Here's my list of my favorite baby must haves to make life with a newborn easier on your entire family. Today, I'm talking baby products for bedtime, travel, feeding baby, home, and of course, for mom.
It's finally here! My “Baby Must-Haves” list you have all been begging for! These are the things I keep stocked in every room when we are in baby-mode. Many of you have asked for more info on what my favorite baby products and gadgets are. Sure, Baby McEwan might be 4 months old by now… but better late than never, right?
Not only am I sharing my baby favorites, but I've rounded up discount codes for most of them so you can save tons-o-moola in the process! Just call me bonus, folks.
I'm sharing my ultimate must have baby items. We cover everything from my favorite diaper bags (hint: I'm SUUUUPER picky!), favorite bottles and pacifiers, baby PJ's, sleeping items, baby gadgets, uses for standard baby items that you might not have thought of, and even my most surprising baby must-have of all… that you will thank me for later.
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Now, as you will see, there are some items that are inexpensive and easy to replace. There are others that are investment pieces, that definitely aren't “cheap”. But that is the perfect definition of FRUGAL LIVING! It's not just buying or owning things that are inexpensive, it's learning to make choices, set budgets, and save up for the things that are really important to you.
So keep that in mind as you watch this video! The things that are worth paying less for, or the things worth investing in, might be different for you. But hopefully this gives you a starting point to work with!
There you have it! WHY I love what I love, and how I use it to make my life muuuuuuuch easier. Now, as promised, here is everything I mention in the video, plus a few extras I thought of after filming:
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REGISTRY ON AMAZON
My next tip – Create a baby registry on Amazon. Another money-saving tip is to create a baby registry on AMAZON! It makes it super easy for people to buy what you actually want and need, instead of buying whatever they think is cute and whichever store they end up shopping at.
BABY MUST HAVES FOR SLEEP
Sleepytime is probably one of the most important times for baby. They spend a lot of time sleeping and you want to make the most of that! These baby products are my favorites for helping baby get quality sleep… so that mama can, too!
- At top of my baby must haves list is my white noise machine, and a good routine. I use the machine for every one of my kids and we pack them with us everywhere we go when we travel.
- My favorite baby pajamas have 3 things: 1) optional cuffs on the hands, 2) feet, 3) reverse zippers! I found some cute ones at TARGET.
- Swaddle blankets – my favorites are the super stretchy ones. I like this brand, they sell loads on Amazon, which is nice.
- Once my babies don't need to be swaddled when sleeping, I shift to a Halo SleepSack. I know it keeps them warm all night, without worrying about them getting tangled up in blankets.
- Bassinet – my babies don't sleep in cribs for quite some time, so I love this bassinet. There are SUPER expensive ones out there, but I promise, the inexpensive ones work just as well! So for me, THIS affordable one works perfectly. I LOVE THIS THING. It's tiny and perfect for traveling, and I like to scoot it around my main floor and use it to keep my babies safe (and near me) during the day.
- Mory June Moses Bag™ – My own invention!! Learn more about the revolutionary modern Moses basket I created here. I have a lot of new and exciting things coming for you, so sign up, follow us on Instagram, and don't miss out on the good things to come!
- Pacifiers – I know there are adorable, trendy ones out there…but the super inexpensive ones shown in the video are my absolute favorite. Find them on TARGET HERE, or on AMAZON HERE.
- “Booger Sucker” – My babies tend to get super congested and mucus-y when they sleep. To combat this, I have to suck out their boogers (gross, sorry!) before they sleep, which allows them to sleep much better at night. There are two I recommend:
- Nose Frida – this is the one I show in my video. All you need is your mouth, and it works pretty darn well. And I PROMISE there is zero chance the mucus would ever get into your mouth ;). Get it from TARGET HERE, or AMAZON HERE.
