My 5 Favorite Non-Essential Baby Items, Ages 0-6 Months

When Jake and I first went out to register, we spent over three hours in the car seat section of Buy Buy Baby. I thought I had done enough legwork – you know, asking friends on Facebook for their top registry picks, talking to fellow mommy friends, researching on the internet. I printed out, like, 10 pages of comments along with other info I could find online and brought it with us to register but it wasn’t enough. We still spent more than three hours with the Buy Buy Baby salesperson asking questions and looking at every model of car seat they had. By the time we were done, my big, preggo body was so tired that the only other section I could handle  was the nursery where I just sprawled out on a rocking chair and lulled myself into a catnap.

We finalized our registry and got most of the items we asked for along with many generous gifts we didn’t ask for too. Lovely handmade quilts, tons of clothes (I would kill for even half of Ainsley’s wardrobe) and enough gift cards to purchase furniture and whatnot.

We all know what the essentials are right? Diapers, wipes, somewhere for baby to sleep and so on. But you could spend a small fortune purchasing the many, many, many other items the baby store people try to convince you that you’ll need. Some of which are helpful. Some of which are totally unnecessary. If you’re on a budget, like we were, you will need to narrow things down. In addition to the obvious stuff, here are my favorite non-essentials. Obviously, you need to make your own choices but here is what we’ve loved and our reasons why:

1. Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play

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Ainsley was diagnosed with reflux at three weeks old so lying flat on her back has always been uncomfortable… up until about three weeks ago when we transitioned her to her crib at night. Before that though, Ains was in her Rock’n Play all the time. Day and night. As evidenced by the above pics. One thing that is great is she can subtly move the chair while sitting in it which allows her to rock a bit. Babies love that. We even bring it with us on vacation. Most essential, non-essential piece of furniture by far.

2. Snap-N-Go Stroller

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The Snap ‘n Go Stroller has been a lifesaver. My delivery was brutal and it took weeks to heal. I could hardly carry around my six pound baby let alone heavier objects. The great thing about the Snap ‘n Go is that it is light and easy to use. All you do is place your infant carseat in the frame until you hear it click. Sadly, Miss A is not loving being in her carseat anymore so I am not sure how much longer we will get away with using this as our primary stroller but I will keep trying as long as possible.

3. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer Book

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This book totally changed the way I view my child and helped me create a realistic schedule for our days. It was recommended by several people before I finally went out and bought it. I’m so glad I did. Here are my takeaways:

  • Ainsley is a tiny person. She is not “the baby” but rather Ainsley Grace Charles and although she has not been on this earth for long she still deserves to be treated with respect.
  • E.A.S.Y. – Eat, Activity, Sleep, You Time. It doesn’t work perfectly. At least not in our house. But it does help. Let’s say Ains is fussing and I can’t figure out why. It helps to have a framework for the day that I can use as a guide as I figure out what’s wrong. If she’s just eaten, it may be that her diaper is wet. Or if I can rule those out, maybe she’s tired. There are also some charts that help decode baby body language (like what it means when they arch their back or frantically kick their legs). Those alone are worth buying the book for. You can get a used copy for crazy cheap on Amazon.

4. Carseat Canopy

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One of my favorite showers gifts was our carseat canopy. An awesome family friend made ours and it has come in handy on more than one occasion. For starters, with the winter we are having it has helped Ainsley stay warm and protect her adorable porcelain skin from getting too dry and cold. The other thing though, and people said this would happen, is that strangers will touch your child. No joke. This just adds an extra layer of protection between you and those who aren’t aware of the concept of boundaries.

5. Security Binky Blanket

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I can’t remember when but Ains reached a point when she learned how to grab at things. She will grab at anything within reach now.  It’s fun seeing her reach this new milestone but the problem is, she grabs blankets and pulls them over her face when I am not looking. So I found this tiny blanket that attaches to her paci and she absolutely loves it. Now, in addition to her loving the way it feels, I don’t have to worry about her being suffocated by a bigger blanket.

Like I said – it’s all a matter of personal opinion. These are a few items we have grown to love. What essential, non-essentials do you recommend?

Linking up with Still Being Molly

Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Angela,
    I agree with your top two picks on your 5 Non-Essentials List of a Rock-N-Play and a Click Connect Stroller. The Rock-N-Play is extremely helpful when your baby is fussy and not wanting to sleep in his/her crib or has reflux issues and trying to keep their head elevated. The Click Connect Stroller is light weight and really easy to use making going for walks or traveling in and out of the car quick and painless. I too looked for ways to get our child on a schedule and used Helen Moon’s “First Six Weeks” which was great for us and at six weeks we had a baby that slept 6.5 hours and now at 12 weeks sleeps 9 hours. I have taken your suggestion on getting item number 4 on your list and ordered us a car seat canopy. Thanks for your thoughtful insight into the Non-Essentials but helpful items you might want to use when raising a child.

    • acharlescoach says:

      I haven’t heard of that book. But it sounds like it’s working! I will have to check it out in the future. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Oh yes, the Rock N Play. I have friends who would say it’s essential because it’s the only place their babies would sleep for the first four months of life. :) We used ours a lot for naps. I love the snap-n-go, too! So easy and compact! Thanks for linking up with Funday Monday!

    • acharlescoach says:

      It’s true about the Rock ‘n Play, even though technically doctors say that babies need to sleep flat on their backs. I think they like feeling so snug in the Rock ‘n Play though… the crib would seem big and cold to a tiny little baby I would think! Thanks for commenting!

  3. she is soo soo cute! that picture of her swaddled in the rock n play! I love it! we used the rock n play when addi was sick too – it was so nice to have!

  4. Great list!

  5. Ahh this is so great!!! I didn’t know about the Baby Whisperer – I am going to have to remember this for when I have one, which will hopefully be soon!

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