Start here before you complete that registry.
It’s exciting to get ready for a new baby! From building a baby registry, decorating the nursery, and learning all about breastfeeding, there can be a lot to cover in the nine months of pregnancy—and there’s a lot of fun shopping to do.
When you’re making so many purchases at once it helps to know when to save and when to splurge. You love making a sound investment as much as you love finding a total steal. Finding things that fit your budget is important. I recommend the best baby products at all price points, from things you’ll find at your local drugstore to high-end boutique items.
These articles will help you pick the best products for your baby’s first year.
The best baby gear makes parenting easier by saving you time and energy.
The products you invest in should not be complicated to assemble or disassemble—who wants to spend an entire afternoon figuring out how to install a car seat or how to fold down a hefty travel crib? And with all the messes little ones can make, today’s baby essentials must be easy to clean. The best designs consider ease of use a top priority.
You want to feel good about how you’ve chosen to spend your money when you purchase big-ticket baby essentials. I’ll let you know when there’s a great deal on a product I recommend and share secrets about how to save without compromising on quality.
Who knew there was so much innovation in the realm of baby care? From clever baths inspired by the convenient design of a brown paper bag to special dams that conserve water while your toddler splashes in your full-sized bath, there are lots of interesting products made specifically for the care and cleaning of your baby.
Soaps, lotions, and creams are their own research rabbit hole when you’re hoping to find effective products you can actually trust. Don’t forget soft washcloths, hooded towels that hold up to heavy use, and tools that make bathing as simple as possible. Whether you just want to cover the basics or fully intend to pamper your baby during bath time, I’ve looked into your best options.
Toys + Books
You have high standards for your child’s toys. Ideally, they should be fun and educational, beautiful and affordable, safe and durable, and of course, you don’t want them to take up too much space!
As you build your child’s library you want books that will capture your child’s imagination while exposing them to new ideas and concepts. Hopefully these books will be so engaging that you don’t mind reading them one million times. Children’s toys and books may be my very favorite thing to shop for. You’ll love what I’ve found.
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Easily one of the biggest expenses in your baby’s first year, I have a lot to say about diapers! From luxury brands to big box standbys, I love trying diapers, evaluating their performance, and finding ways to get them at a fair price. I’ve got you covered!
Check Out: My Favorite Things for Happy Diaper Changes
Maybe you’ve filled a whole dresser with adorable outfits to dress your mini-me or perhaps you’ve carefully selected just a few favorite items for your layette. You follow trends in baby fashion (hello bonnets and knitwear!) and love tracking prices on splurge-worthy items but might be just as happy with a good knockoff. Regardless, your baby is going to go through a lot of clothes.
I’m here to help you find the best baby clothes and shoes. I encourage you to shop a variety of price points as you build your baby’s perfect wardrobe.
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Feeding Your Baby
It may be a messy endeavor for a long while but the potential for cute photos of your baby smeared with spaghetti sauce are almost endless. Between meals and snacks, you may feel like you’re feeding your baby all day.
But there’s more to mealtime than just eating. It’s a social and sensory experience, and we form many important lifelong habits at the dinner table. Whether you’re considering which highchair to buy or simply obsessed about finding the right cup, start your research here.
So many products are marketed to parents desperate for a sleep solution.
Cribs and crib mattresses. Swaddles & sleep sacks. Blackout curtains, sound machines, and more. I’m covering these baby sleep products because I know from experience that if you’re not sleeping now, there’s hope!
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