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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Details: Shown here in Tiny Arrows
Read Convertible Swaddle Sack by SwaddleDesigns
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
Click here to read more about the SnoozeShade
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!
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!
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.
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!
Details: Shown here Radian® rXT all-in-one convertible car seat in Silver/Blue
Click here to read more about the Diono Rainier Convertible Booster Car Seat
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.
Diono Monterey Booster Car Seat
Details: Shown here Monterey® XT Booster in Grey Dark
Click here to read more about the Diono Monterey Booster Car
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!
Price: $5 and up
Details: Shown here in Mums on the Go Kit
Click here to read more about Elyptol products
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!
Great tips for mom & dad
You've Got This! Keys to Effective Parenting for the Early Years
Click here to read more about You've Got This!
What we love about it: As the parents of young children, we loved You’ve Got This! Keys to Effective Parenting for the Early Years. The book was full of great advice and covered tons of challenging situations that all parents of young children face each day. We especially appreciated the topics Bedtime, Eating Habits for Picky Eaters, Sibling Relationships, and Parenting in the Fast Lane and found many helpful tips to use with our own little ones. We loved the approachable but very clear and direct advice written by Christine Kyriakakos Martin and we recommend this book to all new parents, parents of young children and expecting parents too!
Excellent support for mom
The Possibility Mom: How to be a Great Mom and Pursue Your Dreams at the Same Time
Price: $7.99 and up
Click here to read more about The Possibility Mom
What we loved about it: TV star Lisa Canning understands the demands of modern motherhood well. During a recent interview with Florida Family Fun Travel, Lisa opened up about her struggles as a working mom and how she transformed her life in a way that benefits herself, her family and her career. Now a mother of seven, a lifestyle expert and author of the amazing new book The Possibility Mom, she's helping moms everywhere find the healthy balance between work and success within motherhood. I really loved Lisa Canning's The Possibility Mom: How to be a Great Mom and Pursue Your Dream at the Same Time and I found it to be an extremely helpful and empowering tool for modern moms everywhere. The struggle of #momlife is real - but it doesn't have to be, thanks in part to the great advice, empowering challenges and helpful tools found in Lisa Canning's new book!
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The Omie View Bassinet Mirror - a "Must Have" item that's perfect for home & travel!
Parents-to-Be and parents of infants need to check out the Omie View - It's a remote-controlled bassinet mirror that clips onto baby's bassinet (how awesome is that?)
Parents love buying bassinets for their tiny bundles of joy. The only problem with bassinets though, is their design usually makes it nearly impossible to see the baby unless you are standing up or sitting up in bed right next to the bassinet - sounds exhausting, right?
Don't worry, that problem has been solved! The Omie View Bassinet Mirror provides an added range of view of the inside of the bassinet so you can peek at your sweet sleeping baby without having to get up out of bed. That means moms and dads you can get a little bit more rest or multi-task around the house a little easier now that you have a clear view of baby while he/she is resting.
The Omie View is not an app and does not involve a camera. It provides a real time, real image of your baby at the very moment when you need it.
Here's some of The Omie View's great features:
- Controlled via remote enabling parents to get the best angle for a perfect view
- Has a night light to see baby in the dark
- Is a convex mirror
- Tilts up and back at an 85-degree angle
- A universal fit on bassinets and pack ‘n plays, can also be used on some cribs
- A tool that can be used in SIDS prevention
In exchange for our review, we were given a sample of the Omie View Bassinet Mirror to try out. Scroll down to read what we loved about the Omie View Bassinet Mirror and where you can purchase one for your little one!
What we loved about the Omie View Bassinet Mirror:
As parents who often travel with our little ones, we found the Omie View Bassinet Mirror to be a "must have" for families on the go! The Omie View is lightweight and will fit easily in a diaper bag or small carry-on bag - which makes it perfect for travel!
We loved that the Omie View is simple to use - no cameras, no apps, no confusing set up. It was super simple to attach to the bassinet (it even fit fabulously on our "Pack n' Play" travel crib!) When baby moved, we could quickly & easily adjust the mirror with our remote so we got a clear view of our little one again.
We appreciated that there are no dangerous cords with the Omie View - the Omie View and the remote run on standard AA and AAA batteries. We should mention that batteries are not included, so if you don't have them already, you may want to order some when you order your Omie View.
We thought the soft LED light was fabulous - not too bright to wake baby up, but just enough that we could get a good look at our little one even when our room was totally dark.
