Baby Essentials

I'm in the third trimester now, and I've started to put a lot of thought into preparing for this new little one. Even though Violet is only two-and-a-half, it's amazing how quickly you forget about what things are needed/helpful in caring for an infant. When we were pregnant the first time around, we had no clue what to register for. Our registry was largely based on the recommendations of our friends and family who had already had babies. Based on our experience with Violet, here are a few things that would be a must on my registry if I did it all over again:

1. A Video Monitor: A lot of people wouldn't call this an essential, but if you can swing it I would say definitely get one. With Violet we only used the traditional sound monitor, but if I could do it again I would have chosen a video monitor for sure. After we moved her into her nursery at around three months, I so missed being able to watch her while she was sleeping. Those sweet sleep smiles are so precious and the time is so short! For the new baby I am thrilled that we received the Summer Infant Baby Touch Plus video monitor as a Christmas gift from my family. (Thanks Mom, Dad, Nikki, and Dan!) We've been using it with Violet for a couple of months now and I absolutely love it. The best part is that you can buy an additional video camera and switch back and forth between the two!

2. A Bouncer: This is the only way I was able to get a shower or eat when Violet was an infant. As long as she could see me she was generally fine, so I'd put the bouncer in the bathroom or kitchen with me so that she could hang out as I was showering or preparing a hot meal. If I was just eating something simple like a sandwich the Ergo carrier was a lifesaver as well, but I didn't trust myself with her in it around a hot stove or oven. If I was registering today I'd choose something simple like this Maclaren bouncer. Violet was never into the toys or vibrating features anyway of our ugly primary colored bouncer anyway.

3. A Nice Diaper Bag: I know some moms manage to get away with a large purse, but for us a separate diaper bag is a must. I prefer to be over prepared rather than under, so I like something I can stuff full of baby clothing, food, and diapers. We went with a cheap one the first time around and it disintegrated pretty quickly. I think for us it would be worth it to buy something better quality that would last the long haul. In my dream world I'd buy this one by Storksak. Since that's completely out of our budget, I might try out one of Skip Hop's bags - they're all adorable and fairly gender neutral.

4. Carrier: Violet was a baby that wanted to be held constantly, so I soon found myself researching baby carriers. By far the best reviews I heard were for the Ergo carrier and Moby Wrap. We used the Moby Wrap a lot with Violet, but it was a little warm for the summer, so I'm really excited to try the Ergo Carrier with baby number two!

1. Nursing Pillow: I literally took this with me everywhere. Violet was a very squirmy baby to nurse and she really seemed to settle when she was snuggled on the Boppy. Plus it was a lifesaver for my arms when she got bigger and heavier. And I still love my organic cover.

2. A Cozy Place to Sleep: We had a pack n play for Violet, but with the new baby I'd like something smaller and more portable. I didn't really end up using the pack n play much because it was so stationary and bulky, and it took up so much space in our house! This Moses basket would be perfect - it's gorgeous, comfortable for the baby, and portable.

3. Soft Blankets: We used a ton of soft blankets when Violet was an infant - I don't think you can have too many! I love these organic cotton blankets in adorable patterns and colors by Little Hip Squeaks on Etsy.

4. A Set of Bottles: Whether you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding, a few nice bottles are a must. You never know when you may want someone else to feed the baby so you get a little break. I am a little obsessed with these glass bottles from Lifefactory - they're safe for baby and come in gorgeous colors!

1. Pacifier: We found this to be absolutely essential for Violet to soothe herself and helped to keep her from forming the habit of sucking her thumb. I love this natural and adorable orthodontic version from Hevea.

2. A Space-Saving Bathtub: We don't have a lot of space to store a giant infant bathtub in our home, so something space-saving is a must. We tried out the Puj tub with Violet, and while we loved it she only fit in it for a few months. I'd like to give this cute collapsible tub from Boon a try this time around (I've been told it can be used up to 18 months)

3. A Good Pump: While I wanted to have milk stored for Violet in case I needed to get away for a little while or (heaven forbid) in case of an emergency, I didn't want to spend my entire life hooked to a breast pump. The Medela Pump in Style was a nice compact, and most importantly, powerful pump that did the trick in no time flat. (and did you know that with the new Affordable Care Act many insurance companies will be covering the cost of breastfeeding supplies?!)

4. An Adjustable High Chair: We went from a traditional high chair to a booster seat with Violet, but to save the additional item I'd probably go with the Stokke Tripp Trapp if I did it all over again. It's a little pricey, but well made, versatile, and would look lovely in our dining room.

So there you have it. Of course every baby and every family's needs are different, so my list may not match yours, but these are the things I would definitely love to have for a new baby. What would be on your list? I'd love to get some new ideas! xo Lauren


  1. I am loving all the sets you put together! I also love the fact that I am prego and get to follow along as we both progress in our pregnancy :)

  2. I second the Ergo and the Moses basket. For both my kids, I used the moses basket and loved that it was portable and cozy. For my second, I bought the additional wooden rocker to set the basket in, so it was used like a cradle as well.
    And the Stokke chair, I have never bought it, but always admire it.

  3. Love all of these things (especially that diaper bag that I also cannot afford!). My son is 8 months now and when he was a newborn, he slept in the Fisher Price rock 'n play. It was easy to carry around the house and he sat in it when we took showers or cooked as well. We never felt like we needed a bouncy seat.

    We just went on vacation and I am also a Boppy addict and got the travel Boppy. I wish I had gotten it sooner to keep in the car! It's not too much smaller than the regular Boppy (my son is 22lbs and fit on it fine), but it zips into a shoulder bag. There have been so many times when my arms were killing me nursing in the car or someone else's house... or that I brought the regular Boppy out with me. Not really a necessity item but I figured I'd share :)

    Oh and we use those Life Factory bottles and love them!

  4. My #1 baby essential is the best diapering salve in the world, Baby Bottom Better by Mother Earth (It's a Canadian company so I'm not sure what stores in the US carry it, but you can get it on amazon I used it with my older daughter and she never had diaper rash- unless I ran out- and I'm using it on my new baby as well. It's all natural and heals while it protects. I'm a child care provider and I recommend it to all my clients, and I've literally seen it take a baby's bottom from bleeding/weeping sores to a flawless magazine baby bottom in two days.

  5. I just had my baby girl 2 months ago, we used those hand mittens up until a month ago to keep her from scratching her face. They are light and breathable still but help protect her! We just got ours from target. Another favorite are the Aden and Anais swaddlers. By far the best gift we received. Also liking the Mustela brand for baby lotion.

  6. Have you ever checked out the My brest friend pillow instead of the boppy? I liked it way better! It snaps to you and has two bumps for their head to rest on either side and the cover comes off so you can wash it.

  7. Glad I found your blog :) I found you on pinterest. My little guy is 6 months old :) We love the life factory bottles, have had some leaking when we shake them, but they are awesome. Swaddles were DEFINATELY my favorite :)



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