Must Have Baby Items (from a mom of 5)

Believe it or not, I get more people asking me for baby recommendations and must have baby items NOW more than ever! The funny part is that I haven’t had a baby in 4 years. I’m not in the “thick” of it anymore, but I’m seen now as a seasoned mom, so people (almost daily) ask me questions about anything and everything when it comes to BABY. I personally love it because I miss having babies, if my oldest wasn’t going off to high school near year – maybe, just maybe – I would think about a 6th (my husband would say otherwise)! Good thing is that my sister is due with her 3rd baby this June, so at least my baby fix will be satisfied with my new nephew!

I’ve made it my business to be in the know about baby items throughout the last few years for my blogging business and also for my sister. I loved seeing the must have baby items because even though I’m out of the stage, many of my readers aren’t! I’ve loved seeing all the new strollers and car seats and carriers and monitors and diaper innovations throughout the last few years. This is such an incredible time to have a baby because with modern technology so much can be done now. It’s pretty extraordinary!

Must Have Baby Items

Must Have Baby Items

I thought it would be fun today to share with you some of the top must have baby items (in my personal opinion) for new moms and moms-to-be out there! It’s exciting to see everything that’s out and really figure out what you genuinely need. I still smile when people ask if they need to get a wet wiper heater! I remember asking the SAME question when we had our 1st baby back in 2004! Was it necessary? Did we need it? I can’t tell you how many unnecessary things we did buy back then! On top of the fact that we didn’t have the money to be tossing out the window! By the time my 5th came along, we were pros – literally – PROS!

Here are some must have baby items that I have loved and brands I have used throughout the years that are still just knocking it out of the park! I do believe that when it comes to choosing products, you want to make sure the brand is a brand you love, too. You become loyal to baby items. These items make your life and you baby’s life easier, so you want to make sure whatever you bring in is worth it. It’s an investment and you want to make sure it’s a good one. I’m sharing with you brands and products that I personally stand behind and love and will continue to buy for people in my own life with babies.

Must Have Baby Items – Diapers

Let’s start with diapers. I fell in love with Pampers diapers years and years ago and just stayed with them throughout the years. It’s funny – at one point in my life – I had 4 kids in diapers! William was 3 1/2, Alex was 2 1/2, Ben was 14 months and Henry was just born! I remember having 4 different piles of diapers, all with different sizes.

must have baby items

It was my normal, but when ever someone came over – they would just stare and laugh! I personally used the Pampers Swaddlers with my babies. I loved the Swaddlers because they were super soft, I mean – SOFT. I always felt that it must feel good on their little bummies! The biggest thing for me when the kids were babies? 12 hour protection. I can’t tell you how much this meant to me and my husband – we were like zombies throughout those first few years. Every new mom and dad knows that sleep walking – how am I functioning – walking around. When I was sleeping (or got to) I didn’t want to be woken up for a wet diaper in the crib. So this was HUGE for me! What Pampers has done recently is created a Pampers Pure line, too. These diapers are crafted with premium cotton, soft plant-based and other thoughtfully selected materials. I love that they created this line for parents who were looking for this type of diaper. The innovations from Pampers always impressed me and continued to make me love them.

Must Have Baby Items – Car Seats

What about car seats? OK… there are tons and tons on the market that are all amazing and work beautifully. I personally loved my Maxi Cosi Car Seats! I think throughout the years we had 3 Maxi Cosi Carseats and just really was super happy and super impressed with all of them. When it comes to car seats there’s really ONE thing you care about – SAFETY. Safety is the only thing I even remotely cared about because that’s what it’s meant to do – protect your baby.

must have baby items

My personal Maxi Cosi was the Magellan model because it’s a five-mode convertible car seat that fits your child from birth to 10 years. Designed to be the only car seat you’ll ever need for children weighing 5 to 120 pounds, it allows for the widest range of adaptability with its 7-position recline, 3 adjustable torso height positions and 14 headrest heights that automatically raises the harness to fit your growing child. Plus, converting to each new stage is simple and intuitive, so you don’t have to spend too much time making car seat adjustments. Here’s the thing – the second you see this carseat you will know it’s safe. The cushion and the safety features around it are incredible. I was just blown away by it. The price tag is around $300 – WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Must Have Baby Items – Strollers

Strollers are a big thing, right? Every wants a fabulous stroller! I’m a big runner, so I’m going to give you 2 strollers that I obsessed over and really would still use if Victoria wasn’t so big now! She’s 5 years old and it slight kills me not using a stroller anymore. Where every other parent is happy to say goodbye, I was horrified! I loved a good stroller! For an everyday stroller when Victoria was a baby we used the Quinny Buzz Xtra. Strollers are constantly being updated and changed and tweaked, but like I said before – when you find a brand you love you stick with them! The cool thing is that THIS stroller is still available and has been updated, too! What did I love about this one?

must have baby items

The new Quinny® Buzz™ Xtra takes your favorite stroller to the next level. Designed to be easy to use, the Buzz Xtra features an easy fold system so storing it away is simple. It also unfolds automatically with a unique hydraulic system that lets you get on your way quickly. The new never-flat, all terrain tires allow you to easily conquer the path in front of you. The quiet action canopy is now much larger and includes a visor for better protection from the sun. Tailored, durable materials on the updated basket provide the perfect space for your weekend gear. The rugged Buzz Xtra stroller lets you experience life your way. This was always my gauge – could I pull up to BJ’s or swim practice or school and get Victoria in the stroller quickly? And YES. I could. Not only that – it grows beautifully with your child!

