The key to a smooth transition into parenthood? Making sure you have all of the equipment you need at the ready. But what equipment do you need??! Here, Lindsay Pinchuk, founder and CEO of Bump Club and Beyond, shares her top selections to help parents enjoy parenthood to the fullest!
Nursery & Diapering Must Haves
Activity Gym/Play Mat
If there is one toy every new mom needs, it’s an activity gym/play mat. For the first six months of my daughter’s life, it was the only toy we used. This is essential as baby needs a safe place for tummy time and stimulation through play even early on. I love a play mat with a lot of colors, the ability to swap out different toys, and one that comes with a little tummy time pillow. Some of my favorites include:
You need to have a place to lay the baby other than your arms when you come home from the hospital. You’ll have to go to the bathroom at some point, right?! My recommendation is to start with one device, and as you see the need, you can purchase more. Remember, babies only use these items for about 6 months. Some of my favorites include:
Diapers and Wipes
As a new mom you will go through more diapers than you can imagine, so it’s imperative to add them to your registry! Make sure you put different sizes on your list so that you have them when baby is ready to move up into the next size. The most popular diaper brands include:
Bassinet or Portable Crib
Most often when baby comes home, he will sleep with you in your room for a few weeks to a few months or more — it all depends on what works best for your family! Since Baby will need a place to sleep while in your room, we have a couple of favorites. The Halo Bassinets allows baby to sleep close to you, but safely in his own space. It’s a lifesaver for those middle-of-the-night feedings, as the front bar comes down and you can simply bring baby right into bed with you. We also love the 4moms Breeze, which is incredibly easy to set up and take down, making it perfect for a small space or even travel.
The bathtub you choose is dependent upon where you are bathing baby. I love a tub that is easy to clean, store and grows with your baby. My two favorites that I used with both of my children include:
- The Boon Naked: The Boon Naked is amazing, especially for city living. You can recline it, expand it, drain it and collapse it, making for simple storage.
- Stokke Flexibath: This is amazing in that it totally collapses flat. You can even pack it in a suitcase! It’s suitable from birth to 4 years and even has an infant insert to make bathing Baby super easy.
Nursing & Feeding Must Haves
I both bottle and breastfed both of my daughters. While we’ve tried out many of the brands, the Mixie Bottle is my favorite for on-the-go when I am using formula. I pre-pack the bottles with the formula inside the closed capsule at the bottom of the bottle. When I am ready to feed, I push the bottom button and shake the bottle mixing in the formula. There is no need for fumbling with the powder or water when I’m out and about anymore. My advice for buying bottles is to get a few different ones and see which one Baby likes. Often it is the baby who chooses the bottle, not the mom.
While you won’t be using a high chair until you start feeding your baby around 5-6 months, it is a great item to register for. A good high chair is easy to clean, store, and is not a complete eyesore in your kitchen. It’s also imperative to find one with a removable tray that can be easily washed or thrown in the dishwasher. An added bonus is if the chair grows with your child, which many do! Some of our favorite high chairs include:
- Stokke’s Tripp Trapp
- Nuna’s Zaaz
- phil&Ted’s Poppy
- If you’re looking for a simple, no-frills high chair, IKEA’s Antilop is a good option – just make sure to get the one with the tray!
Baby On-The-Go Must-Haves
Infant Car Seat
This is the one item of gear that is absolutely essential, especially if you are going to be leaving the hospital in a car. You can’t leave without it! Infant car seats have come a long way between by first and second babies: they are now lighter, easier to install and even easier to install correctly without a base, which is great for travel or city living. Some of our current favorites include:
- Chicco Keyfit30
- Cybex Aton Q
- The all-new Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
- The UppaBaby Mesa
- The Nuna Pipa
Most of these seats have the European belt path, and all have an easy install systems.
It’s best to get a separate bag for leaving the house with Baby. It’s imperative that there is enough space and pockets for the essentials, but that it is also easy to clean. Some of our favorites include:
I didn’t carry my first daughter that much, but have found that using a carrier with number two is imperative. It keeps her close, and my hands are free to play with my toddler. I’d recommend to anyone going to the store to try out the carriers to find what is best for you. My favorites right now include: