I became a first time mom this year with my precious baby boy, who is now 8 months old (wow how time flies). One of the things I remember the most during my preparation time for his arrival, was panicking about what I needed to have for him! So many opinions, so many differences, so many options, and so much money! I didn’t want to spend tons of money on things that I would never use and regret the purchase! So I waited (which was against my nature) until the baby came for a lot of the things I fell in love with!
Because each baby is different, he told me what I needed rather than some stranger on the internet who had a different baby! So, I know I sound like a hypocrite by giving you a list of what I found useful for my baby, but honestly it’s just to help you out if you want other’s opinions on the matter! If you find your baby is similar to what I describe, then you may love it too!
1. Playtex diaper genie
Some people will say that this is a stupid purchase and you may agree. However, I found it so handy and am still using it 8 months later! I will definitely keep mine for future babies, so all-in-all this is a gift that keeps on giving!
I noticed that middle of the night changes led to diapers piling up on the changing table which sat there all night because let’s face it, my goal was to change, feed, and sleep.
What I found was the next morning the room smelt of whatever contents were in those diapers: pee, poo, pee and poo, you get the picture. So I decided to try the diaper genie and it is everything I hoped for and more! I change it maybe once or twice a month and it holds so many diapers at a time while keeping the stink way down! Traditional trash bags don’t do the job, and unless you feel like running diapers to the trash outside all the time, the diaper genie is for you!
Also, you can get it in different colors too! We chose a mint green that matched little mans nursery and it really tied everything together. I love the diaper genie so much!
2. Munchkin Wipe warmer
So this is actually a product that I said I would NEVER buy prior to having an actual baby. Because obviously we know everything about parenting before actually even having children.
However, you will change your tune if your baby is in any way like my baby was when he was smaller. He ABHORED diaper changes, especially at night. When the cold wet wipe touched his sweet little bottom, my sweet little baby turned into a sweet little nightmare.
My sister had had the wipe warmer and so I thought, why not? It’s very affordable, you can use any wipe brand in it, and it may solve a huge problem! We found baby John absolutely loved having warm wipes on his bottom, and no joke nighttime changes became quicker and easier, and he even fell back asleep faster (not making any promises, just our experience).
So, I definitely recommend a wipe warmer for your little baby’s tush. We love it!
3. dr. browns bottles
So one thing you will learn very quickly, especially if you’re breast feeding, is little babies are VERY gassy. It is so easy for their tummies to build gas bubbles and the littlest thing affects them.
We tried so many different types of bottles before finding Dr. Browns. John constantly had gas at first which led to so many nights of tears and tummy pains. We tried Dr. Brown’s after some research and finally had an answer! Once we switched around 4 months we haven’t turned back! We will definitely buy Dr. Brown for future babies and save tons in money from buying all the other kinds too.
4. formula dispenser
So I breast fed for about a month and realized that baby John ate way too much for my body to handle. So formula came in and saved the day! However, nobody wants to carry formula around with them every where they go; they’re usually pretty bulky and trust me you need the extra room in your diaper bag for all the extra clothes that are absolutely necessary (just ask John about his recent Cracker Barrel blow out).
This allows you to prepare four formula servings at a time and all you have to do is spin the top and empty into your bottle. It’s perfect for traveling with baby, or just preparing ahead of time for nighttime feedings or busy days. It really comes in handy when baby is crying and you only have two hands to get everything ready and quickly.
These are so cheap but very underestimated. I love it so much and truly don’t know what I would have done without it!
5. Zip-UP FOOTLESS PAJAMAS
You have probably heard this one already but it is so true. If you are going to by clothes for your baby, buy zip-ups only! When you’re trying to get them back in their outfit during the night, you don’t want to deal with all of those snap buttons. I promise.
I remember reading a post about it before having a baby and I was like, “It’s not a big deal.” And then I realized as I was choosing outfits for John, especially in the early stages, I always went for the zip-ups because they were so much easier.
I say footless because if your baby consistently stays in the 95 percentile for heighth, they will outgrow quickly footy-pajamas. Footless zip-ups allowed some room for growth so I saved money in the long run. Not to mention I had his little feet out in the open for extra kisses. Definitely something worth buying into!
So, that is my list of my Top 5 Things I Loved for MY baby. I hope it may come in handy for any new mamas out there wondering what the heck to purchase without wasting money! Let me know some things that you loved for your baby! Happy homemaking!