- Baby Vac – This works exactly the same way as the Nose Frida, but instead of using your mouth, you use your VACUUM. I was super skeptical, and frankly, afraid to use it at first. But a friend swears by it, so I tried it, and it's a MIRACLE WORKER! Obviously it reduces the power of the suction substantially, so it's super gentle and won't hurt your baby at all. But it doesn't require your lungs, and does a better job of clearing out baby. Also easier to clean. The downside, you need a vacuum close. Check it out on Amazon HERE.
BABY MUST HAVES FOR FEEDING
Babies pretty much do 3 things… We've covered number 1 – SLEEP. On to number 2 – EAT!
- Even if you nurse exclusively, a manual breast pump can come in handy! The hand pump is nice because I can feed on one side and pump on the other, and I can also pack it with me easily.
- Our favorite baby bottles are just the Walmart ones! However, if your baby is sensitive to gas and bubbles, we like the Boon Nursh bottles as well.
- Nursing pillow – I have an old-school Boppy, and it works great. I needed it for nursing my first baby, but now I don't need it anymore. However, we still use it daily so the kids can hold the baby safely! Highly recommended.
- Nursing cover – Shameless plug comin' atcha! My favorite nursing cover is the one I created! It's called the Bomb Shelter and will be available soon at MoryJune.com!
- If you are on the go often, these formula dispensers are an absolute baby must have! They can also be used for snacks as the babes grow. Super easy, mess-free storage for formula and snacks.
- What good is formula if you don't have warm water? Make sure you take a stainless steel thermos with you in your diaper bag and you'll always have hot water ready to go! Easy to mix with cold water for the perfect bottle.
- As baby transitions to solid food, silicone bibs are awesome for keeping baby's clothes fresh and food-free.
- Portable booster or fabric high chair – Another must-have as baby transitions to solid foods. This is perfect for the park or a day out! We love how easy the fabric high chair is to fold and throw into a diaper bag for travel. It fits on any chair and adjusts to fit pretty much any size child!
MORE BABY ESSENTIALS
You know, those things that make life with baby a bit easier! Especially when we talk about that 3rd thing that babies are known for… eat, sleep, POOP!!!
When stocking up on items, it's hard to know which diaper cream rash is the best. Or if baby lotion is something you really need?? We're getting real here with some of my favorite baby essentials!
- Pink Baby Lotion – When I think “newborn baby”, this is the scent that comes to mind. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also is the best at keeping baby's skin soft and moisturized. I like to use it after bath time, of course, but I also like to rub some in on my baby's head and neck when she needs a quick freshening-up! Another trick for this lotion? I use it to style my kids' hair! True story.
- It goes without saying that having a house full of kids means we have a need for large quantities of hand sanitizer. With siblings who love on baby all day long and lots of welcomed visitors, having a bottle of sanitizer in the main rooms of the house keep the kiddos as germ-free as possible. I also like to have travel sized sanitizer in the glove box of my car and in my diaper bag. If germs are your trigger… may I suggest sanitizing your kiddy toys? Check out this post where I tell you the easiest way EVER to sanitize toys!
- Surprisingly one of my baby essentials for baby girls is lubricating jelly! Why? Because it acts as a fabulous adhesive for those tiny baby bows, believe it or not! FACT!
- Diaper rash ointment is a must for my babies. So far, all of my babes have had VERY sensitive bums and I have to stay on top of the ointment or they are miserable with a capital M. I've tried all kinds, and I feel like they all work just as well as the other, so a generic brand works great. A trick of mine? Put it on with every diaper change, before diaper rash even starts! Prevention is key to a happy baby bum.
- My kids have pretty dry skin thanks to living in Utah, and my girls all take it one step farther by having patches of eczema on their bodies. Healing ointment goes beyond lotion. It's greasier so I don't like to use it on their entire bodies all the time like I do lotion, but healing ointment is a must on dry or irritated skin because it moisturizes, creates a good skin barrier, AND heals all at the same time. A little goes a long way, so one of these tubs can last forEVER.
