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Top Ten Needed Baby Items

Posted on: September 6, 2011

While there are some pretty crazy, ridiculous things out there for babies that we mamas so don’t need {here’s my top ten unneeded items}, there are some that in my book are a must.

1. Baby Carrier – I highly, highly recommend baby wearing. Practically, it frees up your hands {a must when you have other kiddos to mother}, but there is no better feeling than having your baby snuggled up against you. Not to mention, babies love being held. Julia took her best naps in our carrier. Which was a huge blessing since she hated to nap. It’s like a win-win-win. Carriers can get expensive, so ask your mama friends what worked for them. Also, check out Katie’s review of different baby carriers she has tried out.

2. Swaddling Blankets – Show me a swaddled baby, and I’ll show you one happy camper. And while so many blankets call themselves “swaddle” blankets, the best are thin blankets about 42″ x 42″ {many in stores are only 36″ x 36″}. Also, I never found the swaddlers to be any better than just a blanket.

3. Sound Machine – While I did knock the soothing sound dolls, I have to say sound machines are a life saver. Especially if your husband likes to do construction on your house at 11pm.

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4. Baby Swing – The best thing about a swing is that they mimic the swaying motion that babies are so use to while in the womb. It comforts them to be rocked back and forth. And if you’re really fortunate, you’ll get a baby swing sleeper like Hannah. That girl lived in her swing for the first 2 months.

5. Rocking Chair/Glider – I love having a rocking chair. It makes for comfy nursing sessions {you can rock or prop your feet up}, plus the swaying will help sleepy ones sleep just a little longer.

6. Sleep Sacks / Sleep Sack Gowns – When we had Julia, I wanted her to always be in these really cute outfits. Then I realized just what a pain it was to change all those really cute outfits. With a sleep sack, you can get right to the goods {aka, dirty diaper} without having to undo much of anything, and some time baby will sleep right through it {you know, if they like sleep like Hannah does}. My personal favorites are the sleep sack gowns {open at the bottom}.

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7. Sippy Grip – By the 15th million time that your sweet little toddler throws their sippy cup on the floor of the car, you’ll be glad you to have a sippy grip. Then the sippy is always within reach.

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8. Wet Bag – While we got our wet bag for cloth diapers, I still use it for potty training and dealing with wet clothes. Blocks out the smell and keeps the wetness in {so you can toss it in your purse without getting everything else soaked}.

9. Bumbo Seat/Bebe Pod – My girls loved the Bebe Pod. It’s great for that almost-ready-to-sit-up-but-can’t-yet stage. However, never, ever put it on the counter. Ever.

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10. Nursing Tank – Having a nursing tank changed my nursing life. A tank keeps you from showing everyone your tummy/back while you’re nursing in public. And then there’s always the Yummie Tummie Skinny Nursing tank for those of you who wanna splurge on a skinny tank.

What are your essential baby items? Are there any on my list that you could live without?

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10 Responses to "Top Ten Needed Baby Items"

I finally got a Bumbo to use with this baby (had they been popular 7+ years ago when Madeline was a baby, I probably would have gotten one as a gift and had one all along!). A friend gave me one she was done with and I am so excited to try it.

If you love nursing in a rocker, that is probably part of the reason you aren’t a boppy fan…My favorite way to nurse is with my legs crossed (what they used to call “indian style” when we were kids, and there is probably some politically correct name for it now…lol), while sitting on the couch or the bed, with a boppy resting on my legs, of course. 🙂 You can’t sit like that in a rocker, so I never used my glider after trying it once or twice when Madeline was a baby. Luckily the glider was a hand-me-down from my mom that she had gotten rid of, so I wasn’t out any money on that unused item!

I agree with most of your list, but a few things on there weren’t my (or Hudson’s) favorite. I’m like Kirsten, I didn’t care for nursing in the rocking chair, so to me that’s not an essential. I do think I might like a big oversized rocker recliner if we had the money to buy one though. Also, Hudson wasn’t a huge fan of the swing or the Bumbo. We used both some, but we could have easily done without. He preferred the bouncy chair to the swing, and I’ve heard that babies seem to prefer one or the other. Fortunately, most of our baby gear was hand-me-down from my brother’s family, so we got to try stuff and not worry if it wasn’t a hit. So maybe that’s an essential- borrowed baby stuff! 🙂

I had the Snugli carrier – for my first it was great because he loved the close contact and had to be ON me 24/7. (and I also used it during severe storms so I didn’t have to worry about holding the baby if a tornado came, and him getting ripped out of my arms – if he was going anywhere, I was going with him so I strapped him to me!!) My 2nd HATED to be confined, which included swaddling. She kicked out of it from day 1. She is now 5 and still hates to have limited motion in any way, and stiill refuses to sleep with covers. The sleep sacks were GREAT for both kids. Like you said, extremely easy access. Much better than fumbling with a hundred buttons in the dark at 3am…I confess I’ve woken up in the mornings to find them buttoned up in a way that suggested it was done by the baby itself. Or a primate. I never had a sound machine or a rocking chair – I just used my rocker/recliner for that. The baby swing was the best for my son, he slept in that thing for probably 4 months. It was the ONLY way sometimes. My daughter hated it..again the confinement issue. Even at 2 days old she slept on her back, sprawled out. I never had a sippy grip but we did have the pacifier holders. THAT was a big help because I, the germaphobe, wouldn’t give it back to them if it even fell on the couch. new one immediately. At least 10 clean ones in stock at all times. Yeah, I know. The Bumbo seat…I’m not sure if they were around yet when my kids were little…I’d never heard of one until a few years ago. But I’d like to have one with the next. Not sure what a wet bag is….and I didn’t nurse with either so the tank wasn’t an issue. Though I plan to with the next one.

Great list. I mentioned last Tuesday that our swing was useless but it was a cheaper model and we didn’t try it right away so I’d definitely give one another try (especially if any friends want to let me borrow their fancy ones). Of course, I LOVE baby carriers hehe thanks for the link! Archer hated the bumboo but we only tried it a few times then passed it along (someone let us borrow it) to another family. I would add a portable changing pad. I’m not sure if other places are as unreliable as Seattle about changing tables in bathrooms but I have used the heck out of our portable pad, and it just tucks into the diaper bag though it does add a substantial amount of weight. Thanks for sharing Sarah, great lists!

great list- i love my https://www.halosleep.com/ i love it since it is made so well and there is a swaddle sack one! my favorite for sure!

We had a very cheap noise machine – a fan. It was truly a life saver. It allows me to do things that might still be noisy and the constant noise soothes her to sleep.

I can’t believe how different and picky each baby can be! 😉 I pretty much agree on everything up through 6. I hadn’t heard of 7&8 and for some reason I couldn’t convince my girls to sit in a Bumbo. Again a good reason to know friends with young ones that you can try things like swings, bumbo seats, boppys, and different baby carriers before purchasing your own.

I second the halo sleepsack!
I did a list like this a few weeks ago, and it’s fascinating to me how one mama’s list can differ from another’s. It’s so interesting how babies are different and require different things.
Stopping by from Oh Amanda’s.

The swing is always number one on my list. My babies still nap on it at 9 months. Visiting from Oh Amanda’s

I’m doing a post round up on baby essentials/non-essentials, and would love if you would link up this post (and your Top 10 Unneeded Baby Items). Actually, I was going write my own and decided it was best to do a post round up because there are so many good ones already out there and I though of yours specifically and searched back in your posts to find these! Here’s the link: http://catholicnewlywed.blogspot.com/2012/01/baby-on-budget-what-you-really-need.html

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