For the fitness mamas out there, BOB is the stroller you need! The BOB Revolution is THE best running stroller you can have for your home! I’ve had a BOB Revolution for years and I’m OBSESSED with mine! To be honest with you – even my mom and my sister have one, too! We’re all about trying to stay in shape and this stroller IS THE BEST on the market!

must have baby items

With the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0, you can say yes to any type of outing, whether prepping for a 10K or heading to the zoo. The Revolution Flex 3.0 is an ideal on-and off-road jogging stroller for outdoor enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Its swivel-locking front wheel swivels for easy maneuverability or locks for stability when jogging on-or-off-road, and it includes a tracking adjustment knob to keep your stroller running straight when in the locked position. The air-filled tires and a mountain-bike-style suspension system provide an ultra-smooth ride on any type of terrain from sidewalks to trails. Definitely worth you checking out and the price is beyond worth it!!

Must Have Baby Items – Baby Monitors

I’m all about creating the smart home experience. I was just at the brink of this amazing technology when Victoria was born and it was beyond cool! I thought it was like Jetson living!! Motorola was the brand I used at home and I really was happy with what they offered. I just went over and checked out their latest baby monitors and couldn’t get over this one – Smart Nursery Cam Portable Wi-Fi Video Baby Camera.

must have baby items

With Motorola’s Smart Nursery Cam, you’re free to watch them dream from anywhere in the world. And with two-way communication, infrared night vision, and lullabies you don’t have to just watch. How amazing is this, right? It’s just crazy amazing to be able to see your child sleep while you’re not home!

Must Have Baby Items – Baby Booties

If you’re looking for the very best baby booties that will never, ever fall off – I have the BEST ONES for you! Zutano’s Cozie Fleece Baby Bootie are the ONLY ones I used for Victoria and the ONLY ones I buy for my new mom friends! I just bought a pair last week for my girlfriend’s new baby! These are EVERYTHING!

Must Have Baby Items

Our best-selling cozie fleece booties feature our signature two-snap secure fit and an ultra soft fleece exterior with an interlock cotton lining to wrap your baby’s feet in comfort. The two adjustable snaps help the booties stay on while allowing them to shape well to the contours of your baby’s foot. Designed for durability, these booties maintain their shape and feel after extended wash and wear. These are just fantastic and the price point is $20-24!

Must Have Baby Items – Baby Blankets

Everyone needs a baby blanket for their little one, right!? I’ve used tons of baby blankets throughout the years, but the ones I really love the most are aden + anais. These are the softest and the most perfect of all! I’m going to be totally honest here, too – Victoria STILL sleeps with these blankets, too!

Must Have Baby Items

For generations parents have cared for their babies with muslin. Breathable, versatile and soft as a mother’s touch, the do-it-all fabric helps simplify what can be a chaotic time. No matter how you’re using our 100% cotton muslin swaddle—stroller cover, burp cloth or nursing cover to name just a few—it surrounds your little one in comfy goodness round the clock. Our muslin is pre-washed so it’s super soft from the start and stays that way wash after wash. Created by a mom on a mission to comfort babies in the best way possible while making parents’ lives simpler, our award-winning original swaddle continues to set the standard worldwide. Price point is on the higher side, but worth it (single blanket $12-16).

Must Have Baby Items – Baby Rocker

I never thought we needed a rocker UNTIL I had William! We hadn’t registered for one with my oldest and after we had him I rean out to grab one immediately!! Must Have Baby Items

Little Lounger™ is two products in one: a rocking seat and a vibrating lounger. In rocking seat mode, calm baby with the gentle front to back motion of the rocking seat. Then, flip down the Rock Locks™ and the seat becomes a vibrating lounger with 2-speed vibration. The ingenious seat has multiple recline positions, so that it’s easy to find just the right position for baby’s comfort. When you’re not using it, Little Lounger folds compactly to store or travel, and a cute mobile with toys will keep baby occupied. THIS WAS THE BEST IN THE WORLD!! I’m telling you right now – THE BEST!! We used one of these for all 5 of the kids. It’s ESSENTIAL for moms and dads and babies!!

I hope you enjoy these essentials for must have baby items!!

For Baby Invitations, these are adorable options, too!


About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 2.20.19
    mami2jcn said:

    With my last baby, I really loved the Rockaroo. She slept so much better in it! I wish I had known about it with my other children.

  2. 2.21.19
    mami2jcn said:

    I forgot to say that I was stopping by from target contest. Thanks.

  3. 2.26.19
    LeAnn Harbert said:

    These are all good suggestions. I really like the fleece baby booties. I entered the Target card giveaway.

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