There are tons and tons of lists out there of what new parents need to purchase before their new little one arrives. Baby stores will give you pages and pages of things to register for. But I found lists from parents who had more than one child to be the most helpful in deciding what to purchase and what to avoid before I had my first.
Two children later, my list has changed drastically from what I first thought I needed and wanted.
Newborn Stage – Love
Moby Wrap – I love my Moby Wrap. I used it on a daily basis until my daughter was about 4 months old. At that point she weighed enough that the stretchiness of the wrap was more of a hindrance than a help.
Thirsties Duo Wraps – I used my own homemade fitted diapers for the newborn stage and loved these Thirsties covers to use over them. The extra gusset held in every explosive newborn poo.
Swaddle Blankets – Both of my daughters loved to be swaddled up tight. They could also wiggle out of every blanket I tried that didn’t have velcro! I loved the Kiddopotomus brand blankets, but know many parents love the Miracle Blanket and the Woombie as well.
Newborn Stage – Not Worth It
Baby Bathtub – Most babies scream the entire time they are in them. Meanwhile, you are hunched over them trying to bathe them as quickly as possible. I used mine twice before I sold it. I found hopping in the tub and bathing them while they laid on my legs and snuggled up with me to be so much easier and much more fun!
Travel Systems – Combine one bucket seat with base and an extremely heavy bulky stroller and overcharge for it and you have the modern day travel system. It’s a complete waste of money. First off, babies are not supposed to be carried around in bucket seats. They are meant for use in the car only. Hours spent in a bucket seat are bad for the babies head and respiration. It is far more economical to get a really good convertible car seat that will fit your child from birth until they are out of a car seat (I personally love our Radian 80ST). Then, you can buy a lighter-weight, higher quality stroller that is easy to maneuver and get in and out of the car.
Infant Stage – Love
Bum Genius 4.0 Diapers – I’ve tried a variety of pocket and all-in-one diapers and these are definitely my favorite. They fit my skinny first child and my chunky second child. They are easy to put on and even the babysitter who has never seen a cloth diaper before can figure them out. They are economical because they will fit your child from about 6 weeks until they potty train. I personally prefer the snaps over hook and loop, but I recommend trying both to see which you like better.
Beco Gemini – The first time I put my daughter in this carrier I knew it would be a daily use item at our house. It is so comfortable and your child can go in a variety of different positions in it. It’s also easy enough for dad to figure out as well.
Video Monitor – I don’t know what I did before I got my video monitor. If you have a baby that prefers their own space for napping or nighttime, it is such a relief to be able to check on them and see how they are doing whenever you need to. My second daughter is also so quiet when she wakes up that it’s nice to see her before she entertains herself by chewing up the crib rail.
Booster Seat – I love our booster seat. It hooks onto a chair so that we don’t have a large high chair to store somewhere. It’s also so easy to take along with us whenever we eat dinner at someone’s house other than our own. It it gets really messy it’s easy to plop the whole thing in the sink to rinse it off.
Infant Stage – Not Worth It
Baby Food Maker – This really isn’t necessary. If you are really set on using purees, a steamer basket and a blender will serve you just as well and can be used long after your baby rejects eating mush. Otherwise, if you want to avoid purees altogether (it is possible), check out baby led weaning.