Our Top 10 Baby Must Haves

You will find that there are MILLIONS of products to choose from when you start your baby registry. I know as a first time mom, seven years ago, I was overwhelmed by all of the options and choices we would need to make for our precious little bundle of joy! Not only are there lots of different types of things you need, but their are different brands, colors, sizes, etc etc. It’s almost too much to comprehend.

Have no fear my friends… this seasoned momma has a list of top ten products you SHOULD put on your registry. These are things I have used (and am still using) for all four of our children and you can find every single one of these over on The Baby Cubby!

  1. A good quality baby carrier: Ergobaby Original – We use several different types of carriers for our children. You’ll see us using woven wraps, ring slings and soft structured carriers. It all just depends on where we are and what we are doing. The carrier we reach for the most however is the Ergobaby soft structured carrier. You can use this with the smallest member of your family (in our case, Baby Bear, who is currently 7 weeks old) with an infant insert, to the toddler of your family! Bird just outgrew the Ergo, but we were able to use it up until she was 2 years old! You will also find ring slings and stretchy wraps on this particular website, as well as the newer Ergo carriers that allow you to carry facing out (I prefer to not do so, but to each their own!) 
  2. Swaddle Blankets: Aden + Anais Organic Swaddles – These are by far the BEST swaddle blankets you could own. They are the perfect weight and just the right amount of softness to swaddle your baby. Our older kids also used these for the longest time as their naptime blankets. They are also amazing to use in the car for those times you have to have naptime on the go – you don’t have to worry about them getting overheated under these! They have the most adorable prints, I’m really digging that fox print! 
  3. Nursing Cover : Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover – If you plan to breastfeed, I always recommend this type of cover. No, it’s not necessary to cover, but I know that I feel most comfortable and more modest if I have the ability to cover. These are great because they also work as a scarf, a car seat cover, and even a shopping cart cover. I know that as a mom of four littles, it’s nice to have one product that has multiple uses! 
  4. Reusable Breast Pads : Bamboobies Nursing Pads – I LOVE these breast pads, not only are they super cute, but they are super absorbent and you can just throw them in the wash so you can use them again and again! I never liked the disposable pads because they irritated my skin, so these were the ticket for me! 
  5. Breast Pump : Medela Pump in Style Advanced – If you plan to breastfeed, even if you choose to exclusively nurse, it’s good to have a high quality pump. Whether you intend to go back to work or if you want to have a stash set aside, the Medela brand pumps are the way to go. I don’t use mine as much now, but with Boogie and Bubby I used them a LOT in the beginning to set up a stash as a backup and to help alleviate some of the engorgement I had with my body getting used to producing milk. It hasn’t been a necessity the third and fourth times, but I still use it occasionally after nights of SLEEP (hallelujah!) when my little doesn’t nurse as often as usual. 
  6. Pacifiers/Pacifier Clips : WubbaNub Pacifier Lovey – Alright, so this isn’t something I thought we would ever use. Boogie, Bubby, and Bird… none of them would take a pacifier. I was their pacifier. Sounds like a blast, right? Well, sweet Bear has thankfully been taking a pacifier a little bit better than his siblings. Mainly in the van, which is a lifesaver because none of our babies have enjoyed being in their car seats at this age! These WubbaNub Loveys are FANTASTIC, they can hug those sweet little stuffed loveys while finding comfort in their pacifiers… perfect. Bear has a blue bear in his Easter basket, but this fox is super cute too! 
  7. Burp Cloths : Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs – Burp cloths are a necessity, especially with Bear (he’s a very happy spitter). These however are another product that have more than one use! Those first 6 months of nursing and burping, you can use these as a burp cloth! Then, once your little starts eating solid foods, you can use it as a bib! How cool is that? And even better, these are the same soft material as the swaddlers I listed above. 
  8. High Quality Body Wash/Lotion: Tubby Todd Lavender Gift Set – This is one of my favorite bath and body products to use with my littles. Tubby Todd is made with plant based ingredients and natural extracts, you can rest assured that they will be gentle on your baby’s skin and they smell AMAZING! 
  9. Soft-Soled Shoes: Freshly Picked Moccasins – When your little starts cruising and taking their first steps, having a soft-soled shoe is ideal. This allows their chubby little feet to continue growing and developing, while still having some protection for the soles of their feet. You may have seen my review of Freshly Picked Moccasins here on my blog. We LOVE these, they are high quality and absolutely adorable. 
  10. Baby Utensils : Re-Play Utensil Set – We actually have lots of Re-Play utensils, cups, and plates, but the utensils… they are seriously the best. They are super sturdy, high quality and they are made from recycled milk jugs! Our kids love how colorful they are, we have purchased a variety of colors. These are perfect for the babies learning to use utensils and your older kids. Boogie, at age 6, still uses these! 

These are ten of our MUST HAVE products for all of you new parents out there, it’s possible to keep things simple and still have amazing products that will work for your child… especially those that have multiple functions and long term uses!

