Motherhood

What to Register for Your Baby

One of the most frequent questions we get from readers is how to prepare for a new baby — especially what to register for. It can be really overwhelming! (I remember bursting into tears on the way to dinner when I was pregnant with Toby.) So, today I’ve updated my original post from six years ago with a list of every single thing (big and small) we got for our newborn babies. Of course, add/subtract as you see fit. Congratulations to all new parents! I hope this is helpful, and I’d love to hear your suggestions…

WHERE TO REGISTER

When I was pregnant with Toby, I used MyRegistry.com, since it lets you register from all different stores. That way, you can bring together exactly what you’d like, instead of being limited to one store’s selection. Amazon also offers a registry, and you can install its Universal Registry button to your browser so you can add items from any other site online.

BOOKS

These four books made us feel more confident and prepared when Toby and Anton were babies:

* The Happiest Baby on the Block (both the book and DVD) about how to calm a crying baby. Dr. Karp’s tips work like MAGIC.
* The Nursing Mother’s Companion, an amazing guide to breastfeeding, which made everything much easier. (I mentioned this book in this breastfeeding post, as well).
* The SleepEasy Solution about naps and nighttime sleep. Practical, gentle advice about how to teach your baby to get the sleep he needs. A friend recommended this to us, and I’m so glad she did. It saved us when Toby was four months old and suddenly decided he hated napping.
* And if you’re expecting your second child: Siblings Without Rivalry. When Anton arrived, Toby was less than enthused. This brilliant book shared wise advice and funny cartoons to ‘help your children live together so you can live, too.’ The book changed the way I spoke to our children about each other and helped our boys kickstart their friendship.

NURSERY

Crib — We really like Walmart’s cribs. We got the Olivia for Toby, but they’re all nice. (Here’s Toby’s old nursery.) For Anton, we were given the Oeuf Elephant crib as a gift, which is splurgier but beautiful. (Here’s Anton’s old nursery.) IKEA cribs are also lovely and always highly recommended. (Here’s my friend Lena’s IKEA crib in action.)

Mattress — We chose this natural soybean mattress. Experts say it’s best and safest to get a firm mattress for the crib. Also, says Cup of Jo editor Lexi: We’ve loved having a dual-sided mattress, which is firm on one side for babies and softer on the other side for toddlers, so you can use it for many years. We also used a NaturePedic organic mattress pad, which is waterproof.

Crib sheets — We’ve found that it’s helpful to have a few different sheets, so you’re not always running to the washing machine. There are so many cute ones — like from Winter Water Factory, Burt’s Bees and Target.

Sound machine — Many babies love white noise since it makes them feel cozy, like they’re in the womb. We have this white noise machine, and it’s awesome (I love that it has two different volume settings; and doesn’t have wave/forest/rainstorm sounds, which I find distracting; it’s just plain white noise similar to a fan). We still all sleep with these in our bedrooms!

Baby monitor — With our first child, we were OBSESSED with our video monitor. We could see Toby on the little screen, so we knew if he was asleep or playing in his crib. As a nervous new mom, I also constantly checked to see if he was breathing! But when Anton came along, we didn’t need the video monitor. We were happy and comfortable with a simpler audio monitor. A great thing about this one is that you can put it on vibrate, so if you’re watching TV or have friends over, you will be sure to hear it.

Storage bins — We have a few sweet baskets like these for rounding up toys and extra blankets in babies’ rooms.

Nightlight — If their bedroom is dark at night, you might like a night light, which is handy during late feedings and diaper changes.

Pacifiers — Many of our friends swear by pacifiers for their newborns, since it helps them soothe themselves and stay calm during naps and outings. Our boys didn’t like pacifiers (Anton is more of a thumb guy:), but it might make sense to try one and see what your baby thinks. Here’s an ultra natural one beloved by many friends; and these gently glow in the dark, which helps little ones easily spot them in the middle of the night.

TRAVEL AND GEAR

Infant car seat — Graco car seats are fantastic and very easy to use with young babies. (You can also get a frame to turn it into a stroller, which is great for everyday life, as well as traveling.)

Stroller — A stroller is a very personal choice, based on your town/lifestyle/budget/etc. We had two strollers for different reasons: First, the Graco stroller frame let us add wheels to the car seat, which turned it into a stroller. This was great when our boys were newborns, since they slept in it really well and we could take them on long walks/out to restaurants/etc.; and even when they were slightly bigger babies, we still used it when traveling (to easily transition between a stroller and a car seat).

For daily use, we love the Maclaren Triumph, which is for babies three months and older. It’s comfy, light and easy to fold (to stick in the trunk of a car). Toby happily rode in his for years, and now Anton has inherited it!

Stroller bag for winter — Bundle bags are AMAZING if you live in a place with cold winters. You can just pop your baby into one of these instead of having to dress him or her in giant jacket/pants/etc. A super cozy choice is the BundleMe stroller bag. (Another winter idea: I’ve spent the last six winters freezing my hands off while pushing strollers around New York City. But many friends SWEAR by these stroller hand muffs, which you just attach over handles. They’re a splurge, but so, so, so cozy and warm. Just a thought!)

Baby carrier — When they were smaller, I loved wearing Toby and Anton on walks around town. Using a carrier also let me have both hands free, and I could easily walk around crowded streets, grocery stores, etc. There are lots of great ones, but my favorites was the Ergo. Padded straps go over both shoulders and it sits on the hips, so the weight is distributed well; it’s comfy and cozy, and I carried the boys that way for years.

Travel crib — If you travel a lot, you might want to register for a travel crib. We did a bunch of research and, while there are cheaper options (Pack n’ Play, Phil & Ted), the crowd favorite BY FAR was the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light, so we decided on that and CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT IT. It packs up into a super light little suitcase for carrying through airports, etc., and it’s comfortable and amazingly easy to use. We’ve used it a million times.

DIAPERING

Daytime diapers — We used Honest diapers for the daytime, since they’re pure and chlorine free. Babies wear diapers 24/7 for years, so it was important to me that they be very pure and natural on their skin.

Nighttime diapers — When the boys were about five months old and started sleeping through the night (p.s. more on sleep here!), we got them Huggies Overnight Diapers. They’re so absorbent that the boys never woke up from a wet diaper, which was great for both them and us. :)

Diaper wipes — We like Honest wipes, since they’re natural and chlorine free.

Diaper pail — We got a Diaper Dekor to use as a diaper pail in the boys’ bedrooms; it worked well and kept the room smelling nice! It’s easy to use and, for us, was well worth the price (we would have had to buy a trash can for the room anyway), and I like that you can open it with your foot (versus your hand). Whether you need one of these might depend on what type of trash disposal you have (we can only take out our trash twice a week), and if you already have a good foot-pedal trash can. If you go this route you’ll need Diaper Dekor pail liners, too.

Diaper cream — For diaper rash (which pops up now and again) or random irritation down there, we used the very gentle, all natural Honest cream, or A+D ointment.

Changing pad — We didn’t get a changing table, but instead just put this contoured changing pad on the top of a dresser. (We hooked it on with a strap and sticky pads for safety.) It worked well and also saved money. There are cute covers, too. A few of my friends with new babies swear by this changing pad, too. It doesn’t require sheets or pads and it’s easy to wipe down.

Cloth diapers — When the boys were babies, we used these for EVERYTHING and had one hanging over the arm of pretty much every chair in the house! Great for cleaning spit up, using as a burp cloth, shielding baby’s head from the sun when you’re walking around outside (they’re very light, thin and breathable). Also, you can wash and reuse them hundreds of times.

Diaper bag — I liked having a dedicated baby bag (when they were newborns, I carried diapers, wipes, a cloth diaper for burping, and a water bottle). The diaper bags in baby stores are fine but aren’t always that cute. I liked Moop’s market bag with Toby, and Storq’s backpack with Anton.

BATHS AND HEALTH

Saline spray — Pretty much all new babies have stuffy noses, and you can spray this fine mist (just salty water) into his or her nose to loosen up the mucus so he either sneezes it out or swallows it. We used it all the time. Great for when the baby has a cold, too.

Nasal aspirator — Relatedly, a bulb syringe helps you remove snot from a baby’s nose. (P.S. Have you seen this?! I’ve never tried it, but people swear by it:)

Nail clippers — We got baby nail clippers for Toby, but for Anton, we just used our adult clippers and they worked fine!

Thermometer — We had a digital rectal thermometer on hand. (I heard a great tip: If you think your baby might have a fever, kiss his forehead to see if it feels warm; it’s an easier way to tell than using your hands.) You can also try a forehead thermometer, which lets a baby sleep through having their temperature taken.

