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So you’re googling “what you really need for baby?” Well, let me tell you up front – if you have a really tight baby budget, these are NOT the items you need to buy. Go check out my very popular post: Free Baby Stuff for New and Expecting Moms. Just stop reading right now and go there, because once I tell you about these awesome baby products, you’re really going to want them!
However, these ARE awesome baby products for your registry.
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Awesome baby gear
Before my twins were born, I had absolutely no clue as to what I needed for taking care of them. I did so much research and bought so much awesome baby gear that it’s not even funny. These are my absolute favorites that I wouldn’t want to live without as a new mom!
I am recommending them to you because they WILL quickly help a clumsy, forgetful, worried new-mom become a clever, efficient, and happy new-mom.
Awesome Baby Products You Don’t Really Need
1. Feeding & Diapering Tracker
We learned about the importance of a feeding & diapering tracker while we were still in the hospital. We were constantly being asked when was the last time our babies ate and how much and if they’d peed or poo’d. Everything was so new and moving so fast, we had no concept of time and didn’t know what we had done 5 minutes ago!
This tracker came in handy for the first three months – with it, we could be certain that:
- our babies were getting the nutrition they needed
- they were having regular bowel movements
- they were gaining weight
The most difficult part was remembering if we had already logged or not!
It’s not only perfect for keeping track, it also makes for a lovely keepsake.
2. Dock a tot
Your baby is going to be sleeping A LOT in the first few months! Dock a tot is awesome because it provides a comfortable and transportable place for your baby to sleep in any room in the house.
3. Boppy Pillow – the best nursing pillow ever!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…a Boppy Pillow is something every new mama should have! And I’m not talking about just twin mamas either.
It provides a comfortable sitting arrangement for you and your baby during that awkward time of learning to nurse and beyond. Yes, you could hold your baby in your arms or prop her up on a regular pillow for the 20 to 40 minute feeding period. That’s why I’m saying this product is NOT a necessity – but it sure is nice!
A necessity for twin moms
I really wanted to nurse and we tried and tried and tried and tried (which is a story in itself!) It was so odd…I didn’t know how to hold a baby properly, much less know the best way to get her to latch on and finally drink. The boppy pillow helped me relax a little by supporting my baby at the right height and allowing me to shift her around when necessary.
It was pretty rough finding the best way to feed our babies the first 6 weeks. I had experienced massive blood loss during my c-section and was therefore not producing enough milk. It seemed all I was doing was pumping, nursing and feeding until I was diagnosed with a kidney infection (probably due to the catheter at the hospital) and prescribed antibiotics, at which point our babies were bottle fed.
Awesome for bottle feeding too
As a twin mama, tandem feeding was of utmost importance to me. I wanted my babies to eat and sleep at the same time- and it worked! We have a 3-seater sofa in our nursery. We would prop each baby -one left, one right- in their cozy boppy, sit in the middle, put a bottle in each mouth and hold their bottles while they were eating.
Not just for newborns
Boppys are not only great for propping and feeding babies, they’re perfect for tummy time, airplane trips or learning to sit up. My babies are 18 months old now and still love playing with them.
4. Zip-up Pajamas
Newborns don’t need fancy clothes, they just need to be kept warm and comfortable. You’ll frequently be changing your baby’s clothes, especially if she spits up a lot. You’ll find that if you make the mistake of buying jammies with a million snaps on them, (like I did cuz they were cheaper) – it’s just plain annoying!
Luckily, my mom bought us the cutest zip-up footed jammies which totally saved the day. They were always our first-choice jammies. The only disadvantage is that you have to unzip the whole jammie if you want to change a diaper.
You don’t need to buy a lot of newborn baby clothes – they grow out of them so fast! But when you do buy them, make sure the clothes you buy are easy to get on and off. Zippers instead of snaps, when possible, and NO buttons!
You’re going to be changing a lot of diapers half asleep in the middle of the night. And you’re going to want those diaper changes to go as quickly as possible – especially if you don’t have this next item:
5. Wipes Warmer
My hubby looked at me like I had lost my mind as I started setting up the wipes warmer. But once he saw (and HEARD!) how much our babies cried when a cold wipe touched their skin, he quickly went for the warmed ones. And it worked!
6. Bottle Sterilizer
Because our babies were formula-fed, we had lots of bottles to clean. First, we’d wash the bottles with a special dish soap for baby bottles, rinse them, put them in our bottle sterilizer, add a bit of water and push the button.
Having a bottle sterilizer is great because you don’t have to waste time and energy boiling a big pot of water on the stove and potentially burning yourself.
I also loved having it when we were camping in Croatia. I wasn’t sure about the water there, so I didn’t feel like the bottles were clean enough for my babies. The bottle sterilizer gave me that extra peace of mind.
7. Diaper Caddy Organizer
You’ll be amazed at all the locations around the house that you’ll be changing your baby’s diapers – especially if your usual changing station is upstairs and you’re spending all your time in the living room and kitchen.
I ordered a diaper caddy the first day home from the hospital – once I realized that diapers are going to be changed in the living room during the day.
Tip: don’t be tempted to buy one of those cute oval ones. Everything you’ll be putting in there is right-angled (diapers, wipes, and disposable changing pads) and it won’t fit in the oval basket properly. You won’t be putting stuffed animals and blankets in there (just sayin’.)
Awesome Baby Things
So this concludes my list of awesome baby products you don’t really need.
They all made our first 3 months (and beyond!) a whole lot easier. Most items aren’t really that expensive either. If you have a little bit of pocket money (or a baby registry) make sure these are on your list. You won’t regret it.
Check out my favorite baby gear shopping list to see everything at-a-glance!