When you’re shopping for your new baby, there are certain items that are obviously necessary (car seat, clothing, bottles if you formula/pump feed, etc.) Parents have several thousand “extras” to choose from after that. Which of these extras are deemed “essential” will vary from parent to parent & baby to baby, but here’s a list of our top 5 “extra” essentials this time around!
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Top 5 “Extra” Baby Essentials
1. Boppy Newborn Lounger
The Boppy Newborn Lounger is Blake’s favorite item currently. We set it on the couch beside us and he lounges around in it throughout the day. Another perk is that it is super portable so we can bring it with us easily when we travel & even at 4 months, he still fits in it well! At less than $30, this is my top pick!
2. Aden & Anais Burpy Bibs
This is a product I found when Beckett was a baby, and we love them as much now as we did then! These burp cloth/bib combos have a curved edge that fits around your neck when burping a baby on your shoulder. They also include small snaps to snap around a baby’s neck to create a full coverage bib! Similarly to A&A blankets, the burpy bibs are made out of muslin cotton and are super soft.
3. Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper
Again, this is a product we used with Beckett – we actually still use his from when he was a baby! The Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper makes having baby in your room so easy for the first few months. Rolling over in the middle of the night to feed him, picking him up from his bed without having to get out of bed, feeding & changing him, and putting him back in bed all at 3 am when I’m barely awake anyway is all a breeze! Using this co-sleeper for Blake is as close to him being in our bed without actually being in our bed!
4. Dockatot Deluxe+
The Dockatot was a splurge purchase, but I’d buy it again just for the help it gave us the first few weeks! After my c-section, I was in a ton of pain and slept downstairs in the living room for a week. Blake slept in the Dockatot on the couch beside me and we’ve used it off & on for naps since. He actually prefers to nap in the Boppy Lounger, but the Dockatot is a better option to sleep in!
5. Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier
I used standard Tula baby carriers with Beckett when he was little, but the newer Free-to-Grow was a game changer in the fact that it could be used without an infant insert while holding a baby as small as 7 lbs. Standard Tulas are used with an infant insert until the baby is 15 lbs. The FTG is a great option because it doesn’t require any extra inserts to fit small babies! Free-to-Grow Tulas come in normal canvas & wrap conversion style. Wrap conversion Tulas are typically double the price of a canvas Tula. However, they’re significantly more floppy/comfortable/breathable in my opinion!
There are thousands of options out there when it comes to baby gear, and chances are your “must haves” will vary from mine! These are our tried & true favorites! What are yours?