My Top 5 Baby Must-Haves


My Top 5 Baby Must-Haves — A Modern Mrs.
A little while back my dear friend, Jodi, {who happens to be the woman behind God Still Speaks} suggested I do a "Baby Gadgets" type of post. I was for it, but when I sat down to write it realized there's really only one "gadget" I want. I'm not a big gadgets type of person, especially with baby-related gear, and while some of them are pretty cool, I don't feel they're worth spending our money on. So, while I was pondering how I could make this post work, it came to me... Why not do a "Top 5" post? And here we are.

No, these aren't gadgets, but rather are five products from my registry that I am sincerely hoping we get. It's worth mentioning the 1-5 numbering system is not an order of importance, but instead a simple method of reference. If anything, the huge photo of number five is an indicator of an item we want most. /wink.

Moving on!

I figured the best way to do this post would be to list each item with a brief description, and why we want it. So, without further adieu, the first item on the list:

1. Philips Avent BPA Free Soothie Pacifiers. {$3.39} Made of hospital-grade silicone, these "calming" BPA-free pacifiers are durable and comfy for newborn mouths, and Philips claims these pacifiers promote "the natural development of teeth and gums."

When I first had L, I was adamant no pacifiers be provided. I was certain we weren't ever going to use them, and I didn't want to create a desire for one. However, every.single.time the nurses would take her for her checks, they'd bring her back with a pacifier in her mouth. I'd remove it, and we were fine. Then we went home.... I'd say about two days after being home L got upset, and nothing I did soothed her. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do, then the mail came, and in it was a package from a relative which contained a blanket and pack of pacifiers. While they weren't the Philips Avent Soothie, they had the same shape, and I didn't have anything else, so into the boiling pot they went followed by my unhappy newborn daughter's mouth. Instant silence ensued, and that was our pacifier of choice whenever she desired it. We were best buds with this type of pacifier {pretty much only when she went to sleep, then she'd spit it out} up until she was a little over a year old, and then it went in the trash without issue.

The success we found with that pacifier led me to register for the Philips Avent Soothie, not only because it was L's favorite type of pacifier, but because I will not be unprepared a second time. I have since learned just because I don't think my baby will use a pacifier, absolutely does not mean said baby will, in fact, not want one.

2. Eddie Bauer Sport Lightweight Shopping Cart Cover. {$19.99} This lightweight, machine-washable shopping cart cover can also be used on restaurant high chairs, and helps protect baby from grime and germs. When not in-use, it folds into an attached tote for easy transport and storage.

Eddie Bauer Sport Lightweight Shopping Cart Cover — A Modern Mrs.

As I went to type this paragraph, I realized that this post doubles as a "What I learned from my first-born" post, and you'll see why in the following sentence. When L was a baby, I thought shopping cart covers were a waste of money. "Why in the world would you want to carry around even more baby gear when a disinfectant wipe would do just fine?" I had enough to carry around as it was, and I certainly wasn't interested in spending whatever these things cost at the time. {Mind you, this was nine years ago, and they were a relatively new idea.} Then L caught Rotavirus from, you guessed it, a shopping cart. If you aren't familiar with this terrible virus, it is characterized by severe diarrhea and projectile vomiting, and infants are most likely to catch it. The combination of diarrhea and vomiting causes dehydration, and without hospitalization, the child will die. At first I didn't know what she had, but when she wouldn't drink anything and the diarrhea and vomiting got so bad, I rushed her to the emergency room where we were quarantined {it's that contagious} and confined for several days while they pushed fluids. It was a scary time.

Because of that horrendous experience, I no longer turn my nose up at shopping cart covers. Anything you can do to shield your kids from whatever lurks on shopping carts {despite the use of disinfectant wipes} is worth doing, and so we have registered for this lovely shopping cart cover. I mean, it does compact itself quite well, and I can keep the tote in the car to avoid excess baggage. Lesson learned, yet again.

3. Aden + Anais Jillaroo Swaddle Wraps 4pk. {$31.49} Four 100% cotton muslin blankets generously sized {44x44"} for comfortable swaddling. They're easy to use, soft, and breathable.

I've seen one too many mothers swear by Aden + Anais Swaddles, so I knew I had to have one. L was never a fan of swaddling, or anything constricting for that matter, but that doesn't mean Baby A won't love to be bundled like a little burrito. The Jillaroo print was just too cute to pass on with its gentle pink and cutesy elephants, too. Adorbs! At first I thought $30 was a bit much for four glorified receiving blankets, but they are highly rated, and I am getting four to the pack, so hey... why not? I'm sure I'll be thrilled I have them at some point and will wonder why in the world I doubted the idea.

4. Boon Grass Countertop Bottle Drying Rack. {$15.99} Not your average bottle drying rack, the Boon Grass rack is a two-piece design for easy cleaning, and will easily hold a variety of baby items. It's dishwasher safe, too!

Boon Grass Countertop Bottle Drying Rack — A Modern Mrs.
When L was little, I had a cheapy bottle drying rack from, I think, Dollar Tree. It had a rectangular bottom tray with several upright poles you would hang things from. It was horrible. It was ugly to look at, the water didn't drain anywhere, and the bottle nipples would always fall off. It certainly couldn't hold eating utensils or assorted items, and it wasn't dishwasher safe. I remember after a certain point I got irritated and threw it out. I think I just used the regular dish strainer and/or a dish towel from there on out. {There weren't many options back then.}

I first saw the Boon Grass rack at a friend's house before I was pregnant and thought it was genius. It was easy on the eye, didn't take up much room, and she had all kinds of things drying on it. I especially loved how you could put "silverware" upright, and the items dried so quickly! I knew going into this pregnancy I wanted one, and it has been recommended to me several times over since, so I know I'll love it!

5. Baby Bullet by Magic Bullet Complete Baby Food Prep System. {$59.99} This system contains all the tools you need to easily make fresh, nutritious baby food, and comes with recipes and convenient storage options. Target's description really says it best:
The baby food processor has 2 blend blades for mixing soft or textured foods. Its 3-piece batch bowl is perfect for blending large quantities of baby food. It has 6 date-dial storage cups that help you keep track of the foods preparation date. You can organize these cups in the spill-proof storage tray. The Baby Bullet complete baby care system comes with small cups with re-sealable lids to keep the food fresh while traveling. There is a milling blade that rice, grains and oats into fine cereal powder for your baby. This food system comes with a user manual and cookbook with simple techniques to make healthy baby food. It also includes a pocket nutritionist that lets you plan a healthy diet for your child.
I truly saved the best for last with this must-have item. I used Gerber baby good with L because, well, that's what was there and that's what I knew. I was 21, and didn't take the time to educate myself, so I went with the norm which was jarred baby food. It worked, after all, and L is no worse for wear for having had it, but I knew years ago I wanted to do differently with my next child. Sure, I could make do without this wonderful contraption, but this "gadget" is the total package, and will certainly make things easier for me. I love how it has all the extras for prep and storage, the recipe book, and it's more compact that our food processor - it's customized to making smaller portions, which also means less dishwashing and mess for me. I cannot wait to make homemade baby food for my little one, knowing exactly what's in it, and where it came from. Besides, I've done my research, and I haven't come across anyone yet who said they regretted having purchased it or having used it.

And that concludes My Top 5 Baby Must-Haves! There are some items I felt I needed to have, but have already purchased, or were given as gifts, so let me know if you'd like to see those items in a separate post as well!

Are any of these items on your must-have list? Have you used them with your kids? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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