This baby girl is due in just 3 weeks! oh it is exciting how close we are getting! In our planning for baby girl to arrive, we have been doing a lot of searching for baby essentials. And I have stumbled upon some truly fun baby essentials that are unique! And that is what I love! Unique baby essentials you may not think to add to your collection, but would truly make it more convenient. So I’m sharing my favorites with you today to help you build your own baby essentials shopping list for your own baby. Or maybe you are shopping for baby shower ideas. These make excellent gifts for someone who is expecting a baby as well! Plus you won’t have to worry about “duplicate” gifts at the baby shower, because these are unique and not as common.
Unique Baby Essentials
I had one of these when Miss Jade was born and I loved it. Now some may be upset with me, because I feel it is respectful to cover when possible when in public for breastfeeding. I’ve breastfeed all of my kids. I don’t cover up for convenience, but out of respect for others. Yes it’s natural to breastfeed. And yes it needs to be accepted among society as a normal thing. But I don’t think it needs to be flaunted. Embrace your liberty to breastfeed in public. That’s totally cool, but still have respect for others rights as well when in public. Just my 2 cents of a very long and heated debate.
I personally feel more comfortable breastfeeding under a cover when in public (now at home is a different matter). When surrounded by others, I don’t feel comfortable letting it all hang out there. And for this reason I love the Udder Cover! A special thanks to Miss Jade for being my model to show it off!
It is amazingly lightweight. So it doesn’t make you or the baby overheat. Plus it is a lot more handy than a traditional blanket. It hooks around our neck so there is no struggle to keep the Udder Cover from sliding off.
It features a rigid neckline that allows for open eye communication with baby. That’s right, you can still see baby while you nurse as you look down! Plus it also doubles great as a cover to protect baby from sun when you are out and about, or as a cover to help baby fall asleep if they are too stimulated by the sights around them.
And they come in so many chic styles and patterns. so you can have privacy, feed your sweet new baby, and still have that special bonding with your child. Even in public.
Another great baby essential I loved having with Miss Jade was a nursing pillow. Babies may feel light at the beginning, but after a few minutes of holding baby in your arms feeding, you get tired. Your arms start to ache. Having an extra pillow to help prop up baby makes a world of difference when it comes to breast feeding! And even if you aren’t breastfeeding, these nursing pillows are still great for bottle fed babies too! It helps you hold them in a better position to keep air flow minimal and you and baby comfortable during feeding times!
Not to mention that these Nursing Pillows are absolutely perfect for aiding younger children to hold the new baby in a safe and comfortable position. It gives them the extra support they need as well.
With new baby girl I got the Lilac Minky Nursing pillow gift set. This features an incredibly soft minky covered nursing pillow. Plus 2 pairs of 5 ply washable nursing pads and a nursing bracelet so you can always remember what side you nursed on last! It’s a great gift set for any new Mom who will be nursing. It provides a lot of comfort and helps foster healthy breastfeeding habits.
I didn’t have one of these with miss Jade and I was seriously envious of all the moms who did have one with their little ones. After I saw it in action, I knew this is what I wanted for our next baby. A carseat canopy is just a beautifully designed canopy of cloth that attaches to the carseat handle and shields baby from wind, rain, sun, dust, germs and strangers trying to touch baby. Seriously I love how it instantly lets strangers know to keep their hands off without having to be rude.
Now while I was searching for a carseat canopy for this new baby girl I discovered you can get an entire caboodle set that accessorizes the entire carseat! It’s called the Whole Caboodle (obviously).
The Whole Caboodle comes with a Minky Carseat slip cover (Oh how I love Minky next to my skin and my babies skin), baby lap blanket with minky side, minky head support pillow, umbrella with minky lining, and carseat canopy with minky underside.
It leaves your entire carseat coordinated and baby is in contact with all soft Minky environment. Plus it comes in a large variety of prints and colors!
LulyBoo Travel bed. Again I didn’t have one of these with Miss Jade, but I have wanted one for this new baby. It makes nap time on the go so much easier! You can easily take a napping bed with you to the park, or to grandma’s house. No matter where you go, you can have a convenient place for baby to nap, even if you are away from home.
- Breathable Mesh Sides Provide Safety For Babies
- All In One – Provides The Best Elements Of A Crib, Bassinet, Playpen, and Changing Station
- Portable And Compact Carrier With Folding Design That Turns Into A Backpack In Seconds
- Rotating Color Light Show Featuring 11 Songs And Nature Sounds
- 3 In Soother Combines Music, Lights, And Vibrations At Various Volumes And Settings
This thing is brilliant in design and definitely helps busy Mom so she doesn’t have to be trapped at the mercy of nap time at home.
