When you're preparing for your first baby, there is so much you think you absolutely need to have, and so, so many products and brands out there. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. When Evie finally came into this world, we learned so much about what we really did need and what didn't really matter so much and what looked nice but, honestly, wasn't really helpful.
Since we're having another girl, there wasn't a whole lot we absolutely needed this time around, but I wanted to share some specific things we did put on our registry knowing what we know now after having actually cared for a new baby. It's filled with practical things we know will come in handy, and (I can't help myself sometimes) just some lovely, unique finds I've discovered along the way that I'd just love to have for baby girl #2.
First, I registered exclusively online with an awesome company called BabyList. It's like the Pinterest of baby registries as you can add anything from anywhere online to your registry. It shows a little photo of the item and a link to where to can buy it. You can also organize by categories and which types of items you'd like for people to see first. I loved using this website because it allowed me to register for things on Amazon as well as Etsy, and I was able to create a list that represented our needs well and gave people the opportunity to bless us with more meaningful gifts. I would highly recommend giving BabyList a try. It also offers sample registries and guides to help you make decisions on which products are right for you and your family. You can see my registry here just to get more of an idea of what I registered for this time.
Solly Baby wrap- This type of baby wrap was an absolute life saver for us with Evie. It was one of the only things that helped calm her down and fall asleep in those first few months. I used a different brand of wrap with Evie that a friend had given me, but I have since passed that one along to another friend who recently had her first child, so I was in need of another one. I love this company and the crisp, fresh colors and patterns it uses for its designs. I chose this one, and I'm so excited to use it! I also love that it is a small business run by a fellow mama and that the wraps are made in the USA. It takes a bit of practice to use a wrap like this, but once you get the hang of the wrapping, it's really no big deal at all. And you're little one will be so snug and cozy. You can watch tutorials on how to wrap on Solly Baby's website.
Slumber Sloth by Spoon and Moon- I stumbled across this treasure of an Etsy shop on Instagram and fell in love with it's handmade sloth loveys. They are ridiculously cute. This is one of those items we didn't necessarily need, but I just could not let it pass us by. So Evie's great grandmother was kind enough to buy us one for the new baby and one for Evie. They are super soft and snuggly and come with a sweet little poem to read to help prepare your little one for bedtime. Because they are handmade by two busy mamas (I also love supporting mom-run businesses, as you can see), these cuties sell out very fast, so I would suggest doing a little stalking on Instagram (@spoonandmoon) to find out when the best time to purchase is....I may or may not have totally become a stalker in order to snag ours. But. They were well worth it!
Tubby Todd body wash and dream cream- I'm a sucker for all-natural skin care products, and when I found this company, I had to give it a try. Its products are absolutely free of toxins, and I love that its website tells you of the benefits of all the ingredients they choose to use. Everything is quite affordable compared to other businesses I've come across. I purchased the body wash, bubble bath and the dream cream. The dream cream is basically a soothing, minty cream for rashes and irritation. I'm planning to use it as a diaper rash cream. I'm saving the body wash and dream cream for the new baby, but we've tried the bubble bath with Evie, and it smells lovely and creates lovely bubbles. Can't ask for more!
4Moms Rockaroo swing- This is where we completely failed with Evie. I don't feel like we ever fully took advantage of blessings a good swing can bring (like peace and quiet and sanity). We had a hand-me-down swing that was broken and old and ate battery juice like it was going out of style. When we weren't attempting to use that, we used a friend's swing, but I had so much baby junk crammed in our tiny apartment that I think I gave that back to her before I really should have. So this time, we are doing the swing thing right. This swing is great because it is wonderfully compact, light and basically blends right into our living room. It plugs into the wall, God bless it, and even has a hook up for your iPod or phone to play your own music (adios supposed-to-be-soothing-but-are-the-opposite-of-soothing nature sounds and songs). The part where you lay your baby is super soft, and the swing is so wonderfully quiet. Obviously I haven't used it with my actual baby yet, but I feel that we've at least set ourselves up for optimum success in this area, and I will definitely let you know how it goes when we do use it. And great news, right now 4Moms is offering 20% off site wide in honor off Mother's Day! Not too shabby.
TOMS backpack- I am 100 percent all about using a backpack as a diaper bag. They are so convenient. I don't have to worry about it sliding off my should every time I lean over or have to pick something up and there are so many more stylish options to choose from. I've been using one I got from Target since Evie was born, but it's gotten a bit banged up, and I think this is the perfect time to update. I love this backpack made by TOMS. It's gender neutral (they also come in other fun colors and patterns), so Mike won't feel awkward toting it around, and there are plenty of pockets on the inside to separate things, plus a zippered side pocket on the outside to put maybe a phone and sunglasses. It also supports a cause I can really get behind right now. With every bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. Perfecto!
Little Unicorn swaddle blankets and quilt blanket- Swaddle blankets are another item we couldn't really do without. When Evie was tiny we used it to...you guessed it....swaddle her, but as she got older her blankie became a source of comfort and peace. We take it just about everywhere, and it helps her settle in for nap times. We've found that the soft muslin material is the crucial factor in what makes these blankets so special. Another blanket with another type of fabric simply doesn't cut it. Sadly, we lost two and are operating with only one blankie at the moment, so we really needed to restock. I found this company and love its designs and prints. We got this set, and it's even prettier in person. Little Unicorn also sells these quilt blankets. I purchased this one because I think it would be helpful this time around to be able to spread a soft blanket on the floor that is big enough for both the baby and Evie to play on. Plus, it's also so, so pretty. And it would be great to take to friends' houses or even to the park. It's super soft, too!
Hope you found this list helpful! Not that we're experts by any means, I only know what works for us, but if you have any other questions about products we love or plan to use...or ones we didn't like too much, I'd be more than happy to share with you so drop a message in the comment section!