First-Year Mommy Must-Haves // and a GIVEAWAY!

February 10, 2017 in #MomLife,babies,babywearing,children,family,giveaway,life,lists,mommyhood,Oh baby!,parenthood,review,sponsor

Whether you’re a new mom of one, two, or seven, the first year with a new baby is tough! Now that we’ve made it to the other side of that first year (hooray!) with Miss Bea, I want to share the things that helped make this transition a whole heck of alot easier!

  • Seventh Generation Wipes. See, you can easily make the simple mistake of buying cheap wipes. However, once you either use thirty for a single diaper change, or — worse yet — end up with poop on your hand, you know that those thin wipes must go! I love Seventh Generation wipes because they are thick and get the job done. We subscribe and save our wipes from Amazon so that we never even have to run out to the store to get them! They’re delivered to us once a month so we never run out!

  • Ergobaby Carrier. My Ergobaby is my lifesaver — especially with the transition of one to two kids! It has made it easier for me to do everything, from grocery shopping to preschool drop-off; from making lunches to changing laundry; this carrier is life-changing, ya’ll.

  • A Nose Frida. I know, I know… Gross, right?? Wrong. First of all, it’s your own kids snot. Second of all, just because you are sucking on the end of this nasal aspirator, doesn’t mean you’re sucking snot. You’re just pulling the snot through with the suction of your moth. Not gross. And super easy! Way easier than those balls they hand out at the hospital! I promise!

  • Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. I put off this purchase for way longer than I should have. I mean, $39 for (what looks like) a giant snow suit? My thought for months was “We can survive without it.” Ya’ll, I wish we would’ve just bought it from the start. This thing is magical! It’s perfect for once a child can get out of a swaddle, but still need that feeling of security.

  • Chicco Travel Seat. We skipped the fancy/bulky highchair both times around. Why bother? They take up so much space! Instead we opted for this clever snap-on seat. Not only is it portable, but it’s lightweight. Truthfully, we keep it at home almost all of the time; but, if absolutely needed, we take it with us to a restaurant.

  • Car Seat Poncho. Between snow and rain, our babies cannot catch a break! Especially since it’s dangerous to put your kiddos in the car seat with a coat! This car seat poncho is a genius way around the great coat debacle. I’m able to easily transport Miss Bea from the house, to her car seat, and into the Ergobaby without once having to remove her poncho. It keeps her warm and cozy and safe from the elements.


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**Disclosure: I received a car seat poncho in exchange for my honest thoughts and review. As always, all opinions herein are my own. **

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jasmine February 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

Excellent list. I have almost all these items already, but that Poncho is a great idea.


Hanna Smith February 10, 2017 at 9:28 am

YES!! The nose sucker, the carrier and the travel seat! We actually just use that at home instead of a high chair.


Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups February 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

That poncho is adorable! I feel like I could have written this list too!


Melissa February 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

That car seat poncho is the cutest! I haven’t seen that before. All the other items here are definitely great to have.


Neely February 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Having a new baby next week so this post is perfect


Lauren February 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

I loved my ergo baby, but I didnt hear about that magic sleep suit until my kids were older, but I would have loved to have had it for my daughter!


Linh February 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Great picks! My bff is expecting and I would love to get her this carrier. Going to check it out. We can’t live without the nose frida!


Angela Kim February 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

I can’t live without the Ergo. I heard so many things about the Merlin suit too but my son didn’t wear it much.


Melaniei February 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm

We used that nose sucker for a long time. Great list.


Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms February 10, 2017 at 10:02 pm

I have heard great things about the Nose Frida! I love those car seat ponchos too. We have been trying to find one for my daughter!


kirstin morabito February 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

I’ve never seen that car seat poncho before! Love it!


Emily February 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

We’re expecting baby #3 in a few months, so these suggestions are awesome! I’m intrigued by the travel seat. Our high chair is ready to be retired anyway!


Carli February 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm

How cute is that poncho?!


Brittany Ashmore February 12, 2017 at 12:04 am

These are great ideas ESPECIALLY that nose frida!! LIFE saver!!


Jessica February 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm

I like the gold unicorn on pink print!


Lindsay February 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm

That poncho is SO clever!!! And yes to the nose frieda! We still use it all the time


Jeeyoung February 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Love all of your picks. Nose Frieda is a must in our house lol!


Jill February 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

That poncho is such a great idea!!! These are great ideas/things for new moms. Glad I found your blog!


Anna February 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

This list is so awesome! I love that travel high chair! That is awesome.


Nicole February 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

Yes to all of these!! Love that car seat poncho!


Maggie February 13, 2017 at 10:07 am

Thank you so much for sharing this list! These are all awesome! When I was pregnant I loved for lists like this to help me make decisions!


Tabitha February 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm

These are all perfect! I couldn’t have gotten through without the nose frida and i love seventh generation wipes!


Danielle February 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

Great list! I love the Ergo, and I totally made my girls carseat ponchos. 🙂


Kathy February 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

The poncho is adorable and practical! Adding it to our list now.


Tiffany Ching Bean February 15, 2017 at 1:29 am

These are all wonderful items!! What a great giveaway!


Jo February 15, 2017 at 8:07 pm

I have a poncho by plays in puddles and love the ease of getting the kiddos in and out of the car seat!


Ashley Peavey February 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm

what a cute poncho! So perfect for baby wearing!!


Jasmine Hewitt February 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

great giveaway! most of these items are so vital!


Kelly February 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm

I looove the arrows, dandelion puffs and the giraffes! This is such a great roundup of must-haves!!


Katherine February 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

The Merlin suit is literally magic!!!


Janette February 19, 2017 at 1:15 am

Great list! So many amazing new products for parents!


Tamara February 19, 2017 at 2:22 am

The Nose Freeda is a freaking life saver. It’s the only thing to help when our girls have been sick.


Rochelle February 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

What a fun giveaway! Somehow I didn’t have any of these when my kids were babes.


Neely February 19, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Oh I just had a baby last week! Perfect timing!


Heather February 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm

OMG! The Poncho is so adorable.


Sane Mama February 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

New products come out so fast… I hadn’t even seen a couple of these.


Trista February 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

This is an awesome list!


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