At our showers, I think we received a total of about 30 blankets. It is nice to have a few for the stroller and the crib. I don't think it matters too much. Hudson loves soft, furry blankets (and stuffed animals). This RH baby stroller blankets is so cute and snuggly, it is my favorite.
This hamper (pictured above) is cute and durable. I lug around blankets and toys in it too.
I only bought a few hangers, most of his clothes go in the drawers.
There are lots of cute mobiles out there. Chose one that matches the theme of the nursery. Land of Nod's mobiles are super cute too!
Sound machines are serious business. You definitely want loud. I have bought three, and this one is my favorite.
There isn't much to these, just make such it is waterproof.
Changing pad covers
Whatever look you want, waterproof is helpful, but not plastic. If it is plastic, it might be too cold for the babies to lay on. I would have 2-3 on hand.
Swaddles with velcro are the best. It doesn't really matter what brand, but having velcro to tuck their arms in is so helpful. I think it is impossible to swaddle them in a way that they can't get out of.
There are all sorts of cute, sweet swaddle blanket, Aiden and Anaias makes really soft bamboo swaddles.
I would buy at least 3 fitted sheets in case they wet the bed a lot or have the stomach bug.
Hudson hasn't leaked through his sheets, except once, but I am glad that we have a waterproof cover to protect the mattress.
I honestly did not do too much research on car seats, but I appreciate how easy it is to take out the liner and shoulder pads and wash them on this car seat. It snaps in and out of the base easily.
So I didn't realize until recently that you don't actually need a car seat base. You can buckle the car seat into the car using the adult seat belt. Who knew? Anyways we bought three of these- one for my car, Michael's and my moms. If you are looking to save money, you could definitely get away with just one for mom's car.
We bought the double stroller thinking ahead. I love this stroller. It is pretty big (which is a downside), but it folds up very flatly. It has an adjustable seat so you can lean it all the way back so they can sleep in the stroller (or when they are little it is more like a bassinet). It has roomy storage underneath. The seats also click in and out of the stroller really easily.
The BOB is great. It definitely can handle rocks, etc. on the trail very gracefully. It folds up flatly. We use ours everyday and it has been a great stroller. I honestly wish we would have thought more seriously about buying a double BOB from the beginning too. If your kids are just a couple years (or less) apart, it seems to make sense to go ahead and buy the double, even though you might look goofy at first.
Hudson loved this bouncy chair. There isn't much to it, but we could never sit him down when he was little without him screaming. For some reason, he liked this chair and it provided us a little bit of relief. I would put him in it on the floor while I cooked dinner or worked at the computer.
Some moms love the Rock 'n Play, but we never used it. Hudson never let us sit him it without crying. I am glad that I have it as an option for other kids down the line, though. (They are all so different!!)
This swing was a lifesaver when Hudson was an infant. We tried the moses basket and the Rock N' Play first, but the swing was the only way we could get him to sleep at all at night. One downside is that you can't swaddle them, because you have to buckle them in. (We did, but I am not going to recommend that haha). This swing was great too, it is pretty simple and you can play your music through the speakers? It is true.
My friend Bailey recommended this play mat to me, I didn't really understand the purpose when I registered for it, but I would highly recommend it as well. It is nice to have a bigger, padded blanket to lay your baby on when they are learning to roll over and sit up. It is also nice to be able to lay it on hardwood floors, or a carpeted area, that you aren't quite sure what is inside the carpet..ew.
High chair- IKEA ANTILOP with PYTIG support pillow and cover
This high chair is $20, with a $5 pillow to add support until your baby is a little bigger and sturdier. It is a little difficult to put the try on and take it off to clean. We broke ours in the first week trying to force it. This high chair is small and simple, which is nice so as to not crowd your kitchen. There are much more high quality and higher functioning high chairs out there, it just depends on what you are looking for.
people have a lot of opinions about which is best. We have two- one Solly baby wrap
Convertible car seat
Ours is a little different from this model, but this is what I would recommend. Call your insurance and typically they will send you one for free! Ours came in less than a week, but call early, I have heard it can take awhile.
These are great when you are pumping on the go and don't have access to soap and water. Stick them in your bag, so you don't get in a bind.
These don't spill easily and they get the job done.
You can order these online. They cover the front and back which is helpful when you have a kicking, flip/floppy nursing infant. They come in cute colors and designs that you can choose from.
Nipple cream- LANSInoh lanolin
I would recommend buying the cream and starting to use it in the first few days of nursing. You may have problems with chaffing and blisters and you may not, but you might as well get on top of it from the beginning.
