New Mommy Must Haves

Today’s post is one I’ve been meaning to do for awhile.

Because it’s so hard to filter through all the baby products out there and figure out what you will really USE, versus what looks cute and fun.  It’s easy to end up with a pile of useless stuff.  Also, I am influenced easily, I’m basically a marketers dream.  Trust me — no one falls into the OMGINEEDTHISNOW trap more than me (except maybe Shelly).

But out of the piles and piles of baby stuff I am constantly sorting through (Lucy has already outgrown SO MUCH), there are quite a few treasures that I really rely on, and I think you’ll find them handy too.


Let’s start off with a few things for mommy.  These are little things that you can throw in the diaper bag to make your life a bit easier.

Kind Bars

Maybe it’s cliche, but I have totally hopped on the Kind Bar bandwagon.  If you’re breastfeeding, you’re probably hungry ALL the time, and these are great for keeping in the diaper bag.  They’re all natural, and full of protein.  They leave you feeling satisfied (and take the edge off so you don’t give into the McDonald’s drive through temptation), and you can feel good about what you’re snacking on.  I love the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and the Apple Cinnamon Pecan the best, but they’re all good.

TokyoMilk Dark Salted Caramel Lip Balm

Another thing about breastfeeding — I feel dehydrated CONSTANTLY.  Water helps, of course, but I often need a lip balm for dry, chapped lips.  This yummy pot of salted caramel balm is a fun pick me up.

Purell Sanitizing Wipes

With a little baby around, I worry about germs a lot.  These are so great because I can not only wipe my hands, but I also sanitize shopping carts, arm rests…you name it.  When my husband and I have had a date night, I even sanitize the restaurant table and movie arm rests (yes I was THAT woman, but in my defense, it’s cold and flu season). I really love that these are individually wrapped.  You can throw a few in the diaper bag without adding a ton of bulk.  They’re cheap too!!

The Mommy Hook

The lack of cool name or fun packaging is almost enough to make you overlook this gem, but trust me — I use it constantly.  This hook is so great for attaching to my stroller handle.  I can hook my diaper bag on it (I do have an under stroller basket but who wants to squat down to reach their bag) or even a shopping basket.  It’s great for shopping bags if you’re at the mall, too!!


Now let’s talk about a few basics.  These are things that I use daily, and anticipate needing for quite some time.

Kickee Pants Swaddling Blankets

These swaddling blankets are not cheap.  In fact, they’re more like a splurge.  However — I have tried tons of swaddling blankets, from Aiden and Anais, to Gerber, and these are BY FAR my favorite.  They’re 95% Bamboo and 5% Lycra, which means not only are they crazy soft and lightweight, but they also have a bit of stretch to them, which makes them swaddle perfectly.  They roll up nice and small for throwing in a diaper bag, but they’re long enough to use as a breastfeeding cover if needed.

Gerber Zip Front Sleepers

I realize that there are tons of adorable button up sleepers out there, but when your baby is wet, tired, and screaming at 3 am…you’ll be thankful for a handy zipper.  Trust.

Carseat Canopy

When I was pregnant, a friend gave me a code for a free carseat canopy, so I decided to order one, not sure if I’d really use it.  Well…I use it all the time.  Not only do I get tons of compliments on how cute it is, but it shields Lucy from the cold, the wind, the rain, and keeps her in the dark if she is napping.  It hooks right on the carseat handle so it won’t blow away like a blanket will.  If I had to choose the most useful item on this entire post, it would be this one.

For a free canopy, enter promo code PJBABY at check out.  They still want $12.50 for shipping and handling but it’s well worth it for what you get!!


Last on my list are some items for baby.  These will make your little one happy and more comfortable.

Vulli Vanilla Teething Rings

If the name Vulli sounds familiar, it’s because they are the same makers of the popular Sophie the Giraffe.  Sofie is a great teething toy, but if you have a petite baby or an early teether, she can be hard for their tiny hands to manipulate.  These are small, light, and easy to hold.  They are firm and rubbery and smell like vanilla sugar.  Lucy absolutely loves these.

Cloud B Gentle Giraffe On the Go Noise Machine

This soft little giraffe has a noise machine with 4 sounds and a timer inside it.  It can hook to a carseat or a travel bassinet, so it’s great for on the road naps.

Tiny Love Take-Along Arch

My baby is not one of those that loves being in her carseat.  The car line to pick my son up from school is actually a practice in torture…baby girl can scream for awhile.  This activity bar is great for keeping her occupied.  The clamps on the arch are versatile and can attach to anything — a high chair, bassinet, bouncy seat…perfect for outings!!

Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Lucy has been using this mat since she was a few weeks old, and she absolutely LOVES it.  It keeps her entertained, and she loves pulling on the little toys and looking at herself in the mirror.  Her little feet kick at the piano, and she loves the sounds and music from it. The piano can adjust for a baby on their tummy or sitting up, so she can continue to use this mat as she grows.  I don’t go a single day without laying her on this at least a few times…it buys me a few minutes to eat lunch, or throw in some laundry.


That’s it for now!!  Of course, there are tons of other items I use, but these are the ones I truly rely on and wouldn’t want to be without.  I’m always looking for new things to try though, so I’d love to hear your favorites that I left off the list.

Keep these in mind if someone you love is having a baby soon…a good baby gift is something a new mom rarely forgets!!

Have a happy Tuesday!!

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    I totes meant to tell you, but it completely slipped my mind, that my nephew (and therefore my sister) are nutty bananas for the Kick N’ Grow Play Mat. He loves all the sounds and it does buy my sister enough time for just a bit of sanity. Thanks so much for the reco, girl!

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    I really don’t understand why ANY sleepers have snaps instead of zippers. I mean, really. What’s the point?
    Great list!

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    YES! I agree 100% with this list. I never heard of the mommy hook, but might need to add that to my list. That and the carseat canapy – I wonder if it’s too late to order one since he’ll soon be out of it (sigh).

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    Brittany says:

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