Author Karin Cypriano / Lenny Lemons / Published: 1/22/2019
Hey new mom! WEEE! This is an exciting time my friend. I know finding what you really need for a newborn can be stressful AF. Karin to the rescueeee! I'm about to blow YA mind.
I remember being overwhelmed with info + advice from people saying what is absolutely required in order to mold the perfect, happy, smiling child. Excuse me while I hide under the house.
Did you ever stop and wonder how humans 100+ years ago had babies? They didn't have a mandatory checklist for noise machines, the perfect booger flusher, and nursing bras. They got in there and handled their business like a boss. Let's take a brief moment and yell THANK YOU GREAT GRANDMA!
So after having five children in the past 10 years (save the jokes 🤣) I'm here to share what we LOVED, what we never used, and what we WISH we had that's available today. I reached out to some of my mama besties along w/ our tribe on Insta for some answers. Essentially, the goal are ease, simplicity, necessity, and convenience.
Here, here. Let's begin.
What We Loved
1. Baby Swing - There is a reason this is at the top of my list. These were a lifesaver for me and I legitimately cried when my kids had outgrown them. I LOVE baby swings, all of my little dumplings spent many hours in these when they were little. It'll allow you to shower, breathe, drink coffee, work, pinterest, workout, and OH just about whatever you want mama. Here are my favs:
- Graco Simple Sway- Simple, affordable, works great.
- MamaRoo - This was a strong rec from our tribe!
- Cradle N Swing - Another great pick. Just depends on your style.
2. Baby Carrier - Also a big fan of baby carriers! Going to the mall, walking around town, even staying at home. Grab one or more of these and you won't regret it. You've got a few options here, here's what I loved:
- I love this Moby Wrap. At first it was challenging to put on, but once we got it we absolutely loved how soft and comfortable it was for the babies. We'd use it until about 6 months then switch to one with more support.
- This Infantino carrier is a great deal! If you're looking to buy just one, this maybe your jam.
- This ERGO carrier has the best support and highest reviews overall. Super nice, more expensive but will LAST forever!
3. Carseat + Stroller - My advise is invest in a good car seat / stroller. They're a lifesaver and something you'll use more than anything else. My friend Jessica from Chicago has 3 kids and had some great advice. She said, "If you're planning on having more than one child, go for the double from the start. You can use the extra space for shopping, diaper bag, etc and save money!"
- Good: Baby Trend EZ Ride
- Better: EvenFlo Modular Pivot System
- Best/Amazing: Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base
- Good: Besrey Double Stroller
- Better: Graco Uno 2 Duo
- Best: Bob Revolution Flex Dualie Jogger Double Stroller **This ended up being our absolute FAV and we still use it today! It's heavier, but you can take it anywhere and it'll last. You'll need to grab the extensions for carseats also, but I think it's worth it if you plan to have multiple kids and are active outdoors. Another awesome one that's lighter weight is the City Double Stroller, it's not a jogger but is high quality and will last forever.
4. Blankets - Love a good blanket! We liked to have a few different options for different weather or needs.
- Muslin Blanket: Aden + Adais, we used these daily! Use to swaddle, for a light blanket, or for a burp cloth. These are soft and lightweight.
- Heavy Blanket: Hudson Baby with Sherpa Backing
- Swaddle Blanket: Copper Pearl Large Swaddle Blanket - These are seriously a dream! We found these easiest to swaddle with since they are more stretchy.
5. Crib + Sheets - We had one solid crib to last us through 5 babies. I'd recommend the same, there's no need to get a new one each time! I like the convertible cribs that can turn to toddler beds. Don't forget some comfy sheets!
6. Dr. Browns glass bottles - We stayed away from plastic bottles because my mom was a freak with a capital F about plastic! She gave us these in the beginning and we really loved them. I bottle fed all 5 for the most part and we never had issues with colic or gassiness, etc. I cannot say for sure it's the bottles, but I'd certainly use them again. Thanks mom!
- Comotomo bottles - Lenny Lemons mamas also recommended these!
7. Breast Pump - If you're a working mama, have inconsistent flow, a large supply of milk, or don't like breastfeeding but want to provide breast milk for your baby, pumping is for you! This is the Cadillac of pumps, another one of those things I'd invest in for quality, longevity, and to make life easy.
8. Boppy Pillow - This was an underestimated gift! I got it and thought, I'll never use that thing. I was wrong, but if my husband asks just tell him I'm right about everything else, ok? The Boppy Pillow was awesome to support the baby for the short time I breastfed and also perfect for bottle feeding down the road. My babies also laid in them propped up pretty content just watching me buzz around the room. Grab an extra cover too so you can rotate and wash! Found some cute ones here!
9. Baby Shampoo + Butt Cream - These aren't the most fun purchases, but they'll keep the peace in your home! This is one of the things I was particular on. I loved having a more gentle and natural product. Here's what I tried and loved:
10. Pack-n-play - Easy to bring around with you. Great for when they're around crawling age. This one is great and a super deal.
11. Bumbo Seat - We actually used these in the shower / bath, as a high chair for feeding, and all around the house. This was a surprise one for me also, I didn't think I'd like it. We used it daily!
