Ok, I’ve been waiting a while to write this post and that is because I wanted enough time to pass where I REALLY had a good feel on what baby products were the ABSOLUTE BEST in the first year (and beyond) in Molly and Riley’s life. So I am starting a 3 part series with MUST haves on your baby registry. So if you’re are pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, hope to be pregnant in the future, or simply just know somebody who is pregnant this blog is for you!
Everything in this post is from Walmart and that’s honestly because they are the such a great choice to host your baby registry and here’s why. Not only do they have pretty much every baby product you could ever think of – no really they do, just go to their website and type something in and 99% of the time they have it – but the fact that you can return items or exchange items at a Walmart store near you is going to be SOOO key!
Why? Because I promise you, you will get a duplicate of something at your shower! Most people listen and go to your registry like good shower guests. Ha! But some will go rogue and buy things on their own. And when you get these double items you want to easily be able to return or exchange them. But the fact that you don’t have to mail them back and can easily go to the nearest Walmart store is going to make your life so much easier. Plus, sometimes you want to go into the store to see all the baby products for yourself. I’m not even kidding you, every single time I go to Walmart I end up in the baby product section just because I like to see everything that they have. There’s always something new in exciting that I want to touch or feel or check out.
OK let’s get into it. Part one of my series is about items you’ll need in the kitchen! When you think of a newborn baby, especially if you’ve never had kids before, you probably don’t think you would need to many items for the kitchen. Wrong! You need a ton! So I am going to make your baby registry process easy for you and share my list of must-have items on your registry. Starting with a glass bottles!
The reason I wanted to start this post with glass bottles is because it something I never even thought about with Molly. Molly didn’t get that many bottles because I exclusively breast-fed for a year with her. But, she did get bottles of breastmilk when I was at work or every once in awhile just to make sure she can easily switch from the breast to a bottle. But because she didn’t have that many, I didn’t really think about giving her plastic. Obviously our bottles are made from the best plastic. But I’m kind of in the mindset that when it comes to food consumption, you should limit the plastic in your life and absolutely anywhere you can! So when Riley was born we actually used plastic bottles for the first few months and then it hit me that we should be using glass! Not only is it better for his health, but it’s better for the environment! If we were to have another baby I would use glass from the get-go. Yes, glass bottles are a bit more expensive than plastic bottles, but hey they’re going on your registry. Someone else’s gonna buy them for you! Ha!
I hesitated to put the bottle sterilizer on the list because we used it 5 to 6 times a day when Molly was an infant. But we barely used it all with Riley. It’s called second child syndrome. Ha! Anyone who has more than one child knows exactly what I’m talking about. But when you bring home your very first baby, you’re going to want to make sure everything is so clean you could eat off of it. I’m talking the floors, your couch, every little surface in your house, even your toilet seat! Ha! I remember sterilizing Molly’s bottles every single time we used them. And if you do that the old fashion way by boiling a pot of water and then submerging the bottles, good on you! That’s some serious dedication and takes some serious time! But since your baby registry is about adding all of the things you need and a little of the things that you don’t necessarily have to have but would like to have, I say add this one. It’s one of those things you might not buy for yourself, but once you have it you won’t want to live without it! You just put the bottles in and it washes them and sterilizes them from the touch of a button. It’s going to save you so much time!
And you might be wondering why we used it so much of Molly if she didn’t have that many bottles. That’s because we used it for everything! All of her teething toys, pacifiers (when we were trying to give them to her – she never really took one), bottles, and really anything she would try to put in her mouth.
A Sippy Cup
There are 1000 different kinds of sippy cups on the market. And yes, your baby won’t be using one until about six months old. But still, I definitely think it’s worth throwing a couple on your baby registry. That’s because it’s one of those things that you don’t think about until you need one and then you’re rushing to order one online or having to head out to the store to get one last minute.
But if you put a sippy cup on your registry, you can just throw in your pantry until you need it one day. It will just make your life easier, trust me. You’ll have so much going on the first six months of your babies life that having product like this on hand ready to go will be very helpful. And this particular sippy cup is the best in my opinion. The reason I like it so much is because it’s easy to give your baby (and toddler) when they’re sitting in their high chair. Whereas a sippy cup where your child needs to tip their head back to get anything out, I feel is too much like a bottle. I want my baby to eventually stop using a bottle, so why use a sippy cup that’s exactly like a bottle. So basically if you give them a sippy cup that they need to tilt back, they need to be held by you or lying down to really use it at first. When you first give your baby a sippy cup at 6 months they’re not just gonna throw their head back while sitting to drink out of it. Or maybe they will, my kids weren’t that coordinated at 6 months. Ha! So with this one, it has a weighted straw so no matter what angle your child is holding it they can get water/milk out. And they can sit upright in their highchair while eating and drinking water without having to tilt their head way back and hold the sippy cup up. I hope I making sense. I feel like this is kind of hard to explain.
All in all, this is just my favorite one and I think you guys will really like it too.
1. SIPPY CUP
A Learning Tower
Honestly, I’m shocked at myself for not putting this one first. This is single-handedly one of the most used items in our kitchen ever! When we first got it I honestly thought we would never use it. I honestly couldn’t understand why it was $200 and who would want it. That’s because I was a rookie parent and really didn’t know what I needed for my kiddos. But fast forward three years later and I can confidently say it is a game changer! Molly colors, plays with playdough and slime, and even eats from this tower in our kitchen. It’s one of the reasons are able to keep the rest of our house to clean. All the messy activities are done in for tower and only in her tower. Even outside! She helps me bake while in it. She is able to see everything going on in the kitchen while in it. It’s just been more helpful than I could possibly explain. We’re actually getting another one for Riley because he’s getting to the age where he wants to be higher off the ground and see everything going on. You can adjust how high it is based on how tall your kiddo is. We got the little bit more expensive one HERE because it comes with detachable sides so your kiddo can start using it younger and not fall out the sides. But it’s less expensive if you don’t get the sides.
