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Before Ella was born, I was convinced that I would keep "things" to a minimum. That we wouldn't hoard a whole lot of baby items and would only get the necessities to get through the first few weeks.
Well, like most first-time parents we did end up with just few more things. ;)
A few of those things - that I thought I wouldn't have a use for - actually became some of my favorites.
Here is a list of some of the baby products that I have found are worth the purchase (or deserve a spot on the baby registry):
1 | Nursing & Teething Necklace
Wearing a nursing necklace really helps me from getting scratched and pinched while breastfeeding and also doubles as a teething necklace. It's also great while wearing your baby and gives them something to play with.
2 | Nursing Pillow
This item really got a lot of use when Ella was smaller and saved my back while nursing. It was also great for tummy time and now doubles as bed guards to keep Ella from rolling out of our family bed at night.
3 | Nursing Salve
Before Ella was born I thought breastfeeding would just come naturally. I did attend a nursing class that was part of my birthing class, but it didn't really prepare me for the pain in the first couple of weeks of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding really takes quite a bit of practice from both mom and baby and it takes a while to get the latch right. So, sore nipples are almost inevitable. A good nipple cream can be a real life saver though.
1 | Changing Table Mobile
Having something colorful and moving above the changing table, really makes things easier when changing dirty diapers.
2 | Ubbi Diaper Pail
When Ella was first born we owned on of those diaper pails that uses special cartridges. After seeing how many of these cartridges we went through in the first few weeks and calculating how much we would spend on these throughout Ella's "diaper career", we decided to look for an alternative. After some research, we decided on the Ubbi Diaper Pail. It fits in any room and stores dirty diapers securely and odorless. And best of all - you can use regular trash bags!
1 | Bandana Drool Bibs
Your baby will drool. A lot! So, these little bandana bibs are a great a stylish way to absorb the endless baby drool and keep her from getting a rash around the neck. It's so much easier to just change the bib than the whole outfit because it's wet around the neck.
2 | Leather Baby Shoes
These little shoes are great for learning to walk. The leather sole is soft and mimics bare feet, but gives support and grip. They're great for indoor and especially hard wood floors.
3 | Swaddle Blankets
I originally bought these to swaddle Ella. I really loved the idea and I'm sure it works for a lot of babies. Just not ours. She wasn't having it. ;)
The muslin blankets turned out to be great for numerous other things though. We used them when we needed some privacy while nursing. They're also great for providing some shade in the car seat or stroller.
1 | Stokke Tripp Trapp
We don't own the Stokke version of this high chair (read more about the one that we have), but buying a high chair that's sturdy and grows with your child is a really smart investment. With the addition of the newborn kit, this chair can be used from birth on. Even though they won't be eating in it at that age, it's a great way to have your baby at table height while eating meals, instead of leaving them in a bouncy chair on the floor.
2 | Sleeved Bib
These bibs are great for messy meals, especially once your baby/toddler starts feeding himself.
1 | Hooded Towel
Hooded towels are a great way to keep your little one warm after bathing time.
2 | NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
We got one of these as a gift from a friend before Ella was born and it helped us through numerous congested nights. It really gives instant relief for little noses and works way better than those hospital suction bulbs.
3 | Baby Bath Tub
The apartment we lived in for the first 5 months of Ella's life didn't have a bathtub, so having a baby bath tub was essential for us. This one is great for small apartments, as it folds up when you don't need it.
1 | Baby Wrap
This thing, hands down, is my top essential item! I used it almost daily when Ella was little and loved carrying her so close to me. It helped us when Ella wouldn't wind down to sleep or had belly aches. It's also great when you have to get some chores done.
2 | Ring Sling
We still use our ring sling and it's great for when you need help quick. Get some shopping done, dinner made or just carry your baby (or toddler) close.
*Disclaimer: This post was made possible by The Baby Cubby.
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