Baby Product Essentials and Must Haves!

Baby Product Essentials and Must Haves!

baby Carter

Hi guys! So many of you ask me for baby product recommendations so I wanted to put everything in one running list for easy reference. This is not just a list of all of Carter’s things- these are the top products and toys that I swear by and will either keep or purchase again for my future baby/babies. As a first time mom I had no clue where to start and was totally overwhelmed so I hope this list can help some of you!

***This will be an ongoing list that I will update often so bookmark this page and check back!!!***



  • Newborn Swaddle: The ONLY swaddle Carter couldn’t get out of. I tried 5 or 6 other types before I finally found this one! (zip up, arms down, 0-3 months)
  • Swaddle 2: Also zip up but allows baby to have arms in an up position. As Carter got older he wanted more movement with his hands and preferred this swaddle (zip up, arms up, 2-3 months)
  • Arm swaddle: This swaddle allows baby to be swaddled while strapped into a swing or rock and play (0-3 months)
  • Swing: This swing saved my life in the early days– I could write an entire blog post on why I love this. Read my blog post (TBA) on baby sleep for why this is so amazing if you have a baby who is fussy and/or won’t nap
  • Crib soother: Now that Carter naps in his crib this hangs on the side and lights up and plays soft music that gradually fades. This thing is incredible, my current #1 baby product! When I turn it on he knows it’s time to sleep and goes down right away without a fight. I recommend getting this with rechargeable C batteries.
  • Dok a tot: This is where Carter sleeps at night with us in the bed for safe co sleeping. It’s expensive but worth it in my opinion.


  • Kick and Play Gym: This was the first toy/activity that Carter really loved, and he still enjoys it now at almost 5 months. This is great for younger babies because they can use their feet and kick before they can grasp/grab (back playtime 0 months+)
  • Play gym: Neutral colors, soft and plush, good quality (back and tummy time play, 0 months+)
  • Tummy time water mat: Carter hated tummy time until I got him this. This gives him something to do/look at to distract him from the fact that he’s on his tummy. He started to really get into it around 3 months. Make sure to fill with distilled water to make it last longer (tummy time play, 1 month+)
  • Exersauser: By far the activity center I love and recommend most is this one. It’s so sleek looking and Carter’s FAVORITE thing. The activites are really engaging and interactive and he’s never bored. (stand up play, 4+ months)
  • Jumper: I prefer this door jumper because it’s inexpensive, takes up FAR less space and Carter can jump in it better. I regret buying a stand alone jumper (stand up play, 4 months+)


*Carter has A LOT of toys, these are the top ones that he loves the most and doesn’t get sick of*

  • Winkel: His #1 toy since birth. It’s easy to grab, it rattles and now that he’s teething he loves to chew on it. A MUST have (0 months+)
  • Frog Toy (for playgym): this is THE BEST, has rings to chew on and grab, taggies to chew, a rattle and a silicone disk to chew. His #1 playgym hanging toy. I went through a lot of digging to find and link this specific one (0 months+)
  • Toy ball: This ball in particular is easy to grab and was great when he was starting to use hands and grab. Now at 4 months he likes to bite it (2+ months)
  • Crinkle book: He’s loved this thing for months – loves the crinkle sensation and now also enjoys chewing on it (2+ months)
  • Light up activity cube: Starting at 4months this has been a favorite. I lay him on his side and he goes to town on this thing! Once he is sitting up I think he will love it even more. (4+ months)
  • Toy sanitizing wipes: Baby puts everything in his mouth so I wipe his toys down with these. They are natural and non toxic


*Carter just got his first two teeth in on 6/6/17 at 20 weeks old!! I will continue to add to this list as he gets older and the teething really gets going.

  • Drool bibs: Carter lives in these H&M bandana bibs. I like that they are solid colors so they don’t clash with his outfits.
  • Teething rings: The pink ring in this set is his favorite right now, he pretty much has it in his mouth all day every day. Pro tip: I attach this to him using a paci clip so he doesn’t drop it 500x a day!!
  • Teething Banana: This is a great teething toy he really likes & it’s easy for him to grab. (3+ months)
  • Also for teething, he likes to suck on a washcloth dipped in cold water. He also likes Sophie the giraffe but I know it has issues with mold and I feel it’s overpriced for what it is so I’m not going to include it on this list.


