Being a first-time mom I did a lot of research on what baby products to have ready for when Lyla arrived. However, you don’t really know what works until your baby is here. For our family, these products have worked well, were mostly inexpensive and made caring for a baby easier. A major goal I had when researching baby items was to find stuff we could get a lot of use out of and not have a ton of baby stuff to store later on.
This was a non-negotiable item for us. I knew we’d get a lot of use out of it from the newborn stage right until she’s a toddler. Pack n’ play’s come from basic all the way to having nappers and change tables. I opted for a more basic pack n’ play with the bassinet as we have a change table with our crib and I wanted her to sleep in the bassinet portion beside our bed at night. I didn’t need the extra accessories taking up room in our small apartment.
Although the pack n play is a bit wide beside our bed I like that it’s a multi-use item and we won’t have to store a bassinet that she’ll outgrow in a few months.
We received this from a friend and at first, I wasn’t sure how to use it. It’s basically a wearable blanket that zips over babies pyjama’s and then there is velcro to ensure a tight and easy swaddle. This was a great option to keep Lyla warm as she born during the late fall. It is also a safer option than a swaddle blanket because the armholes prevent the blanket from going over her head.
During my research, a lot of moms said a swing was a lifesaver during the first few months. I made sure to add this my registry. Thankfully my aunt gave us this Fisher Price one. It’s super soft, has a newborn insert, plays music and swings at 5 different speeds (although we’ve only used the first two speeds). She takes most of her naps during the day in the swing. Lyla loves how soft and cozy her swing feels.
When looking for a crib the first place I checked was Amazon as I didn’t want to spend a lot of money (my parents actually gifted us this crib). I showed my husband the various options and he immediately selected this 4 in 1 Portofino crib. It got great reviews and is comparable to more expensive cribs. I wasn’t sure at first that we even needed a change table (I’m kind of a minimalist). However, with both of us being on the tall side the height and convenience of this table is something I really appreciate. Plus it has big, easy to open drawers to store all her diapering supplies, sheets and other nursery items. It also converts to a toddler bed and eventually and double.
Before having Lyla I didn’t really know what to dress a newborn in, so I Googled it. I discovered its best to avoid pants for the first bit because the waistband can irritate their umbilical cord. For the first few weeks we dressed her in a onesie (to keep warm) and newborn size pj’s from Carters.
We liked these Carter’s pj’s because they were super soft, cute, easy to buy and affordable. As I said these are all she wore until she fit into her 0-3 month clothes.
I love these basic Walmart onesies, they’re easy to get on and off. Although they do run a little on the larger size. She’s still wearing the newborn size at 2 and half months.
When preparing for a little girl I wanted to get lots of bows! I scoured Etsy for cute handmaid bows from Canada. A darling shop called Little Luba in Saskatchewan stood out to me for their multipack of 3 bows. I chose red, white and pink after looking at the colours of her clothing. These bows are nice because they are simple and the band fits snug on her head but isn’t tight or rough.
I know a lot of people don’t like baby tubs because they take up a lot of room. However, we don’t have a bathtub where we live right now so having this portable tub that we can fill has worked great for us. I like how it includes a hammock which supports them as a newborn all the way to having a seat for when they can sit up on their own. This is another item we will get a lot of use out of.
Lyla is still quite young so she doesn’t play with a lot of toys. However, she loves her kick and play piano gym. As she kicks the piano plays different songs and she can also bat at her toys. Its a perfect toy for this age as she is still lying mostly on her back. It also converts for tummy time as the toys can be moved the ground. The piano can also be used as she gets older and can sit up.
Lyla also loves to play with her cow. The bright lights and different music keep her entertained. I’ll often set her up in her swing with her cow while I’m making dinner and getting ready. She’s just getting to the stage where she can press the buttons. I also like that this toy is for birth and up. I found out about this toy because it’s a best seller on Amazon.
Out of the House
I absolutely love our Covered Goods 4 in one nursing cover. I use it to block the wind on the car seat when transporting Lyla. It keeps the light out as we drive or when the lights of a store are overstimulating her. Then when I need to nurse it’s lightweight and provides all around coverage. It’s especially convenient when eating out a restaurant and she needs to eat or while running errands.
Another travel essential is a mirror to see the baby when driving. I love being able to look in my rearview mirror and see that Lyla is sleeping or just enjoying looking out the window. It gives me peace of mind especially when I’m running errands alone with her.
What are your favourite baby products? Let me know in the comments!