Baby acetaminophen — This medicine can be good to have in the house in case your baby gets a fever or is in pain for some reason. (FYI, our pediatrician said not to give a baby any medicine before he’s two months old, so you might check with yours.)

Bathtub — This simple moulded bathtub sits inside a regular bath and has two sides — one for a young infant and one for a older baby who can sit up.

Towels — With our second child Anton, we just used regular adult towels, but with Toby, we had a duck hooded towel, which was so cute, it hurt. (Here’s Toby wearing it.)

Shampoo — We’ve always used Honest. But if your baby is prone to cradle cap or dry skin, friends swear by this gentle foam shampoo that somehow knocks out cradle cap within a few uses and makes baby hair even softer. (It also smells so good!) People call it a miracle product. Some parents I know are still using it every day on their kids who are five or even older.

BLANKETS

Swaddles — We LOVED swaddling!!! Both boys slept much, much better (and longer) when they were swaddled, since their wriggly arms didn’t startle them. We swaddled them for naps and nighttime until they were 3-4 months old. We tried a bunch of different kinds — velcro swaddles, the hospital blankets, Aden & Anais swaddling blankets… But our FAVORITE by far was the Miracle Blanket, which helped their little arms stay put (meaning: they didn’t bust out of it in the middle of the night). I would highly, highly recommend it; we loved it.

Blankets — People love giving blankets as gifts, so you might wait to buy these until right before your baby is born, since you’ll probably get them as a present. We used ours for floor time during the day, and also we put one in the diaper bag, so the boys could lie on a blanket if we went to the park. We also draped one over the stroller on sunny days. If you do buy blankets, I’d recommend the light and lovely Aden & Anais muslin blankets.

CLOTHES

Onesies — Both our boys have summer birthdays, so they didn’t wear many clothes as newborns — usually just a diaper or onesie. The tees and onesies from Gap, Gerber and Carters all fit well and are easy to snap.

Gentle laundry detergent — We like Honest Company detergent, which is easy on sensitive skin.

FEEDING

Of course, how and what to feed your child is a very personal decision, based on many factors. But here’s what we did, if it’s helpful!

A breast pump — We had the Ameda double pump, and I liked it. I didn’t have the easiest time pumping, and I wish there had been more options for pumps when I was a new mom. Do you have a pump you love? (P.S. Breast pumps look intimidating, but I was relieved to find that it didn’t hurt at all.)

Milk storage bags — You can keep your pumped breast milk in these bags and pop them into the fridge or freezer. Super easy to use!

Bottles — Babies seem to prefer certain bottles over others, so you may have to experiment to see what your baby likes. We liked BornFree bottles.

Breast pads — Your breasts might leak for the first few weeks/months (mine leaked like crazy!) so you can just pop these pads into your bra and they absorb the milk. Comfy and great. (FYI, I pretty much wore a nursing bra all the time — even to bed — along with these pads to absorb leaks.)

Nipple cream — To help soothe nipples when you’re first breastfeeding, try this cream. (Note: your baby can drink from your breast even if you have lanolin cream on your nipples; it’s natural and they don’t even notice it.)

Nursing bras — I liked the pretty lace ones by Elle MacPherson.

My Brest Friend Pillow — This initially seemed random and unnecessary to me, but I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED this pillow, which made breastfeeding soooooo much more comfortable. The pillow supports your lower back and helps position the baby at chest-level, so your back and arms don’t ache. (I used it many times a day until Toby and Anton got big enough to sit on my knee during feeds, probably around 4 months.)

Formula — We did a mix of formula and breastfeeding when Toby and Anton were babies. I liked this one.

High chair — When Toby was born, our apartment was tiny, so we got a highchair that clipped onto a table and was super small to store. For Anton, we had a little more space and got the Stokke, which we still use and adore.

Teethers — Every baby I’ve ever met loves Sophie the Giraffe — my boys spent many happy hours gnawing away. :)

What to Register for Your Baby

What recommendations do you have? What do you swear by?

P.S. 15 things I’d want to tell a new mother, and do your eyes light up when you see your child?

  1. Nicole says...

    Hi!
    I am a swiss mom, i just wanted to share with you our new discover: ewan the dream sheep!! It’s a cute and really soft plush that includes a sound machine (with real heartbeat recordings) and a red “womb” light! My daughters love it!

    Greetings from lugano,
    Nicole and family

  2. Deborah says...

    Instead of a sound machine, we use an air purifier. It does double duty!

