One of the most exciting things about having a baby is all the new and cool baby products that you get to start shopping around for.  It is so fun, and overwhelming at the same time, to walk into a baby store and seeing aisle after aisle of things to get.

But it quickly gets very overwhelming because you start asking yourself, “Do I need this?” or “Which one should I get”.  You could literally spend an entire day in the baby store adding things to your registry.

Most physical and online stores with registries have recommended lists to help guide you.  If you google baby registry items, you will get plenty of articles listing out their most favorite products, including this article that you’re reading.

There are more and more new products coming out everyday.  Many of which I come across either in the stores or from other moms using it and then say to myself, “I wish this was around when my kids were babies”.

Below is a list of practical items that I either couldn’t have survived my kid’s younger years without or that I wish was available because it could have solved a problem I was dealing with on a regular basis.

A Co-Sleeper or Bassinet

Yes, they only use this for a short period of time but the first few months is when it’s so worth it to have.  It makes it so convenient to have them by your side for the first few months. I remember being able to just open my eyes without getting up and still being able to see my baby.  It’s comforting to know they are within arms reach at all time. Plus, its a time saver when you think about how many times you will end up having to get out of bed to get to your baby…and when you’re already sleep deprived, you need all the extra minutes of sleep you can get.

This HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper not only can be adjusted to the height of your own bed but it also swivels so you can position the baby closer to you if needed.  Definitely an upgrade to the regular Co-Sleeper I used.

A Sound or White Noise machine

We used a white noise machine every single day when the baby sleeps.  It helps to even out the noises that are happening around them. Babies get easily startled when they hear a loud sudden noise and you definitely don’t want them waking up from their beauty sleep.  Especially when you’re also trying to catch some zzz’s with them. Having the consistent even noise helps drown out the outside noise.

Having one while you’re traveling is also a must, especially when you’re visiting family because conversations do tend to get loud.  Nothing makes a family visit go south than spending your entire time dealing with a cranky baby because s/he didn’t get their full naptime in.

The machine we used was the Soundspa Lullaby and it lasted us a pretty long time.  Looks like this is a newer version from the one we used back then. Having options to choose from is always helpful so the Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies machine wasn’t around when we needed it but it came highly recommended by other moms.  It also has a portable version to travel with, which is nice.

BabyDam Bathtub Divider

This was something I wish was available when my kids were younger.  The regular baby bathtub got too small really quick and I ended up having to use the bathtub for them but it wasted so much water.  Having this Dam would have been so useful. You can adjust it and just fill up a portion of your tub with water instead of the entire tub.  Such a neat idea!


As a new parent, you hear plenty of stories of SIDS and of course, get very paranoid about it withy your own child.  In 1994, the American Academy of Pediatrics coined the “Back to Sleep” term to raise awareness for their safe sleep recommendations.

With innovative technology these days, there are products like the Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor that brings somepeace of mind to parents.  When I first heard about this, as a nurse, I thought it was a little overkill actually. But I could definitely see the usefulness of this, especially if you have a preemie baby. 

I came across another similar device called the Cocoon Cam Plus that came highly recommended by a handful of other moms who have used it.  Since these baby monitor are larger ticketed item, I always find it best to compare multiple options.

Nokia Thermometer

I love this thermometer.  After using different types of thermometers in the home as well as when I was caring for patients in the hospital, I have found this to be my all time favorite and it is what I currently use now.  It is accurate and it works by just scanning the forehead.  Yes, it is a little pricier for a thermometer, but IMO it’s worth it.

This is great for 2 main reasons.  1) You don’t have to worry about bacteria collecting on the tip because it doesn’t touch the skin at all and 2) You don’t have to wake the kids up during the night to recheck their temps because they won’t even feel a thing.  Plus, all the recordings gets synced to an app where you can check previous temperatures. Very useful to track when the last time medicine was given as well.

NoseFrida Bundle Kit

Now these weren’t around when I really needed them so I had to resort to the regular bulb suctions, which I found to be ineffective the majority of the time.  The hospital ones definitely worked a lot better than the store bought ones, but unfortunately, they aren’t for sale.

These NoseFrida at first glance seems very disgusting but other moms seem to rant and rave about them.  I would definitely try this out over the regular bulb suction if I had to do it all over again because the regular store bulb suctions are worthless.

Baby First Aid Kit

And last but not least, we had to mention our very own PreparaKit Baby First Aid Kit that we put together for moms.  It’s a very popular item for baby shower gifts as well as registry items on Amazon. We’ve had many compliments on how easy it fits into their diaper bag and how useful it has been having it on hand.

I hope you have enjoyed some if not all of these recommendations.  To make things even easier because that’s what we’re all about, simplifying and making things easier for our PreparaMoms, I took the liberty of creating an Amazon Registry that includes all of these items in one place so that you can view them and quickly add them to your registry if you so desire.

What’s your must have baby item?  Please comment below.  I’d love to know about it!

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