my list of must-have items for baby

Preparing for baby, I found myself reading lots and lots of blogs by mamas of all sorts. This really helped me to narrow down what was important. As first time parents, we definitely gave in to many items that for us, turned out to be not as useful as we hoped and at the same time we ended up going out to buy items after we brought Bodhi home that we probably should’ve had before he arrived.

My list of must-have items for our baby will probably be very different from almost any other parent. Every baby is so unique, but in my experience with Bodhi, these items rock and are key to a successful day in our little world!

A baby carrier—we have the Baby Bjorn. Bodhi falls asleep in this thing on walks, at the grocery store, at parks and even while we bounce on an exercise ball which I am doing right now. We call the exercise ball and Bjorn combination the “magic sleep button.” Even at his fussiest, this combo is perfect. I’ve heard wonderful things about the Ergo-Baby Carrier as well. This all leads to…

An exercise ball—while not technically a baby item, this has worked wonders for us and also works for my friend and her now 7-month-old.

Summer Infant Swaddles—we started off swaddling Bodhi at night with Aden and Anais swaddle wraps but found it to be difficult to get the perfect wrap in our sleepy middle of the night state. While at a local baby store recently, I saw the velcro Summer Infant SwaddleMe cotton swaddles and bought one. It is perfect! So easy in the night and pretty hard for our little guy to break free of it. We bought two more and just rotate them with a short-sleeve onesy for night-time since it’s getting pretty hot now.


Aden and Anais swaddle wraps—I didn’t love them for swaddling only because neither my husband or I are good at creating a strong swaddle and Bodhi is like Houdini! He magically frees himself in seconds. We use several each day as blankets since they are so light and it’s getting hot. We also use these to cover the stroller or to cover Bodhi when he’s in the Bjorn if it’s windy or sunny. They are great and look good too!

White noise machine or other white noise maker—we use our iPhones and a white noise app hooked up to a speaker system. Very helpful at night.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter—Sorry if this is too much information for the non-parents reading my blog. If so, please skip to the next one. 🙂 I’m past the pains of breastfeeding now so rarely use it, but this all-natural balm was wonderful and even worked well on Bodhi’s cracked skin right after birth. Many babies and their mamas are allergic to wool, so lanolin based products don’t work as well.

Boppy or other nursing pillow—I would actually recommend having two. Moving it from room to room when your baby is hungry can be a struggle. The boppy is also where I prop Bodhi up during his “play” time which is really just him staring at things and making cute sounds.

Bath-belly-cover-thingy—I don’t even know what it’s called, but the fish thing on Bodhi in the photo to the left was recommended by my good friend as it helped keep her little man warm during baths. We registered for it at Target. Bodhi stays calm and warm with this on him and after the first bath at home (real bath, not sponge bath) with him screaming like a mad man, we learned that warmth is the key to baby bathing success. A shout-out to my good friend Ann who gave us this!

Seventh Generation diapers—everyone does their own thing with diapers. We considered cloth and just didn’t feel committed to it enough to pay for the start-up supplies. Out of several brands of chemical-free diapers, we found Seventh Generation to leak the least and to fit Bodhi comfortably.


LifeFactory glass bottles—a new purchase, these bottles are light, won’t break thanks to a cute silicone sleeve and are dishwasher safe (no plastic). So far so good with these bottles. Bodhi rarely uses a bottle as it is mostly just when the hubby and I go on date night or I’m at the mall alone and he has a hunger-fit! I’m not currently comfortable nursing in public.

A great stroller—this can be any stroller that works for you. For me, we love our Uppa Baby Vista because it is so easy to fold and maneuvers like a miracle! I see other moms in store aisles having a hard time turning their strollers while ours, even though it is fairly large, makes sharp turns. I think the key here is that you or whoever will spend the most time with your baby needs to be able to fold and unfold it quickly! I am able to go out fairly often with Bodhi (or I was able to until he recently realized he hates the carseat so car rides are tough) thanks to a stroller that I can manage well.