  3. Lillian Chang says...

    What a fantastic list! As a new mama to a three month old, I wanted to share some things that I’ve LOVED and worked well for us!

    1. The Dockatot – we love this so much. Our little guy sleeps so well in this, and we move it around whenever we need to keep an eye on him (like next to the shower). I know this product has a lot of hype, and some people think it’s a gimmick, but for us, it worked really well.
    2. Our cloth diapering system – I know several commenters already shared about cloth diapers, but I wanted to share the system that we use. I use prefolds and diaper covers, and I basically follow the Youtuber Eat Pray Crunch and her cloth diapering system. It has worked beautifully for us.
    3. Skip Hop Activity Gym (https://smile.amazon.com/Skip-Hop-Toddler-Alphabet-Activity/dp/B006STJTR2/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1486170822&sr=8-7&keywords=skip+hop+play+mat): We had another one as a hand-me-down, but we ended up buying this one after seeing some other friends with young babies use it. I like this one because the hanging toys are low, close to baby, which is perfect at this young age for him to learn how to grab. I love this – I put my baby in there every morning and he plays long enough for me to eat breakfast! Plus, it’s a great spot for him to enjoy some floor time and independent play and tummy time!
    4. The book Baby 411 – a great book for reference. I love the straight-forward layout and answers!
    5. You Are My I Love You book – this was the first book I read to our baby and still continue to read to him often! It’s so sweet!

    I really did try to keep things as simple and minimal as possible. We got a LOT of hand-me-downs, which I would 100% recommend (they grow out of everything so fast! Plus, you don’t know if your child will like it, so it’s nice to have a sharing system to test it out!). And as many of the other commenters mention, you can always buy things as you go along!

  4. I swear by the NoseFrida, we still occasionally use it for our tissue-averse 3.5 year-old.

    We got this white noise machine as a gift for my light-sleeping husband: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=white+noise+machine&tbm=shop&spd=9015190274133715990
    It’s got a few different tones, but it’s all just noise, not like cawing jungle birds, etc. The tones are apparently designed to drown out different things, like snoring, etc.

  5. THANK YOU! I have to register this week for items because my baby shower is coming up, and I was so overwhelmed. This article came at the best time!

  6. Katie says...

    Christ almighty. I’m a somewhat sleep-deprived new parent of an easy 7 week old (I fully admit this comment might read differently if she had food or belly issues, or didn’t sleep, or was otherwise cranky), so take this with a grain of salt…

    I’ve lived for years in a 500 square foot studio and so have long been wary of accumulating too much “stuff” — we even share a car with a neighbor. So I was super reluctant to have a baby shower and get any baby specific objects that I wasn’t sure I’d absolutely need. I figured what with friends and hand-me-downs, a great kids’ consignment store down the road, and the virtues of Amazon Prime, if we identified a need, we could easily fill it.

    However, I didn’t want to go the totally hardcore minimalist route of, say, Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves (although her recommendations for nursing pads and various other sundries are spot on) (nor could we afford all the gorgeously natural, handmade luxuries of Beth at Local Milk). I knew I’d need SOME stuff.

    But please, if anyone is, like me, inclined toward minimalism, rest assured you actually do NOT need a bunch of things. Your new 8lb creature really only wants to be warm (cuddly blankets: check), breast milk (boobs: check), and… oh wait, that’s it. Of course, as a parent you’ll want some extras. I already use natural products on my own skin, so we tend to share things like balms and oils and I discovered a few new companies I love for both mama and baby (OsoCozy for baby wipes and burp cloths; Olga Bobbi for wonderful olive oil based skincare). I found Honest Co. diapers and wipes to be too harsh, so now we alternate with Bambo diapers and I’m looking into Parasol Co (loved the idea of cloth diapering but I’m too often away from home base with the baby). We don’t have a crib or stroller and only reluctantly got a car seat (I’d happily forgo the car seat and take the bus everywhere, but it does have its conveniences). I find my “purse” (a cross-body leather satchel), once cleared out of the all the unnecessary junk I was hauling around, fits a thin cotton blanket, a change of clothes, a waterproof bag with baby balms and wipes, and about 4 extra diapers… enough for almost a full day out and about.

    The great thing is, now that we’ve settled into being parents I can more easily imagine someday getting a crib, fitting it into our space (hello, Pinterest!), and easing out of co-sleeping when we’re ready. One day at a time!

