Essential Things You Need for a Baby

A New Mom with Limited Space Shares Her Choices

The Owlet Baby Care Baby Monitor ($299.99) is a big-ticket item but it gives us so much peace of mind. We could leave Olivia in her crib in her room when she was 4 weeks old. The monitor sounds an alert if a baby’s heartbeat dips or her oxygen level is low and you can check her vitals on the Owlet app on your phone.

The best thing about the Ubbi Diaper Pail ($69.99-$79.99) for our disposable diapers is that it fits normal garbage bags instead of special-sized bags. We can buy garbage bags in bulk, which saves a ton. It also comes in multiple colors to match any nursery decor.

The Ryla Pack ($139) doubles as my purse, is less bulky and perfect for throwing on my back. It will be great when Olivia is more active and we’re out and about more.

The UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller ($549.99-$579.99) is super light for pushing, and easy to maneuver even with 30 pounds of extra weight – our two dogs and a diaper bag in the basket underneath. It is easy to transport and has multiple add-ons or changes for the future. We also have the UPPAbaby Mesa Carseat ($299.99-$349.99), which clicks right into the stroller and is naturally fire-resistant without chemicals.

The Bumbo Multi Seat ($54.99) goes everywhere – it is a travel high chair for us. Olivia has outgrown the stage of being in her car seat at restaurants but she is too tiny for their highchairs. The Bumbo seat has buckles to secure to any chair, and eventually we can use it as a travel booster chair, too.

The Boba Wrap ($40-$59) is great for keeping your newborn close to you, at home or on errands. The Ergobaby 360 All Positions Baby Carrier ($160) lets Olivia face outward and move around instead of being wrapped up tight.

For bath time, the Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub ($30) fits inside our tub. It can position from laying to sitting as your infant grows. We could transition her out of the Moby tub, but feel better having her in less water for now. The Skip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler ($16) keeps us more comfortable.

My Little Snugapuppy™ Deluxe Newborn Rock’n Play™ Sleeper ($75) by Fisher-Price lets you keep your baby nearby. When she was first born, I could have it right next to the bed, move it into the living room or the hallway while I showered. It folds up to store easily and for travel.

The Gro Company Room Groegg Thermometer ($37.99), changes colors if it is too cold or too hot in Olivia’s room. We can also tell what temperature makes her sleep best (67 degrees in a sleep sack).

Sophie the Giraffe ($24) is a favorite toy/teether. It’s soft enough to cuddle and mouth and easy to hang on to. Olivia also was able to grip the Innobaby Teethin’ Smart™ Ez Grip Teether ($6.99) since the beginning, and now she really chews and moves the fruit-like pieces around (They can also go in the freezer or fridge for additional comfort).

The Bumkins SuperBib ($6.95) is small enough for Olivia and fits on a bottle-drying rack after washing. It is waterproof and has a pocket for spills. We also use the Summer Infant Keep Me Clean Disposable Bibs ($4.99 for a 20-pack) when visiting friends and traveling.

The Stokke High Chair ($249) is one of my favorite items because it will stay in our home forever. Right now it is a high chair, but the seat height can change as Olivia grows and eventually it will become a desk chair.

As a new mom I use multiple wipes for different reasons. The Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Sensitive ($11.39 for six 480-count packs) are easy to order with Prime (a new parent’s lifesaver!) and Olivia hasn’t had a diaper rash yet. The WaterWipes Baby Wipes ($15.97 for two 60-count packs) are made of 99 percent water, and are so gentle we use these for Olivia’s face and hands. Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($12 for two 100-count canisters) are great for cleaning toys on the go or when we’re at the playground.

Vaseline is essential in our house. Before Olivia was born, I bought Butt Paste, but haven’t felt a need to use it – Vaseline is great at preventing rashes and has multiple uses. For instance, Olivia’s chin sometimes gets irritated when she drools; a dab of Vaseline keeps that from happening.

With the slow flow and wide bottle, Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle ($13.37) mimics breastfeeding for when switching between that and using a bottle. A bonus is they’re easy to clean – no bottle brush needed, and you can stick them in the top rack of the dishwasher. We also love our BPA-Free Quick Loader Dishwasher Basket for nipples and rings.

– Amelia Ramirez

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