As a new mother, I’m learning a lot of new things along the way. I am by no means an expert at caring for a baby, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of maternal instincts I had when Kirra arrived! But, instincts can only take you so far.
What is the difference between car seat X and car seat Y? Do I really need a wipe warmer? What are the pros and cons of purchasing a cheap stroller versus an expensive one? Corey and I were lucky enough to have friends and family who were willing to help us out with baby-related questions, and we have accumulated a house full of baby items that I’d love to share with you all!
From baby accessories to must-have distractions, here is a list of the baby essentials we (and Kirra) can’t get enough of:
Boppy: Kirra loves this! We put her in it while we are on the couch, getting ready in the morning, or lounging around the house.
Breast Friend Pillow: I love this! It is perfect for breast feeding but can also be used to support Kirra when she is laying close to me.
Pump: I use this ALL the time! I usually breastfeed in the morning, pump right after, then I’ll pump again later that day if I’m planning on going somewhere.
Diaper Bag: This is the diaper bag I use! I love that it is stylish AND fits a ton of stuff.
Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat and Stroller: I love this stroller and car seat, especially with this car seat cover and rear view mirror! It’s super easy to set up and maneuver — If we are at a restaurant, I can swivel her seat all the way around without turning the stroller. My only note is that it is pretty heavy, but what car seat isn’t!?
Bibs: I love using these pretty bandana bibs to protect her clothes.
Cloth Diapers: I use these as burp rags! We go through them like crazy and are starting leaving one in each room for emergencies.
Pacifier: The only pacifier Kirra likes is the silicon NUK Soft OrthoStar!
Coconut Oil: I’ve been using coconut oil on her skin — it can even help treat small rashes!
Travel Bassinet: When visiting parents or friends, this bassinet is a must (and the side barriers keep us sane!). Corey and I place this in the middle of our bed and let her sleep in between us.
Rocker Swing: She loves this! It always manages to put her to sleep, so we keep it downstairs and use it when we need an extra hand.
Moccasins: Love these shoes! They go with everything and are super adorable.
Aden and Anais Swaddling Blankets: These blankets are BEYOND soft. I use these everyday and keep a few in her diaper bag — They are light enough for summer but still keep her warm!
Furry Soft Blanket: Kirra is obsessed with this blanket. We brought it to the hospital with us:)
Rocking Chair: She loves the rocking chair! This one is pretty comfortable for me, too.
Diaper Changing Mat: This. Is. A. Must! Place this down before changing your baby so you don’t have to worry about public bathroom germs.
Changing Table: Couldn’t live without it! My lower back has already been hurting, so this helps with not having to lean over as much.
Wipe Warmer: Perfect for mid-night changes!
Onesy: This onesy is cute and opens at the bottom for easy diaper changes.
Nail Clippers: I clip her little fingers and toes once a week.
Hand Mittens: We use these all the time to protect her cute little face from scratches!
White Noise Maker: Can’t sleep without it! It helps drown out all types of noise — the television, barking dogs, etc.
Baby Bath Tub: She loves her bath time!!
Dreft Detergent: Kirra’s clothes are washed separately with this detergent.