How much stuff does one BABY REALLY NEED? Did anyone else ask themselves that ? repeatedly when they were pregnant? I sure did… and if you don’t already know the answer to this ?… they need A CRAP LOAD OF STUFF! Yes, this tiny little being that fits inside of your belly needs a ton of baby gear, toys & supplies that will likely take up your entire apartment or house! When I was preggers with baby #1 I will admit that I thought I needed every little thing but with baby numero 2 I’ve learned which baby items are necessary and what’s extra. I’ll try to impart my wisdom on you because there are a few “big ticket” items that I will say have gotten me through these first 3 months post birth. I’ve partnered with Walmart (a one-stop shop for all things baby) to share my top picks (all of which can be found on Walmart.com Lucky for you mamas September is the “Best of Baby Month” and there are huge savings and rollbacks on top baby brands throughout the entire month.. It’s a great time to stock up on all of your baby basics like diapers and wipes as well as those bigger investment purchases like strollers, car-seats etc!
BIG TICKET ITEMS FOR THE FIRST 3 MONTHS & BEYOND
- The Carrier: I’ve talked about this item a lot on my blog & Instagram but I cant say enough good things. Rosie was not a carrier baby so I was pumped to find this one worked great for Margaret. Most important for me is being able to easily set up on the go which it is! I didn’t find the this one as simple and fast to pop on.
- Bassinet with Halo Sleep Sack/Swaddle: We didn’t use a bassinet with Rosie (we actually used the rock and play because we were in Montauk at my parents for most the summer and then went straight to the crib) after the recall this year we decided to purchase a traditional bassinet for Margaret. There are a lot of different options on the market but this seemed like the best option and I’m definitely pleased with it. I love that it’s high up so you don’t have to bend over and that one side gives in when you are leaning over to put the baby to bed. It also rotates 360 degrees and there is an attached sound machine that plays soothing noises. We have also been using their sleep sack/swaddle because I like having the option for Margaret to have her hands free from the swaddle.
- Portable Changing Table & Travel Crib: I have this changing table and bassinet set up in my living room so I don’t have to run up and down the stairs.. It’s super affordable and works as multiple things in one : a changing table, a bassinet, and a travel crib. I also have this other travel crib and play-yard as do both my in-laws and parents. They keep one at their place for sleep overs when Rosie was smaller. It’s basically the same idea (more expensive) but I’ll break it out as a play-yard and for travel when Margaret is bigger.
- Activity Mat: for tummy and back time alike. I have two different play mats (one for upstairs and one for the living room) We have this particular mat (on the pricer side but there’s a lot for them to interact with) and they won’t get bored after a few minutes. Theres even a little insert for you phone to take some cute pics.
- Car Seat: We have been using Rosie’s old infant car-seat for Margaret (Rosie is 3 so there are definitely some more updated models out there…I’ve heard good things about this one. *Walmart is also offering a promotion to trade in your old car seats throughout the month of September. You’ll receive a $30 Gift-Card to Walmart in exchange*
- The Mamaroo: This was something I received for my baby shower when I was pregnant with Rosie *4 years ago. I had absolutely no idea what it was or why you would need this $200 magic seat. I hate to admit it but I forgot we had received it and by the time I opened it Rosie was a bit big for it. This time around we don’t have any other seat options and I’ve found it amazing this time around especially for when you need to prepare dinner and keep the baby calm, soothed and entertained for 20 or so minutes.
- Breast Pump/ Formula Maker: I used both! If you are formula feeding, this is basically a coffee maker for formula. Easy set up and a press of a button you have your bottle perfectly made at the temperature that suits your baby with a simple click of a button. If you’re breast pumping, most insurance plans will cover your pump (I used this pump at home and opted to Geta separate on the go style.
Extras (all on rollback): I don’t think the Bottle Warmer or the sterilizer are necessary but definitely worth putting on your registry lists. I also just purchased this inexpensive seat as an extra option to have around the house. Will leave it in living room for now. A jumper (really cute but Rosie probably used it a handful of times, an affordable Jogger, Baby Jail (lol I kid I kid but kind of serious),
MORE ROLLBACK SAVINGS
*All of the items above are on rollback and a number of them are high quality prestige products*
Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions remain my own