PREGNANCY #2: BABY MUST HAVES

 

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This time around I’m getting minimal baby stuff that are my must haves and focused on a little easier to the eye. I have to admit that some baby furniture or pillows, loungers and bouncers….made my eyes and head hurt…I didn’t add any playtime options for baby. I will do a separate post for that. Let’s dig in! (The clickable links are in title or in description if title doesn’t contain name of product)

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  1. SNOO

 This time around I’m trying the Snoo, I’ve heard so many great things about it. The upside is, no commitment and you can rent it directly on their website!!! I am prepared for a baby like Oliver that will not want to be put down so renting is a major plus for me.

The downside is, getting your baby adjusted to sleep training later on which I won’t worry too much about right now. 

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2.  BABY SHUSHER

Oliver never really liked white noice but he loved when I “shusssshhheed” and it came to a point where if I had known about this little genius machine, I would’ve gotten one for every room 🙂
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3. SCANDIBORN AND BABYBJORN BOUNCER

A little bouncer to take baby from room to room is essential, this scandiborn  is so pretty to the eye but it might be out of budget or not as easy to take around. I’ll probably still invest in because I love it so much. The babyjorn is one that I used and will definitely use again.

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4. BOPPY PILLOW

 

Best baby pillow to plop your baby around the house! loved that thing
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5. MY BREAST FRIEND

 

Since we’re on the pillow and plopping babies talk, here’s another must have if you are breast feeding. It will become your best friend and your baby and boobies will thank you.

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6. CRIB AND MATTRESS

There’s a lot of cribs out there, Target has some great ones and there’s other designs that are pricey but beautiful and can be used from beginning to all the way to toddler bed. Some parents skip the bassinet and go straight to the crib that can be used early on. The mattress is really the most important part of a crib. Firm and BREATHABLE. I heard great things about this brand as well and recommended by pediatric nurses.

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7. BABY WEAR

My must haves for baby wear: 

soothe shirt, wild bird sling or baby wraps and carrier. 

Wearing your baby is not only the best you can do for them because of skin to skin but also it makes your life much easier. Oliver didn’t like bulky carriers but loved thinner materials like slings or wraps. I’m a big fan of Artipoppe carriers because they’re not thick but also so damn cute. At this point in my postpartum experience #2, I want to feel good, my baby to feel good and look good to feel my best. Its about mommy too!!!!

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8. HOSPITAL, POSTPARTUM AND BABY FRIDA KIT

I love Frida mom and baby kits. For hospital bag, back home and baby, they’re just well put together! Some Moms don’t need the hospital or postpartum, I actually didn’t need them both but I also think I got very lucky with no tear, I’d rather be prepared and donate if I have to.

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9. TRAVEL CLEANING BABY BOTTLE BRUSH

This might be odd and I know there’s not much traveling going on right now, but omg, you don’t know how many times in hotels or Airbnb had I wished to have one of those! especially in hotels because just rinsing with hot water was really not satisfying me at all!

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10. MAGNETIC ONESIES

Thanks to a fellow mama on Insta for introducing me to those, I can’t wait to get my hands on them! talk about making baby dress time a breeze!

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11. PACK N PLAY + CHANGING TABLE

If you don’t have a lot of space at home, I recommend this alternative to for a 2in1

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12. BABY BATH TABLE AND CHANGING TABLE

So this is probably the ugliest thing I own…..BUT omg do I love it. they’re popular in Europe and have much better design than we have access here. My dad had it for my little sister and that’s how I discovered the easiness, it’s levels with your height so no more breaking your back and you can easily drain the tub. It’s also a changing table. It’s not for everyone but it’s a must for me. 

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13. SWADDLES

I don’t have a favorite one so I can’t recommend one, Oliver didn’t like being swaddled. I do definitely recommend having them. I will try a few different ones and see how I like them or the new baby likes them. Ideally I’d like one with a zipper. The velcro ones drove me a little nuts at times because it’d wake the baby if for example I wanted to sneak in a “night feed”…So TBD…

 

14. KEEPING LITTLE DISASTERS AT BAY

Bamboo cloth

Burp cloth

Waterproof pads

 

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15. BREASFEEDING PUMP

Here are my top 3: 

  1. I used this one with Oliver (the oldest version) I loved it especially for traveling.
  2. Heard great things about this one
  3. Also heard great things about this one

I will also be getting this portable one, no cords, no nothing! I remember when it came out right after I was done breastfeeding with Oliver and it was like Angels singing to my ears.

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16. FORMULA MIXER

I didn’t have one because I breastfed for 10 months but I would consider one for sure if you’re solely formula feeding. I may even consider one depending on my breastfeeding journey. I have heard great things about this one, one tip is to clean it regularly and making sure the parts are dry before adding formula otherwise mold can built.

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17. BOTTLE WARMER & BABY BOTTLES

Here’s the bottle warmer I used with Ollie and that I will use again. No fuss and super easy. 

As far as baby bottles, I recommend to get a few but don’t go crazy! your baby might not like the ones you picked. I had Avent and Oliver actually wouldn’t take anything else so I got lucky.

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18. STERILIZER MEDELA BAGS

I thought these were great and didn’t take any space!  The downside is the plastic but you can re-use the bags quite a reasonable amount of time or there’s some machines that will do the work for you.

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19. BASSINET ATTACHED TO BED OR DOCKATOT

I’m a co-sleeper parent so this is ideal for me and another option besides dock a tot which personally wasn’t a huge fan besides using it for traveling or here and there in the house. But some mamas absolutely love it! 

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20. XL STROLLER HOOKS

Can’t recommend these enough. For your extra shopping bags, traveling bags or purse…To have really sturdy hooks to your stroller is a must. (I’ve been through some hooks that breaks in two seconds and they drove me nuts.)

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21. DIAPER BAG INSERT WITH CHANGING MAT

I enjoyed having my nice large handbag and didn’t want to give it up. I didn’t like most of the diaper bags options there’s out there. With this insert you can turn any of your decent size bags into a diaper bag!

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I hope this helps! it sure is helping me to go ahead and start ordering and getting ready for this new arrival 🙂

xo

J.

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