Top Ten Must Haves for Babies under a year old

When I was a soon to be mom, I remember wondering what the baby would need for the first year and not knowing where to start. It was so overwhelming when the registries would try to "help" by suggesting the bunches of things you will "need", when in all reality, we didn't use half of their suggestions. So here is my list of the top things you will want to add to your registry!

First things first. Deciding which registry to use.
I used several registries so I could qualify for free items. Like with amazon, when you jump through hoops, you can get a welcome package when your baby is born. Target also has coupons and offers. There are a bunch of registry sites, but the one I love to use is the same one I used for my wedding.
Zola is great and gives you the freedom to add items from any site. (If you join with my referral link, we will both get a credit!) The only thing I didn't like about it is you can't delete items that have been purchased, so I just moved things to the bottom. I now use it as a gift guide for future holidays and birthdays so family can stay on the same page when it comes to my daughter and things she needs/has.

Let's get the obvious out of the way. We all know you're going to need the essentials;
Diapers - Baby shower tip: People tend to buy outfits for newborns. As cute as the outfits are, your baby will probably only wear it a couple of times if any and then they will grow out of them quickly. Diapers and wipes are something you will always need. Even if you're not a game type of person, I would suggest throwing a diaper raffle. 
With the wide variety of diapers you will receive, you will be able to go through each brand with your baby to see if there are any allergies and go from there. If you can get away with the store brand of diapers and it doesn't bother your child's skin, go for it! I order these in bulk through amazon prime. If you are interested in ordering things online like I do, send me a message. I order things for people all of the time. 
Clothes - Clothes are cute, but keep in mind where you live and what the weather is like. I had my baby in June, and we live in Maine. It was hot as hell. She spent a majority of her time in a diaper for the first couple months.
Wipes - I buy these in bulk from Sam's club. If you're in the Sanford, ME area and are interested in ordering  them like I do, send me a message. I order things for people all of the time. 
Swaddlers - As cute as these are, my baby didn't like them and hated to be swaddled. Just a heads up.

*** Do not get burp clothes.. they are tiny and a waste of money. You're going to be using hand towels or something along those lines anyways so just go ahead and buy those.

Infant changing pad As much as it seems needed, I barely use mine. I change my daughter anywhere it's convenient. Floor, bed, pack and play. And a lot of the pack and plays come with a changing area. This will probably change in the future, but this is what I do for now.

To see the items I've had on my registry click here and scroll to the bottom. You'll even see a couple leftovers from my wedding registry. 

Now finally, on to must haves for babies under a year old!

Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal System

Diaper Genie - You will be going through a mountain of diapers and it will quickly stink up your house. I highly suggest a diaper genie! This is the one that I have but I got mine off of a local Facebook resale group. Why spend $35 on something I might be able to pay $10 for? Oh and I don't buy those diaper refill bags either. I just stick a trash bag right inside just like the regular trash.

Video baby monitor - This may not be "needed" but I couldn't imagine not having mine. My sister bought it during black Friday and got a great deal. It's definitely peace of mind when she's sleeping or has been quiet for a while. I can zoom in and see she's still breathing. Or when she cries, I can assess whether she is just talking or if she needs something without being seen. This helps me teach independence. 

Sound Machine & Projector - I knew this would be essential the minute I plugged it in. We use the beach waves sound every night and the projector is a great thing for her to watch while she's falling asleep. I like that you can adjust the projector to go on the wall or ceiling and it has 3 different disks to play. This is the one that I had originally bought but it's been about 6 months and the light burnt out and there's no way to replace it. So I went ahead and purchased this one last night, hoping it might be a little better. 

VTech Baby Lil' Critters Musical Glow Gym

Musical Gym Floor toy - My daughter absolutely loves this toy and I love how I can change the dangling toys around and keep this toy new and exciting! I also love how as she grows, I can adjust it to grow with her. 

swing/bouncer - These are definitely handy! A little expensive, but you may be able to find a swing and bouncer separately, second hand on the local Facebook for sale page. 

Sit Me Up Floor Seat My daughter is currently using the Sit Me Up Floor Seat by Fisher Price. I love this product because before she learned to grab things, she seemed bored with the two options of laying on her back or stomach. I didn't want her to become dependent on being held which makes this product so awesome. I can interact with her and the toys that hang off the chair while she is sitting in her chair, practicing sitting up. 
We also use this chair for feedings as we start to introduce new foods.

Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat, Lavender

Chicco Booster Seat
- But when she grows out of it and can hold herself up without much assistance, I'll be able to use the Chicco Booster Seat, which will be easier to use and travel with. I love how both of these fold up for easy travel! The booster seat also has an option to fold up the legs and be strapped to a chair. 

zipper onesies - You'll discover really quick how much buttons suck and how increasingly difficult it is to snap all those buttons as your baby starts to move and wiggle around more. Zipper onesies are the way to go! Oh, and if you live in an area where it gets cold, like we do here in Maine, make sure your onesies have feet. I have a few that don't and I tossed them into the "don't fit anymore" box because I'm not going to even bother dealing with trying to keep her feet warm all night as she kicks off socks. 

Bottle Drying Rack - Any kind will do. I chose and like this one. It seems to hold a lot and doesn't take up a lot of space on my counter. 

Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory Toy

 - These toys are awesome and help attach other toys together with a decrease in the amount of times it hits the floor as baby learns to grab things. 

Toys that hang
- Could be any toy that has a little strap to slip a link in and connect it to the car seat, together, to the floor seat, or floor toy. 

So that's my list. Anyone notice that there were 11 things? Is there something on your must have list that's not listed here? I'd love to know!

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