My kids are both out of the baby phase. With an almost 6 and 4 year old in the house, the days of diapers, breastfeeding, potty training and waking up in the middle of the night are behind us.
But I still look back at those early days and all the items that come along with having a baby in the house. Even though there was a lot of ‘stuff.’ there are a few things that were definitely must-have baby items!
With a few people in my life that are pregnant or just having newborns, I thought it would be fun and informative to share my Must-Have Baby Items, beyond the basics, that made newborn life a lot easier.
1. Nursing Cover
I breastfed both my kids for quite a while. Keyan for 16 months and Kyah for almost 20 months. Nursing covers were a must for me! They allowed me to breastfeed comfortably wherever we went, whether it was at the mall, a restaurant or the park. I kept one in my diaper bag and an extra one at home, just in case. My favourite ones were Hooter Hiders and Udder Covers, the reason being that they both had a rigid neckline so that I could still look down and see baby while they were nursing. Plus they were also really handy to cover up when I was pumping milk, bonus!
We were pretty lucky when it came to diaper rashes. Keyan got one diaper rash when he was a baby. After that, I used Vaseline on him after every diaper change and he never got another diaper rash. With Kyah, I used vaseline after every diaper change right from the get go. In the 27 months that she wore diapers, she didn’t get a single diaper rash, for real!
3. Baby Carrier
Baby carriers were a life saver for me! First when they were newborns because it allowed be to give my arms a rest and to actually eat something because they always loved being held. Then when they were older but couldn’t yet walk, I would use a a hip carrier to carry them while i ran errands and when i needed to bring up the groceries so I could carry everything at the same time. The ones we used the most were the baby bjorn and something similar to this sling.
So those are three of my must-have baby items. And because it’s so fun to find out what baby items other mamas couldn’t live without, I’m linking up with some fabulous mom bloggers who are also sharing their must-haves. Make sure to check out their posts because everyones items are totally different and you’ll want to find out the must-haves from moms that have been there, right?
What was the baby item that you couldn’t live without or made your life easier?