12. Baby wash cloths - Simple, soft, won't scratch the babes.
"This Boppy Pillow was an underestimated gift! I got it and thought, I'll never use that thing. I was wrong, but if my husband asks just tell him I'm right about everything else, ok?" - Karin C
WHAT WE NEVER USED + REGRET BUYING
I will preface this by saying of course there are people on the planet that love and cannot live without these. I'll do some 'splainin as to why I didn't love it to back dat a_____ up. The blank word was 'answer', but if you're a Millennial mom for sure you are singing some Ludacris right now ;) OKURRRRR.
1. Baby Monitor - We always had a small house! My friends cannot live without theirs so I do think my opinion would change if we had a larger home with our littles. These below came in highly recommended:
2. Baby Bathtub - These always seem so bulky and not worth the effort, but on the contrary a squirming infant is not easy to bathe. We opted for sink baths and would lay a towel down first so they wouldn't slide. If I were to try one today, it'd be the Blooming Bath Lotus. I like the idea of folding it and putting it away.
3. Hard soled shoes - I am a shoe addict, like most women. Gym shoes, heels, wedges, running shoes, boots, they all have a place in my closet. We received some of the cutest shoes for our little ones, but for the most part I felt bad putting them on their feet. Some of them felt like they weighed as much as the baby and I felt like I'd break their tiny ankles wiggling to get them on. Tiny Jordans are the cutest things on the planet, but I always opted for something easier that slips on. We loved these:
4. Bassinet - We always opted for the baby swing instead (see the options above). We'd prop it by our bed or move it during the daytime. We had a bassinet for our first child and never used it.
5. Wipe Warmer - 'Literally nobody I've talked to actually used these. In theory a warm wipe on the tooshie sounds like a fine plan, but it doesn't seem quite necessary. A baby will probably cry when you change their diaper weather its warm or cold,' Jamie mom of 3 said.
6. Half the newborn clothes we were given! - Girls, if you've given lots of NB clothes, trade then in for some in for larger sizes. You won't believe how fast your little bugger grows. It's the miracle of life and the other miracle of money down the drain ;) PS: Hand me downs are the SHIT. If you have a friend with a bag clothes, you hug her and take them. Got it?
7. Bottle warmer - Another thing I don't recall anybody saying they used. I sure didn't and we made a lot of bottles between 5 giant babies.
8. Baby Diaper Garbage Can - I got this as a gift at first. I couldn't get over the smell when I had to open it and drop a diaper in there. It legit took over my house and I couldn't stand it. We officially ditched it and started operation take the dirty diapers downstairs to the garbage can. I can be super lazy so this to me wouldn't sound enticing, but just wait until you get that first whiff and you'll know what I mean ;)
9. Baby Towel Robe - Chances are, you are 504% more responsible than me and you'd hang the baby towel in the same place every time. Me, no. We had a cute robe for the littles, but post bath/shower that adorable towel was MIA. We used is like 4x but our intentions were GOOD. We opted for a regular human towel and our babies were still dry after and just as cute, I promise.
10. Shopping Cart Cover - If you're a total germaphobe, this is something you'd probably love. I never minded walking into target and throwing my little in a shopping cart. If that makes your skin crawl, here's a few for you:
WISH WE HAD...
My youngest will be 3 in May and somethings on the market now look amazing! There are several items that I would've definitely used, those are...
1. Dock-a-Tot - I love these things! A comfortable sleep or lounge spot for your little. It's light, mobile, and convenient. If you're on the go a lot, you have a simple solution for the baby to lay down and be comfy.
2. Car mat under car seat. Have you punctured a hole in your seat yet from a carseat? I learned the hard way and only recently found they have mats for UNDER the car seat to protect your car. I was using a towel for a while, similar idea different approach ;)
3. Amazon autoship! Oh my gosh Becky, look at her autoship. This is my saving grace nowadays! It's both convenient and competitive in price. Grab your diapers, wipes, formula, baby soap, and more.
4. Keekaroo Baby Changer: This adorable baby changer would have been great to have. I used one baby changing pad for a while but got annoyed with the sheet falling off and having to wash it all the time. This one, spray it clean and it's done, I love simplicity!
5. A Good Diaper Bag: This maybe funny to you, but for the majority of my babies, I cruised around with my 99 cent target reusable bag. We had tried several diaper bags, all of which sucked, were too small and not helpful, ugly AF, or had not enough pockets. I feel like moms can take over the world just by solving problems, we deal with this stuff on a regular basis, we know what we want. That's exactly what we did this year at Lenny Lemons. Hands down, this is our fav diaper bag, because we've created it out necessity.
6. Baby Brezza Formula Pro: My jaw just hit the floor actually. Hold on a sec while I grab it, ehh? So basically a Keurig for baby formula is what this is. I posted today on our Lenny Lemons Instagram to our 115k strong mom tribe. This is the one we heard over and over as a recommendation and 3 years ago, it wasn't even an option yet! Adding this to the list of what I wish we had because obvi moms today have it better than we did 💁🏽 KIDIDNG! Check it out if it's your jam!
Long, but hopefully useful list for you as you embark on one of the most incredible journeys life has to offer. We'd love to hear your favs are too! Happy shopping!
Owner | LL
I remember being overwhelmed with info + advice from people saying what is absolutely required for the baby in order to mold the perfect, happy, smiling child. Excuse me while I hide under the house.
— KARIN, MOM OF 5
Author Karin Cypriano / Lenny Lemons / Published: 1/19/2019