As a first time mom, I was reading all the blogs, talking to all the experienced moms out there and doing my own research on baby products that I felt like we needed but weren't as 'talked up'. While there are SOOO many products, I have found several that we absolutely cannot live without and wanted to share them with you. I will also share some of the most talked-about products at the end that we love, too!
For starters, the Calmer Oil from doTERRA is one of my favorites to use on Ella at night before I put her to sleep. The kids blend is heavily diluted so you don't have to worry about applying the oils topically and your baby having a reaction. I apply it to her feet and chest before bed to keep her calm and it seems to help her get to sleep fairly quickly. We hardly ever have to go back in her room after we put her in the crib.
Double zipper onesies are an item we have come to absolutely OBSESS over. These are great for those night time and out-and-about changes so that you don't have to completely unzip the onesie.
We have tested out SO many bottles from Comotomo to EvenFlo to Dr. Brown's and while those are all great, we prefer the Phillips Avent bottles since we have started Ella on oatmeal. We use the 11oz bottles and they are so easy to clean and use without leaking.
When we first brought Ella home, she wasn't quite used to the day/night schedule (as most babies aren't) so we spent a lot of nights awake with her and when we were too tired to stand up and rock her or play with her, we used contrast cards to keep her occupied. These also help with developing a strong attention span by focusing on each card. To this day, we still use these during her play time throughout the day.
Floor time is SO important for your infant and I am so happy that I found a play mat for her to roll around on. This leaf play mat is machine washable, comes in several other colors and is made with GTOS certified organic cotton so you can rest in knowing your mini is rolling around on something safe for their skin.
Babies nails grow so quickly! I was using clippers for a while but then remembered we had received this electric nail filer and y'all it is a LIFE SAVER!! I couldn't ever find time to clip Ella's nails because it would have to be during her naps and I would always put it on the bottom of my to-do list. With this nail filer, I can shave her nails down in SECONDS while she's fully awake. It doesn't phase her and she actually seems to enjoy it. It comes with different stages of pads (filers) and there are even two for adults so mama can get some use out of it too! I think my favorite thing about it is that it only needs batteries to operate so we can use it while we are traveling.
Next on the list are Ella's own rags for bathing. I love the fact that she has her own set of washcloths and the ones we have are so soft for her skin. They are the hypoallergenic bamboo baby washcloths from HIPHOP PANDA.
Lastly, paci clips I feel are somewhat talked about but not very praised. We didn't have a real need for them until recently when we started taking Ella to the church nursery. I wanted to make sure she would come back with her pacifier and that it wouldn't get lost. They are also great for doctor visits and going out to eat as well.
That just about rounds up my list of baby must-haves that aren't so talked up. Now let's go over a few of those 'most-wanted' items, yeah? These are for my fellow moms out there to just make motherhood a little easier.
First, I have to brag about our stroller/carseat travel system. BabyTrend is amazing and I love going for our daily walk. It is SO easy to attach Ella's carseat to the stroller for quick runs to the store and it rides so smoothly.
Next, baby books are like a tradition, right? But this baby book from Promptly is the sweetest thing. It covers pregnancy and birth all the way to 18 years of age. They have several different designs. It is almost like you're writing a story for your little. I get so excited when I get to record something new that Ella learns.
While I spend a lot of time wanting those expensive leather diaper bags, this amazon bag we got from our registry is IT! It fits everything we need and more! With over 13k ratings and 5 stars, you can't go wrong. It's way more affordable and is perfect for mom AND dad.
There you have it - my most recommended products for babies (at the moment). I'm sure I'll be back with more as Ella grows so don't forget to subscribe to get my posts directly to your email. I'd love to know what YOU find most beneficial to you and your family so comment below your favorite baby products that way I can try them out!
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"How?" I can't count how many times I have heard that question. Throughout this blog post, I will walk you through everything that I do regarding Ella's sleep. There is no one singular thing that I did/do to make Ella sleep through the night.