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Pregnancy brings a ton of excitement but also a bit of anxiety when it comes to creating a baby registry. How do you know what you actually need? With a three month old at home, I now know which baby products I could not live without. Below are the top 10 baby gadgets and products that you need to add to your baby registry.
The #1 item to add to your baby registry: Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Stroller
Topping the list of items to add to your baby registry is the Snap-N-Go stroller. The Snap-N-Go is a small stroller that you can truly lift, fold and unfold with one hand. This thing saves your back when it comes to errands where you would otherwise be lugging around your crazy heavy car seat. It also has a nice little basket at the bottom that can be used for a quick shopping trip.
The Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original keeps the baby safely swaddled with his hands up near his mouth. This swaddle provides more than just a resemblance to a flying squirrel costume. It allows your baby to soothe himself by sucking on his hands while also keeping him from startling himself. I recommend registering for at least 2 of these so that you have a backup when the inevitable happens and it gets covered in well.. you name it.
I know what you are thinking, “Can’t I just shush my baby myself?” and my answer is yes BUT whether you can continuously do it say 4-5 times a day for 30 minutes at a time while you should be sleeping, eating, taking a moment to breathe, etc. is a different question. At most nap times and at bedtime, I place our baby in his Love to Dream Swaddle, turn on the baby shusher and he is passed out panda within 5 minutes. Trust me and just add it to your registry!
Unlike the standard infant bathtub, the Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather provides a soft, fabric, reclining surface for baby to lay on during baths. We are lucky enough to have a gorgeous farmhouse sink we use for bath time and this bather fits perfectly in the sink, propping the baby up comfortably. In the first few months home from the hospital, this bather better fits your tiny baby. It also folds for storage so we can easily put it away after bath time.
This convenient baby rocking chair is perfect for sitting baby up before he can hold his head up on his own. My little guy loves to interact and baby coo to me in this thing. While I try to give our little guy plenty of floor and tummy time, this chair is perfect for when you need a secure place for baby within reach. I tend to use it while I’m cooking or doing laundry. It’s lightweight and can easily be moved from room to room.
The Owlet Smart Sock gives new moms the security they need to get better sleep by tracking their baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels to ensure they stay within appropriate ranges. I’m one of those moms that couldn’t sleep without checking to make sure my little guy was breathing, so the smart sock was such a blessing for me. With the phone app that comes with the smart sock I can check my baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels throughout his sleep cycle without risking waking him. Best of all, I can also see based on his heart rate whether he’s in deep sleep or not. While it’s a bit pricey, you can get reimbursed by your HSA or FSA for the purchase.
If you live in a two story home, I highly recommend keeping this pack ‘n play napper and changer downstairs. The bassinet flips over to, you guessed it, a changing table. Once your infant grows out of the napper, you can use the pack ‘n play for naps downstairs and eventually for playtime.
Before our little guy was born in February, I purchased a lot of newborn onesies and several cute, but definitely not practical, outfits. A day or two after returning from the hospital we realized that all we really needed for the near future were these zipper pajamas. The zipper pajamas keep you from having to pull a onesie over your baby’s floppy head during changes and allow for easy and quick diaper changes. Also, during the first few weeks after birth you’re not supposed to trim their nails so the fold over cuffs help to protect them from scratching themselves and the footies keep them warm. Another advantage is of course that they are just so darn cute!
When our pediatrician instructed us to keep our baby out of the pool for the first 4 months due to sensitive baby skin, I was kind of disappointed. I was looking forward to playing in the pool over the summer. Then, I found this swim neck tube that can be used in the bathtub. Until our little guy can get in the pool, this tube provides fun and exercise in the bathtub and helps him to safely get familiar with water under our careful watch.
This play mat has become part of our daily routine. Babies need plenty of floor time and this play mat provides a multitude of options as the baby grows. The piano has three stage settings that you can change as the baby grows. We’re currently on the animal and animal sounds stage when the piano is kicked. Let’s just say we’re very familiar with the monkey and the lion in our house.
Have a favorite product that you couldn’t live without? Share it below in the comments!