I can remember when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I couldn’t wait to get shopping and start preparing for our bundle of joy. I have to admit though, I went a little over board and believed all of the “Baby Must Have” lists that are out there. By the time we found out we were expecting our second child I was prepared, there was no going out shopping for a ton of newborn outfits that they’d only fit into once. Or ridiculous products that I could live without, that our baby never used.
Besides the products you don’t need, there are some products that after two kids I’ve learned I couldn’t live without.
I’m going to share with you what you NEED/why for your baby and our one product that we used the most!
1. Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard – The one product that we used the most and after 17 months still use, is our play yard. The Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard features all of the must haves you need for a pack and play including a sleeper, portable changing table, and play yard all in one! It has the same inclined sleeper as Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play™ , with a supportive seat back, cushioned head support, and three-point restrain, the only way both my kids would sleep when they were a newborn was in an inclined sleeper.
Our daughter is 17 months old and we now use the play yard feature, which is perfect for naps and play time.
One of the best features though, is how easy it is to assemble and break down. The Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard is half the weight of other popular play yards, and when it’s not assembled it fits into a convenient travel bag for portability.
We were able to assemble and break down in less than five minutes, but to show you how easy it is we challenged some of our friends who don’t have kids to see how well they can do! Make sure to check out our future post to see how well they do with our challenges!
The Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard is available exclusively at Walmart for $139.99. Purchase at Walmart
2. Car Seat/ Stroller Combo – When shopping for a car seat, if you plan on getting a travel system you’ll want to keep that in mind when picking out a car seat so that it’s compatible with your stroller.
3. Diapers & Wipes – So this is obviously a must, but what you don’t want to do is buy one size in bulk instead buy a variety of sizes because they out grow them so fast!
4. Feeding Essentials – If you plan on breast feeding your baby, I went over how some insurance companies will cover a breast pump for you here. You’ll also need bottles, drying rack, and a bottle brush along with formula. Most companies will send you samples and coupons to try out different formula with your newborn.
5. Bathing Essentials – You really don’t need an expensive tub, even the cheapest one does the job! You’ll also need to stock up on baby shampoo, hooded towels, and wash clothes.
6. Crib – We went with a 3 in 1 crib so that once they grew out of the crib stage we could easily convert it into a toddler day bed.
7. Monitor – A monitor was extremely helpful so I knew if the baby was laying down about to fall asleep, or if they were crying because something was wrong like getting their foot or arm stuck in the crib. I researched for the perfect monitor when we were expecting our first child, and found a ton of options available with night vision, options to link up more than one monitor, talk back intercoms, and temperature readings.
8. Carrier – Investing in a nice carrier is a must, we used ours all the time for family outings.
9. Clothes – Just like the diapers, you’ll want to make sure to not go crazy buying newborn clothes because they grow out of them pretty fast. And because newborns sleep a majority of the time, it’s good to have mostly sleepers and things that are going to be easy to take on and off for diaper changes.
10. Baby Care Items – Nothing is worse than not being prepared for a sick baby. So stock up on the necessities like teething toys, a really good thermometer, nasal aspirator. You’ll also want to make sure to have a grooming kit.
11. High Chair – I liked something that could easily be folded up and stored in our hallway closet for when it’s not in use. Or they also have space saver high chairs that convert to a toddler booster seat so it saves you money.
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