It's budget-friendly but long-lasting. It's simple, but doesn't skimp on anything you need to have the happiest baby on the block. (And happiest momma, of course!) Read on for our ultimate baby gear guide.
1. Ergo 360 carrier with infant insert. As a tired momma with things to get done, you will be praising the heavens for this beautiful invention, and if you're anything like us, you'll be wearing it all day/every day. We love the Ergo 360 with the infant insert because it can be worn from baby's birth through toddler years and baby can face inward or outward. No need to buy multiple, difficult wraps!
2. Graco 2-in-1 Glider and Bassinet. Another gadget that gives you more bang for your buck, the glider and bassinet is perfect for putting by your bedside to put baby down at night, as well as moving it into the living area for baby to swing in during the day. It's definitely the most compact and quiet swing we've ever tried, and it plugs into the wall (no need to worry about expensive batteries!)
3. Medela Pump In Style Breast pump. Ah, the notorious breast pump. It can be a nightmare or a beautiful blessing, depending on which one you go for. And we think it's a unanimous statement that Medela is the best brand out there by a long shot!
4. Britax B Agile Travel System. Buying extra parts to make sure your car seat goes along with your stroller can be a hassle, but the Britax travel system makes it hassle-free. We love the stroller and car seat for both being super lightweight and easy to pop in and out of the car. The stroller opens with one hand at the push of a button!
5. Dr. Brown's Wide Neck Bottles. Colicky, gassy babies are every moms worst fear, but Dr. Brown's bottles help prevent any problems with that. Their bottles minimize bubbles in milk and slow the flow so that baby's stomach is more settled after eating. And the wide neck is perfect for formula-fed babies: no messy formula spills!
6. Pacifiers: Here's one area where we recommend NOT listening to any recommendations. Stocking up on pacifiers before the baby comes is probably a mistake. We say you start with one pacifier, see how your baby likes it, and continue buying different brands until you find the right fit. Most babies are very particular about the one they'll go for, so no need to waste money buying loads of them that your baby won't even use!
7. Swaddle blankets. This is another area where we think waiting it out to see what is best for your baby is the best advice we could give! Both moms and babes have opinions about what swaddle style is best, so pick one or two to try before you go wild! We recommend Little Unicorn or Aden + Anais for muslin swaddle fans, SwaddleMe brand for Velcro styles or Carter's brand for classic blankets.
8. Gerber onesies. It's hard to believe, but newborns really do grow SO fast, we say hold off on the cute clothes until your baby is at least three months. No matter what time of year it is, most newborns spend all day wrapped in a blanket anyway, so white onesies will get the job done perfectly. And there's just something about those fresh onesies that is so sweet!
9. Diapers and wipes: Last but not least, we give our take on the never-ending diaper debate! Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, cloth diapering...really, it's another area that is more of a personal preference. Try out every brand and go with the one that leads to the least amount of blow-outs. It'll be worth the money, even if you go with a more expensive brand!
And there you have it! We declare all other baby gear items to be non-essential...or something you can wait on after your baby has grown a bit.