As my firstborn grew from one size to the next, I would carefully pack up her gently-worn clothes proclaiming “This is my favorite dress!” or “I love this outfit!” and other endearing sentiments. I lovingly packed her clothes away, like the contents of a time capsule, hoping one day I would be able to cherish them again.
Now, as I am seven months pregnant and expecting a second girl, I am so grateful I saved that adorable little wardrobe. Four years after the birth of my firstborn, I am also glad I saved a number of other must-have baby items.
Read on to see what was worth holding onto all these years, and don’t forget to add these items to your baby registry!
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On the Night You Were Born Boardbook by Nancy Tillman
Wow! What a sweet book. This one has been my favorite since I was pregnant with my first. Admittedly, I have not read it to her in a long time. I need to, and I can’t wait to read it to my next little girl when she is born. A friend of mine recently shared that she reads this to her girls every year on their birthday, even though they are now over 10 years old! So if you haven’t purchased this, I recommend you do. I’m sure you will enjoy it for years to come.
Snuggle Me Organic Lounger
This little lounger would go room to room where we would gently set our angel down and watch her sleep during her daytime naps. It’s made of soft organic fibers and cradles baby perfectly in those first few months of life. The lounger is machine washable, but don’t forget to buy a cover for it to minimize washing! It’s a lot less work to wash the cover than the entire lounger.
Solly Baby Wrap
I absolutely loved babywearing. I was so accustomed to carrying around my pregnancy weight that wearing my daughter in her first few months of life just felt like a natural next step. The soft stretchy Solly Baby fabric is perfect for babywearing in the fourth trimester. I actually enjoyed this product so much, that it’s is one of my favorite items to gift expecting mothers.
Boppy Nursing Pillow
I breastfed for over two and a half years, so my breastfeeding supplies got plenty of use! I used this trusty nursing pillow to support my baby in different positions when breastfeeding. While the Boppy is great as a nursing pillow, it also works to prop baby up, practice tummy time, and support baby in sitting. The Boppy is machine washable and available with a removable cover. If you tried the Boppy and it just didn’t work for you, another great option is the My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow. You can check out this post for more great recommendations on breastfeeding essentials.
Spectra S1 Breastpump
Despite working full time I was able to successfully breastfeed my firstborn for over 2.5 years! This was undoubtedly due in part to having a high-quality pump. While there are so many more options on the market now, I’m glad I still have my Spectra S1 to help me on my next breastfeeding journey. The Spectra S1 has a rechargeable battery that allows you to pump without having to be plugged into a wall outlet. The portability and soft quiet motor make it a great option for breastfeeding moms. Be sure to check out this post for more info on whether the S1 is right for you.
Nuna Rava Carseat
This is the absolute most luxurious car seat. Not only does it exceed safety standards, but it has extra padding and can be used for babies 5-50 lbs! I feel my daughter is safe and secure in it, but I also know she is comfortable for both long and short trips! I love this so much that I have considered buying a second one. My older daughter currently still fits in it and I could either put two Nuna Ravas in one car or one in each of our cars. Be warned though, it does come at a premium price, and that’s what’s held me back from buying another one so far.
So did you save any items for your next baby? Leave and comment and let us know what you think is worth holding onto.