It’s hard to determine which MUST HAVE BABY PRODUCTS to buy and which ones to skip when setting up your nursery. The aisles of Babies-R-Us and Bed Bath & Beyond (the best place to stock up since you always get 20% off with their coupons) are filled with so many products it can sometimes be overwhelming for a new Mom.  BUT…not to worry, I’ve got you covered since I’m now, well…an expert on buying ‘all things baby.’

Now that we have had our second baby, allow me to steer you towards the MUST HAVE BABY PRODUCTS and put those feelings of worry behind you.  These are must have baby items which will make your life easier when the going gets tough..and trust me on this…it does get tough.  For the first 6 months, get ready to live life in a dazed blur of sleep deprivation.  I say this not to scare you, but to prepare you.

Oh, and before we get to the must have baby products, here’s a BIG SECRET: do NOT put baby clothes on your baby shower registry.  While it’s nice to dress up the little one in that super cute outfit from Grandma, the reality is this…you’re baby is going to grow so fast all that happens to that “super cute outfit from Grandma” is going to spend more time in a drawer than on your baby.   they grow so fast, all you need is a constant supply of onesies.  I say this because they grow so fast, that cute outfit will spend more time in the drawer than on your baby.

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SWING – Perhaps the most important must have baby products on the market is the all-important swing.  Spend the extra money and get the one with ‘all the bells and whistles”…literally.  You will be grateful that you bought the swing with music, moving parts, and vibration because when it’s three in the morning and all you want is some sleep, the top-of-the-line baby swing a go-to fix.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 9.28.51 AMCAR SEAT – We made the mistake of buying a “less expensive” car seat/base combination and paid for it in the end.  Moving into the Britax car seat / base combination was like warm chocolate chip cookies and a cold glass of milk.  Priceless.  The buckles work perfectly.  The workmanship is flawless.

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TRAVEL STROLLER – You’ll quickly find out how little room there is when you travel with your new addition.  Don’t make the mistake of traveling you’re your main stroller.  It’s not only heavy (baggage handlers hate this), but it’s expensive.  Check out the travel system by Britax.  You can’t go wrong with their system and when you are ready to re-sell it, you’ll be thankful for the quality Britax brings.

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MIRACLE BLANKET – Just like the name says, the Miracle Blanket is a miracle.  While some might call it a straight jacket for babies, it’s a miracle for both the baby and you.  It takes the swaddling principle to the next level.  It holds baby in place so they won’t wake themselves up with flailing arms, which means more sleep for Mommy and Daddy.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 9.31.39 AMSLEEP SUIT – The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit is simply pure magic.  This innovative baby sleepwear product that gives yoru baby that cozy, calming, and safe sleep environment feeling and is designed for babies who have become too big for swaddling.  This suit is designed for back sleeping only in the crib.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 9.32.13 AMBABY FOOD MAKER Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker is the one we have and it’s amazing.  It steams the food, then blends it in one fell swoop.  Easy to use.  Just add your ingredients and set your steam time, and the machine will do the rest.  Safe, one bowl design means you don’t have to transfer hot foods to another bowl or blender in the middle of your cooking process.  BPA/phthalate free

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 9.33.35 AMBABY MONITOR – Skip the over priced baby monitors that come with a handheld monitor you’d find at the baby supply store and opt for an IP Camera instead.  We have the Foscam FI8918W Wireless IP Camera and love it.  It provides high quality video and audio, pan/tilt, motion detection, and night-vision.  The best part?  It works with your smartphone AND you can tune into the baby while you’re miles from home.

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