Being a mother of 3 I quickly learned that a lot of things you buy/ get gifted you don’t use. Third time’s a charm right? Here are a couple of my must haves.
1. Single Stroller
1 hand fold
Light weight at 21lbs (city mini is 16.65lbs & britax b-agile is 28lbs)
Converts to bassinet w/o extra purchase
Super affordable at 159$ on amazon/Walmart (reg price is $229.99)
2. Infant Carseat
1 hand adjustable handle (huge plus!!!)
1 hand adjustable harness system & head rest
Silent shade canopy (this is huge!) it makes literally no sound to move the canopy so it doesn’t wake baby up
Super affordable at $188.99 on amazon (reg price is $219.99)
I’m the type of mom that needs an infant carseat. I used it up until Jaylyn was 14 months and the only reason I took her out of it was because Jayson was born and we already had a convertible carseat for Jaylyn. She is 19 months now and still fits in it being under the 35lbs and under 32 inches (she is 23lbs and 31 inches). I attach it straight to stroller if the baby is asleep. So I really recommend it.
3. Double stroller
Super light weight for a double stroller at 28lbs
I don’t like that you need 2 hands to fold
It’s not bulky nor long
4. Convertible Carseat
4-65lbs which I love because I used it with Jayden until he was 6 years old
Side impact tested
1 hand adjustable harness (love this!)
Rapid remove cover can be easily washed (HUGE)
Affordable at $179.99 on amazon
Not too bulky or big compared to other convertible carseats
5. High Chair
Completely folds down
Takes up very little space
Messes are easily wiped down
Dishwasher safe tray
$117.49 on amazon
6. Boppy illow
This item is a must for me! I am not sure if maybe it’s because I have big boobs but I have tried other nursing pillows like “My brest friend” & it did not work for me. It was super uncomfortable & I literally went back to target & returned it.
I love the boppy pillow, it gives me a lot of support while breastfeeding. I literally travel & I take it with me. I hate when I don’t have it because my arms literally get numb. Jayson is still small so not sure if once he gets a little bigger it will get better but for now I use the nursing pillow every single time I breastfeed at home. If I have to nurse in the car I use the arm rest which helps a lot.
I did A LOT of research when purchasing a glider. I made the mistake of buying a cheap wooden one when I was pregnant with Jaylyn & it literally broke in 3 months. So this time around I made sure to look for sturdy one that had a weight limit of 300lbs because I am a plus size mom. I didn’t care about the price. This is something I use EVERY single time I breastfeed & I rock him to sleep. I wanted something that was going to last. I noticed a lot of gliders had a weight limit of 250lbs some even 200lbs. This glider also reclines which is a total plus. I didn’t want just a glider but I didn’t like how the ottoman took up space either so this was a perfect solution for me. The only downside about this glider is that it is fabric just like a lot of other gliders & can get dirty very easily.
I had this bassinet in my baby registry & one of my friends bought it for us. It was on sale at that time for $53.99. I personally do not like to waste money on things I will not use for a very long time. We use the bassinet for about 6 months or until baby learns to sit up. I like that this one has mesh on the sides & the color is very gender neutral. It also has the option of rocking which we do use. The downside is that is doesn’t have storage, night light nor music but I did have one of the Delta bassinet for Jaylyn which had all of that & I never used it plus the canopy was super noisy & would wake baby up every time I tried moving it. I also love that this can be packed & taken when traveling. Once baby outgrows bassinet we do travel with a pack & play every single time. My daughter sleeps in hers when we travel.
I do not like to buy super expensive cribs. We bought ours on sale & paid $250 for the crib & $250 for the dresser. Target has a huge selection at really good affordable prices. I really recommend a dresser where you can add the changing table on top because it definitely helps with space. I use the changing table ALWAYS! It helps my back a lot! I like that the crib converts to a toddler bed & then full. I personally will never use the full but I do use the toddler bed. Once they outgrow the toddler bed I put them in a Twin bed. We did a nautical theme & loved this ship lap look.
11. Carseat Cover
http://moonlightbabies.com & you save $5 on your purchase with code Marialis5
I honestly love having a carseat cover for so many reasons. It helps for weather like wind, rain, sun and so that random strangers don’t touch my baby. It helps my babies sleep better since it keeps it nice & shaded. I bought this one from Moonlight babies because Target has the same ones for literally double the price. I love that I can use it as a nursing cover as well.
12. Pack & play
Jaylyn is 19 months & I still use this pack & play! We travel with it ALWAYS! She sleeps in it when we do travel & I could not live without this. I do use the napper and changing table on the pack & play. I set it up in the living room.
13. Diaper Pail
I used the diaper genie and ended up throwing it away. It smelled so bad. This diaper pail has been amazing. It’s made out of steel and does not need special bags, we use our trash bags! It does not stink up the room at all. I have one in Jaylyn’s and Jayson’s room.
These are my basic must needs for baby & of course we have more baby items like swing, baby carrier etc but these are definitely my main items. I hope this has helped.