Now that my kid is a year old (!!!!!) I thought I would share my favorite "baby things" in case you have a baby, you have one the way, or you just think about baby stuff a lot. I had originally planned on a "newborn favorites" post and then a "3-9 month favorites post" and so on and so on, BUT since I am a slacker, I'm covering the whole year. And honestly, this is better. Because you really don't NEED that much stuff. So I figured I'd share my favorite stuff I used over the past year; stuff that you wouldn't necessarily think of off-hand (aka you need diapers and wipes but I'm not going to mention that
First off, I love Lucy's List as a guide to registries - the writer, Meg, is hilarious and tells it like it is. After Piglet was born I would get weekly emails that were always perfectly timed with really great information. I have sent her pumping-at-work article to a lot of people. If you haven't signed up for her newsletter; do it. You won't be disappointed.
In the beginning... there is poop everywhere. There just is. I got a super-cute cotton changing pad cover on Etsy and I was getting so annoyed with how often I had to change it. Enter these changing pad liners. They just offer a little bit of coverage, look nice, and I can switch them out easily (they come in a 3 pack).
My son was a pretty great newborn - a good sleeper, not a crier. BUT, he had his moments of screaming and I had no idea what the heck was wrong with him. It was kind of awful now that I think about it. I occasionally gave him these gas drops which seemed to help settle his stomach and calm him down.
I could probably write an entire post on baby sleep, so let me know if that is of interest to you. I read
The baby whisperer before Piglet was born and I was so thankful for it. It offers lots of good advice on sleeping/playing/eating etc. Piglet slept 12 hours straight at around 5 months and I think it is largely due to following a flexible schedule (that we started pretty early).
Piglet loves love loves to eat. We did Baby Led Weaning (probably another post in itself) where you skip purees, so things got messy fast. I love the Happy Healthy Parent Bib because they are easy to clean and the little open pocket means less food is wasted. They are also easy to roll up and stuff in the diaper bag. Piglet also knows he can find extra food in his pocket which is kind of hilarious.
File this one in the "not even remotely necessary" category, but I love it. The 4moms spout cover protects your little one from hitting their head on the faucet and it also tells you how cold or hot the water is and if it's appropriate for the baby. Eric and I joke that I take showers in boiling water so this has actually been really helpful for me to make sure I don't burn my baby :)
These table wraps are essentially the same thing as what you get at a restaurant, but I always like to have a few in my diaper bag just in case.
And of course the ikea highchair. It is the best. So cheap, so easy to wipe clean. Do yourself a favor and do not get one with fabric. I get grossed out every time Piglet has to sit in one. There is always food stuck in the little crevices, no matter what.
So, I'm curious... what were your favorite products for your baby's first year? It turns out I'm kind of a sucker for new baby products so I love hearing what other people love!