I remember being so overwhelmed when I first started looking at baby products during my pregnancy. I spent many sleepless nights researching the best of the best, but honestly you never know until you try it out for yourself. The list below is what worked for our family and it may work for yours... or it may not. This is just one mamas opinion and I encourage you to find more.
Carseat : Nuna Pipa I absolutely love this carseat. It is sleek and works so well when we travel. It looks like they just came out with two lighter models than the one that I have. I would say that the Nuna definitely feels heavy when baby starts packing on those precious rolls, but the new models look great. Also, if you are a Nordstrom Card holder, buy this through them and grab some extra Nordy Points!
Stroller: Uppa Baby Vista I was going back and forth between Uppa Baby and Bugaboo. I ended up going with Uppa Baby the Vista Model because it can covert from a one to two seater stroller. I knew that Brian and I were planning on having multiple babies close in age so this would be the best bang for my buck. Plus they are super stylish and I LOVE the new leather handles in the recent models. I have traveled with this through airports and all around town. It holds up well and has an amazing amount of storage space. Yes, please! Always down for more space.
Baby Wearing: Solly Wraps + Tula I have enjoyed using both of these and would not be able to pick one over the other. The Solly Wrap is so easy to store, it is light and can fold up to go anywhere. It is great for those Hot summer days and letting your babe snuggle up close. The Tula I did not start using until Karis got bigger and we were going to Baby Barre classes. I have the Standard Baby Carrier so I had to wait until she was 15+ lbs to use it. Still it took awhile because she was too short and I needed the newborn insert. They now have Free-to-Grow Carriers that look amazing. If they had this out when I was purchasing one I would have bought it instead. The Tula has been great for cold weather because it is a lot thicker material. They have lighter carriers for those in hot climates.
Breast pump + Storage: Medela has some awesome breast pumps but I didn't really know which one to purchase. My friend Christina had twins two months before I had Karis and she was great at directing me in this area. She recommended the Sonata Smart Breast Pump and it has worked great. Honestly no complaint. Even though I am a stay at home mom, I still wanted to store milk for when I have babysitters. We use the Kiinde Pouches, Warmer, Bottle, and Nipple - All of these came in the Starter Kit. I am currently booked to travel a lot the beginning of this year and without Karis, I still want EBF with a couple solid foods a day. I will post about traveling while pumping in the next couple months, wish me luck!
Bassinet: Swivel Bassinet : I loved the Swivel Sleeper. Karis' bedroom is located upstairs so I knew we needed a good bassinet for our room downstairs. She slept in there for 7.5 months and it was so convenient while I was breastfeeding in the middle of the night. It is also super sturdy. My husband was concerned that our 110lb Rhodesian might knock it over on accident and that thing was solid. There are different "series". We got one of the nicer ones with all the gadgets and what not - not worth the money. We never used any of it.
My thoughts on The Moses Baskets: Plum and Sparrow has a beautiful line of Moses Basket Bassinets. They are totally insta worthy and you can easily carry them anywhere so the baby can sleep near you. It look me a long time to get one because they would sell out so quick. I ended up using ours maybe once or twice. One of the times I had Karis in there she kicked the side of the basket where a straw was sticking out and it totally cut up her foot. She was bleeding everywhere and crying. Not exactly my idea of a nice napping place. It didn't work for us, but maybe it will work for you.
Noise Machine: I actually saw this product on Shark Tank. Hatch Baby Rest. This is a super cool noise machine and night light that you can customize with sounds/colors all on an app. You can set timers on it and it is made to grow with your baby. It is kind of pricey for a noise machine + night light, but has been so useful. We use it every night.
Baby + Hygiene:
Diapers: Honest Diapers are by far the cutest diapers but Karis' big ol' butt cheeks would not fit well in them. We had major leakage. We did Pampers for awhile, but I felt like they would fall apart, maybe that was just me. Sometimes it feels like a huge blur. I ended up randomly buying Huggies because they were at Costco and Disney print since we were headed on the Disney Cruise (So Hello, we definitely need Disney Diapers). And I ended up loving Huggies the best. They have so far been leak proof even with homegirl's major poop explosions.
Wipes: I love Water Wipes! We have a monthly subscription on Amazon so we get a fresh bunch every month. You can use them all over the baby and I love how pure they are.. 99.9% Water!
Baby Tub: 4moms Infant Tub One of my friends bought us this even though we did not register for it and I absolutely fell in LOVE with it. It was so easy to use and Karis loved it. I am the worst at gauging temperature especially because I love ridiculously hot showers/baths. The thermometer works well on it and I was also fortunate that it fit perfectly in our laundry room sink.
