Guys...I was NOT prepared for the amount of things that babies need. These tiny humans need a lot of stuff! Thankfully I had a lot of help creating my baby registry and we were (mostly) prepared with everything that Sofia would need - but we've also had to make a few Amazon orders of things we didn't have on hand.
Here are just a few practical things that I would consider must-haves off the top of my head - I'll work on a more comprehensive list soon!
Diaper caddy- this is super convenient to have handy during late-night diaper changes. Plus, you can carry it from room to room.
Dishwasher basket- we love this to put all the small parts from the bottles in so they won't go flying around the dishwasher!
Baby Brezza- if you're exclusively bottle feeding like I am (or even if you just do a few bottles a day), this thing is a LIFESAVER. You load your formula in the top, add water in the back, and with the press of a button you have an already made bottle in a few seconds flat. It's like a Keurig for baby bottles! This is seriously amazing to have, especially for those middle of the night feedings.
Mylicon drops- these have helped so much with Sofia's gas.
Newborn-to-toddler tub- once Sofia's umbilical cord fell out, we were able to give her real baths, and this one is great. You can set it right on the counter, in the sink, or anywhere really. There's an infant insert that will support baby until they're big enough to support their own head in the tub.
Mittens- a lot of onesies have built-in mittens, but for the ones that don't, these are a must-have for us. She always has her hands at her face and her sharp little nails would scratch her face before we got these to put on her!
Baby bib bandanas- we use these at every single feeding! They have adjustable snaps which are perfect because they'll fit her from infancy to when she's a toddler. They're super absorbent and keep her from getting her outfit all wet.
Portable sound machine- this is clipped to Sofia's car seat and we turn it on every time she gets in it - and she passes out immediately! It helps to drown out all of the outside noise and calms her right down.
White t-shirt onesies- I started with one pack of these, and quickly realized we needed probably 5 more. We put these under all of her outfits, and she tends to drool/spit up on them, so we change them often. So get a LOT of these!
Baby swing- we have this Graco swing and it's great! She loves spending time in it. It vibrates and swings, which soothes her. She also loves the lullabies it plays.
Muslin burp cloths- we have lots of burp cloths, and these are by far the softest and most absorbent ones. We have 3 packs of them and use them all day every day.
Hatch sound machine- something else that instantly calms her! I love that we can choose the sound, the light color, the volume, and set specific routines all in the app.
I hope that this is helpful to all of my other new and expectant mamas - there are SO many baby products out there, but I think this is a great place to start! As always, if you have any questions please reach out to me. I'm no expert but I can definitely let you know what has helped and worked for us :)