We absolutely love that the Omie View is totally mobile, convenient & travel-friendly. Since it can easily fit in your diaper bag (with room to spare) you can easily bring it with you on every family trip or vacation!
We think the Omie View Bassinet Mirror is a must-have item for every family, especially families who like to travel!
Click here to read more about the Omie View Bassinet Mirror and order one today!
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Strolyy - The brand new, universal car seat carrier that every traveling family needs!
You've got to check out the Strolyy! Released March 20th 2019, the Strolyy is a brand new universal car seat carrier that is the first of its kind.
Strolyy is an affordable, compact device that has a universal fit for all infant car seats - "thoughtfully designed for Mom's by a Mom."
The Strolyy has the ability to collapse like a camping chair, which means you won't have to lug the infant carrier around or try to fit and unfold a heavy, bulky travel system.
"When I became a Mom I found myself constantly carrying the car seat. I owned a nice, big expensive stroller that the car seat snapped right into, so why wasn’t I using it?" says Strolyy inventor Kasandra Gillis, "The answer was simple, it was HUGE! I began to notice other parents everywhere carrying the car seat too. I went home and searched online the term 'car seat carry pain' and I was blown away by what I found. This was a major problem."
"What I wanted was an affordable, compact, lightweight device that had a universal fit," Kasandra Gillis continued, "Something that was so easy to use it would be silly not to. So I designed Strolyy. Strolyy fits everywhere your big stroller doesn’t."
Over the past 3 years, Kasandra worked through multiple prototypes and sketches to dial in every detail in order to make the perfect device that every parent could use. In those 3 years of hard work, Kasandra went from sawing apart camping chairs, all the way to working with an expert manufacturer and producing the very first run of Strolyys.
Today, Strolyy is on the market and ready for use! Priced at under $60, the Strolyy is a unique, must-have item with a reasonable price that can't be beat.
1. Key features:
- Strolyy's compact design allows for it to be used in the smallest of spaces
- It has a universal fit for ALL infant-style car seats
- Removable storage basket
- Secure with safety strap and dual locking brakes
2. Strolyy solves the carseat problem at restaurants
- 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!)
- Reversible handles makes Strolyy even more compact and out of the way
3. Spend more time focusing on the important things
- Now parents can stop worrying about how to carry the car seat properly and focus more on taking care of their babies and themselves
- Strolyy is affordable. Starting at just $59.99. Now you can have your nice big expensive stroller and a Strolyy too!
- 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 - When opened Strolyy measures 22 ½ inches wide, 25 inches high and 39 inches long. When collapsed it measures 9 inches wide, 10 ¾ inches high and 39 inches long.
- Strolyy is made with safety in mind - Strolyy is made of steel, polyester, plastic, mesh and velcro. All Materials are new. Strolyy has been tested through a CPSC approved third party testing facility to ensure that it meets all government safety requirements and is safe to use with your infant.
- Strolyy comes with a Quality & Worry Free Satisfaction Guarantee!
As parents ourselves, we are VERY familiar with the struggle of traveling with an infant - because in order to go anywhere, you have to bring a whole travel system plus the diaper bag, supplies, emergency backup supplies (just to name a few!)
Shortly after our second child was born, we purchased a small crossover SUV which is a great vehicle overall but doesn't have a lot of trunk space. I always struggled with trying to load/unload heavy strollers from my vehicle while at the same time keeping an eye on my toddler and infant. With the Strolyy, there is no more struggle! The Strolyy is so compact and lightweight that I now have plenty of room left in my trunk to store groceries or luggage too.
We loved that the Strolyy is so easy to fold/unfold - it was super simple to do and took mere seconds. Even our 6 year old, who is "mommy's little helper," was able to easily open and close the Strolyy for me as well as pick it up and put it in our vehicle. We also appreciated that the grandparents, who sometimes struggle with the bulkier strollers, were able to quickly & easily manage the Strolyy.
We loved that the Strolyy's handles are adjustable and that there is also a storage basket. We also loved how easy it was to push the Strolyy around and how well the Strolyy travels across multiple surfaces. We could easily see using the Strolyy everywhere we go!
As a traveling family, we LOVED the Strolyy and highly recommend it for any traveling families or parents on the go! We LOVE our Strolyy and we know you will too!
Click HERE to read more about the Strolyy, to see more videos of the Strolyy in action and to order your very own Strolyy today!
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