Part II: Favorite Products for Infants
Honest diapers: I started out using Pampers but quickly realized they weren’t the cleanest brand on the market. We tried Bambo, Parasol, Seventh Generation, Pampers Pure, and Babyganics but we kept coming back to Honest. My daughter has very sensitive skin and these have never caused an issue, they are available at Target and can also be delivered via subscription. I like the overnights for nighttime and naps and the regular ones have served us well for daytime.
Water Wipes: My favorite for newborns.
Seventh Generation wipes: I love Water Wipes for those early days but I do like a wipe with a bit more cleanser for when baby is a little older. Again, we tried all the clean brands but found these were the best wipes for us because they cause zero irritation and have a good texture (thick but not overly so — an issue I had with Honest wipes). Similar to bottles, I think this is something you have to trial and error with your own baby to see what works for them.
Honest diaper cream: I’ve tried quite a few and keep coming back to this one. We have been fortunate enough to not have too much diaper rash and just redness from time to time so I’m not sure how this wold measure up in more severe cases.
Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad: I don’t think you need a fancy, expensive changing pad. I like the raised sides and that it grips the dresser since we don’t have a changing table topper (we just use a regular dresser). Even when regular pads are attached to the wall they can still slip around so I like the added security. Fits with all the cute covers your heart desires!
Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners: Newborn poop is crazy. It’s basically liquid and is pretty explosive. I found we were changing the entire changing pad cover every 2-3 days so we started using these over it during changes and they saved us a lot of effort!
OXO Tot PerfectPull Wipes Dispenser: I don’t leave the house without this. Perfect for diaper changes on the go!
Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail: Not being hyperbolic, this is the best one on the market. The Ubbi and Diaper Genie STINK! Literally. This doesn’t smell at all. Like zero smell. And you open it with your foot not your hand. Because (1) no one has extra hands during diaper changes and (2) gross.
Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail Snap, Seal and Toss Refill Bags: Yes they are pricey. But can you really put a price on not smelling poop while rocking your baby to sleep? No, no you cannot.
Uppa Baby Vista Stroller: This stroller is not inexpensive. But it has been worth every penny for us. Can go over curbs and bumps with ease. Easy to fold. Will never tip. Large storage area underneath (I used to take it grocery shopping and used it as my cart when we lived in the city). Adapts to fit two children.
UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat: I like how this kept my newborn nestled in and secure while preventing her head from moving too much when she was tiny and didn’t have the ability to support her head.
Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat: Our newborn hated the car more than anything so we transitioned from the infant carseat around four months. We loved this carseat when she was tiny and we still love it now. It’s very secure and the click that lets you know it’s tightened enough provides a great added sense of security.
Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Car Seat Canopy: I like that you can peek in at baby with ease and most importantly, without making any noise. The muslin is lightweight and extremely breathable so you don’t have to worry about baby overheating.
Solly Baby Wrap: This is my go-to gift for every new mom because it was so important to me in my early days as a mom. It’s extremely easy to use and enables you to have both hands free while baby is comfy and close to your heart. Lilly took so many naps in it that we would call them “Solly naps.”
Ergobaby 360 Carrier: I tried them all because baby wearing has been such a major lifesaver for us. This was the easiest to use and the one she seemed to like the most. Make sure to get the 360 so you have the front carry option as baby grows!
Wildbird Ring Sling: I wish I had started using this earlier with my daughter! I was a bit intimidated with how to use it but it really is quite simple once you get the hang of it. It’s great for solo parenting because you don’t need anyone to buckle you in.
UPPAbaby VISTA Travel Bag with TravelSafe: I know this bag costs as much as some strollers but think about it as an insurance policy. If you put the stroller in this bag, anything that happens while it’s checked on the plane is covered by UPPAbaby. I will say taking the stroller apart at the gate would be a pain if traveling alone and I’ve only done it with my partner.
Puj Tub: I love how well this fits in the sink and provides padding from every angle. It dries quickly and never started to mildew. Plus, it’s easy to travel with!
Little Unicorn Hooded Towels: The quality of these towels makes them worth the price since you definitely don’t want any fuzz coming off on your precious new bundle. Plus, the patterns are so cute!
Nuby Shampoo Rinse Cup: This is the best one I have found but it’s still not perfect. For little babies it’s ideal because you can tilt their head back but it gets more challenging once your little one refuses to tilt their head.
BathLife Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest: By no means a “must-have” but definitely a nice to have.