Happy Monday my loves!! I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s day weekend and wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas killing the mom game!! This year we spent Mother’s Day with G’s family in Miami and I’m so grateful for the quiet family time we spent this week…we really needed it! Tomorrow we leave for Barcelona and Capri and I couldn’t be more excited! Before I get to packing, I wanted to share a post that is long overdue, but hey better late than never right?! I’ve been getting a ton of questions about my favorite must-have baby products! Before Ále was born, G and I were doing a ton of research on the best baby products , reading reviews, and going through their safety features. To be honest, it got super overwhelming because there are so many brands out there with similar products at different price points! We scoured the web, blogs, and asked friends what the best products were to invest in. Now that Ále is 16 months, we’ve tried A LOT of different products and have really nailed down what works best for us. So I thought it would be the perfect time to do a round-up of my favorite must-have baby products for all you mamas and mama’s-to-be!
1. Bloom High Chair: The Fresco
Ále LOVES her high chair! I constantly get questions from you guys about it, it’s called the Fresco by Bloom and I love it because it grows with her through each stage of life (not to mention it’s cute lol)! It has 3 recline positions: it can fully lie flat for newborns, semi recline (which I used when Ále was drinking her bottles) & upright seat (which I mostly use now for feeding solids). I also really love that we can adjust the height so she can be at the table or up at the breakfast bar with us! You can customize it and pick colors to match your home, and it’s also super easy to clean! As you know from my Stories, Ále spends a lot of her time in this chair and seems to love it as much as we do! We’ll be using our chair for the long haul and for baby #2!
2. Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat
I love this carseat for so many reasons. The most unique feature on the Maxi-Cosi Pria is the ClipQuik auto-magnetic chest clip which is so easy and convenient to use! G and I are always on-the-go and Ále loves coming along for the ride, so it’s super important that we have a high-functioning car seat. This car seat makes it super easy and fast to get Ále in and out of the car thanks to the magnetic clip feature and flip away buckle. The seat pad is also both machine washable and dryer safe so we can easily remove and put back onto the seat if there’s a diaper blowout! We’ve been using this carseat since she was a newborn and still have a long way to go!
3. Skip Hop Paxwell Easy-Access Diaper Sling Backpack
From the moment we started using this bag, we fell in love! We were so impressed with the functionality of this bag, plus it looks super chic for G haha! But most of all, this diaper bag gets things done, fast, and on-the-go. It has pockets in all the right places, especially on the front for your keys, phone, wallet and of course, baby bottles. The inside has a huge central space perfect for diapers, wipes, changing pads (it comes with one), and toys. Best of all, there’s an adjustable strap so you can easily switch from the right or left side.
4. Dr Brown's Bottles (4 oz & 8oz)
Before Ále was born, G and I drove ourselves crazy researching the best bottles to use! We tried a few different brands, but as soon as we tried Dr. Brown’s bottles, we never looked back! They have a patented vented system that reduces common feeding problems such as gas, burping, and spit-up so it makes feeding such a positive experience for everyone! The bottles also help preserve Vitamins C, A, and E which are vital for infant health.
5. Honest Diapers
Obviously the #1 necessity for all mama’s is diapers! I personally love Honest Diapers. The fit is always perfect and they come in a ton of adorable prints and patterns that Ále loves! Honest diapers are also made of wheat and corn materials.
6. BIBS BPA-Free Natural Rubber Baby Pacifier
If you guys watch my stories, you know how much Ále loves her PACI’S!! She tells us all the time haha. We’ve tried many different brands for pacifiers and these by bibs have worked the best. I love that they are made out of a natural rubber and 100% free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. Plus, they’re also chic, neutral and timeless so your baby can grow with them!
7. Johnson's Tear Free Baby Shampoo
I love Johnson’s No More Tears Shampoo because it’s gentle and if a bit happens to get into her eyes, it doesn’t hurt or sting! And not only did I grow up using this shampoo, but Johnson has recently gone the extra mile to make their products that much safer for our babies. They’ve re-formulated everything, stripping all products of sulfates and dyes and have started using more naturally derived ingredients.
8. Johnson's Cotton Touch Face & Body Moisturizer
Another must-have from Johnson’s is their cotton baby lotion. I swear by this stuff! It’s super gentle on Ále’s delicate skin and smells amazing! You know that delicious new baby smell? It really is like they bottled it in this baby lotion!
9. SOAIY White Noise Sound Machine
Ok you guys..this thing is one of my holy grails of baby’s sleep! When you need it most, this thing always does the trick. It has different soundtrack options that help Alessandra have a better sleep without being woken up by outside noises. It also has a nightlight that adjusts brightness, so if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she won’t get scared and cry. Plus, it’s small and portable so we can actually bring it with us when we travel or on a long car ride!
10. Vooks App
Ále, the bookworm lol! At this age, Ále is becoming more and more curious and interactive with everything around her! She loves to read, explore, and learn all the time. One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting in her reading corner in her nursery for story time. I read to Ale daily, but there are times when she’s not having it or has a lot of energy which is when I’ll watch an animated storybook with her on Vooks! This app is my favorite streaming service for animated storybooks and has all of her favorites so I never have to worry about missing storytime!
So there you have it! These are my favorite must-have baby items, and the things that work best for our family. For my mama’s out there, I want to know what baby products you can’t live without?! Let me know in the comments below!