So. Many. Options. When I first started registering, I had no idea where to even begin. Should I get a swing or a rock and play? What kind of stroller do I need? How much should I spend on a diaper bag? The struggle is REAL.
Here’s the good news: you’re the mom. You get to choose. Here’s more good news: there’s not much you need in the very beginning, so there’s plenty of time to feel out what’s going to work best for you.
If you’re just now beginning your registry, or even if you have a little one and you’re still searching for some things you may need, here are a few companies that I’ve really enjoyed. These have all been my go-to’s in the first six months.
When I started my registry, I used the BabyList app. BabyList allows you to register with multiple stores while keeping all the registry links in one place. This was perfect because you can access bigger registries like Target and Babies ‘R Us as well as small shops and boutiques all in one app. Having everything in the same place makes it easy for family and friends to see what you like/need.
The stroller we went with was a Doona (this link takes you to buy buy Baby, but they can be purchased from multiple locations). This is hands down the best baby purchase we’ve made. It’s not only a stroller but a carseat as well. The wheels on the stroller collapse and fold, then everything clicks into a base that’s installed in the car. I cannot even begin to explain how convenient this stroller is. With the amount of traveling we do, I don’t know that we’d survive with anything else. Even the amount of times we’re in and out of the car throughout the day is made easier by having a stroller/carseat combo — not to mention when he’s passed out and I don’t want him to wake up, there’s no moving him from one carrier to another. They’re a little on the pricier side, but after purchasing both a stroller and carseat, you’ve almost spent the same amount anyway. Do yourself a favor, Doona is the way to go.
The only downside to Doona is that there is no undercarriage storage. That’s why I purchased a backpack as a diaper bag. My KiKiLu is so cute and super spacious. I love that it doesn’t scream DIAPER BAG while I’m wearing it, and everything I need plus more fits inside. This thing gets compliments everywhere I go, and it comes in a few different colors. Definitely glad I registered for this.
Another stroller accessory that I’ve loved is my nursing/carseat cover from The Baby Abode. This cover has come in handy when I’m out and need to nurse or if weather conditions aren’t great and his carseat needs to be covered. It’s also useful while shopping anywhere with a cart — plus it makes a super cute scarf. I love that this serves so many purposes because I only need to remember one thing instead of three or four when I get out. They come in lots of cute colors/patterns, plus they’re thin so when you’re feeding your little one, you both stay cool.
Another trial and error product for us was diapers. Thankfully, we were gifted a few different brands, but we ended up using Pampers the most. I loved having the little line that goes from yellow to blue when they get wet. We also experienced the least amount of blowouts and leaks with these, especially once he started sleeping 10-12 hours a night.
As we all know, babies are messy. Bath time is a daily occurrence, and I’ve found a few things that make it fun for both of us. The tub we registered for was the 4mom Infant Tub. As a new mom, this was really great because it reads the water temperature. If the water gets too hot or too cold, it sounds a small alarm letting you know to adjust it. I was thankful for this because I wouldn’t have known what too hot/too cold for a baby was. Once I got a feel for the correct temperature and he could hold his head up a tiny bit better, I started using the Blooming Bath Lotus. I loved this because not only is it soft and comfortable for the baby, it also travels really well. Fold it up, put it in your suitcase, toss it into any sink, and TA-DA!! You’ve got yourself a bathtub. The second thing that we use during bath time is Babo Botanicals soap. The first soap we tried dried Daniel’s skin out a bit, but we’ve really enjoyed their products. Plus, when they sent the soap to us, they included some BOMB lip products for me. Brownie points were scored for sure.
Nighttime… this is where babies tend to differ the most. Some sleep 4 hours a night, some 12. Some stay in your room for the first 6 months, some go to the crib after just a few weeks. Some stay swaddled for a long time, some don’t. For us, we kept Daniel in our room for the first 16 weeks then moved him to his own room. No rhyme or reason, that’s just what worked. The decision I had a tougher time with was when to stop swaddling. He was wiggling those chubby arms out from about 3 weeks on, but it’s safest to keep them swaddled until they can roll over. So, how do you bridge that gap? With the Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit! It’s a great transition from swaddle to complete freedom in the crib. Their arms and legs are a little more free, but they can’t roll over with the suit on. It’s amazing. He also started sleeping much longer stretches once we put him in this… Just sayin’.
One of my favorite little contraptions is the Baby Shusher. It makes a subtle shushing sound that’s gotten Daniel to sleep in the most dramatic of public meltdowns. It’s small enough to fit in the carseat/stroller with them and hardly takes up any space in the diaper bag. I take this thing everywhere, especially when we’re going to be out for a while and I’m counting on him napping on the go. You can purchase them from multiple locations, and they make great shower gifts.
One piece of advice I would give is not to have too many clothes. I know, I know, there’s so much out there and everything is adorable and you want allllllll of it. But honestly, I’ve grown tired of digging through outfits he barely wears to find my favorites. I would suggest choosing 10-12 pieces per size and nothing more. I do laundry everyday, so it’s not like he’s ever going to run out. Here are some of my favorite clothing brands: Rylee + Cru, Jax & Lennon Co, Murray & Finn, June Isle, Kid Wild, Zara Kids, and H&M Kids. For some fun accessories, check these out: Kinbe, Noble Carriage, Briar Handmade, and Petite Soul Shop.
Moms need clothes, too, and I’ve found the one piece of clothing that EVERY pregnant/breastfeeding mom needs: Dwell & Slumber dresses. The buttons in the front make it easy to nurse, and the flowy one-size-fits-all design stretches for even the biggest bumps. These dresses are pretty much glorified pj’s, and I’m not sure I would have made it without these. They sell out super quick though, so set your alarm when they restock and be ready to POUNCE!
Woolf With Me is where I found nursery linens such as his crib sheets, changing table pad cover, and Boppy cover. Their stuff is so cute and comes in tons of different patterns. I had a really tough time deciding what I wanted!
As far baby wearing, we’ve really loved the Solly Baby Wrap. It’s cozy and cute and you wrap it yourself, so there’s no such thing as outgrowing it — until your child is so heavy you wouldn’t want to wear them anyway. The colors are beautiful, so I don’t mind having what I’m wearing covered up by it. And don’t worry, it comes with instructions for how to put it on. If I can figure it out, you can, too.
Something else I’ve been using a lot lately is our Gathre mat. It’s made with real leather and is super easy to clean. We’ve taken ours for picnics, to the beach, and we also put it under Daniel while he’s eating because it’s a quick clean up. They come in some really fun colors, however, we chose the streetcar pattern so he’ll be able to play with it for years.
Since it’s not all work and no play, I’ll also share some of my favorite toy companies. These are toys that I find to be aesthetically pleasing (because we all know kids stuff can come in… interesting colors) and safe incase they end up in their mouth — as most toys do. Check out Fanny & Alexander, Hazel Village, and Little Cottonwood (they also have great clothes).
Hopefully, some of you that were as lost as I was have found something helpful. Like I said, these were all my first-six-month go-to’s, and they’re all companies I trust using for an infant. If you have any questions, reach out or leave a comment below. I’d love to help out more if I can! And don’t get overwhelmed. We all make it out alive :)