It's almost that time - baby time! With just a few short weeks left until we meet our newest son, I have been thinking a lot about what items I couldn't live without the first time around. This list is not extensive, but it does include some of the most used baby items we have/had and are the ones I definitely plan on reusing or buying again. I've compiled this quick and easy list of my top five go-to baby items for you! Links are contained in descriptions!
1. The Graco Click Connect Line of Compatible Strollers and Car Seats
I can't stress enough how much I recommend a cohesive collection of interchangeable parts when it comes to baby! My first go around (and this time, too) we used the Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat and Carrier. The Click Connect system allows you to put just the base in your vehicle (total bonus if you have more than one vehicle that will be transporting baby - you can buy additional bases separately) and easily transport your infant up to 35lbs in and of the car effortlessly. We also used the super compatible Graco FastAction Fold Jogging Stroller for days at the beach, running, and strolls around the neighborhood. For easy trunk storage and store-friendly mobility, we keep the also compatible Grace Breeze Click Connect Stroller in each of our vehicles. This time around, we have also upgraded to a multi-function double stroller to accommodate traveling with both of our boys and added the Graco Ready2Grow LX Stroller with 12 riding options (including sit and stand for my toddler) to our fleet. I can't say enough about compatibility - it matters in a marriage and it matters when it comes to keeping life with babies simple!
2. DockATot Deluxe+ Dock
If you are expecting you have certainly by now become aware of all the hype surrounding the fairly pricey DockATot line of baby docks. At $175 for the 0-9 month Deluxe+ Dock in Pristine White, this pillowy soft baby item is a bit of a splurge, but this mama will tell you that it made all the difference in getting back to sleep soundly for more than just a few minutes at a time. This little baby kept our little baby snug and secure and asleep long enough for mama to take a shower and maybe brush my teeth. WORTH THE MONEY! Please see their website for their full list of safety recommendations and considerations for the appropriate use of this device.
3. The Wubbanub Pacifier
First of all, I have to say that that pacifier phase did not last long at all with Baby #1; however, when he was willing to use one, the Wubbanub was the ONLY one that would do! Soft, snuggly super cute and easy to attach to baby (with a not-included pacifier strap), it has everything you need to soothe your little one.
4. The Graco Pack n Play
i cannot say enough how handy this little grow-with-me/go-with-me item is! I personally prefer the one pictured here: The Graco Pack n Play Playard Suite LX because it comes with convenient (and necessary!) newborn attachments like a vibrating bouncer and a changing area. You might think you won’t use that bouncer, but when Intell you it allowed me to take a quick shower with baby Remy right outside the tub, snoozing soundly - worth the extra cash!
5. A Quality Swing
I won’t lie to you. We had 3 swings. We tried the famed 4 Moms Mamaroo, but my first born didn’t like it and wouldn’t stay in it. We had a Graco swing - like this Graco Simple Sway Swing, but sadly it didn’t last for us and we never replaced it. The third swing was a smaller floor swing that also never worked properly. I can’t tell you enough the importance of finding a quality swing that your baby likes and there is no real way to tell what your little bundle will love without trying them out in them. This is one item I am definitely re-purchasing and hoping I get right!
there are definitely thousands of other worthwhile baby items out there! What are some of your favorites?
Hi! I'm Nugget. I am wife to my awesome husband, Fran, and mama to our toddler son, Remington. We also have another baby on the way (due very soon!) and our pup, Fiona. I am body positive fitness instructor, teacher, and health/wellness advocate. I believe in the potential of EVERY body to be happy and healthy.