5 MUST HAVE Products for Your Baby’s First Year

       You finally get to bring your little bundle home with you! The only problem is that you keep thinking back to everything you have bought in the last few months making sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Sometimes this takes trial and error making sure you get the necessities, but why go through trial and error and spending money when someone can help you through this?

So besides diapers, wipes, a crib, changing table, clothes, towels, diaper bag, and diaper rash cream (the stuff that you know you need) here are some other products I found to be EXTREMELY helpful with my newborn. I have personally bought all of the products mentioned below. I would not recommend something that has not been helpful to me.

     1. Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer

         This swing and bouncer has been a lifesaver. Let’s say you have to get up and use the bathroom or have to get some stuff done around the house, but your baby is sleeping on you and doesn’t like being set down on the floor or in a crib (a flat surface). Well this swing/bouncer is comfortable and coddles your precious baby to make him/her feel safer. There is a dial for the swinging motion as well as a button for music or background noise. And one of my baby’s favorite features is that it has a switch that causes the swing to vibrate 🙂 Sometimes he just enjoys sitting in the chair and watching some Dave Matthews Band concerts on YouTube.

Link: Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer, Manor

    2. Stork Craft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

           My baby boy loves his rocking chair. It is a soothing motion and helps get him to sleep easier. This is a product that I think is an essential in helping baby go to sleep. Even if you don’t get this exact one, I recommend getting a rocking chair. However, I do think this product is very well put together and has served me well.

Link:  Stork Craft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set, Espresso/Beige

   3. Aveeno or Burt’s Bees Shampoo and Wash

          Out of all the bath products I have tried on my baby, these two are my favorite. They smell pretty, don’t hurt his eyes, and they clean him well. Other bath products I have tried sometimes tend to have very little soap (meaning it takes a lot of soap to wash just a small area), but these two work very well!

Link: Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, 18 Oz and Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash, Original, 12 Ounces (Pack of 3) (Packaging May Vary)

       4. Cosco Simple Steps Walker

         This is for when your little one gets just a tad older. My son started using his at 6 months old (though time will vary depending on when your little one is ready to get walking with help). At first he did not seem to like it, but he just did not understand the point of it. Now he has just turned 8 months old and I am so glad we got the walker. He absolutely loves it and it keeps him busy for hours.

       The thing I love about this specific walker is that it was not too expensive, is excellent quality, was not too hard to put together, AND it is adjustable for when your baby’s legs grow!

Link: Cosco Simple Steps Walker, Monster Syd

   5. Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, 7 ounce, 2 count

       This cup is wonderful. Zeke, my son, was introduced to a sippy cup at 3 months old. He caught on pretty quick, but it is okay if your little one has to practice a little bit before catching on. This cup is a “no spill” deal. The baby has to suck on it (like how they suckle for breastfeeding, but without their tongue sticking out) to make the liquid flow.

     Usually we just put water or breast milk in Zeke’s sippy cup for when he is eating his baby food so that he doesn’t get parched. He loves playing with it, but knows how to drink from it now as well! While he was learning how to use his sippy cup, we would make suckling sounds and faces so that he would mimic us. This is a wonderful product once you are ready to introduce baby food so that they have a fluid (breast milk, water, or formula) to wash down the new foods.

Link: Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count

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