After I birthed my fifth baby, exactly five years ago, my husband and I thought that we’d never have any more babies.
Fast forward to our fifth baby’s second birthday and I found myself drowning in tears from both weaning her and deciding the baby items should (finally) go.
So…we donated everything. Everything except for the crib, that is.
Much to our grand surprise, last August we found out we were expecting number six!
He uncharacteristically rejoiced.
We had to start from scratch again. And, knowing right well that mamas of nearly six children do not get baby showers, no matter how in need, I started saving up.
I was shocked at how much had changed in the way of baby gear since having our fifth.
This time around, I was determined to have the best time ever researching items and getting rather large boxes in the mail.
Testing out new and unusual baby items is like an addictive drug to me. I adore bypassing the “norm” and going right for the lesser known items.
Here are my new, favorite, baby must haves:
Mumbelli is a name you may not have heard yet.
Created by a very sleep-deprived mama, this is the only womb-like portable bed on the market!
Each Mumbelli bed comes with a fabric carry case, an adjustable Velcro barrier, an acid reflux wedge, a removable mattress, and is completely washable! *(Score!)
This is the perfect baby sleeper for newborns, ages 0-3 months.
Price: $129 US (price has increased by $20 since I purchased mine back in April 2019)
Before the big Fisher Price Rock and Play recall, I was already on the hunt for another co-sleeping option for our bedroom.
While I loved the Rock and Play for those early months with our baby girls, I was excited to try something new. Something that could be used far beyond that newborn period.
This was and is that product. However, it’s not flawless. I have some beef with this product, no matter how much we’ve loved it.
The upsides: It has three recline settings, six speeds, music and white noise sounds, and vibration. It also comes with a detachable mobile, and is machine washable.
When baby outgrows it as a bed, it doubles as a baby swing. Huge bonus.
The downsides: It’s rather a girthy item. It’s not recommended for a bedside that is lacking in space. I had to reconfigure our own room in order to accommodate it bedside, but we made it work.
Furthermore, every positive thing I listed above, also double as downsides to this product. The speed on 1 can be gentle, or sometimes, in the middle of the night, I would see it just completely almost blast off into outer space. It would scare the life outta me to jump awake at 2am and see my two week old about to make history as the first baby in space.
I’ve never used the speed beyond level 2 because, it’s frankly quite scary.
It’s not a quiet product. But, the noise it makes when it’s rocking can become the best white noise for baby.
Unfortunately, the music is annoying and the white noise is just garbage.
However, while I wouldn’t give this product five stars, I’d definitely recommend it for any parent that wants to double up on an infant bedside option and a swing.
Price: $130-$170 (depending on retailer and fabric theme you choose).
Hands down, THE BEST product I’ve EVER purchased for any of my babies.
This forever Graco mama has now moved to the Evenflo side of things with this zero-regret purchase.
Worth every penny, Mama’s.
The Pivot system is so versatile and easy to use, and the fact that it’s style rivals that of more high-profile brands is a humongous win!
This amazing travel system comes in many stylish colors, strolls like a dream, and the pivot feature on the bassinet is just pure love.
Even my husband loves it. And, when my husband loves something enough to mention it verbally, you know it’s gotta be good.
I can’t say enough about this product. This is the MUST HAVE out of all must haves.
Price: $279 US (I used a 20% off Buy Buy Baby coupon to bring the total down about $50).
I’ve had my fair share of baby-wearers over the years. From the infamous Moby to Mei Tei’s and the like, none of those have been as good to me as this Infantino Cuddle-Up.
I love all of the support it gives my body. There’s waist support, extra arm and shoulder support, and a removable hoodie for those hot summer days or cool, blustery mornings when baby needs some additional protection.
It’s easy to put on and remove, and you don’t need to watch any YouTube videos in order to figure it out. (HUGE bonus, am I right?)
Price: $39 US (Lesson learned: you don’t need to spend a ton to get a good, quality carrier that you’ll just adore!)
So, it’s a hard knock life out here in baby entertainer land.
I was bound and determined to find a baby entertainer that didn’t look like a daggone circus.
Let’s face facts: most entertainers are literal eye sores in your living spaces. And not only that, they make the most hideous noises imaginable.
This product is the opposite of that.
While it’s a bit of a boon on the old wallet, it’s truly a grow-with-me experience for baby.
The adjustable foot platform doubles as a chalkboard. Yes, a real chalkboard. I know. Amazing, right? And this chalkboard will pop right into the chair bit of the entertainer and the entire apparatus will transform into the cutest kiddie table you ever saw.
The toys are easily removable and can be reconfigured with so much ease, you could do it with your eyes closed.
And speaking of eyes, it goes easy on those, as well. Because, quite simply, this entertainer is anything but another eye-sore circus show like 99% of the entertainers on the market.
The only downside is that I wish the table automatically came with the little stools needed for the toddler table it eventually becomes. For the price, it would’ve been fantastic to include those. But, I digress. No matter, this product is wonderful.
Price: $130 US ( I got mine for $20 less on Amazon).
Do you have any of these items? What are your reviews? Share with us in the comment section, below!
*Part 2 (Diapering, feeding, and other necessities) will be posted very soon!