Soap: I used a bunch of different kinds of soaps. California Baby Soap, Johnson & Johnson, Shea Moisture, Organic Goat Milk, and ended up landing on Dove Baby Wash from head to toe. Our Pediatrician gave us a sample and I could not use anything else after that! I love the foam pump and it feels clean/simple. Occasionally I will give Karis an organic milk bath by Osmia Organics.
Lotion: I use both California Baby and Dove Baby. Both smell amazing and moistures her skin so well.
Diaper Rash Ointment: So far we have only had one diaper rash outbreak, but it was a bad one. I tried using California Baby for a couple of weeks and saw some of the rash clear up, but not everything. I then switched to Destin Maximum Strength and it was literally cleared up in one day because of the high percentage of Zinc. We have not had a problem since.
Diaper Pail: We have two different diaper pails since her room is upstairs, but we do a lot of things downstairs. We have Ubbi and Munchkin. I bought two different kinds on purpose so I can see which one works the best. The Ubbi seals off the smell well, though we just recently got into stinky diaper territory, so I am curious to see how well it holds up. What I love about the Ubbi is that it can use any kind of trash bag! The Munchkin we purchased later when she moved up into her room. I love how big it is and how well it seals off the smell, BUT you do have to use their bags and they are pretty pricey. It says that each bag holds up to 180 diapers.
Baby + Play:
Playards: My friend Arissa told me about the 4moms Breeze and I felt like I HAD to have it. This was one of my baby items I was most excited for. It was totally worth every penny and lives up to all the hype. Truth be told I have never used this in the house, but we use it at the ranch. The floors get dirty really quick and this is a great place for her to sleep in. It really is just a push of a button to open it and a quick pull to put it away.
Activity Gym: Karis LOVED her Activity Gym. There are so many great kinds that you can find everywhere. We bought one from Pottery Barn Kids , but I also loved The Land of Nod play mats and gyms. They both have a beautiful line of baby products!
Bouncer/Jumperoo: Karis has so much fun in her little bouncer. She uses it all the time and just giggles. We used this Fisher-Price Jumperoo. It holds up well and she loves all the different activities she can play with.
Swing: We have the MamaRoo, but I cannot remember if it is the current model. *side-note it is crazy how fast they update models. I bought all of this stuff last year (2017) and I already feel like i am out of date. Unfortunately, Karis was not a fan of the MamaRoo and we used it maybe three times. I love the design, I love that you can control it from an app on your phone, and I have heard it worked well for other babies. Maybe the next baby will like it..
Floor Coverings: My friend showed me these AMAZING Mats by Gathre. They are so beautiful and it is pure torture that they always update their line, because it makes you feel like you need and want every new color/design. We have one for under our high chair and then a big one when we go outside. Since we have hardwood floors and I mean hard.. that thing hurts if you hit it right..I started looking into different padding so Karis can practice sitting up, crawl, play, etc. I wanted a non-toxic playmat and found two different types that I love. Creamhaus has a beautiful and thick folding mat that is use easy to use. It reminds me of a tumbling mat.. it is very comfortable and easy to clean. I also love CorkiMat by Pillobebe we have the 6 tile set and sometimes I just use a couple of the squares as opposed to all 6. They are well padded and come in cute designs.
Baby + Eating:
High Chair: Tripp Trapp I love everything about this high chair. It grows with the child, it is easy to clean up, it is designed beautifully, and has been a loved product since 1972! It is a bit pricey for a high chair I must admit, but so worth it.
Bibs: Bapronbaby are my absolute favorite bibs. First off they are full coverage, I can trust that when homegirl goes into full on mess fest that her clothes will be safe. They also come in the cutest designs and they are so easy to clean. LOVE THESE!
Utensils: NumNum Pre-Spoon Gootensil is the only utensil that Karis uses right now. We do not use them all the time because we want her to feel the texture of her food and help her develop her motor skills. But every once awhile we give her these to practice and use while eating.
Plates: We use the ezpz Mats and bowls. Easy to clean, easy to use, and they are so fun!
Baby Led Weaning: I did not really know what BLW was and wanted to learn more about it. I stumbled upon this resource called Feeding Littles that has been SO HELPFUL. I bought their online course during a Holiday special and I plan on buying their Toddler course in the future as well. This is also where I found our favorite bibs, utensils, and plates. I definitely recommend that you check it out. I also have an AMAZING MAMA friend who blogs and is serious #momgoals. Her post on BLW is awesome and she has some other great posts about raising her twins. Check her BLW post out here: The Dismuke Family.
My go-to stores for baby items:
The Tot, Etsy, Bella Luna Toys, Amazon