Baby things, especially newborn things, are super sentimental to me. That newborn stage just goes by WAY too fast. Walt and Oliver’s teenie tiny bodies grew much faster than I could’ve ever imagined. Whenever I hold one of my friends’ newborns, it is just so hard to comprehend that my babies were ever that small. One of the sweetest shops, By Olima, reached out to me about collaborating with their amazing company and I immediately said YES. The wall art she creates is truly the art of your heart.
I’m kinda obsessed with dressing my babies. I swear, I put more time into getting them ready on a daily basis than I do myself. That’s okay though because #momlife. Something that drives me crazy is getting them all dressed up for dinner, sitting them at a table at some nice restaurant, and then having to put some obnoxious bib on them. THE TORTURE. It seriously irked me for all of Walt’s bib wearing days. Lucky for Oliver, I’ve found a company that has fixed my problem!
When I first found out I was pregnant with Walt I was completely overwhelmed when I walked into Babies-R-Us for the first time. TOTAL sensory overload. I had no idea what I was supposed to get, how most things worked, or what I even needed. Thankfully my older sister, Nicole, sent me an email with all of her top baby products that she thought were crucial.
There are so many brands out there that carry similar products, and it is sometimes hard to know what works well and what doesn’t. We visited multiple baby stores, got a hands on testing experience with our choices, then filled out our registries. We then went home and read reviews on the products we had chosen and made some changes. Reading reviews on Amazon and other similar sites absolutely saved us from making some poor decisions!
I decided to make my own list for all of my new mama friends. Here are twenty of my favorite baby products out of the bajillion out there. I use the majority of these products almost every day and they are seriously so helpful! I also added a new “Shop Baby Products” section at the top of my blog for more of my baby + toddler favorite products. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Oliver is moving into his nursery soon, and I’ve been so nervous about it. We like the comfort of having him in his bassinet right beside our bed and knowing he is doing well. I have that crazy heightened hearing at night time that so many mamas get when one of our babies are in our room. I hear EVERYTHING. A different stroke of him sucking on his paci, a yawn, a sweet little coo, a stretch, I feel like I can even hear when Ollie blinks, haha! I’m saying all of this to say, I know how he is doing every night because I have the luxury of looking at him whenever I want and making sure his little chest is moving up and down. When he moves into his nursery I won’t be able to hear all of these little movements. to know my baby is completely safe. I’ve had so much anxiety about the big move until I got an Owlet Smart Sock 2.
You know those moments when you just need your tot to sit still for a little bit, but you don’t want them watching endless (and super weird) youtube videos? I’ve had the worst luck with apps I’ve downloaded that just don’t keep Walt’s attention for very long, which results in him wanting to get on Youtube. Well, I’ve finally found an app that keeps his attention perfectly! KidloLand is my new favorite app because it is educational and covers so many different subjects, while also engaging Walt and keeping his attention.
I’ve had our DockATot for about a month now, and I’m growing to love it more each day. We have the Deluxe+ in Pristine White. This DockATot is the stage one dock meant for ages 0-8 months. It’s truly so perfect for babies. Oliver is completely protected in it and I feel safe leaving the room for a minute while he’s in it, which hasn’t been the case with some other products I’ve tried. It’s lightweight, and it has a handle on the end which makes porting it around the house easy (always a plus when carrying a baby). The cover zips on and off and it is machine washable.
I recently got a Lorena Canals rug after eyeing them for quite a while. I saw them all over Instagram and finally decided to try one out. I was instantly attracted to them because they are MACHINE WASHABLE. How perfect is that?? People always ask me how I keep my house so clean with all the white, but it really is quite easy. Machine washable rugs just make that job a little bit easier though with my “schnack” obsessed tot!
I found out about The Ollie Swaddle when I was in my third trimester with Oliver. I must admit, I only bought it because of the name. I didn’t know much about it but knew I had to have it because of the precious packaging. We used it on our sweet Oliver his first night home with us and let me tell you, THIS SWADDLE IS AMAZING. Ollie loves being in it, and he can’t break free!
Finn and Emma Woodland Play Gym is my new favorite baby toy! Oliver is L O V I N G it, which means I am too! I can lay him down underneath it and actually get a chore or two done. It’s made out of 100% birch wood and finished with a non-toxic stain. There are interchangeable dolls/teethers that hang down from the stand. The precious dolls and teethers can be used apart from the stand as separate toys when your babe is older too!