A great high chair
It’s obvious that every parent needs a high chair for their baby. But the real question is, which one. We really love the 4 Moms high chair and that’s because of two things. One, it’s super easy to clean because it has a detachable lid on the tray that can come off for easy cleaning. It’s hard to explain but you basically don’t have to wash the entire tray which results in water leaking in and getting caught inside. Instead it has the solar cover on top that pops off so you only have to wash that. It makes life so much easier.
The second reason I really like it is because it has a magnet in the tray. And you can buy bowls and silverware by the same company that also have magnets so that when your kiddo is eating the bowl is attached to the tray. The magnets aren’t super strong. At this point Riley can definitely pull the bowl off the tray. But just having that little bit of extra hold when he’s eating is really helpful. For instance, if he accidentally hits the bowl, it won’t topple to the ground anymore because of the magnets. It also comes in black and gray if that matches your kitchen better!
1. HIGH CHAIR
A bottle drying rack
There are a ton of bottle drying rack’s out there. I like this one because it’s easy to clean and there aren’t too many nooks and crannies in it where moisture and mold can hide. I’ve used it with both my kids so I thought I’d add it to this list. By the way I’m blown away by the veins in my arm in the below picture. That picture was taken a couple weeks after Riley was born. And I forget how much more blood is in your body when you’re pregnant and just after giving birth.
Do you think I’m crazy by this recommendation? Everyone reading this is probably thinking that I’m putting it on here so you have plenty of coffee cause you’re going to be exhausted with a newborn in the house. Ha! And while that is true, that’s not why it’s on this list. I guess it kind of works double fold because you’re going to need the coffee but the reason I think it’s a baby registry item is because we use it all the time to heat up bottles. Yes, we had a bottle warmer, which I’ll talk about in just a second. But the Keurig in our kitchen was such an easy way to heat up bottles. We will just put a bowl at the bottom of the Keurig, have it dispense hot water into the bowl and then throw the bottle in their to heat it up. We all know how quickly a Keurig can heat up water so this just made it really quick and easy for us to get bottles ready.
Or a bottle warmer (this is honestly better for your bedroom)
For most people just having the Keurig will do the trick. Especially if you live in a one floor home. With Molly, the Keurig was just perfect. And that’s because we lived in a small one floor home where the kitchen was about five steps from her room and our master bedroom. But we moved when I was pregnant with Riley into a much larger two-story home, so when he was an infant having a bottle warmer in our master bedroom was essential! Especially when Riley was really little and slept in the room with us. Well, I should say it was a game changer for Kevin. Not so much me. And that’s because when I woke up with Riley I would nurse him. But on the nights where Kevin would give a bottle because I either needed to sleep or because I went out of town, this made it so much easier for him. Luckily we have a little mini fridge in our master bedroom and I highly recommend getting one if you are pregnant or have an infant. It’s just really easy to store milk in for your spouse to easily feed your little one in the middle of the night. Obviously, if you’re getting breast milk in the fridge matters. But if you’re giving formula you don’t need the fridge. Anyway, not having to make the extra trip downstairs while the baby is crying just made a big difference for him.
Cute Outfits for a 9 Month Baby
The reason I’m adding this to the Kitchen portion of my 3 part series is because I am obsessed with baby clothes! I mean, who isn’t?! And here is the thing, you’re going to get A LOT of clothes at your baby shower. I mean TONS. People just love buying adorable outfits for little people. And I’m one of those people! Even if you don’t put a single outfit on your baby registry you’re going to get a ton of clothes anyway and they’re all going to be in either newborn size or 3 months size. So I found that when both of my kids hit 6 months I went from having so many clothes for them (that they never wore half of)… to having no clothes that fit them whatsoever and having to buy a bunch of stuff online. So I say put clothes on your registry for an older baby. You’ll be grateful you did down the line! And if you decide to create a registry with Walmart, (which I hope you d0 since this is just part one of my three-part series with great things to add to your registry from Walmart) I’m adding a few of my favorite outfits for boys and girls from Walmart below. I mean how stinking cute right?!
Until Next Time
Well I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I partnered with Walmart for it but the reviews of all the products are 100% my own and the products are not sponsored! Even when I do sponsorships with products I always am 100% honest on my opinion about them. But I feel like sometimes it gives people an extra sense of comfort knowing that the items I’m reviewing aren’t sponsored products. And I hope you like that everything is from Walmart so you can easily return or exchange many items in store if you need to. I highly recommend using this link to create a registry with Walmart and then just throwing all of the things I listed in this blog post on your registry list. Then when I do my other two post for the series you can just add them as well! Easy Peezy! One post will be later this month and the third post will be in July!
If you enjoy this post let me know in the comments below! And I really hope you like this three-part series since I spent a lot of time choosing my absolute favorite essential products for it! And if there’s any kitchen items that you have loved as a parent for an infant, I would love for you to share them in the comments below! And if you’re a mama to be, what products have you been recommended by friends? Even though I thought about these posts long and hard, I can’t help but think there’s things I’m missing that I loved back when both my kiddos were infants. So if you suggest a product for the kitchen that I used and loved (but forgot to write about in this post) I might even add it to this post and give you a shout out! Mamas helping mamas right?! I love telling you guys the things that I used, but even more so I enjoy hearing about the things that you love!