While we bought nearly everything under the sun, we don’t find swings, bouncers, bottle warmers, wipe warmers, the Sleep Sheep and other gadgets to be helpful at this time. They seem to just take up space for us. Some moms and dads swear by them though, so don’t take my word for it. Bodhi enjoyed his Mamaroo the first couple of weeks but now screams after seconds of being placed in it. The highest speed seems to be too slow for him. We’ll let you know if this all changes.


Now, any moms and dads out there have thoughts on the Boon Flair high chair? The high chair is the only major purchase we have left for this first year. With our very modern taste, this fits the bill for us.

I have a friend who is expecting in the fall and I promised to give her a list of must-have and can-live-without items. What works for you and your baby? What items do you wish you could still return and throw the money into a Maui fund? Off to the zoo with two of my best girlfriends and their children. One is here from North Carolina on her way as she moves to Kodiak, Alaska! She’s a Coastguard wife.

Happy Friday everyone! Live the fancy life!



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8 responses to “my list of must-have items for baby

  1. Boon Flair is great!! We have it in orange and our babe loves it!! He is usually all over the place and doesn’t sit still, but when we put him in the boon flair, he gets calm all of the sudden. It is great. Even after dinner, he likes to chill in it to watch tv or talk to mom while I wash the dishes.
    Besides looking cool, it is one piece so very easy to clean, comes with two plastic trays, has a brake, can be adjusted up or down depending on your table height.

    With this being said- i have not tried any other highchairs….I am sure that you could find more affordable options that are just as great, but I am a sucker for modern design!!!

    • Ann

      @My Inner Fashionlogue

      I would love to have the Boon Flair, but we have a counter height table. Do you think it would adjust high enough?

      • We currently pull it up to our granite island and it works great. The height of the tray is not exactly as high as the island, but it does not pose any issues as he just eats off his tray.

        Let me know if you have other questions!

        Forgot to mention the other great thing about the boon is that it is on wheels which is perfect if you have wood floors.

  2. Other items our Miles loved/we loved:
    – the fischer price rock n play sleeper – it is an inclined sleeper/rocker. The baby slept really well in this.
    – The Bloom Alma Mini crib worked fantastic for us as we were in a 1bd and had very limited space for a full size crib.
    – I second the aden and anais swaddles – we never used for swaddling tight for sleep. Our Miles was not a fan of being “tied”…We used as a stroller/car seat cover for wind, cold, sun from newborn and even still (Miles is now 9 months)….he currently has a stash at daycare for nap times everyday….he is basically attached to them so we have probably over 20 and still use them everyday. They get better with every wash.
    – Medela breastpump
    – Gerber Nuk Pacifiers
    – from about age 2 months until he was too big , he really enjoyed being in a bouncer. I can not even remember the brand now as we no longer have it. I think it was a baby einstein – economical yet very effective. He would take naps in it, chill in it while we ate dinner etc…But of course, every baby is different.
    – I also second the baby bjorn. Miles loves the vantage point of seeing everything when wearing him front facing and he also loves facing mom to take naps. We still carry miles in it at 9 months. I also have an ergo carrier that i have not used yet but will soon switch to since miles is getting heavy!
    – Also second the white noise machine. We still use this!
    – Puj tub- was great for the first 5-6 months during the time we were in our just pops right into the sink and miles loved being in it.
    – Sophie the teething giraffe
    – exergen temporal thermometer

  3. robinjharris

    Hey there! I’m a nanny and the baby I watch uses that high chair. I cannot recommend it enough! The fact that you can raise and lower it is great, but the best feature is that it wheels around easily- I can bring him around to wherever I am in the kitchen or park him somewhere within sight if I need to slip into another room. The tray is a little confusing at first, but very easy once you get the hang of it. And it’s such a cheery color, it makes me happy every day! Definitely go with that one!!

  4. Nice list, thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading what other parents identify as must-have items. I recently also posted by own lists, and linked one of them below for you. I thought you and your readers might enjoy. Thanks!

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