Now that baby #2 is here, I feel like I have a good sense of the essential baby gear you need to get by for the first few months. Of course most of this stuff is used for more than just a few months and much more is needed as baby grows. As I test things out for the second time around I will update this list so you have a one stop shop for all your baby gear needs.
Most of the items below are things we used with Stella, so the models/ colours have changed from what I personally own. There are also a few additional things we purchased for baby #2 to accommodate our growing girl gang.
1. Stokke Tripp Trapp + Newborn Set
We’ve been using this since Stella was born and the best part is, it grows with your child. It can even be converted to a chair that can hold the weight of an adult! I love the newborn set that we purchased separately because it allows baby to be part of mealtime (and prep time) from the get-go.
2. Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine and Time to Rise
For Stella we use an old iPad and the Sound Sleeper app. Since we didn’t have another iPad to spare we purchased the Hatch sound machine and it’s been great. It has tons of different sound and light options, and the best part is you can control it all from your phone! It also grows with your baby and can be used to teach them the right time to rise each day if you’ve got an earlier riser on your hands.
I know there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the DockATot, but we LOVE it. We purchased ours when Stella was born (when it was still sold in Canada), and it’s hands down the one thing we could not live without! I know it looks like an expensive dog bed, but it’s worth every penny. If you can get your hands on one, I promise you won’t regret it. If you can’t get your hands on one, I’ve heard good things about the Snuggle Me Organic, but I haven’t used it myself.
4. Plum + Sparrow African Moses Basket
This was a purchase we made for babe #2 and I don’t know how we didn’t have it sooner! Not only is it SO cute, it’s been great for bringing Chloe around the house with us, especially in the first few weeks when she was really tiny. This is also where she slept until she was sleep trained. The bonus is that our DockATot fits right in to make it nice and cozy.
5. Ergobaby 360 All Positions Carrier
I’ve tried a few carriers and wraps, and this is the only one that doesn’t hurt my back. I also love it because you can wear your baby in 4 different ergonomic ways.
6. Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Car Seat
We purchased this car seat when Stella was born, not only due to it’s high safety ratings, but because it was also the lightest one on the market at the time (these things get heavy!). We only have good things to say about it.
7. Ubbi diaper pail
Guys, it really doesn’t smell! We had a plastic diaper pail that was handed down to us with Stella and we had to throw it out, because we couldn’t get rid of the soiled diaper stench. This one is also great because it doesn’t require any special bags.
8. Love to Dream Sleep Sack
Little Miss Chloe would constantly wake herself up with her hands, which is why we turned to the Love to Dream sleep sack and never looked back. She LOVED sleeping in it. When we recently transitioned her to sleeping with her arms out, we used their Swaddle Up 50/50 Transition Bag.
9. Medela Double Electric Breast Pump + Handsfree Pumping Bra
I have an older Medela Pump, which has seen more than 5 babies (I purchased new parts when it was handed to me) and it still works like it’s new. I could, however live without the sound effects LOL (I’ve heard the newer models aren’t as obnoxious). The handsfree pumping bra has been a lifesaver for life with two!
10. Fisher Price play mat
Although this isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing toy, it keeps your baby entertained for hours which is a win for me. We borrowed it from a friend when Stella was born, and were begging to borrow is again now that Chloe can play with it.
11. Bugaboo Donkey
This was something we bought when Chloe was born because our old stroller didn’t convert to two. I truly wish I had it when Stella was a baby! It’s such a smooth ride, even when it’s in duo mode. The one downfall is the undercarriage basket isn’t that big, however if you have it in mono mode, the side basket is AH-mazing. We also have the wheel board that attaches to it, which Stella is obsessed with.
12. Baby Bjorn Bouncer
This bouncer was handed down to us, and quickly became something our girls both love! It’s lightweight and easy to move around the house. You can also buy a toy bar that attaches to it for added entertainment (aka time to get stuff done while your babe keeps quiet).
Not pictured but a must have: Split Screen Video Baby Monitor
We have the Motorola split screen video monitor and have recently had some minor issues with it, however it’s used all the time! I’ve heard great things about the Summer split screen video monitor, however I haven’t tried it myself.