This post was sponsored by The Baby Cubby, however all statements and opinions are my own and I truly do recommend every product in this post! 

Gift Guide for 2-3 Year Olds

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It’s that time of year folks! I’m sure you’ve started making your Christmas lists and asking your children what they would like for Christmas. Toddlers are hard sometimes though, they can’t really tell you exactly what they want and they truly don’t need very much…. so what do you get for them?

Here are my top ten gift ideas for the toddler in your life!

Wooden Blocks 41gdneij8lYou can’t go wrong with blocks, they provide so much entertainment for the little ones in our lives. Bird loves to stack them really tall and knock them down, she likes to have her big sister help her build big castles for her dolls and she has started sorting her colored blocks into groups as well. These are also a great investment because they will play with these for several years! This particular set is made by Melissa & Doug, they are a great size for little hands. You can purchase them HERE from Amazon, and right now they’re on sale!

Green Toys picmonkey-collageThese are some of the COOLEST toys, they are made from 100% recycled materials. You won’t find any glue, batteries, screws or paint on these toys. They are nice and chunky and easy for little hands to hold and they have wide variety of choices to choose from. Bird’s favorite is her tea set like the one in the top left photo. She LOVES playing with it, as well as the other kitchen toys we have purchased for her kitchen. There are some great deals on a lot of these toys on Amazon right now, you can find them HERE.

Plush Baby Dolls 71pqqzgqml-_sl1500_Plush babies are so fun and they are the easiest to clean when they get dirty. This set is adorable, I love that it comes with a sleeper, diaper and lovey. Your little one will love nurturing their own baby, and this is a great gift for girls AND boys. Bubby loved playing with his plush baby doll when he was Bird’s age! You can find this particular set on Amazon HERE.

Wooden Puzzles81dyzju5ifl-_sl1200_This is one of Bird’s favorite Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles. It’s one she can piece back together herself and she loves telling me what each farm animal is and what sounds they make. Melissa & Doug have a large variety of wooden puzzles like this and others with the wooden peg handles for even easier handling. These are also on sale right now over on Amazon, you can find a large variety HERE.

Finger Paints 91po-h4cyll-_sl1500_Finger paints can be super messy, but they are a lot of fun… I compromise by using the Mess Free Color Wonder finger paints by Crayola. It’s still messy, but a little less so… and with two older siblings and a new one on the way, this is the best way for us to be creative and not make a GIANT mess! But you can always choose from the large variety of finger paints that Crayola offers, Amazon has a great selection HERE.

Melissa & Doug Sort & Snap Color Match 81i-umgp0kl-_sl1500_This is such a fun toy, we originally bought this for Bubby when he was 2 and now Bird loves pulling this out in our den downstairs. She doesn’t necessarily care about matching the colors yet (and you can actually turn these over to a black and white version of the image as well) snapping the pegs in is great for their fine motor skills, and they love doing it! You can find this HERE on Amazon. Bonus… it’s on sale too!

Mr. Potato Head 71e5ymhqml-_sl1500_Who doesn’t love Mr. Potato Head?! We have an entire bin of pieces to be creative with. We actually purchased a large set to accompany this one, Disney Springs has a toy store with a whole area dedicated to Mr. Potato Head. It’s AMAZING! This simple set is a great starter set though, and you can buy more to add to it later on! This is also a very affordable option if you need some low cost ideas. You can find this set on Amazon HERE.

Little People Sets 61im4nt8zgl-_sl1428_Little People sets are great, we don’t necessarily like the big sets (that include big play sets like the farm, dollhouse, etc.), but we love getting the sets of people and animals. You’ll find everything from farm animals, to zoo animals, to Disney Princesses, Disney villains and more! The options are endless! Bird uses these for everything, we’re even getting some new people to go with her wooden dollhouse we purchased for her for Christmas! They are chunky and durable, perfect for those little toddler hands! You can find this set on Amazon, and others HERE.

Bristle Blocks 91lmlox0l2l-_sl1500_These blocks are so neat, you may remember playing with these blocks in elementary school as a child. You can do almost anything with these blocks, Bird loves to make tall stacks and little cars with hers. I do recommend removing the smaller pieces before letting even your 2 year old play with these until they are mature enough to know not to put them in their mouths, but otherwise these are an amazing option! You can find this set HERE.

Cozy Coupe 81gbxeczfll-_sl1500_Everyone knows what the Cozy Coupe is! I think this is a great gift for little ones, it can be used inside or outside and they will play with these car for HOURS. Bird got one last year for Christmas at age 1 and she would just sit in it and watch her siblings play for hours, she LOVED it and STILL loves it at almost 2. You can find the red version on Amazon HERE or the pink one HERE.

That’s it! Did you find some great ideas? Do you have more suggestions? Feel free to leave a comment to say hello and what you think! I’ll be posting a few more gift guides in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out! If you want to be alerted of new posts, go to the right hand column and sign up to subscribe to my posts! Then you won’t miss any family updates or the gift guides coming soon!

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