Monday, June 1, 2015

FEST: Baby Favorites

When I was pregnant, one of the most overwhelming things for me was trying to wrap my head around all the STUFF we needed to prepare for a baby. I spent the first six months of my pregnancy traveling with nothing but a school-sized backpack and had really grown to love such a minimalist approach to possessions. Creating a baby registry for me was a labor of balance: I wanted to be prepared with the things I needed to care for my daughter, but I didn't want to get things that would never be used or were superfluous. 

Now that Petra is born and I have a few months of mommyhood under my belt, I'd like to share a few baby items that I really love and would recommend to anyone having a baby. These are the things that make me oh-so-very-happy anytime I use them.

1. Nuna Pipa Car Seat - $299.95
2. Aden + Anais Swaddleplus Blankets - $34.99
3. Fawn Design The Doe Diaper Bag - $129.95
4. Solly Baby Wrap - $65.00
5. IKEA Leka Baby Gym - $24.99
6. Sophie la Girafe Teether - $24.99
7, Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller - $349.99
8. Puj Tub - $44.99
9. Johnson & Johnson Vanilla Oatmeal Wash - $6.29
and Baby Bedtime Lotion - $8.09
10. Carter's White 4 Pack Long Sleeve Bodysuits - $15.60

In addition to these items, I thought it'd be helpful to create a list of EVERYTHING I've used since Petra was born that I would recommend a new mom arm herself with before baby comes:
  • Carseat
  • Stroller
  • Diaper Bag
  • Baby wrap
  • Baby Gym
  • Small toy
  • Crib
  • Crib mattress
  • Crib mattress pad
  • Crib sheets
  • Dresser
  • Changing pad
  • Changing pad cover
  • Changing pad liners
  • Wipes dispenser
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Humidifier 
  • Baby bath
  • Baby body wash and baby lotion
  • Baby washcloths
  • Baby hooded towel
  • Nursing pads
  • Lanolin
  • Maxi pads
  • Sleepers
  • White onesies
  • Baby socks
  • Baby leggings
  • Comfortable chair
  • Pacifier
  • Breast pump
  • Bottle
  • Space heater
  • Newborn baby mittens
  • Infant healthcare & grooming kit (mainly need the nail clippers and thermometer)
  • Bouncy seat
  • Burp cloths (I used cloth diapers)
  • Baby hangers

I hope this helps someone out there and to anyone preparing to have a baby, get ready to have your heart burst out of your chest over and over and over.