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CRIB (Ikea Sniglar) This is one of the only mainstream cribs I've found that's solid, unfinished wood... no toxic fiberboard.
CRIB MATTRESS (Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight 2-Stage Crib Mattress or OMI Organic Latex Crib Mattress) A non-toxic crib and toddler mattress is definitely worth the price. I highly recommend these two options!
CRIB MATTRESS PROTECTOR (American Baby Company Organic Quilted Waterproof Fitted Crib Pad or Naturepedic Organic Waterproof Fitted Crib Pad)
SWADDLERS (The Miracle Blanket)
FAN (Hunter Metal Table Fan) For white noise and the health benefit of air circulation while your baby sleeps!
LIGHT BLANKETS (Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddles) These are very multifunctional, not to mention cute. Babies shouldn't use blankets while sleeping until they're over a year of age!
THICK BLANKETS (Aden + Anais Muslin Dream Blanket) So adorable. Great for tummy time!
On The Go
STROLLER (Baby Jogger City Select) I highly recommend a stroller that can be used as a single initially and a double if/when you have more kids! The one downside is that the City Select is pretty heavy; we have a Maclaren Quest as a lightweight option.
STROLLER ACCESSORIES (Car Seat Adapter or Bassinet) Not all stroller seats can accommodate a newborn, so you might need a car seat adapter or bassinet. It's ideal for newborns to lie flat on their backs!
OLDER BABY CARRIER (Ergo Organic Baby Carrier)
DIAPER BAG (Skip Hop Versa)
CAR SEAT COVER (7 A.M. Enfant Car Seat Cocoon) For winter babies. This style provides a SAFE way to keep them warm! Please forgo the Bundleme.
SHOPPING CART COVER (Infantino Plenty Cart and Highchair Cover) When my son got old enough to sit in the cart seat and began sucking on the handle, I promptly ordered one of these! This one fits well on the red plastic Target carts.
BURP CLOTHS (Giggle Better Basics Organic Pre-Folded Cloth Diapers) These come in handy for the breast milk leaks that inevitably happen during feedings.
MILK SAVER (Milkies Milk Saver) I loved this product! It helped me save every drop of liquid gold.
BREAST PUMP (Medela Pump In Style) I tried the Ameda Purely Yours and Medela Pump In Style. Medela was definitely the winner! It had better suction. Just be very careful not to let milk back up into the tubes and down into the motor because there's no way to clean the motor and gross things can happen! Think mold... and grosser things...
HANDS-FREE PUMPING BRA (Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra) Yes, you want one of these. Trust me.
COOLER BAG (PackIt Freezable Baby Bottle Bag) For keeping breast milk cool or frozen during transportation. This bag is free of lead, PVC, phthalates, and BPA.
NURSING COVER (Dria Organic Breastfeeding Poncho) I like this poncho style so my back isn't exposed!)
NURSING PILLOW (San Diego Baby Eco Nursing Pillow) I resented the Boppy and don't want to use a toxic My Brest Friend.
NIGHT LIGHT (Octo Nightlight) For night feedings! It's invaluable not to have to wake everyone else up. Plus it turns itself off automatically if you fall asleep and forget. It's best to sleep in a dark room!
BOTTLES (Avent Natural Glass Bottles) We only ever needed the smaller size. We just upgraded the nipples to faster flow and our son grew.
BIBS (Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs) Try these bibs and you'll want to throw all your other ones away! They're amazing.
BABY FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS (Wean Green Cubes) These have a super strong seal and I love that they're not plastic.
BABY SPOONS (Nuby Fun Feeding Spoons) These are plastic, I know! I but I love them.
HIGH CHAIR (Oxo Tot Seedling High Chair)
TODDLER CUPS (Thermos FOOGO Phases Stainless Steel Straw Bottle) A healthier alternative to plastic, valved sippy cups.
DIAPERS (The Honest Co. or Blueberry) We use cloth diapers and I love the Blueberry One Size Simplex. I've also used Honest disposable diapers and highly recommend them. They're less toxic than mainstream disposable diapers, they work great, they're adorable, and the bundle package with delivery to your doorstep is a fantastic deal!
DIAPER CREAM (The Honest Co.)
WET BAG (Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag) Great for storing messy clothes in the diaper bag even if you don't cloth diaper!
Health and Safety
Infant Acetaminophen (For emergencies. I always buy Little Remedies Dye-Free.)
Saline Spray (Make sure your saline spray doesn't contain tons of additives!)
Lotion (The Honest Co. healing balm rubs on easily and works wonders! It's a great alternative to petroleum jelly.)
Soap (This isn't tear-free!)
Hair Brush (Choose natural bristles.)
Cotton Swabs (A baby-specific product that's totally worth it.)
HUMIDIFIER (Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier) The water tank on this humidifier is a pain to clean because you can't fit your hand inside to scrub it should mold begin growing because you forget to refill it for weeks (whoops). Try shaking uncooked rice and vinegar together inside the water tank if you need to "scrub" it.
Laundry Detergent (Consider doing all your laundry in something fragrance free.)
Stain Remover (Blue Dawn, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Not kidding!)
I'm a bit of a clothing snob in the sense that I like buying baby clothes myself. If you're like me, register for some basic pieces that will fit and go together easily when baby arrives and then have fun choosing new outfits as your baby grows. It's a great way to get out of the house and bond with your little one! I also like having newborn sizes... my first son was born at over 8 pounds and still fit into newborn clothes for months.
Onesies (Carter's brand are my ultimate favorite. The newborn size comes with built-in hand mitts!)
Socks or Booties
Jogging Stroller (This is a great item to buy used. Check Craigslist for a deal!)
Convertible Car Seat (Instead of an infant carrier. Make sure it will fit a newborn properly!)
Changing Table (We changed our son wherever we happened to be in the house by setting a prefold underneath him.)
Changing Pad Protector and/or Cover
Hooded Baby Towel
Baby Monitor (We never once used ours!)
Travel Crib (We didn't get one until my son was over 1 but now that we have one, I love the convenience of it!)
Co-Sleeper or Bassinet
Glider or Rocker
Dangerous Aftermarket Car Seat Accessories (Extra head/body support, "cute" strap covers, any bundler that goes behind baby's back... no, no, no!)
Baby-Specific Baby Food Makers (Why can't normal cookware and blenders work?!)
The Bumbo Seat (Not ideal for babies developmentally!)
Baby Nail Clippers (Trust me, the adult ones you use will work better.)
A Million Baby Toys (Enjoy the simplicity while you can. The toybox will soon overfloweth!)