to put together and it was lightweight, which makes it easy to move from room to room so baby can stay closeby.
The Bandana Teether Bib by BooginHead
Details: Shown here in Sweet Clouds
Read more about the Bandana Teether Bib by BooginHead
What we love about it: This is another brilliant must-have item from BooginHead that you need on your baby registry! It's a stylish and super absorbent bib made of amazingly soft fabric that has a durable food-grade silicone teether on the bottom portion of the bib to help gently massage baby's gums while also keeping their skin and clothes dry. Parents will be happy to know that it is BPA, PVC, and phthalate free and also machine washable - all you have to do is machine wash cold & lay flat to dry! We loved that the Bandana Teether Bib has two snap closures so as your baby grows you can adjust to the size that fits him/her best. We also loved the subtly raised textures on the silicone teether, which helps massage those little agitated gums during the rough teething phase!
Diono Rainier Convertible Booster Car Seat
Details: Shown here Radian® rXT all-in-one convertible car seat in Silver/Blue
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What we love about it: The Diono Rainier convertible+booster car seat is by far the most impressive car seat I have seen thus far. It is built incredibly well; extremely durable yet comfortable and slender enough to fit 3 in the backseat of most vehicles! We haven’t had any issues with the seatbelts rolling or tangling up like other car seats and after years of regular use, our son’s Diono Rainier Booster Car Seat still works as easily & smoothly as the day we got it. Parents love their Diono Rainier car seat for the security and safety it offers to their most precious cargo; kids will love it because it’s comfortable and all Diono car seats come in fun colors too! Best yet, the Diono Rainier’s incredible design means your child can use this one car seat from infancy up to 120lbs – it’s the high quality, lasting protection you want and at an affordable price.
For the Future:
Diono Monterey Booster Car Seat
Details: Shown here Monterey® XT Booster in Grey Dark
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What we love about it: We absolutely love our Diono Monterey Booster Car Seat. Diono makes strong, high-quality car seats that are built to last yet offer comfort and come in fun colors that children love. We appreciate Diono’s easy to use dial which allows us to customize our Monterey booster to safely and securely fit either of our children. It is easy to install and doesn’t take up a lot of space like some other boosters do. Our kids love the cup holders that Diono car seats and boosters come with – I love that they are deep and can securely fit most bottles or sippy cups, which means less spilling! This is a booster seat that not only kids love, but parents too!
Elyptol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
Price: $5 and up
Details: Shown here in Mums on the Go Kit
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What we love about it: Elyptol's line of hand sanitizer products are made from gentle, natural ingredients yet they're still super powerful - they kill 99.99% of germs (Elyptol is antimicrobial not just antibacterial like a lot of other products out there on the market!) Paired eucalyptus oil to equally natural sanitizing ingredients – pure ethanol derived from sugar cane and corn -- this combination brings you improved efficacy in eliminating germs and also a safer and gentler product. It's ranked #1 sanitizer on EWG’s website with a toxic rating of 1. After giving Elyptol a try, our whole family made the switch - click the link below to read our full review and why we think your family will love it too!
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