My Top Recommended Baby Products

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As a daycare provider and mother of four, I am constantly asked about the best products for babies. Parents ask me what brand of diaper to use, what kind of bottle is best, what wipes I recommend, and in general what their new baby really needs. I do not claim to be an expert, nor do I believe in paying fancy prices for something you are going to use for only a couple of months. I also think most of the items sold for babies are nothing more than profit makers. Do you really need a baby wipe warmer or fancy pacifier holder? Truthfully, you do not need much of what is being marketed to new mothers. A newborn needs love, milk (breast or formula), attention, diapers (disposable or cloth), snuggles, basic clothing and linens, security, a car seat, and a place to safely rest, which for some is in the arms of Mommy and for others is in a crib or bassinet.

I am not affiliated with a company and I am not receiving compensation for my suggestions, but I decided to share a few products I have used that I loved. Some are necessities, but most are luxury items that actually have a useful purpose. Here are my top recommended baby products. These are completely based on my opinions.

dr browns

Photo Credit: Drbrowns.com

Bottles: Whether you exclusively breastfeed, use formula or some combination of both, you will probably need a bottle at some point. That is unless you plan to be the only one to feed your child. You do not need a fancy bottle. I think the simpler the better, unless your child suffers from reflux and requires a special bottle like Dr. Brown’s (which really is annoying to clean with all the little parts). I have used them all and here is the truth: there is NO DIFFERENCE between any of them. From Playtex to Evenflo to Avent to the bottles that have nipples that resemble actual breasts they all do the same thing. You just have to see what is in your price range, how many parts you want to clean, and what your baby prefers. Yes, if you wait to introduce a bottle to your baby it may take a few tries with different shaped nipples before you find the one your child will accept. So, start with the cheapest and only buy one until you know it is THE ONE.

pampers swaddlers

Photo Credit: Diapers.com

Diapers: I have to be honest and admit that I have never used cloth diapers. So, I cannot speak for any brand. I know many people who swear by them, but with so many bottoms to change I cannot imagine the extra step of worrying about what to do with the soiled diaper. I have enough trouble keeping up with the regular laundry. I think generic disposable diapers are perfectly fine, especially once your baby is beyond the newborn stage. I admit I do like the Pampers Swaddlers diapers with the line that shows whether it’s wet or not for the very beginning. I always tell my daycare clients the same thing – save the more expensive brands for night-time or long car rides. For the everyday, go for generic. It saves money. Out of the generics I like the Kirkland (Costco) brand and the Target brand diapers.

swaddle me

Photo Credit: Target.com

Swaddle Blankets: I know there is controversy over whether to swaddle or not, but I know swaddling works. For the first few weeks it is essential to keep your baby feeling secure and is the secret to getting your baby to sleep on his or her back. Just remember to use commonsense. Do not overdress your baby and then use a swaddle blanket. Do not cover your baby’s face. Do not wrap too tightly. I like the SwaddleWrap Adjustable Infant Wrap because it is lightweight and has velcro to keep it securely in place.

aden and anais

Photo Credit: Adenandanais.com

Receiving Blankets: I love using large receiving blankets with infants. I don’t use them in the crib, but to cover them when we are outside, to cover me when I’m nursing, or simply to snuggle on the couch while in my arms. My favorite one to use is the Aden and Anais 100% natural cotton muslin blankets. They are soft, lightweight, and extra-large for swaddling or using as a nursing cover. These blankets became a source of comfort for my youngest daughter and lasted a very long time as her lovie.

diaper cloths

Photo Credit: Target.com

Burp Cloths:

I hardly use bibs with infants, unless I am serving something especially messy. For spit-ups, general messes, protecting my shoulder or just tucking under the baby’s chin while feeding I always use the cheap prefolded diaper cloths. I buy in bulk because you will need them in every room and in every bag. Some come in pretty patterns, but I usually just go for the white ones.

bb-brands-nursing-covers

Photo Credit: BebeAuLait.com

Nursing Cover: If you choose to breastfeed, there are many nursing covers sold to help make you more comfortable when nursing outside the home or in front of company. I was nervous and a little shy about the idea of nursing in public at first, but with each child I grew a little more comfortable and eventually stopped running to a bathroom stall or to the car to nurse. I still though made sure I used a nursing cover simply because I am a bit modest. I used one from Bebe au Lait and loved it because of the wire at the top, which allowed me to see my child, and the strap around my neck so the baby couldn’t pull the cover off mid-feed. Oh and they come in really cute patterns as well.

moby wrap

Photo Credit: MobyWrap.com

Infant Carrier: I never thought I would be a baby wearer until I had my fourth child and discovered the Moby Wrap. I had tried many other brands and styles of infant carriers, but never found them comfortable. The Moby Wrap was comfortable and my daughter loved it. I was a little skeptical and scared of the huge amount of material, but after practicing and watching a tutorial or two on YouTube I finally figured out the best way to use the wrap. It helped me manage a newborn and all the other daycare kids because I could have my hands free and still carry my baby, which I did a lot.

robeez

Photo Credit: Robeez.com

Infant Shoes: Babies do not need shoes. Shoes are mostly for show. And children learn to walk best in bare feet. But, when your child is learning to walk or if it’s cold and you want to figure out a way to keep socks on your child in the middle of winter, I always suggest using the Robeez soft sole shoes. These are the only style of shoes that actually stay put. They slide on over your baby’s socks and allow your child to feel the ground through the shoe. They are also cute and last a long time. I handed down a pair to three kids and they still look great.

What was your must-have baby product?  What did you buy for your baby that was a complete waste of money? Leave a comment or join the discussion on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page.

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Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.

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  2. I agree that swaddling works, I did this with all my children and it helped settle them. I also had an infant carrier which helped when I had a baby and toddlers, and it was fantastic. I could still play with toddlers and do chores while having my baby with me the whole time.

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  6. It seems one “must have” baby product is a car seat to bring your newborn home. What is your favorite infant car seat?

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