Like most parents, we were overwhelmed by the number of things available for a baby. Needless to say, we quickly became confused about what we actually needed vs. what we thought we needed. This post isn’t so much about what you need for a baby but what products we found most beneficial. By no means are they the necessities, but more so what stuck out to us as our favorites.
- The Owlet Sock monitors babies heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. The sock wraps around the babies foot and transmits readings to a small base station. The base station provides alerts if levels drop below a certain level. The Owlet also connects to an app that notifies parents of alerts on their devices. The Owlet eased my worries when transitioning Leah to her own room. We still use the Owlet every night at bedtime. I was fortunate to win this product but even with its price tag, I would still buy it again if I ever needed to.
- The City Select Stroller quickly became one of my favorite products after I found myself battling with our old stroller. What I like about this stroller is that it’s so easy to maneuver. I love the feature of changing the seat from either rearfacing or forward facing. It also has an option to become add an additional seat ( if we ever decide to get crazy and have another!).
- After 10 exhausting and painful weeks, I decided to stop nursing and move to formula. While it wasn’t an easy decision ( and I dealt with a lot of guilt), it was by far the best decision for me and Leah. The Baby Brezza Formula Pro looks like a Keurig machine for babies. This is one of those products that you definitely don’t need but we truly love it. Making a bottle is as easy as selecting the size of the bottle ( 20z, 40z, 60z etc) and pressing a button. The machine measures out the right amount of formula and heats it to the perfect temperature… all within about 5 seconds.
- A friend of ours suggested the Skip Hop Owl as a white noise option. The best thing about this noise machine is that it offers a continuous option (something not a lot of noise machines offer). The white noise machine can also be used on the go with the USB cord.
- We have used the Halo Sleepsack since Leah was a couple of months old. The concept of swaddling caused major frustration and we needed an easier option. The Halo Sleepsacks come in multiple sizes and even have a warmer option for colder winter nights.
- After sleep training, we noticed that Leah slept better in a darkened room. We use blackout blinds at home but we needed an option for when we are away. The SnoozeShade is a breathable black out cover that goes over the top of a playpen. We used the SnoozeShade when we stayed with family or when we went camping.
- The DockATot is a portable lounger that creates a cozy environment for baby to relax in. Unfortunately, this product is no longer available in Canada, however, it is still available in the US and widely used in Europe under the name Sleepyhead.
- The Newlie diaper bag tops my list of favorites. I was so sick of carrying around a bulky diaper bag that sat like a laptop bag. I have the Gail bag from Newlie and I absolutely love it! I am constantly getting compliments on this purse and most people don’t even realize its a diaper bag! There is a ton of room in this purse even contains a cooler for snacks and bottles.