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My Favorite Baby Items – 1 Month Postpartum

As soon as I found out I was pregnant last May, I started doing all the research on baby items. I felt like it was so hard to choose which items to add to my registry because every baby is so different and what works great for one baby may not work at all for another. Not to mention there are so many options for every single item and a wide range of price points to choose from! It’s been a little over a month since I gave birth and while I haven’t used all the baby items we have, there are several items that I have been consistently reaching for/using with our baby girl. You can view all the items in my Amazon Storefront, but here’s the items in no particular order:

Philips Avent Pacifier

I got samples of these pacifiers as well as Mam and Jollypop pacifiers but these were my baby’s favorite! Our hospital even gave us a few to take home. We gave her a pacifier right away and I have been breastfeeding my baby and she had no issues. These are $8.94 for a pack of 4 on Amazon.

Boppy Nursing Pillow

The Boppy is one of the most popular nursing pillows and is on the lower end of the price range for pillows. I haven’t tried anything else but I think it works perfectly for baby. My husband uses it for nursing and I even like using it as extra support when I hold baby. I also love all the different cover designs and definitely recommend getting an extra cover! The pillow itself is also washable. Standard pricing is around $44.99 but I have seen Boppy’s at Nordstrom Rack for 40% off!

Muslin Burp Cloths

I kept hearing that burp cloths are a must have for newborns and I can vouch that they 100% are! We were gifted muslin and cotton burp cloths but the muslin is our favorite because they’re small and lightweight. These come in a pack of 12 for $23.98 on Amazon (sometimes even cheaper depending on the color). We thought about buying another pack, but we do laundry often enough to not need it.

Diaper Caddy

I wasn’t sure if we really needed a diaper caddy since everything is already in the nursery dresser, but we’re keeping baby in our room for the first few months and this caddy was absolutely necessary. I opted for the larger size at $24.95 and the regular size probably is too small. We keep diapers, aquaphor, extra onesies, burp cloths, hand sanitizer – everything we need in here. There’s so many compartments and it makes it easy to find.

Keekaroo Peanut Changer

I heard mixed reviews about this changing pad – some moms loved it, some say it’s not necessary or that there are better options. Some moms also say you’re never gonna use a changing pad because you’ll change the baby wherever. I personally love this and we use it every time we change a diaper! At $149.99, it is pretty pricy and if you’re on a budget it may not be worth it, but I love it. Baby’s had several blow outs and peed during a diaper change but it’s so easy to wipe down and there’s no cover to wash or change.

Bumco Diaper Cream Spatula

This is more of a nice to have than a necessity, but at $6.99 it’s worth it for me. You could just use your hands, but it personally just feels cleaner to me to use this. Baby has peed and pooped while I was brushing Aquaphor on her so I would much rather her pee on this than my hand! It’s easy to wipe clean and the suction on the bottom sticks to the dresser so it doesn’t fall over while you’re changing baby. They also have a mini travel version that we also bought for the diaper bag.

Dekor Diaper Pail

Another controversial item – the diaper pail! I originally had the Ubbi Diaper Pail ($59.99) on my registry, but someone was giving away this Dekor Diaper Pail in my neighborhood Buy Nothing group so I snatched it up real quick. I have seen these in TJ Maxx for around $20 – 30 (it’s $35 on Amazon). I wanted one that would use regular trash bags instead of special ones so either option would’ve worked. We haven’t had any issues with smell yet and it’s convenient to have it right next to the changing station. Could you use a regular trash can? Probably, but I like that it does minimize the smells so far.

Pampers Swaddlers

We were given Pampers Swaddlers diapers in the hospital and can confirm that these are leakproof! We also tried Pampers Baby Dry and Pampers Pure. We found that baby would sometimes leak through the Baby Drys and it wasn’t very good against blow outs. The Pampers Pure works just as good as the Swaddlers.

Kirkland Baby Wipes

At $21.99 for 900 wipes, these are the cheapest wipes I’ve found so far. They come out to 2.4 cents a wipe, the packs are humongous (100 ct/ea) and baby hasn’t had any issues with these. You may get better deals during the Target sales, but I’m 100% a Costco girl and will be repurchasing these. The only downside is the huge packs don’t fit well in our diaper bag compartment or in our little stroller caddy but we can buy a few smaller packs for those when we need to.

Yogasleep Sound Machine

This was one of the first gifts we received off our registry and also one of the first things we used for baby in the hospital! We put it in her bassinet while she slept in the hospital and we use this everyday when she falls asleep in the living room with us. It’s rechargeable, comes with a clip you can use to hang on the stroller, and we plan on taking this with us when we travel. It’s $40.99 with the case or you can opt for just the machine for $25.99.

Hatch Sound Machine

Do you need a portable sound machine and the Hatch? Probably not, but if you have to choose between one or the other, I’d choose the Hatch. It double as a night light and since the 2nd Gen comes with charging base ($89.99), you can move it around the house. You can choose the night light color and create presets of your favorite sound/light combos. We’ve been using the ocean sounds with red light.

Baby Brezza Bottle Warmer

I’m breastfeeding and pumping because I didn’t want to have to do every single feed and my husband wanted to help, so we definitely needed a bottle warmer. This one is $59.99 on Amazon and is super easy to use – you just fill it up with the appropriate amount of water, set the timer, and the bottle warms up! It does take a few minutes depending on the amount of milk in the bottle, which could feel like a lifetime if you have a crying baby but we’ve never had any issues with it and it does not overheat the milk.

Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottles

We got a bunch of different bottles because we weren’t sure which one baby would like, but she seems to do well with these Philips Avent Anti Colic bottles. The verdict is still out on the other bottles we have but I’ll keep you posted.

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump

I initially wasn’t going to buy this, but another breastfeeding mom friend highly recommended this! It’s a manual breast pump, but I’ve been using it to catch milk on the boob that baby isn’t nursing on. It took a big of figuring out how to make it suction correctly but I feel like it’s a lot easier than the Medela manual pump. The only thing is you have to be careful that baby doesn’t kick it off while you’re breastfeeding and making sure it doesn’t fall over on the table. I bought the basic version for $12.99, but if I could re do it, I’d buy the version with the cap and suction base ($26.53).

Spectra S1 Breast Pump

There are so many options for breast pumps, but the one that kept coming up for me was the Spectra. Your insurance may cover a free breast pump and I used Aeroflow to check if I qualified. I could’ve got the Spectra S2 (the pink version) for free or pay an extra $55 for the S1 (pictured). The difference is the S2 has to be plugged in while using whereas the S1 is rechargeable. I’m definitely happy I purchased the rechargeable version! I pump every other feeding during the day so it’s nice that I don’t need to be glued to a wall and a full charge lasts me about a week.

Maymom Flange

I met with a lactation specialist when I was in the hospital and she helped me correctly measure my flange size and had recommendations for which brands to buy depending on which pump I had. She recommended Maymom for Spectra and I ended up being a size 19mm. The flange size 100% makes a difference in pumping! It’s not painful to pump and I do feel like it pulls more milk.

Momcozy Nursing Bras

I bought a pair of these during the Amazon Prime Day sale and ended up buying this 5 pack of generic nursing bras – the Momcozy’s are hands down my favorite. A big pet peeve of mine is when the pads come out or get all messed up in the washer and these don’t do that at all! It’s easy to clip on and off and I like that the adjustable strap is in the front instead of the back. The only downside is the price (~$48 – 55 for 2), but for how much I use it, they’re definitely worth it.

Button Down Pajamas

I got a pair of these for the hospital and the shirt has been great for breastfeeding! These exact pajamas are $37.99 but I really wish I could just buy a pack of the shirts! So much easier to open a few buttons than lifting up a shirt, especially when your child is crying!

Bamboo Nursing Pads

Another item that’s great if you’re breastfeeding, this pack of 14 washable nursing pads go for ~ $16 – 17. I did not expect how much I would be leaking while breastfeeding. These helped a lot in the beginning with the nipple pain, are washable, and easy to switch out.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier

This baby carrier is the only thing my husband requested on the baby registry. I started trying to put baby in this baby backpack when she was a couple weeks old and I’m so glad she likes it. Some babies don’t like baby wearing, but she falls asleep and I get to move around the house and get things done. The Ergobaby 360 will run around $150 – $200 and takes a minute to figure out, but is not super complicated to put on. I didn’t realize how big baby wearing was and how many different carriers there are but I’ll definitely be looking into others!

Skip Hop Winter Car Seat Cover

I actually found this in the Target clearance aisle for 50% off! Baby was due at the end of January and it’s usually cold here and we have used this a lot more than I expected. I would for sure recommend this for winter babies but totally not needed for Summer babies!

Nanit Smart Baby Monitor

I was initially dead set on not having a WiFi baby monitor but after more research, this is the only WiFi monitor that I would buy. It has 256-bit AES encryption, which for the non-technical people, is very secure. Also people don’t realize that you can still get hacked on non-WiFi monitors if the hackers can find the right frequency. I also love that you can get a travel stand for this so we plan to take this with us whenever we go out of town. It is pricy and runs $300+ depending which package you get, but I waited for the holiday sales to purchase and I’ve even seen it at TJ Maxx on sale! You can also use HSA/FSA funds for this (which I totally did!).

Babyletto Kiwi Recliner & Swivel Chair

I kept seeing the Babyletto Kiwi as highly recommended for a nursery chair but they run $799 – $999! I thought that was ridiculously expensive for a nursery chair, but when we went shopping, a decent one cost around $500. I wanted to see it in person before making a decision and I finally found it at a random baby store in Dallas and compared it to our first choice. What got me is the other option didn’t seem stable when I sat towards the front end – like it might tip onto baby if she tried to climb on it – and the Babyletto did feel like higher quality. I found out that Target registry will take 15% off the Babyletto so at that point, it made sense to get it. I’m so glad we did because we use this every single day, multiple times a night!

Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Bag

I’m a big fan of Dagne Dover bags and their Landon Caryall is one of my favorites for traveling. I immediately put the Indi Diaper Bag in Camel on my registry when I found out I was pregnant! It’s neoprene material and can be washed in the washing machine (use the dust bag and air dry it), plus there are so many compartments to put baby’s things in. I opted for the medium size instead of large, but if you’re an overpacker, I recommend the large. It is on the pricier side but you can use my link for $20 off.

It’s only been a month with baby girl so I’m sure my favorites will evolve as time goes on but I feel pretty pleased that these were all on my registry and I’ve been making good use of them!

By Roxy

Roxy is a millennial minority woman in tech and first time mom. Born and raised in Hawai'i, she currently resides in the DFW Texas area with her husband and daughter.