Ultimate Baby Registry: 18 Feeding Products Every New Mom Needs

Ultimate Baby Registry- 18 Feeding Products Every New Mom NeedsThese feeding must-haves need to be on your baby registry. Just click on photos and/or product names to find out where to purchase. FYI: I have not been compensated by any of the brands endorsed below. These are my own recommendations, baby-tested and mom-approved.

1. Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra First thing’s first. If you’re nursing, you need a good (read: comfortable, well-fitted, soft) nursing bra. This one is my favorite. I wear it 24/7. It’s soft, has no underwire, provides great support, can fit breast pads inside without looking obvious and snaps down for easy access. I have two, but owning three or four would be better.

2. Tommee Tippee Milk Feeding Bibs This bibs are great for dribbly breast-fed or bottle-fed babies. They keep the milk out of all the neck crevices, thus avoiding Stinky Neck Syndrome aka neck cheese. They need to be washed often or they’ll get crunchy, so you should probably register for two packs of these bibs.

3. OsoCozy Premium Prefold Burp Cloths Hear me on this one — don’t register for a single cute burp cloth. You’ll never use them, because they suck and don’t absorb liquid. These diaper prefolds drink it up on contact. I keep them in every room and in my diaper bag. You can’t have too many.

4. Boppy + Water Resistant Cover The Boppy is great for when you’re first getting comfortable nursing or feeding the baby. Then it’s useful for propping the baby up in the crib or for assisted tummy time. Make sure you get the water resistant cover, too.

5. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump With On The Go Tote Even if you are exclusively breast feeding, it is a good idea to own a pump. I used mine to try to up my milk supply (pumping after feedings, in between feedings and in the middle of the night if the baby slept through a feeding). I would store any pumped milk in the fridge or freezer for a bottle, which my husband loved to give. Plus it gave me the freedom to go out for a small length of time without a baby attached to me. After I stopped nursing, I used it to exclusively pump for a few months until my supply depleted. Medela gets my vote for being powerful, having various cup sizes and for great milk storage options! The On The Go Tote is the way to go, because the actual pump is small and can be toted around just about anywhere. (Note: Check with your insurance company before registering for/buying a pump. Some will provide one to you free of charge.)

6. NUK Simply Natural Newborn Gift Set Bottles are a very personal choice, as not every baby will take just any bottle. This starter set is a inexpensive first step into the world of baba. They were the only bottles my last baby, who struggled to latch, could effectively drink from plus all of the parts are dishwasher safe! Win/win. *UPDATED – June 2017*

7. Munchkin Dishwasher Basket Speaking of putting bottle parts in the dishwasher, we use this little contraption to keep all the bits and pieces contained during cleaning.

Boon Lawn Drying Rack8. Boon Lawn Drying Rack If you’re more of a hand-washer or like to keep your pump/bottle/sippy cup parts out on the counter and accessible, the Lawn drying rack is such a chic way to go. We’ve had ours out permanently next to the sink for two years, and it has constantly seen use. Plus you can throw it onto the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning every so often!

9. Beaba Freezer Tray Call me an ambitious first-time mom, but I was determined to make my own baby food. Saving money and feeding my baby healthy foods speaks to me in a big way. I would do big batches of purees at once and freeze individual portions for later. These silicone trays are essential, because after the pods are frozen, you can easily pop them out of the mold and store each of the individual food pucks in freezer-safe bags. I recommend registering for at least two of these trays.

10. Oxo Tot Bib It took me forever to find this bib, and really I only discovered it after my sister got it for her daughter. What I wouldn’t give to get all the stained outfits, wasted food and sanity back. Now that we have these, I’ll never go (willingly) back to another bib. This catch-all is soft around the neck, easily wipes clean, is top-rack dishwasher safe and can even roll up into itself to fit easily into your diaper bag. As usual, I love Oxo Tot. Register for at least two of these…three in a perfect world.

11. Beaba Soft Spoons These were great for when we first started feeding Madeline solids. The silicone spoon is comfortable to hold, yummy for teething babies to chomp on and holds the perfect bite for little ones. One pack of four spoons was perfect!

