GETTING READY FOR BABY? CHECK OUT THIS MUST-HAVE BABY GEAR!
Whether you’re about to welcome your new arrival, or you’re putting together a wishlist, or even if you’re shopping for a friend or loved one who is due soon, you’re wanting to find the best baby gear. You’re tired of the same old-same old from department stores, and instead, you want to get things that are unique, well-made, and of the best quality! After all, you only want the best for your brand new baby!
If you’re needing ideas, look no further! Today, we’re putting together our list of must-have items for your baby along with our top picks in each category!
When you’re out and about with the baby, having a versatile, lightweight, breathable cover is a lifesaver! You want to protect your little one from chilly breezes or nasty mosquitoes, a lightweight, breathable cover that easily fits over the car seat or stroller is perfect. Then you want to protect your baby from icky grocery cart and restaurant high chair germs. Plus, a cover is also convenient for nursing a newborn, when you’re still trying to get that latch right and get your baby situated and eating happily or if your curious baby gets distracted and keeps popping off to look around.
Save time and money by getting a multi-use cover that works for all of the above! This is why I absolutely LOVE and swear by the Grace Multi-Use Cover and the Swiss Multi-Use Cover. Both are light and soft so neither you nor your baby get hot when you use it as a nursing cover while the stretchy material makes it perfect for fitting around a stroller or car seat without slipping or sliding off.
It’s no secret that pacifiers are must-have items for babies (and parents!), but having something to keep up with them makes life so much easier. Trust me, if your baby is picky about pacifiers, you do not want to lose them. Pick up a safe pacifier clip you can safely attach to your babies shirt, your car seat carrier, or even your purse, and you never have to worry again.
The Lolli Wood and Silicone Pacifier Clip is my favorite. Not only does it hold up to being tugged on and chewed on, I know it’s high quality! Made of locally sourced maple hardwood that’s been hand rubbed with organic olive oil and organic beeswax to prevent splintering, babies love to chew on this clip, and the silicone is food-grade, so you know it’s safe for your little one.
I’m sure you’ve already pictured yourself sitting with your baby in a glider, reading him or her a story. Reading to your baby is soothing to him or her and fosters a love of books as they grow, plus it creates sweet, tender moments that you’ll cherish forever. Before your newest addition arrives, create a little library with some fantastic classics, including Goodnight Moon, Are You My Mother?, and Happy Hippo, Angry Duck.
I also love to read I Spy with My Little Eye, by Paula Vasquez, to my own little Piper Jade. It’s a sweet take on a classic game and is fun for babies even as they grow and can find the shapes and colors on their own.
A good swaddle can be the difference between a good night’s sleep and long hours pacing the floor and drinking all the coffee the next morning. Trust me. But to get that good swaddle, you need a blanket specifically made to keep your tiny burrito feeling safe and secure, otherwise he or she will just break free and wake up fussy!
Perfect for warmer summer months, the Luxe Muslin Swaddle is a perfect gift and a definite must-have. Made of soft, breathable bamboo, this swaddle blanket is light enough to keep your baby from getting too hot, while being long enough to get that snug, cozy swaddle. Your baby will nap happily and sleep for longer stretches (which means you will, too!).
Bibs (ALLLLLL the Bibs!)
From the first days of spit up to the torrents of teething drool, you’re going to go through a lot of bibs! Protect your baby’s clothes with soft, bandana-style bibs that can double as a burp cloth when you need them. When you’re picking out bibs, absorbent cotton is an absolute must!
I love cute baby bibs - after all, they’re super visible! The Apollo Baby Bib Set features four adorable bibs (my favorite is the rocket ships!) that are made with absorbent cotton fronts and backed in ultra-soft fleecy fabric. The Blush Baby Bib Set comes in four unique, pretty prints that will look sweet with any outfit!
To go with the bibs, don’t forget the teething toys! When your baby does start teething, he or she will want something to gnaw on, and you’ll want to get a toy that is made of quality materials that you trust.
I love the Trinity Silicone and Wood Teether for the same reason I love the pacifier clip - handcrafted in Vancouver, this has hardwood beads that I know will never crack or splinter paired to softer, food-grade silicone. I trust these teethers completely for my own little girl and love that they were so easy for even her little hands to hold on to!
Now I know most baby gear is meant to be functional, but is a little whimsy a bad thing? Of course not! Play is such an important part of your baby’s development, and around two to three months, your baby will start showing an interest in brightly colored rattles, soft toys to gum and cuddle, and textured toys to provide sensory interest.
Our Unicorn Rainbow Stick Rattle and the Crocheted Shark Rattle are both beautifully crafted and completely safe for your baby. Soft, plush, and absolutely adorable, these dress up your baby’s nursery even when they are not in use. However, I’m sure your baby will become devoted to these toys in no time and not want to let them go!
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