  • Cat and Jack brand at Target: Probably my overall favorite baby clothes. Super cute and affordable, I like their zip up long sleeve onesies the best. This is mostly what he wears in the house
  • H&M: Cute, affordable stuff. I like the side button short sleeve onesies because they are easier to get on and off . I also LOVE the baby bandanas/ bibs they sell. I like they are solid colors so they don’t clash with what he’s wearing
  • Burt’s Bees organic cotton zip up onesies: These are $12 each and good quality & really cute patterns. These are his “nicer” outfits he wears when we go out. They run a little large.
  • Cute hats: These are baby hats I love, I have 4 of them. I recommend sizing up they run small


  • Carrier: I bought 2 other carriers (one of them was almost $200!) and this $25 one is my favorite. Easy to put on and use, lightweight, well made. LOVE
    • *Protip – any time baby is fussy, put him/her in this and start walking. Also, I attach car seat strap covers to the top straps to cushion them.
  • Stroller: I did hours and hours of research before I picked this stroller. There is so much I could say but the key things I love are: sleek looking, easy fold, compact when folded, dual terrain suspension that you can adjust for sidewalks or dirt/trails, not bulky, large sun visor, shopping bag attachment, beautiful (I could go on and on). The 2016 model is now HALF the price I paid for it, but there is now a 2017 model available
  • Car seat stroller: Despite how much I love my Jane Rider stroller, this is the one I use most often because it’s super lightweight and convenient. Honestly, you could get away with just having this until baby is older
  • High chair: Carter is not currently eating solids but I got this to use as a high chair. I will keep you posted if it works out. I like that it’s small and portable & can be put on a table or be attached to a chair


  • Probiotics: Carter had MAJOR gas issues the first 3 months of his life – these probiotics helped and also contain vitamin D (newborn+)


  • Noogle air conditioning extender. This helps better cool baby in the back of a hot car. Something you didn’t know you needed but is extremely helpful in the hot summer months- SO glad I have this! You can get 10% off with this link -> shop noogle


  • Nursing tanks: I LIVE IN THESE. I have 9 of them that I switch out pretty much daily. Good price, good quality, built in support, easy closure, just the best
  • High waist leggings. Comfortable and well made – also high waist and hides the mom pooch well 
  • Natural deodorant: I tested a bunch and FINALLY found one I love
  • Breastfeeding pillow: I tried 4 before I found this one, the WINNER. Back support, best position for baby. Around 3 months we stopped needing a pillow but for the first few months it’s a must
  • Shapewear for mom pooch: I wear this under clothes to cinch in my mom pooch. Keeping it real haha!
  • Post partum girdle: I like that this is black and adjustable. I wear this a couple hours a day to help pull things back into place
  • Breastfeeding cover: this one has a loop on the top so you can see what you’re doing.
  • Mom’s one line a day journal: I’ve written in this every day since Carter has been born. I think we will both cherish this one day, I highly recommend doing this.


Okay so that’s it for now. Again, bookmark this page and CHECK BACK OFTEN because I will be updating it regularly, probably every month!





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11 thoughts on “Baby Product Essentials and Must Haves!

  1. Love your videos! Thank you so much for this list. I love the products you share. Hope you keep on sharing products you & Carter love.

  2. This list is sooo helpful! Thank you! I do have a question though.. what size do you wear in the nursing tanks from Amazon? I’m not sure what size to buy or how they fit and I need to order some ASAP… I’m 38 weeks pregnant today!! ❤

    1. I bought them in the smallest size they offered – it was either small or a small/medium. My goodness 38 weeks you’re so close! congrats on your little one on the way!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to do this post. We’ve been buying several of your recommended items and our baby loves them all. I’ve bookmarked it too. Xo

  4. Thank you for all the good information! It has been so much fun to watch Carter grow up to the big boy he is now! I have really been enjoying him-he is so cute! You and Ryan are such good parents and so happy! I am going to be a grandma in about a month but I don’t think I will see my grandchild much. You and Carter have been a great substitute! Stay happy and enjoy him….he is precious!

  5. Thank you Brittney, this was really helpful! I was wondering if you use a certain detergent for Carters clothes?

  6. Hi there, I always watch your youtube videos I love your little family. I also have a 4month old she will be 5 soon. I always ask where you bought the chair in your kitchen counter for carter. I really hope you reply!! XX CAROLINE

  7. I love all your videos, I am a big fan.
    I’m only 22 weeks pregnant but already started to get things ready and you made it all so much easier for me and I’m forever grateful for that!
    I have one question.. would you be able to share a link to where you got the small bags you put inside your diaper bag please? like for extra clothes etc.. i like things to be clean and organized the way you do it in your videos, it helped me with lots of mess. 🙂
    Thank you so much and Aloha,
    Tehila woosley @Healosophy

  8. Hi there! I love your videos. I thought I remember you recommending a book about sleep and feeding in one of your videos and now I can’t find it. I’m due at the end of August and hoping to do a little recommended reading:)

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