12. Tommee Tippee Explora Scoop Bowls We love these stackable, dishwasher/microwave-safe BPA free plastic bowls. They even have a handle for easy scooping and feeding. Register for one or two packs (four bowls per pack), depending on how often you do dishes.

13. Oxo Tot Sprout Chair While our baby took her first bites in her bouncer seat, it wasn’t long before we were itching for a high chair. We wanted something sturdy and built to last, aesthetically appealing (not a sore thumb in our kitchen), with a one-handed tray release and that cleaned up easily. The Oxo Tot Sprout Chair checked all the boxes. Plus it comes in tons of cute color combos!

14. Zoli BOT Sippy Cup The more the merrier when it comes to these awesome, weighted-straw cups. Get one in every color and size! Read why we can’t live without our Zoli BOT cups here.

15. Re-Play Recycled Feeding Set Once your baby starts to show interest in feeding themselves, this is the tableware you’re going to want for them. Super easy for little ones to grasp and manipulate while learning to bring food from plate to mouth, made from recycled milk jugs and perfectly affordable (sets are even sold at Target now, too!), we especially love the color it brings to our table! I’d register for forks and spoons, bowls, divided and flat plates, plus cups for when they’re a little older.

16. Ubbi Tweat Snack Container We’ve tried the rest, and this is the best. The Cadillac of snack cups. Locking air-tight lid that keeps snacks fresh? Check. Large opening with spill guard? Check. Weighted base? Check. Seriously? Just forget all of the other options and register for one for each of the kids you plan to have.

17. Beaba Storage Containers We use these containers for everything — bulk-batch purees, baby leftovers and even on-the-go meals! You should definitely register for a couple of these.

18. Avent Toddler Sippy Cup Ahh, last but certainly not least — the miracle vessle that granted us a seemless segue from bottle to milk cup at 12 months. I think it has something to do with the thick, soft straw. We have six of these Avent sippies between our two children.

Hey, moms and dads! Tell me…what are your feeding must-haves?? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll compile them all into my Ultimate Baby Registry: You Can’t Live Without It! post! XOXO, Allison

Check out the rest of the Ultimate Baby Registry here!

Ultimate Baby Registry: 11 Baby-Care Products Every New Mom Needs

Ultimate Baby Registry- 11 Baby-Care Products Every New Mom NeedsThese baby-care must-haves need to be on your baby registry. Just click on photos and/or product names to find out where to purchase. FYI: I have not been compensated by any of the brands endorsed below. These are my own recommendations, baby-tested and mom-approved.

1. Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water Oh, gripe water, you are the unsung hero of infant parenting. Why, you ask? Well, here’s the thing — when your baby cries, you go through a mental checklist of how to help them. 1. Change their diaper. 2. Feed them. 3. Burp them — during and after their feed. If you don’t get out a burp, you probably need to pat/rub/bounce them for longer, because it’s more than likely still in there. 4. Swaddle them. 5. Soothe them to sleep. When none of these things work and your baby is still screaming with such fervor you didn’t know possible in an infant, you pull out 6. Gripe water. A syringe full of this homeopathic, sweet licorice flavored liquid can work wonders on a colicky baby. Usually moments after consuming, your child will pass gas with the vigor of a grown man. If not, they are magically distracted into relaxation and finally stop their screaming. In other words, gripe water is a life saver. Literally. Stock up.

