13 Must-Have Baby Items
My baby, Scarlett, just turned four months old. She spent the first ten weeks of her life in the NICU. While we were ecstatic to finally bring her home, adjusting to life with a baby has been overwhelming at times. I have spent countless hours on my phone looking up different baby items to help with whatever situation we have going on at the moment, but since all babies are different, the “must have baby items” vary from website to website.
There are a few products that my husband and I use every day and could not live without. Based on my experience, here are my 13 must-have baby items.
Let me start by saying that the DockATot is not cheap–but it is worth every penny. I do not know what we would do without it. We use the DockATot all day long. My husband and I started using the DockATot as a place to put Scarlett down so she could nap during the day. We were very much against co-sleeping, but after having to take turns staying up with her at night, we decided to give it a go and Scarlett now sleeps in her DockATot at night, too.
So what is a DockATot? It is the ultimate docking station for your baby. Use it for resting, playing, changing diapers, tummy time, and traveling. It’s ideal for co-sleeping because the raised sides give your baby their own space. The cover is washable, so if your baby spits up (a lot like mine does), you can throw it in the washer.
There are two types of DockATots: Deluxe+ for ages 0 to 8 months and Grand for 9 to 36 months. You can also purchase a toy arch and toy set for your DockATot, making it a comfy space for play.
Without any hesitation, I give the DockATot a 10/10. If you only purchase one item on my must-have baby items list, make it this.
2. Baby Bum Brush
This product is so simple yet so effective. The Baby Bum Brush is a 100% BPA free soft, flexible silicone diaper cream brush. That’s it; you just use it to put diaper cream on your baby’s booty. You don’t have to get diaper cream on your hands or touch your baby’s butt. When you’re finished, just wipe the excess diaper cream off. Voila!
I’m going to be honest and say I put diaper cream on my baby 100% more with the Baby Bum Brush than I would without it.
3. 3 Marthas Burp Cloths
Scarlett has really bad reflux, so she spits up a lot. 3 Marthas Burp Cloths are the only ones we have found that actually absorb the spit up so we can continue using it throughout the day (and not have to wash burp cloths every day).
What makes these burp cloths so great? They are made from super absorbent, traditional cloth diapers. The company has been around since 1988, so 3 Marthas must be doing something right. Plus, there are lots of adorable designs to choose from.
Also, check out 3 Marthas’ super absorbent bibs and towels.
Tip: If you’re ordering a 3 Marthas Burp Cloth as a gift, the company offers complimentary gift wrapping.
4. MediFrida The Accu-Dose Pacifier
This is the greatest invention ever. Seriously, every parent needs a MediFrida. Your baby sucks on the MediFrida pacifier while you dispense the medicine that is routed to the side of their cheek, bypassing your baby’s taste buds. The slogan is “baby can’t spit out what it can’t taste!”.
Scarlett takes medicine anywhere from two to seven times a day (depending on if we give her gas drops, Tylenol, or vitamins on top of her reflux medicine) so we get a lot of use out of our MediFrida. I’m sure you can see why this is one of my must-have baby items.
5. Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners
This was a product I stumbled on while perusing Amazon one day. Since I bought two changing pad covers, sheets, and mattress pads in the event of an accident in the middle of the night, I thought having these on hand couldn’t hurt.
I absolutely love these Changing Pad Liners! They proved themselves useful the very first day we brought Scarlett home. It’s so much easier to swap out a changing pad liner than take the whole changing pad cover off. Buy these and save yourself from having to do laundry in between diaper changes.
Scarlett has been using a Wubbanub since her NICU days. A Wubbanub is essentially just a pacifier with a stuffed toy attached. They are cute, double as entertainment for your child, and easier to keep up with than a regular pacifier.
We keep a Wubbanub in Scarlett’s room, the living room, and our room, so we always have one nearby. Although she likes sucking on her paci, she also enjoys holding the animal–it seems to soothe her more than a traditional pacifier does.
7. Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack
We use our Boon Lawn Drying Rack for all of Scarlett’s bottles and accessories. It keeps everything upright, organized, and does a great job of drying the item completely–inside and out. You can wash the drying rack with hot soapy water or in the dishwasher.
8. NoseFrida The SnotSucker
It sounds gross, but you literally suck the snot out of your baby’s nose with the NoseFrida. There’s a hygiene filter inside that catches all of the funk, so no worries, everything stays inside of the NoseFrida.
I’m not going to lie, I was a little grossed out by the NoseFrida at first, but it was highly recommended by several friends. It has worked better for us than any bulb syringe we have tried. We use it daily!
9. Zen Swaddle
The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle helps your baby stay asleep longer. It’s gently weighted, simulating your touch on baby’s chest and sides.
Scarlett grunts and groans all night long, often waking herself up. When we put her in the Zen Swaddle, she grunts and groans less, sleeping for longer stretches. She isn’t ready to sleep through the night yet, but there is a noticeable difference in her sleeping when we use it. And we will take all of the sleep we can get!
The first time I cut my daughter’s nails, I nicked her skin. She cried for about five seconds, I cried for about five hours.
The SnipperClipper is on my list of must have baby items because it has a safety spyhole so you can see what exactly you’re clipping. It also works like a pair of scissors so the cut is quick, silent, and smooth.
11. Kinsa Smart Thermometer
I can’t for the life of me remember Scarlett’s temperatures. We take it a couple of times a day and with seven feedings plus everything else going on, I can’t keep it all straight. I love the Kinsa Smart Thermometer because it takes her temperature in just a few seconds and syncs to the Kinsa app on my phone, keeping track of the readings for me.
I also like that I can document her symptoms (cough, earache, runny nose, vomiting) and medications that I gave her within the app. It’s a dream for keeping track of everything.
12. Windi The Gaspasser
You’re probably thinking “wow, another FridaBaby product?”. Yes, these products work–well! My husband and I initially used Windi during Scarlett’s first few days at home. Her belly was hurting and she had been up for hours crying and trying to pass gas. It dawned on me that we had a set of Windis and it couldn’t hurt to try it out.
The Windi worked instantly–Scarlett passed gas and stopped crying. I was mad at myself for not thinking of trying Windi earlier.
Windi is a little tube that goes in your baby’s booty to relieve gas. You lubricate the Windi tip, gently insert it, and listen for the gas to pass (it will sound like a whistle, hints the name Windi). That’s it!
Note: Sometimes you get a little bit more than gas, so be sure to have a Munchkin Changing Pad Cover (#5) underneath.
13. PopYum Bottles
We recently started formula feeding Scarlett and I couldn’t figure out how we were going to mix up bottles on the go. After all, the bottle is only good for so long after it’s been mixed. Enter PopYum Bottles.
Simply load your PopYum Bottle with water and formula, then pop and shake when you’re ready to feed your baby. The bottle keeps the water and formula separate until you’re ready to use it.
PopYum Bottles are ideal for on the go, middle of the night feedings, and daycare. They are anti-colic, geared for single-handed use, and don’t leak. PopYum Bottles can also be used with breastmilk.
I love how practical PopYum bottles are–almost as much as I love popping and shaking the bottle when it’s time to use it!
My 13 Must-Have Baby Items
I hope these 13 must-have baby items help whether you are looking to purchase gear for your baby or as a gift. Scarlett has been home for two months now, and I honestly don’t think we would have made it without these products. I hope these must-have baby items work as well for you as they have for us!
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
I was provided some of these products for another post but I loved them so much that I wrote about them again.
As always, all opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.