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You’ve been there (or seen it). New parents piling baby gear into a car. A first trip to grandma’s house that left your neighbors wondering if you were planning a sudden cross country move. Even the most experience Jenga players don’t walk away from the experience unscathed. If you’re like the moms here at The Evolution of Mom, you may have even uttered some not-so-ladylike things while attempting to shove a ‘travel’ swing into the trunk of your Honda Accord. (Side note… there is rarely anything “travel” about those things…amiright?)
Four kids in, I find that my must haves list for baby’s first year got progressively shorter with each new bundle. Maybe it’s that the extra kids to tote make it impossible to physically lug all the extra stuff, but I’d like to think it’s more of a live and learn situation. Ha. Turns out you can teach a really old dog new tricks!
In case you’re on the fence about what to buy, or unsure of what you might really need, we’ve got you covered. I spoke to some veteran moms who were all too happy to share their own must have baby gear in the first year. Keep in mind, as always, that parenting is about choices. What worked for you might not be right for another mom, and vice versa. So don’t be offended if your abfab fave makes the don’t list. Consider this a starting point from moms who have been there!
#10: The Exersaucer. Baby can sit, stand, spin, play, snack or snooze while you
fold a load of laundry make a sandwich. Just trying to keep it real, here.
#9: A Swing. Because if you’re lucky enough to have a baby with colic or reflux– and you won’t know until you do– this may well be your (and your baby’s) only ticket to dreamland.
#8: Boppy. That glorious mound of stuffling will be your best friend whether you’re breast feeding, bottle feeding, or both, and is a nifty alternative to a helmet and bubble wrap when your baby is learning to sit by him/her self.
#7: Large Receiving Blankets. Not too many, but a handful of good (big) ones will make you feel like a swaddling superstar, will be a prime spot for tummy time, serves as a carseat cover when you’re out and baby is snoozing, and is a perfect way to cover during nursing (if you so choose!), and MAY just end up being your little one’s first lovie. Talk about bang for your buck!
#6: Umbrella Stroller. Because if you can get the features of a big, bulky stroller in a slim, lightweight design, for a fraction of the price, why wouldn’t you?
#5: Crib. Okay, okay. I know some of you are getting ready to throw rotten tomatoes, but remember the disclaimer above. For the moms polled for THIS list, the crib was a winner over the more portable options. Because babies outgrow a bassinet and/or Moses basket so. dang. fast.
#4: Tub Chair. Not to be confused with the baby bath tub which got a resounding NO from our mamas, the tub chair is a nifty little seat that will corral your older, upright baby in the bathtub for some wet and wild playtime.
#3: Bottles That Convert to Sippy Cups. Again, please don’t send hate mail. IF you opt for bottles (regardless of what ends up in them), we saved a bundle buying ones that later converted to sippy, straw, and/or trainer cups.
#2: Sleep Sacks. Early on, they’ll give sleep deprived new parents the peace of mind that their baby is comfy and safe from the dangers of loose bedding. Later, they’re the perfect foil to your fearless climber’s escape attempts.
#1: Rocker or Glider. Because there is absolutely no substitute for the joy of snuggling and rocking your little love to sleep. The foot stool gets bonus points, but we’re out of numbers!!
Your turn– what were YOUR must haves for your new baby? What did you find wasn’t as useful as you thought? We’d love to hear from you!
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