I returned my nursing pillow, because I never used it. Some people use them all the time, but for some reason, I never felt like I needed something.
If you are the leaky type, which is common especially at the beginning, these are super helpful to keep your shirts dry!
Don't ask, just buy.
This bag is perfect. I put pump equipment, no hands bra, milk storage bags, permanent marker (for labeling bags) and pump cleaning wipes in here and always had everything in one spot, ready to go!
We don't have one, but I want to get one for the next baby. I think it is helpful to watch them, especially when they start eating, sometimes I am wondering if he is choking.
The Covered Goods nursing cover doubles as a shopping cart cover. It doesn't work very well actually in the shopping cart. I would bring Hudson into the grocery store in his car seat and put him in the basket when he was an infant. By the time he was big enough the sit in the shopping cart, you aren't as worried about germs. I would just wipe it down before he got in. We only used the cover a few times.
I really wanted a diaper bag that didn't look like a diaper bag. I found this bag and I love it. It is a backpack and can be a purse. I wish the backpack look wasn't necessary, but there are so many times, that I need the bag to be on my back with all I have to handle. These bags come in all different colors too!
The car seat is heavy and puts little dents in your seat. This has helped the leather under the car seat be preserved.
Bottle brushes-OXO tot bottle brush
I like this brush, because it has a stand, so there is a sanitary place for it to sit. Bottle brushes are pretty necessary to get the nooks and crannies of the bottles.
Bottle drying rack- munchkin high capacity bottle drying rack
Whether you are nursing/pumping or formula feeding, you wash a lot of bottles and it is really nice to have a sanitary place to put them while they dry.
These are so cute. It really doesn't matter very much, but I would recommend having about 10 of these. You will use them.
Bibs-Tommy tippee roll up bibs
These are great, they are plastic, so you can wash them really easily. They also have a catch-all feature, so less food falls to the ground, it works surprisingly well. All of our cloth/cotton bibs stained really quickly from food.
Bowls-munchkin stay put bowls
I like these, because you can stick them to their high chair tray and they stay suctioned really well. I also have some cheap small bowls that I bought in bulk with lids, because you always have cut up leftovers from their meals to store.
I would buy three of four kinds originally and let your child try them. They seem to all have different preferences. Our favorite right now is linked above.
I would recommend having 5-10 spoons for when you start introducing baby food. We haven't ever used baby forks or knives with him, he just uses adult utensils now.
So Hudson was allergic to dairy and soy, so I had to use really expensive non-dairy formula with him. Around ten months or so, we were able to switch him to this formula that we bought in bulk from Costco. There are so many different kinds of formula, it is a little overwhelming. If your baby has an allergy, feel free to ask me more about what we did.
Health and Safety
I have loved this baby monitor. It has a great screen that you can get a good view of the baby through. You can talk to your baby (not sure why you would do that?) You can see the temperature of his or her room. It is really easy to see them through the camera even when it is really dark in their room.
I think most babies use the "soothie" pacifier for the first few months. All babies are different on pacifiers. Maybe buy a few different brands/sizes and let your baby try them out. Some like them all, some are picky. Once you find what your baby likes, buy a million and hide them everywhere.
Pacifier clips are awesome! Especially at the beginning when you are paranoid about germs, these help with your sanity. My advice is find one an extra strong clip, because most babies will try to pull them off their clothes.
These are helpful to have on hand. During the first year, babies come down with lots of colds and a humidifier can help with stuffy noses.
Not positive, but from what I have learned, the best way to get an infants temperature is an anal reading, exciting! Buy the thermometer covers to keep your thermometer sterile.
We don't have stairs in our house, but this is something to think about registering for if there is an area of your house that you want to block off.
You will definitely want plug covers, cabinet locks, and maybe toilet locks.
This is helpful to have on hand. When your baby gets a fever or is teething, it is the last time that ou are going to want to get in the car and go to the store. Your pediatrician will give you more information about dosage allotments at every wellness visit.
this was our secret weapon for the first six months. Hudson had dairy and soy allergies and I am not sure if the gas relief elements were actually helping him or if it was the sweetness of the medicine. The instructions say infants can have something like 10 doses a day. We would dip Hudson's pacifier in the bottle and stick it in his mouth when he was crying. I can't tell you how many hundreds of times he calmed down or went to sleep, because of Mylicon. So yes, a must buy.
This is really helpful when your baby is teething. I put a dot of oracle on a kids toothbrush and Hudson would chew on it and stop crying immediately from the pain. Toothbrushes in general are helpful to give teething babies.