Bumbo Chair. Our bumbo chair was an absolute life saver with miss Jade! She hated laying down from about 2 months on. She wanted to be propped up or carried around. But I couldn’t hold her 24/7. I did need to use the bathroom and eat every now and then. As soon as she was big enough to hold her head on her own we got her a bumbo chair and our sanity was saved! She loved to hang out in her bumbo chair! And she became the happiest little baby ever.
We no longer had to hold her in our arms 24/7. We could take breaks by putting her in the bumbo chair while I cooked dinner. Or while we ate dinner. And she would be content just sitting there watching everyone.
Wipes Warmer. Now many moms will tell you to forget the wipes warmer. But not this mama! I used the wipes warmer solely for night time diaper changes. And it made a huge difference with our babies.
Think about it, at night; you want to get that diaper change done quickly without disturbing baby as much as possible so they will go back to sleep quickly and without a lot of effort. Just image then placing a freezing cold wipe on a tender behind. There is no better way to instantly wake baby up and make then completely alert!
When I switched to using a wipes warmer, I was able to get the night time diaper duty done quickly, without causing baby to become alert. And therefore baby went to sleep a lot easier afterwards. Which meant that this mama went to sleep too!
So while it is a luxury, it is a luxury this mama requires for nighttime diaper changes. It gently warms the wipes to a comfortable room temperature.
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser. We discovered these when the boys were still in diapers, so that is talking about a long time of tried and true method! And they are amazing! It’s just a tiny little diaper bag dispenser that holds a little bag. When you have a dirty diaper, just throw it into one of the bags, tie and you are protected from odor like you wouldn’t believe!
This was a life saver for new babies, but also even when the kids were potty training. You know how accidents happen. And with the boys it would happen at the most inopportune time. So We could take off the wet/soiled clothes, throw them into one of these dispensers and seal it up until we got home to wash them. It kept my diaper bag, the house, and car from stinking to high heaven! Not to mention it also kept the mess from spreading.
They are also amazing if you use cloth diapers. I would carry these around when I was cloth diapering Miss Jade. If I had to change her diaper while we were out, I would just throw the soiled on into one of these and put it back into the diaper bag. When I got home, I could easily wash out the diaper and add it to the diaper laundering pile. Again it seals up the odor and protects the mess from spreading.
You can bet I’m getting a lot of these for our new baby girl arriving. They were just the most convenient and handy little bags we ever used with our kids.
NoseFrida. Many people I have talked to are completely grossed out by this idea. But any parent that has actually used a NoseFrida will tell you it is a MUST baby essential item! The NoseFrida is a Baby Nasal Aspirator. It helps you suck out everything that clogs a baby’s nose. Without harming baby. No batteries included. And it is insanely easy to clean! A lot better than those disgusting bulb Syringes!
Plus the NoseFrida fits perfectly at baby’s nostril openings, but unlike a bulb Syringe cannot be inserted too far. Bulb Syringes can actually be inserted too far into the nostril, which causes irritation and even bruising to the mucous membranes leading to inflammation and further blockage of the airways.
Honestly I was really grossed out by it too when I saw it. But I couldn’t refute all the raving reviews on Amazon. So I got it with Miss Jade because we had the worst time clearing out her nose.
Oh my goodness, I will never go back to a bulb syringe ever again! It was so effective! And easy to use! We still have our NoseFrida from Miss Jade, but I will be getting more hygeine filters so we can use it with the new baby girl on her way.
Chicco NaturalFit Advanced Feeding System
The Chicco NaturalFit Advanced Feeding System is the perfect feeding system to get started with your new baby! Even if you are breastfeeding you will still want a few bottles on hand for those times that you pump and need someone else to feed baby. Even if it is just Daddy getting some bonding time.
The great thing about the NaturalFit all you need feeding system is it includes everything you need to get started such as
- 2-stage 1 bottles (5 ounce) with newborn flow nipples
- 1-stage 2 bottle (8 ounce) with adjustable flow nipple
- 1-stage 3 bottle (11 ounce) with fast flow nipple
- 1-medium flow nipple
- 2-silicone orthodontic pacifiers
- Bonus Teether
- 1 Bottle Brush
- 1 Microwave sanitizer
Plus all bottles and nipples are BPA free. It’s the perfect set to start off your new feeding routine.
