It’s been six years since I created my baby registry during my pregnancy with Hadley, so it’s safe to say that things have evolved quite a bit since then! While some tried-and-true items are still frequently used by new parents due to their timeless, proven function (like this Fisher Price swing that both of our girls lived in!), there are others that are new to me that I’d like to try this time around with baby girl #3.
Here are a few items that I’ve either received as public relations gifts, will be borrowing from a close friend/family member, or will be purchasing that are new to us that we are excited to use as we navigate infancy with this babe.
Stroller/Car Seat Travel System: Safety 1st RIVA 6-in-1 Modular Travel System
Our Britax travel system was wonderful, but the car seat is now expired. We are hopeful that this new travel system will be a breeze to use until it’s time to get the convertible car seat (I think we transitioned Sadie and Hadley over around nine months old).
We’ve already started using the stroller and like it! It’s a bit more narrow than what we’ve used in the past, but Sadie says she loves it and is comfortable. Plus, there are so many ways we can configure this thing. It’s crazy!
This mega popular item came on the market really strong shortly after I had Sadie. Now, every mom seems to have it and swear by it! I gifted a DockATot to my sister when my nephew Luke was born, and now she’s passing it on to me to use with this babe for a few months (win!). I’m hoping our girl loves it as much as most babies seem to.
Expensive, fancy, convertible cribs were all the rage during my pregnancy with Hadley in 2013 because everyone was drawn to the idea of buying the converter kit and turning it into a full bed down the road. While we love Sadie’s beautiful bed (which was formerly both girls’ crib), the expense was excessive. The converter kit to transition it to a full bed was $200 alone, and for that money, we could sell this baby’s crib and buy her a whole new beautiful bed from Wayfair or something, lol.
We purchased a simple, inexpensive white crib ($115 with tax!) from Target, plan to enjoy it for a couple of years, pass it on to whoever wants/needs it, and then buy this babe her own “big girl” bed.
My biggest theory on why my girls weren’t great infant sleepers is because I gave up on swaddling them really (!!!) early. I want to do better this time and educate myself a bit more. I have these two new swaddles from SwaddleDesigns (the Swaddle Sack and the Swaddle Sack with Wrap) that I will use first and am so hopeful that this babe will love them and snooze well in them.
BooginHead Pacigrip & Pacipals
Please Jesus, let this baby like a paci. 😉 Sadie used my body as her paci, which made me insane. Breastfeeding as her comfort was too much. If we can get this baby into her pacis, we will attach them with BooginHead pacigrips and pacipals!
I received a handful of them in the mail and think they’re just precious and so, so practical. If we can avoid picking pacis up 100 times a day, then I’ll call that a win. Did you use these with your babies’ pacis?!
Aren’t these hot/cold packs interesting? There are more detailed pictures if you click this link to Lil’buds on Amazon. I’m so curious to see how these assist with my comfort during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. I have never heard of anything like these, so I’m super curious to give them a whirl. Will report back in July!
I have four months of experience with exclusive pumping, eight months with formula, and 11 months with breastfeeding, so I am proudly on team #FEDISBEST when it comes to which route a mom takes. Both of my girls are as healthy as could be despite being fed different ways, so if I decide to stop breastfeeding and transition to formula, then I commit right now to feel zero guilt about it. If I do go with the formula route, I’ll be snagging one of these Baby Brezza formula pro mixers! ALL of my friends who formula feed have one, and wow – watching them in action is awesome!
I know this isn’t a new brand, but I didn’t have a cover like this with either of my girls and totally want one this time around! Not only are these Milk Snob covers pretty, but they are so functional for covering the infant seat as well as breastfeeding in public.
IKEA High Chair
We need a new high chair, and it’s a no-brainer that we’ll be getting this high chair with tray from IKEA. It’s on the smaller side, it’s simple, and it’s cheap! These are all things we are going for this time around.
What baby items could you absolutely not live without? I have no idea what’s new and awesome these days. 😉
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