Okay… I’m a little late with this one. In just a few more weeks, Baby V will be 18 months old!
The time has flown. Seriously flown. I look at my little man, now walking and running and I just can’t believe that he’s the same baby who woke me up every hour for countless nights.
However, I would not have survived the first year without a few key baby items. Now I’m not talking about wipe warmers or specialty clothes. I’m talking about the absolutely necessary things that made that first year possible.
If you would have asked me to make this list before baby V was born, it would be completely different. When I made our registry, I had no idea what I was doing. I put everything and anything on there.
Most of the stuff that I included, I didn’t truly need. That’s why I wanted to make this list. Included in my necessities are the things that I would advise any new parents to buy.
Okay, let’s dive in!
(NOTE: This post contains affiliate links, but the opinions and recommendations are solely my own)
1. A Soft Structured Baby Carrier (SSC)
When Baby V was born, he loved to be held. He cried when I put him down at any time of the day. That’s how I got introduced to the wonderful world of babywearing.
I prefer to use SSCs because they are so versatile and easy to use. My carrier of choice is LILLEbaby Carriers. We currently have the All Seasons and the Embossed which work wonderfully in the ever changing Pennsylvania weather.
Plus, the LILLEbaby has six different positions (two fetal positions, forward facing in, forward facing out, back carry, and hip carry). This means that the carrier will grow with baby (we still use ours with Baby V and probably will until he’s at least 2!).
Check out the full line of LILLEbaby carriers here: Shop LILLEbaby.
2. Convertible Car Seat
We originally bought an infant car seat. It came with our stroller and two car seat bases. Honestly, I wish we would have started with the transition car seat.
Yes, it is convenient to have an infant carseat that you can “carry” baby in and out of the car… but I would have rather been babywearing!
We ended up buying a Graco Convertible car seat when Baby V was about 6 months old. We wouldn’t have had that expense if we just started with one!
I really like the Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat.
3. Cloth Diapers and Cloth Wipes
Okay, this one actually was on my original registry! I never thought I would make it through a year of cloth diapering, but I did. I even transitioned to cloth wipes once Baby V was eating solids. (See my DIY Wipe Spray recipe and my DIY Cloth Wipes recipe)
Anyway, while I didn’t buy a cloth diaper starter set, there are lots of them on Amazon, and I probably spent that much anyway.
Here’s a 6 pack of Bumgenius Organic Diapers
And here’s some awesome cotton cloth wipes
Grovia also makes some really awesome cloth diapers!
4. Extra Sheets
This sounds like a funny one, but I seriously underestimated how many times Baby V might wet the bed through his diaper. Diaper leaks are real in both cloth and disposables and you NEVER want to run out of sheets in the middle of the night.
Trust me, I know.
That’s why you should have between 5-7 crib sheets, just in case! It never hurts to put a few extra on your registry.
I love these cotton crib sheets by Aden and Anais
Our nursery is in green, so we also love these cotton crib sheets by American Baby Company
Okay… there are so many adorable baby outfits out there, but there’s nothing quite like onsies.
You never really have enough of them. Long sleeve ones, short sleeve ones. Start stocking up! You’ll use them. Sometimes I even bought two of the same for “special” occasions.
Baby V had so much reflux that we changed outfits several times a day.
Needless to say, there are plenty of onsie designs!
I love the Gerber Onesies, like these in neutral:
And they make them for girls:
and also for boys
6. A bouncing activity seat
Okay, take my word for this. We spent so much money on walkers, bouncers, and activity seats that it is totally worth it to shell out the cash for a good quality bouncing activity seat.
Our pediatrician told us that walkers may sometimes hinder babies from actually learning how to walk because they cannot see their feet. That’s why its a good idea to work on walking outside the seat.
But trust me, it’s also good to have something that you can sit baby in when you need to go to the bathroom, or take a 5 minute break. You’ll thank me.
Something like this would work great:
7. Messy Play/Sensory Acitvities
Sensory play is super important for baby’s development, especially in the first year. There are so many different things you could use for sensory play, and really you can’t go wrong with some old fashioned DIYs for this one.
Try using Pinterest to find some DIY activities or check out some of these fun toys.