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Our favorite products for infancy


I know, I know – my content is in the spotlight these days. We’ve really gotten to grips with this “new parent” thing lately, and we’re discovering what works for us and what doesn’t, so along the way I’ll note the specials. Product useful.

Honestly, when we started looking for baby supplies, I was extremely overwhelmed with the number of products out there. Seriously… there must be at least one different gazillion carseats! I had to sift through a lot to find the essentials, minimalism, and usefulness. I was surprised by some of the new products on the market! I say “new product” because I think I have in mind that I will use the same thing my parents or siblings have used for their children. But some of the latest products are pretty awesome!

In this post, I will simply list all the products that we find worth mentioning and why in this 4th Trimester (as they call it.. for good reason). Prices vary from a few dollars, to a little more expensive, but they all have a place in our homes during these first few months, so you’ll probably find them useful in your home too!

I will link all of these products at the bottom of the post, so if you want to skip my comments, scroll down.


1. LugBug Carseat handle

This is one of those random blogging moments. Tom and I talked about ergonomically awkward carseat handling, and I don’t believe you, two days later LugBug contacted me to ask if I wanted to try their carseat handle and share it with you. . This is a game changer, guys! It’s simple, but completely solves the carseat dilemma in seconds. Since I’m short (5’1″), that doesn’t help me much as it makes the distance from the carseat to the ground a bit close (to be honest), but Tom is our carseat carrier, so it perfect for him!He liked it right away.

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2. Carseat Fan

Silas (like a lot of kids) is such a small oven. Plus, Nashville gets really hot in the summer, so to help keep his temperature in check, I picked up one of these fans on Amazon. It was very helpful and a lot of elders stopped us and commented on the smart thing to have. It’s rechargeable, has a controllable blade speed, it spins in any direction, and easily clips to his seat. As a bonus, the sound of it calms him down!

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3. Calmoseptine ointment (for diaper rash)

A nurse friend gave me this and it was a miracle worker. Serious. Clears diaper rash or irritation super fast.

4. Diaper sheets

I like these furniture sets because I can move them wherever I need to. They can even be screwed to the wall and used for other purposes later. Multifunctional and beautiful!

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5. DockATot

Read my review of it here. Picture above. We love this and use it day and night. It’s worth it, people. Our baby loves this.

6. Diaper changing mat

They’re just cheap, waterproof, machine-washable rugs that save you time washing replacement pads. Trust me, you’ll run into some mess and be glad you got it!

7. Sleepers with bottom zipper

Target carries footie pajamas (Cloud Island brand) that zip at the neck so that when you unpack, you start at the foot. It makes diaper changes much easier.

8. Frozen Meal

Okay, not exactly a baby product, but I’m glad we made a lot of meals in the fridge before Silas arrived. We haven’t really cooked anything for dinner yet, and Silas is inching two months old! We finished our meal in the MINUTES fridge before my water broke. Talk about time! I paused them a bit longer than I should have – haha

9. Water bottle

Breastfeeding or not, I’m so glad I have a big water bottle with a straw. It stays with me everywhere I go and reminds me to always drink enough water. Since I’m breastfeeding, I get dry skin pretty quickly, so it’s important to always drink some water.

10. Coconut oil

In the hospital, they gave me some olive oil to put on my nipples while breastfeeding, and while it was good it was obviously super liquid and it was uncomfortable if you put any drops. Coconut oil works great for chapped or dry nipples, but also for Silas’ chapped lips! Bonus that it’s a natural remedy (and has a hint of coconut smell)!

11. Netflix

Do I need to say more? Feeding happens A LOT at this stage, and it can get pretty boring at times just sitting there with only one arm free. Netflix (or other streaming services) is a must have.

12. Moses basket and rocking stand

Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it’s really cute, this set is already awesomeggg at night. The height of the basket was just right to the edge of the bed, which made it a lot easier to bring him in during the night while recovering from surgery. At this point, he’s fully asleep in it, and being able to soothe him with a little rocking motion is really cool.

13. Touch light

Like a lifeline next to his changing station. When you’ve got your hands full, being able to tap the lights super fast really helps.

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14. Lorena Canal Blanket

Tom wanted me to specifically mention this from his comments. He is quite picky about blankets, as he really likes a good thick blanket for weight and warmth. This one from Lorena Canals is woven/knitted. He’s usually not a fan of those types of blankets as they tend to be too breathable, but he says he likes this one. It was the only blanket like that, which he actually slept under very comfortably. Plus it’s very long (he’s 6’4″) so he can snuggle underneath it, and shake Silas (and him) to sleep comfortably. adult size nursery blanket and it never leaves the chair.It is also machine washable, eco-friendly with natural and handmade dyes.It is absolutely beautiful and is stamped by BOTH Tom and the seal. My approval for being a great asset to the nursery! Lorena Canals also carries other household items and children’s rooms, including machine washable rugs Isn’t that great?? They have rugs Anyway, as I always say, I would never have told you something amazing if I didn’t really think so, and this blanket is just as beautiful. Strangely I look forward to using it every chance I get 🙂 This blanket was sent to me by the Lorena Canal.

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15. IKEA Baby Gym

You know me, miss minimalism! I love this kids gym because it’s soft, simple but still has elegant colorful toys. There are also cute little tee-pe style wooden kids gyms, but for the first time I decided to go with something more colorful, but still minimalist. The bottom is well padded, also very nice. It folds up easily and can be stored away when not in use. Plus, it’s on the cheaper side of most kids gyms at just $30.

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16. Muslin blanket

We used these lightweight blankets for everything. They’ve been plucked up, used as swaddles, used as nursing covers, a blanket to keep Silas in the tub, and more. They are a great multi-use product and I’m so glad we get so many of them!

17. Diaper backpack

Honestly, I’m not a big fan, so before Silas arrived, I knew backpacks would be the best route. Plus, Tom doesn’t look weird wearing it. The one we got was used as a diaper bag, so the compartments are perfect – I love this! Plus, you can’t beat the price.

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18. Dapple Bottle Soap

It doesn’t seem necessary, but a friend of mine suggested this soap and I have to say it’s really great. Cleaning breast milk or formula out of bottles can be difficult because they sometimes leave a film. This soap has left all of my breast pump parts squeaky clean with just one quick wash.

19. Small sink

Haha okay. My mom made me steal this from the hospital and I’m really ashamed of it, but she swore I would use it all the time….and as moms usually do, she was right! I use it to wash all the bottles, pump parts, etc… It’s a really handy little thing! It’s smaller than most sinks, but that’s what’s particularly great about it. It’s cheap and flimsy, so just stole one from the hospital, otherwise I’ve linked what looks exactly the same below.

20. Nose Frida

You then. That’s right. This is everything people crack it to get. It’s a million times better than a light bulb, and believe me when I say that I’m a BIG skeptic about the most popular stuff. Value every .single.penny.


I know there are a lot of products we love now and will love in the future depending on Silas’s age/stage… but these are our current favorites. Scroll down and I’ll link them below!

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