10 Must Haves for Baby in the 1st Year

Sharing the 10 must haves for baby in the first year! These items made the infant stage so much easier and less stressful.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over a year since I gave birth to my first baby. It’s been a year of joy, stress and learning. When you tell people you’re pregnant everyone is full of advice about what you will need for your baby. Some of it is unwelcome, or annoying, but some suggestions can be helpful. I remember asking people what things they recommended I register for. And late night texts with fellow moms for solutions to feeding and sleeping problems. People are full of suggestions, so here are 10 must haves for baby that literally changed our lives during the first year!

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Must Haves for Baby's First Year

10 First Year Must Haves for Baby

Dr. Brown’s Bottles

The biggest game-changers were Dr. Brown’s bottles. We read that they helped with colic and reflux and we definitely noticed that Baby Girl had less reflux issues when we used these bottles. She was especially difficult to feed following her pyloric stenosis surgery, so finding the right bottle was important!

Velcro Swaddles

Baby Girl only slept when swaddled for the first few months of life, but she was super strong and would break out of swaddle blankets so we invested in a few velcroed swaddles. The Ziggy Baby swaddles from Amazon were our favorites. It was late Spring/Summer when Baby Girl was swaddled and these are very lightweight so we didn’t worry about her getting too warm while sleeping.

Video Monitor

When Baby Girl was old enough to sleep in her nursery, a video monitor became essential! We could watch her while she was asleep to make sure she was in the right position. It was also helpful in determining whether or not she could figure out how to get back to sleep. I usually gave her a few minutes, while watching her on the monitor, to determine if she needed me right away.


I know that not everyone believes that you need a large armchair glider when you have a baby, but I do. You need one. They are amazing. Due to Baby Girl’s reflux and surgery she needed to be held upright while eating and for 20 minutes after eating, so feeding her took about an hour each time. The glider was so comfy! And I was able to prop up my legs and relax. We got a great deal on ours because it was being discontinued, so it was on clearance and was the floor model. The one I linked here looks like ours but it is not the one we purchased!pink-gold-nursery

Bouncer Seat

Due to Baby Girl’s reflux a Bouncer Seat was crucial. I’d set her in it after she ate while I cleaned the kitchen or whatever. When she started holding her bottles herself she would sit in this chair to eat. We used it up until Baby Girl weaned herself off bottles, which was about 5 weeks ago. Our Bouncer Seat was part of the Graco Cozy Duet System, but Mara did not like to swing, so we never really used that part.

Floppy Seat

Once Baby Girl was able to sit up on her own for long periods of time I started putting in the seat on the shopping cart at the grocery store or Target. But those metal seats are uncomfortable and gross, so I was glad we had registered for a Floppy Seat! It’s cushy, has hooks for toys and a clear pocket for my phone so she can play with that in the event of a meltdown in the checkout line. I keep mine in the car so I always have it. I also use it in restaurants over the gross little highchairs. It gives me peace of mind about germs and Baby Girl is way more comfortable.

Disposable Placemats

Speaking of germs and going out to eat, disposable placemats are the bomb. I wipe off the table, put down one of these mats and then just let Baby Girl eat off it. When she’s done I just peel the mat up and throw it away or put it on my plate balled up. No mess on the table! I also buy disposable bibs for eating out. I hate putting a dirty bib back in the diaper bag, plus sometimes I forget and leave them in there and then my bag smells. With a disposable bib I can just throw it out after we’re done eating and not worry about it.

Velcro Canvas Shoes

My last two must-haves definitely have more to do with my kid in particular. The first are these velcro canvas shoes from Old Navy. I have them in each color and they just rock. They are the ONLY shoes that Baby Girl doesn’t take off in the car, or anywhere else. I will say that without socks they can make for some pretty smelly baby feet, so I recommend socks. old navy canvas shoes

Trainer Cup

Second, the Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup. Baby Girl does not do well with spouted sippy cups. Don’t ask me why, I have no clue, but she loves these cups. They are easy to clean and spill-proof. Water will come out if your kid chucks it on the floor (mine does) but I figure that’s expected of anything full of water being thrown. mara's sippy cup

Jogging Stroller

Also, if you’re into walking a lot outside or running, invest in a good jogging stoller. We got the Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect jogger because it went with Baby Girl’s infant seat (and it was on sale). I went outside and walked SO much more after we bought this. It just made for a much smoother ride and really opened up a lot of walking opportunites for me because I wasn’t tied to going on paved walkways only.

These must haves for baby were crucial to us in the first year of our daughter’s life. They made our lives easier in some way, which is necessary when caring for an infant.

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