I get asked ALL the time what are my FAVORITE  baby items and what would I recommend when expecting a new baby?! Well with baby # 3 I only wanted what was absolutely NEEDED with the exception of my luxury stroller🤣 So today I’m telling y’all about a few items that are not only my FAVORITE but essential to my life with a newborn ! So here they are and not in any particular order 💃🏽

1. A ROLLING BASSINET!

I was gifted the Graco Dream Suite Bassinet! CLICK HERE to see it. This was EVERYTHING! I initially wanted the Halo but didn’t purchase it because I was given this one. I’m so glad I didn’t waste my money on the Halo because this bassinet is AMAZING just for its simplicity! I can literally roll it  from room to room upstairs and it’s so light I can also pick it up and take it downstairs and continue rolling! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

2. A BOPPY!

Boppy’s are like one of the best items created! 🤣 My kids used each of theirs well into toddlerhood! LMBO! From providing comfort to my breastfeeding journeys, to providing a safe space for my itty bitty infant to nap, to being an excellent prop for tummy time you really can’t pass up getting one of these! Just like the bassinet the Boppy travels all over the house with me! It even goes with me when I leave the house! 🤣 CLICK HERE to see the Boppy that I have !

AJ in his Boppy when he was a baby 😍

 

Aria in her Boppy helping me write a blog 🤣

3. A DOCK-A-TOT!

I call this the portable bed!  It’s so easy to throw in the car when you are headed out ! Aria tosses and turns when she’s trying to sleep at someone’s house and so I started throwing this in the car and boom she sleeps instantly wherever we are it ! I swear the inventions for babies just keep getting better ! 🙌🏾 CLICK HERE to checkout the Dock-A-Tot I was have!

Aria in her Dock-A-Tot 😍

4. A GLIDER!

I feel in love with gliders my second pregnancy! They are so relaxing! Because they are so relaxing if I wasn’t in the bed the first few months I was in the glider! I’d breastfed in the glider, eat in the glider , watch television in the glider and pump in the glider! 🤣This third pregnancy though our best friends upgraded us from a regular glider to a RECLINING glider and whoa life was changed! 👏🏾🤣🙌🏾 With the reclining glider it’s much more comfortable AND SAFER to sleep in cause let’s face it the first few weeks of life with an infant you are narcoleptic 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 CLICK HEREto checkout the reclining  glider I have! 

5. A DIAPER BAG BACKPACK!

So y’all diaper bags are extremely important and necessary because of all the things you’ll now need to carry throughout the day with your baby! With AJ I realized how much more convenient diaper bag backpacks were as oppose to having an that just goes over one shoulder. I noticed the one shoulder bags slide off of your shoulder constantly from being packed with so much! In conjunction with being convenient the backpack diaper bags are also much more stylish! CLICK HERE to checkout the one I have!

Strolling with Aria with the diaper backpack ❤️

6. A BREAST PUMP!

Ok so pumping is NOT my favorite thing to do! I actually hate it 😩 However with breastfeeding you definitely NEED one! If you are a momma who works outside the home you’ll want to start stashing as soon as you can. I work from home so pumping for me is for when I need a break or have plans outside the home that I cannot take my baby with me. I got the SPECTRA 2 paid for through my insurance this time around and I LOVE IT! It has a strong pull, it’s not super loud and has a light on it for late night or early morning pump sessions. CLICK HERE  to checkout my pump! 

After an early morning pump session 🤱🏽

7. A BABY CARRIER!

I didn’t really use a baby carrier with my first two children because they were so darn uncomfortable! This time around I wanted to find one that was super comfortable because I’m always on the go! After reading tons of reviews I added the Boppy ComfyFit Baby Carrier to my baby registry! Y’all this thing is made out of yoga material and is so comfortable it almost feels like the air is holding your baby to your chest 🤣 Y’all are in luck cause when it was bought from my registry it was $79.99 and now it’s $45.98!!! 😱 CLICK HEREto check it out! 

We went hiking with our comfy carrier 🏃🏾‍♀️

8. A CAR SEAT!

You cannot leave the hospital without a car seat! As I mentioned at the beginning of this post for baby # 3 my approach was I only wanted what I absolutely needed with the exception of my luxury stroller! With that being said you would typically get your car seat with a travel system which would include your stroller. In my case my stroller didn’t come with a car seat so I had to purchase it separately. My stroller had a few options listed for car seats that attached to it so that’s how I ultimately chose my car seat. Luckily it had amazing reviews 🙌🏾 We were gifted the Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat in Night Black! First off, black will always be my go to color for car seats going forward! I had a black one with AJ and I swear it always appeared clean 🤣 So it was a no brainer to get a black one for Ari especially since it’s now considered a neutral color! CLICK HERE to check out my car seat! 

The day we left the hospital with Aria in her Maxi Cosi Car seat 😩😍

9. A STROLLER!

Ok y’all so this was my absolute favorite gift and the most expensive! It was also the only thing I really wanted and asked for this last pregnancy 🤣 The Mima Xari Stroller is like the Rolls Royce of baby strollers y’all ! You customize every part of it  😱🙌🏾 I actually discovered this stroller after I had AJ and vowed that I’d get it if I ever had another baby 🤣 The Mima Xari has several different pieces! It has an attachment piece for a carseat, a carrycot bassinet and a seat that holds up to roughly 40 pounds🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 Y’all I can’t sing the praises of this stroller enough and I better feel this way because it cost 3 arms and 5 legs 🤣The bassinet piece is so perfect for your constantly sleeping baby in the first few weeks. And if you don’t feel like moving baby from the car seat the car seat attaches to the frame! 🙌🏾 The seat reclines all the way back for sleeping baby it sits all the way for an active baby. CLICK HERE to check out my stroller! 

Strolling with the Mima 😍

10. A TRAVEL SYSTEM!

This is a bonus because my stroller is so expensive and not a reasonable purchase 🤣 I wanted to include my FAV travel system (which includes the car seat and stroller) that was my 2nd choice in the case I didn’t get the Mima! It’s the Maxi-Cosi Zelia 5-in-1 Modular Travel System ! It’s super cute and has all the same functions as the Mima 😍 CLICK HERE to check this system out!

What are some of your FAVORITE baby items?! Drop them in the comments !

Until Next Time,

Santana ❤️

Santana Dillon
I'm a wife & momma to 3 beautiful children based out of Atlanta, GA. I love to blog about all things faith, family & fashion!