Another moth, another milestone. Yet, this one was by far the hardest. My sweet girl is 6 months old.
Time has seriously flown by and I can’t imagine life without her now. We took her on her second trip. It was a short weekend trip to LA, and she was just as much a champ as she was during her first flight experience. Ava is fully sitting up by herself and starting to waddle on a stomach. My guess is she’ll be crawling before we know it! She’s still sleeping in our room, but sleeps with in her pack-n-play with her Dockatot and LOVES it.
This month, I figured I’d do something a little different. If you saw my Insta story, you knew I asked for y’alls advice. So without further ado, below are the top baby products for 0-6 months.
The whole reason I created TMB was to be a place of advice, encouragement, and parenting hacks. When I was pregnant, I googled everything about registries and it gave me a list similar to the one below.
Now, there is nothing wrong with that list, and if you still want to purchase all these items, great. But for me, this type of list stressed me out. Of these million baby products I “needed,” there were a billion different options for each product type. It made me feel like I needed to get everything on it to be prepared. Ultimately, I was suckered into a list like this. I now have items, that I took out [to make her nursery look perfect], that now I can’t return. I’ve heard I should save them for the next baby in hopes they like the item, but ugh, I am not a hoarder so that’s really difficult for me.
*News Flash* All your baby truly needs when they arrive is love, food, diapers, wipes, and a place to sleep. Everything else is great, but is extra.
Here is a list of my Top Baby Registry Products that we actually use. Hopefully this will be helpful to any of you who are preparing for your first little one, or even those of you who are looking at your friends’ registries at a total loss for what to buy them. Here’s the scoop:
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Sleepers: Ava still lives in these! They are SO easy, espeically the ones with the zippers. We had some of the button up ones, but didn’t like them for these two reasons: 1. during the first couple weeks when you’re sleep deprived, the last thing you want to do is fuss with making sure the buttons are lined up, and 2. now that she’s gotten older and moving around, zippers are the fastest to get back up. We love these ones because of all the cute patterns.
Onesies: Again, there are many days where she just is in a onesie all day. I would avoid the all white ones and any light colored ones at all cost. I’m a victim of loving the whites and light pinks, so I live by the rule that if when she has a blow out, the outfit is going to be tossed. We don’t do laundry as much as some, so I’d recommend 2 packs of 5 would be just fine. I like these again for the cute patterns.
Pants: Five pairs of pants in colors to coordinate with the onesies will be perfectly fine. We bought so many pants/shirts that she never got the chance to wear.
Socks: I feel like I put Ava in the same 3-4 pairs all the time. We reuse socks between washes [bc they’re babies], but again, this is another thing we had so many of that are just packed away now.
Baby Towels & Washclothes: Since you give babies baths every 2-3 days, there’s no need for tons of towels. Again, this is something we re-use between washes. We love the hooded towels for a little extra warmth after bath time.
Baby bath tub: We use the Fisher Price one and love it so far! To dry it, all you have to do is hang it from your shower rod, super easy!
Baby lotion: We purchased this before Ava was born and are still on our first bottle. Babies are tiny, so one bottle will last you a while. I would also recommend (if possible) getting travel size bottles to start out with. Every baby is different, so you’re better off getting smaller versions to see if it works with your baby.
Bath soap: Again, a little goes a long way. Another item we’re still on the first bottle with (at 6 months). Registering for just one bottle will last you quite a while!
Car Seat/Travel System: We purchased this car seat and this stroller system. It was solely based off what I had seen other mama’s purchase recently. What I like about the car seat is that it’s super easy to get in and out of your car. Tip: For any moms-to-be, I recommend making sure your car seat will fit in your car before purchasing it. I found out through other parents that not all car seats do. The only thing I wish this one had was a textured handle. Ava loves having toys to play with in the car, and most toys fall down from here. For our stroller, this one was a little on the pricier side, but I do like how it unfolds with one button.
Pack N Play: We purchased this one. What I love about it is the infant bassinet converts into a napper as well. She still sleeps in our room in her Pack N Play, so you won’t see a crib on this list. Her room is upstairs and on the complete opposite side of our house, so I’d recommend this solution if you’re in the same situation as us. If your nursery is closer or your adamant about your child sleeping in their crib, then this is the crib we purchased. In all honesty, we still have yet to use it, so I can’t tell you whether we really like it or not.
Baby Carrier: We swear by this baby carrier. We originally got this for Sean and I bought a wrap for me, but to be honest, the wraps are special contraptions that I personally didn’t like. I didn’t feel like Ava was secure in them. It could have been me putting in on wrong, or just a placebo effect of the hooks and backpack straps on the Ergo. I used my wrap maybe 2-3 times and now she’s too big for it. I’m sure all parents will agree with me, a baby carrier is a lifesaver. Sometimes, all your baby wants is to be held and baby wearing helps them but still allows you to get things done. ALSO, it’s a great workout for mama’s!
DIAPERS & CHANGING
Changing Pad: I honestly never thought I would use this as much as I do. This has been a lifesaver either in the car or out in public, because I REFUSE to lay her directly down on the tables in the bathroom. What I also like about this one is the fact you can put a few diapers and wipes inside and carry it on your wrist.
Diapers: You can’t have too many. Plain and simple.
This is an area that I think each mom needs to customize. All bottles, nipples, pacifiers are going to be different based of babies preference. I would recommend not opening these items until your baby is here and testing them out. You can exchange the ones not opened if you do so!
Disposable Nursing Pads: By far, one of my greatest purchases. The first couple days, it’s not too bad since your milk hasn’t came in. When you milk comes in, you will literally wake up in a puddle if you don’t have these on. I don’t necessarily wear them every night now, but I wore them underneath my nursing bras every night at first. These are also great if you have to go back to work and can’t pump as much as when you’re at home. It’s never happened to me, but I had a fear of soaking through my shirt.
Nursing Bras: I would get at least 3-4 of these. These are the ones I sleep in and these are the ones I wore underneath regular shirts.
Breast Pump: It’s most likely covered by insurance, so I would highly recommend getting one!
Breast Milk Storage Bags: (can’t have too many) – These are a must have for freezing milk for later! Just remember to change them out every 3 months to keep your milk fresh.
Burt Clothes: A 3 pack is just fine for us. Ava didn’t spit up much, and still doesn’t, so 3 does the trick. I use them mostly to wipe off her face after she eats now.
Wubbanub: This has been Ava’s best friend since we came home from the hospital. Not going to go too much as I talk about it here and here.
Drift: This stuff smells heavenly! Perfect for washing all of babies clothes. They also have a stain remover here that you totally need as well for the many many poop and food stains.
Not necessary, but items I do love.
Owlet Monitor: Again, I rave about this here and here.
DockATot: I do a full review here, but I promise Ava has slept SO GOOD since we’ve put this in her pack n play.
Okay I think this covers most items and I really hope this was helpful to some of you! Mamas, is there anything you would add to the “must-have” section of this list? What about the “nice to have” part?