1. DockATot - My most recommended baby product! I'm not sure if Aurora is a good sleeper because we completely lucked out or because of this thing. Okay, I know it's because we lucked out but she's also been in this contraption since birth so I'm going to praise it anyway. It's been in the bassinet, her crib, in two hotel rooms, at both grandparents houses, on the bathroom floor while I take a shower, in our bed when we're all just hanging out, etc. It's the coziest little cocoon of a bed for her and she can have her very own bed no matter where she is. The only thing I dislike about it is how annoying it is to take the cover on and off to wash it.
2. SwaddleMe - Another thing she's been in since the very beginning. I thank the lord for her liking swaddles. I've never had a nanny baby that has hated them either so I swear by them keeping babies asleep longer. No startling herself awake, no loose blankets, no exhausted momma - win win win!
3. Infant Optics Monitor - Trevor made fun of me for putting this on our registry. "You want one with a VIDEO?!" Umm, hell yes. I don't know how all you moms with audio ones do it! I have to be able to see her. There are so many times my nanny kids would be awake when I thought they were sleeping. Or times when one would get a foot caught in the crib slats while asleep. Or once when one spit up all. over. the. place. silently and I had no idea until I peeked my head in the room. Video monitors are an absolute must for me and this one is a BREEZE to set up and use.
4. Delta Bassinet - I couldn't imagine shelling out $200+ for the HALO Bassinest (even though I wanted it) when I knew I would only use it for a couple months. And since we moved Rori to her crib at 7 weeks, I was right. This one did the trick perfectly and it's less than half the price of the fancy one everyone has. It fits the DockATot inside of it perfectly, it glided back and forth if I needed to give her a little motion to soothe her, and it was the perfect height for our bed. I just took the hood and mobile off of it so I could get her in and out easier.
5. Mam Bottles - Rori has been both breast feeding and bottle feeding since she was a week old. She had latch issues in the beginning so we supplemented with both formula and pumped breast milk through a bottle. These anti-colic ones have worked out great for her and the parts are super easy to clean.
6. Bright Starts Activity Gym - This wasn't the gym I had picked out but it was gifted to me from a friend who was no longer using it, so I decided it would suffice. I'm so glad I decided to take it now that I've used it! The sole reason for that being the foldable sides. All four of them fold up so that there or "walls" along each side. I think this would be pointless for anyone without a dog, but for us, it's awesome. They keep Pudge from rolling over onto the mat and also give enough of a barrier to keep toys inside. I'm 100% certain he'd snuggle right under there with her if those sides weren't there!
7. Burp Cloths - These are actually cloth diapers but they work great for wiping away spit up. They're soooo much more absorbent than anything marketed as an actual burp cloth. Plus, hi Amazon, I love thee.
8. JJ Cole Bundle Me - For anyone lugging around a baby during the winter months, this thing is gold. I don't have to worry about bundling her up so much that she can't move because I can just zip this thing up around her. I just need them to make an adult-sized version soon so I can be just as snuggly. I also fogot to include my Covered Goods carseat cover in this post but that's a must have as well!
9. Puj Flyte Tub - There's nothing cuter than babies taking baths, I'm sure of it. This Puj tub has made bath time a breeze. It fits great in the sink while we bathe her and then it easily folds flat so we can store it out of the way when we're done.
10. White Noise App - I put a sound machine on my baby registry but never received one so I ended up just downloading this app on the iPad and leaving it in her room with her. There are a ton of different sounds to choose from - everything from an air conditioner to a crowded room. I'm a big white noise fan because babies seem to wake up even if your damn stomach rumbles and the noise drowns little things like that out.
11. Tula - There are seven billion baby carriers in the world but we love this one. Trev wears it, I wear it, my mom has worn it. And the best part is you don't need a damn Youtube video tutorial to figure out how to put the thing on. There's no origami involved, just buckle and go!
And that covers it, friends! I know when I was registering for things I really wanted to know what people didn't end up using, so here are a few of those for us:
WHAT WE DON'T USE:
Rock 'n Play - I'm really anti "anything that moves to help put baby to sleep" because I don't want her to rely on motion to get her to sleep. I could go on for days about this but I'll save you my misery. Anyway, I registered and received one that rocks when plugged in but I was so afraid of her getting used to it that I either rarely put her in the thing or just never turned on the motion feature. I know SO SO SOOOO many parents praise these things but we don't use it too often.
Toys - You won't need them for quite along time, so spend your registry items where you need 'em, like diapers!
Frida Baby products - I got the whole $50 set (nail clippers, nose sucker, Peri bottle, Windii) and don't use a single thing.
Solly wrap - The long cloth carrier that you wrap and tie a billion times. The Tula is just SO much easier to get on so we stuck with that and never looked back.
Swaddle blankets - I thought I needed seven hundred but haven't used a single one. We only use the actual swaddle contraption one, no blankets.
Stroller - I know I will use it eventually but we haven't at all yet. I either stick her car seat in the shopping cart or I wear her.
Okay, that's enough blabbing for one day! Let me know if you have any questions!