- Coconut Oil is my go-to diaper rash cream, lotion, and healing ointment alternative. Ok let's call it like it is, Coconut Oil is prom king and just does it ALL! If my baby has a nasty diaper rash that needs some healing, this stuff works like a charm. It also moisturizes skin well, and just smells delicious so why not…
- Oh, yes. Soft wipes are a MUST. No scratchy, stiff, or overly scented wipes for us. We keep wipes in EVERY room of the house. Literally every room. The beauty of sturdy wipes is that they aren't just for changing diapers! You can use them to clean, wipe faces, and so much more…
BABY MUST HAVES FOR THE HOME
We all know that life around the home changes when baby comes around. Here are a few things that make home-life simpler with a little one.
- The 4Moms RockaRoo swing is such a game changer! I like that it's small and easy to pack around, and I love that it plugs in. My other one ran on batteries and it was obnoxious.
- The Ubbi Diaper Pail is a miracle worker! I was skeptical because of the price but it is – hands down – one of the best baby items ever. I don't know how, but it DOESN'T STINK!
- Baby Monitor – Does anyone else worry about how well baby is breathing through the night during those first few months? We love these simple baby monitors for listening to baby while traveling and around the house. However, the Owlet is a game changer. It is a sock that slips over baby's foot to monitor their oxygen and heart rate while sleeping from your smartphone. It gives this anxious mom peace of mind, I can tell you that!
- The illusive disappearing pacifier… does anyone else suffer from this phenomenon? Pacifier clips are cute and functional! I keep one clipped on throughout the day so I know the pacifier is just an arm's reach away.
- The ErgoBaby 360 is another amazing baby product and I use it constantly. It has turned into one of my baby must haves for sure! It's nice to bring along in case the Moses Bag is too bulky for whatever adventure we are going on. I purchased the Newborn Insert too, and it makes sure baby is safe, comfy, and snuggly during our ride. Once baby is big enough, we pull the insert out, and voila!
- Another must have is my iPad Travel Case. I like it because it slides on the back of my headrest in the car, so the kids can all see a movie when I need a moment to nurse the baby in the front seat, or even to save my LIFE when I've got lots of kids at the busy post office.
- You know I swear by my Instant Pot! It makes cooking quick and convenient, which is absolutely necessary with kids and baby. I love it for those times that I totally space and forget to put something in my crockpot. We're still able to have a delicious and homemade meal in no time!
MOM LIFE MUST-HAVES:
In order to have a happy baby, you've gotta take care of mama!! Here are a few things that save me on a daily basis with a new baby.
- Loopy phone case – Moms! Your hands are full! This case will save your life. Use the code FUN10 for 10% off!
- Under eye eraser – This is the best makeup product EVER. It's just Maybelline! Only a few bucks. You can find it on AMAZON HERE.
- Bidet – It's an investment, but one of the best ones you'll ever make. Just trust me on this one.
- Camera – A small hand-held camera is perfect for capturing memories and the quality is legitimately professional. So much easier to grab and go than my DSLR that was just too bulky to carry around! I love love love love love it.
- #MomLife Hat – Sometimes you just need to wear a hat because #momlife so why not make it a cute fashion statement?!
- Favorite places to shop – Brickyard Buffalo, Cents of Style (use code FUN20 for 20% off!), Ross, TJ Maxx, and believe it or not, Amazon!
FAVORITE DIAPER BAGS:
Of course when we're talking mom must-haves for baby, we have to discuss diaper bags! I've tried so many and seriously love things about each of these.
- Azaria – I love how open they are, that they fit my laptop, and that they don't look like a diaper bag!
- Ryla – These are SO durable! They are a great size and have all the baby pockets and zippers you'd ever need. Use the code PAGE20 for 20% off
- Freshly Picked – they have several styles and sizes to choose from, there is something for everyone!
MORE BABY POSTS TO CHECK OUT:
- How to get baby to sleep without crying it out!
- Check out what's in my diaper bag!
- Tips for dressing your bump (WITHOUT maternity clothes!) – before AND after baby! Click HERE for the post and video.
- Baby McEwan birth video
There you go! Hope that helps, especially for those first-time moms out there.