2. Frida Bitty Bundle of Joy Originially, I just recommended the NoseFrida. Go with me on this one. Your baby’s nose is full of boogies — they can’t breathe, they can’t eat, they can’t sleep. The bulb syringe is only pulling out so much, but you just know there is more in his little sinuses that needs to come out. Enter the NoseFrida. One end into their nostril, one end into your mouth. You suck as hard as you can and nose slugs fly into the tube. All of a sudden, the baby can breathe and you breathe a sigh of relief. NOTHING reaches your mouth because there is a barrier to prevent it. And anyway, it’s not gross because you birthed this booger monster. This bundle contains the NoseFrida, the Windi (my true love for baby gas relief — for experienced parents only), a nail clipper (though I’d also recommend an LED lit nail clipper, below) and a mommy Fridet (a personal squeeze bottle for postpartum feminine care). Let go of your inhibitions and get this kit. Trust me. You’ll be glad you did. *UPDATED June 2017 – after falling in love with all Frida baby products*

3. Safety 1st Nail Clipper Save your newborn from themselves and clip their tiny claws or suffer the wrath of the scratched up baby face. If you’re too scared, mittens will buy you time. But eventually you’re going to need to bite the bullet and cut those microscopic nails. These small light-up clippers are our go-to, making it so easy to see baby’s tiny nail. Side note: I’m pretty sure every parent has cut their baby’s finger while clipping their nails. It’s like a right of passage. When I did it to Madeline, Andrew made her a baby-sized bandage out of a regular one while I held our bleeding, crying baby and cried. I think we became a family that day. *UPDATED June 2017 – after regularly clipping 60 tiny baby nails*

Emily Salve Baby and Adult Skin Soother4. Emily Salve Baby & Adult Skin Soother I’ve mentioned before how prone to eczema flare-ups my Sensitive Sally is. Well, a few things work wonders for her skin. One is Emily Salve. A little of this all-natural salve on her red, itchy patches at night and the next morning they’ve usually all but disappeared. (The other things that work? Washing all of her clothes separately with an extra wash/rinse cycle with Honest Co. detergent, bathing her less frequently and using Emily soap when we do and a prescription hydrocortisone liquid + emollient cream for when it just won’t quit.)

5. Exergen Temporal Thermometer We had an ear thermometer, but I wasn’t great at getting into the baby’s ear to take her temperature. So I picked up this temporal thermometer, like the one they had at the hospital. It’s fun to use and, when used correctly (aka don’t forget to take the cap off), it’s very accurate. We’ve pulled it out so many times “just to check” that my kids know to turn their heads while I hold it up to their forehead. #proudmom

6. Green Sprouts Cool Calm-Press When bumps and bruises start to turn up on your baby’s pristine skin (and they will, much sooner than you’d like), reach for this sweet, smiley, reusable cold pack. Boo-boos be gone!

7. Trend Lab Fleece Rail Cover Beavering – v. the act of using one’s baby teeth to gnaw through the wooden rails of one’s beautiful, expensive crib. Stop beavering before it starts with these fleece rail covers. They’re soft, they wash well, they protect your baby from mouth splinters and, most importantly, they protect your crib!

8. Dreambaby Retractable Gate Retractable baby gates are super fancy. My sister has them on her staircases, and I covet them. They’re there when you need them and gone when you don’t. Way better than tripping over a prop-up gate or having an permanent eye-sore gate, IMHO.

Safety First Grip and Go Cabinet Lock9. Safety 1st Grip and Go Cabinet I didn’t ever think I would be the mom who locked her cabinets. And then I became the mom who locked her cabinets. Why? Because it’s annoying to have to put back/rearrange your stuff all the time. Oh, and because safety first. These locks work great on our cabinet doors, and you don’t have to tighten or loosen them all the way to use. You can get them at just the right width apart so that an adult can shimmy and pull it off easily, but a child cannot.

10. Munchkin Door Knob Cover Door knob covers? I always knew I would want these. The day I heard Madeline push the bathroom door closed and start messing with the lock inside I ran out and picked these up. We keep ours on the inside of doors, so that the littles can’t lock themselves in or, in the case of their rooms, so that they can’t get out by themselves. When we switch them to big kid beds, we lock them in their rooms. There I said it. Contain the destruction. Once they starts potty training, we lose the handle cover and maybe the door handle and probably our sanity all together (here’s looking at you, Benjamin). Note: Some adults find these hard to use, but once you get the hang of them (just slip your fingers through the holes to grip the handle and turn), you’ll be out of that bathroom in no time!