Not to mention it is engineered to be responsive to the changing feeding styles of babies. It can grow with your baby, but also focuses on having a more natural approach to feeding with nipples that encourage proper latch and neck positioning to make feeding easier for babies.
It also reduces air intake and supports the baby’s natural sucking motion. This is the best set to start off your bottle needs for new baby. Whether you are formula feeding to get started or breastfeeding for those few moments when you need a break.
Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail.
I have used a different diaper pail for each of my kids. I honestly didn’t like the first few because no matter how hard I cleaned them, I never could get the stink out. Which meant, after baby was out of diapers, I got rid of the pail and just got a new (different) one for the next baby.
That is why I love the idea behind the Ubbi Steel diaper pail. It is steal and not plastic so the stink of the diapers can’t penetrate the actual diaper pail. Which means the pail itself won’t stink after it’s been cleaned!
Not to mention it doesn’t require any special or expensive bags to use. Image, you can simply use just a simple kitchen trash bag that you are already buying. You don’t have to buy expensive diaper pail bags!
But I think what I love the most is how easy the Ubbi Steel Diaper pail is to use! I can easily open and close the diaper slot with one hand! But it also has a lock to keep other little ones from getting into the diaper pail and making a mess.
Not to mention that it not only fits regular disposable diapers, but it can be used for those cloth diapering as well! That’s right, cloth diapers fit right in! Just put your wet bag as the lining, and add your cloth diapers through the opening. It’s super easy to use and it’s the perfect diaper pail for cloth diapering or disposables!
I love the versatility as we haven’t decided if we will be doing disposable or cloth or a mixture with this baby yet. There are many pros and cons to both, and we have done both. We may be a mixture of using both, so I love being able to have a diaper pail that will work with which ever choice we make.
The other great feature is the design makes it easy to fit into tight corners, has a sleek design to look nice in any nursery and comes in 12 different colors! That means it fits any diapering families needs!
Ubbi Diaper Caddy and Wipes Dispenser
The Ubbi Diaper caddy is just pure brilliant for Mom’s! This is a handy caddy that you can place all your diapering needs into an easy to carry caddy. What I love about this is that I can have our babies nursery upstairs stocked with her diaper changing station. But what if I’m downstairs and she needs a changing?
Sure I could go all the way upstairs, but really can you imagine doing that 10 times a day when you need to keep an eye on the rest of the kids at the same time? So I just load up my Ubbi Diaper caddy in the mornings and then I have a portable diaper changing station in the main living area of the house for when our baby girl needs a change in the middle of the day.
The Ubbi Diaper caddy holds an average of 8 diapers, and features a window to monitor how many wipes you have. Plus you can add any wipes dispener, as most standard dispensers fit. It also includes a soft changing mat and a small drawer to store smaller items in, such as baby fingernail clippers and such.
It has a handle for easy carrying through the house and non-skip rubber feet and comes in 4 colors!
Now I can stay on the main floor with the other kids and still change the baby. No need to climb a bunch of stairs with baby in arms multiple times a day just for a diaper change.
The other great feature is the wipes dispenser! You can easily fill it up with wipes at the start of the day and always have some on hand! Plus it fits perfectly in the diaper caddy. And thanks to the unique design of the dispenser only one wipe comes out at a time instead of pulling out a handful.
It has a rubber seal to keep wipes fresh and moist (because nothing is worse than trying to get a wipe to find they have dried out!) and is also PVC, BPA & Phthalate free and is available in 5 colors.
These have been my favorite Unique baby essential items to add to my baby gear must haves. They may not be absolutely crucial when it comes to the basic needs, but they definitely add a lot of convenience. And that is why I love them.
Plus, I’m excited to share that we are part of the great Too Cool For Drool Giveaway hop August 31, 2015- September 14, 2015 in which many bloggers are hosting great baby themed giveaways all valued at $15 or more.
I am excited to announce that we will be giving away a baby giveaway package including the Udder Cover, Nursing Pillow Gift set, a Complete Carseat Canopy Whole Caboodle set, plus the Ubbi steel Diaper pail! ARV $255! So be sure to visit the Too Cool for Drool Giveaway between August 31-September 15, 2015 to enter to win these amazing baby items. Either for yourself or as a great baby shower gift for someone you know!
What items would be on your unique baby essentials list?
Which baby essentials would you want with your babies?