11. Outlet Plugs You never really think babies will do a lot of the dumb things they do to experiment and learn, but they do. Turns out they play with power cords, unplug things and try to put their little fingers into outlets. Save yourself some stress and plug them all up.

Hey, moms and dads! Tell me…what are your baby-care must-haves?? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll compile them all into my Ultimate Baby Registry: You Can’t Live Without It! post! XOXO, Allison

Check out the rest of the Ultimate Baby Registry here!

Five Hands-Free Baby Products Every New Mom Needs

Ultimate Baby Registry - 5 Hands-Free Baby Products Every New Mom NeedsThese five hands-free must-haves need to be on your baby registry. Just click on photos and/or product names to find out where to purchase. FYI: I have not been compensated by any of the brands endorsed below. These are my own recommendations, baby-tested and mom-approved.

1. 4moms MamaRoo Baby Swing We didn’t register for a swing with my first, but we absolutely should have. Everyone told us your baby either loves or hates the swing. All of ours LOVED it, and I don’t see how any baby could possibly hate it (IMHO, with a good tight swaddle, a baby can be happy anywhere). My first daughter napped more in her swing during her first six months of life than in the rest of her life combined. That might be an exaggeration, but she would take 3-4 hour naps, twice daily in her swing. Not all parents will get that lucky, but wouldn’t you be happier with an hour of peaceful/content/distracted baby than nothing? Madeline and Benjamin hung out in the Fisher Price Cradle and Swing (side to side and front to back swinging options, multiple speeds, plus flying birds and a sound machine), while Margaret was gifted the super chic Cadillac of baby swings — the MamaRoo. It’s small footprint, unique rocking motions (carride was her jam), built-in sound machine, adjustable reclines, plus bluetooth capabilites combine to make this the ultimate in baby swings! *UPDATED June 17, 2017 – after three babies and two swings*

2. Baby Bjorn Bouncer Seat + Attachment Play Bar I love our Bjorn Bouncer for its simplicity and chic design. It blends so well with our furniture that I never minded having the baby up on the dining room table with us while we ate. We’d also often set her in the bouncer on the coffee table and with just the perfect tap of a toe, we could achieve enough bounce to keep her happy while we caught up on a show. The play bar was the perfect distraction once she was able to start batting at/playing with things at a few months old. It would easily buy me 20 minutes to pump in peace.

3. Tiny Love Gymini Play Mat This is one of the least offensive play mats I’ve seen out there. The animals are sweet, the hanging toys are soft, there are a bunch of cool textures and lights and the music (Mozart or nursery rhymes) is soothing. This mat has baby-stimulating longevity — great for gazing while on their backs, perfect for some super-fun tummy time and even entertaining for new sitters, too! It’s machine washable and folds up flat. A+.

4. Fisher Price Jumperoo Another product we didn’t register for, but couldn’t live without. The Jumperoo is so fun I can hardly stand it. Before she was even tall enough to reach the floor (on the lowest of three height settings), Madeline was rocking the Jumperoo (a box underneath her feet to give her some traction). The seat spins around to a bunch of neat toys, the colors are cute and the music and sound effects are addicting (you’ll start hearing them in your sleep). Sometimes Maddie would spend so long in her Jumperoo, I’d start to feel neglectful. Then I’d check on her and she’d be smiling away, shuffling her feet and laughing. Best mother’s helper ever.

5. Bumbo At about 3-6 months old, a Bumbo is a great way keep a less active baby in one place (my niece was a more active baby who would arch her back and try to jump out of it, so…not for everyone). But I guess even I would call them a nice to have, not a need to have, since they have a relatively short window of use. Register for one and if you get it — great. If you don’t, you can easily pick these up for under $10 on Craigslist or at a garage sale or just borrow one from a friend.

Hey, moms and dads! Tell me…what are your hands-free must-haves?? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll compile them all into my Ultimate Baby Registry: You Can’t Live Without It! post! XOXO, Allison

Check out the rest of the Ultimate Baby Registry here!