    Again, HUGE disclaimer that this this slow style of accumulation works for us in our very specific lifestyle — however, as a pregnant lady I would have loved if even ONE of my mama friends had been supportive of this “less is more” approach and didn’t give me the side-eye when I declined to get a crib, diaper bag, stroller…

    OK, now to get my sleep deprived ass to bed. I’ve just requested The Sleepeasy Solution from my local library, along with that baby shampoo you recommended! Cheers.

    • Colette says...

      Thank you! This is super helpful as someone who doesn’t yet have children but has always wondered about the ever-increasing number of “must-haves” for baby I see online or hear about from friends.

    • Dana says...

      Ha! I agree with you. I lived in a small apartment and had my baby. Some things definitely come in handy, but whenever anyone asked what they could get me I said diapers.

    • Robin says...

      I agree you don’t need anything but diapers for a baby (depending on your climate), but a registry is a list of potential gifts, so I think it makes sense to include things that can (depending on your climate/lifestyle/baby) make life w baby easier or better in some way. I got the travel crib above as a gift for my second baby (now 4 mo). It’s totally pricey and you can definitely travel without it but I LOVE it. It’s made travelling with my little one much easier. So it was a great gift to receive, even if it isn’t in any way essential. Ditto most of the other things on this list. I’d add a baby swing, too. Totally inessential and wonderfully sanity saving (for my baby/lifestyle/etc).

  7. Becky says...

    I am expecting in a few weeks and have been to some classes to prepare myself, one of them a breastfeeding one. I have to agree with some of the posters here to say that breastfeeding seems to be like a religion for some. Obviously there is some good solid science that it is the best choice if possible, especially for the first few weeks. That said I think people are SO harsh on women who use formula or who don’t breastfeed for “long enough” etc. While there are benefits I think that that many of them can be overblown. I enjoyed this article on the topic. https://expectingscience.com/2015/11/02/breastfeeding-benefits-the-real-the-imagined-and-the-exaggerated/

  8. Mei says...

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but I strongly suggest that if you’re going to register for clothing, register for larger sizes than newborn. People LOVE to give newborn-sized clothing, but they grow out of them so quickly. It’s really nice to have a few larger (ha!) items on hand so you’re not caught by surprise.

  9. This was a wonderful post! I’d like to add a sleep book that we not only found priceless for us as parents but everyone I recommended to has come back to me thanking me which I feel really means something. “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby” was a life changer for us. Our babies slept through the night 12 hours consistently from 3 months on and we were sold!

  10. sadie says...

    More of a toddler recommendation than a baby recommendation, but we used the Nasopure Jr. nasal rinse bottle a lot when my son was struggling with persistent sinus infections due to allergies. Using it every few days was actually more successful in managing his allergies than daily Zyrtec. It takes some training, but now my son will actually ask for “the blue bottle!” when he is congested! It’s like a neti pot, but somehow easier to get a child to use.

    File under: things I never thought I’d ever use, much less recommend!

  11. Stacie Martin says...

    Along with the NoseFrida, I’d recommend this handy-dandy booger scooper to new parents! The “OogieBear” is a little Q-Tip sized tool that helps you gently scoop out any nose gunk from tiny nostrils safely. My baby and toddler both often have yucky boogers that the Frida won’t suck out, and this is so incredibly satisfying. Ha!! Like peeling a sunburn or flossing after a meaty dinner.

    https://www.amazon.com/Oogiebear-BLU1-oogiebear-Nose-Cleaner/dp/B00GXTTPKI/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1485975287&sr=8-1&keywords=oogiebear

    Also, I have that Primo tub, and while it is functional and appropriate for all baby stages, it’s HUGE and even in our large home, always seems to be in the way. I’d rather have a small bath sling or standard newborn tub, then bathe my bigger babies in the tub or sink once they can sit up.

    Great list!

  12. Julia says...

    To be honest I am very surprised to see Walmart for a crib recommendation. I realize you are are most likely trying to appeal to all audiences price wise, but the reason I read and follow this blog is that you tend to support local businesses and or companies that positively contribute to our society. I do not have kids and if I did, I would want affordable and safe options as well, but it seems like there are many other businesses out there that fit for that criteria.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for your feedback! that’s the crib we actually bought and used (it fit our budget best at the time), and this list is all about sharing what we got for our family. but the IKEA one we shared is great, and there are many beautiful cribs from small companies, as well. we definitely love supporting and recommending small designers and makers in many posts, but in this case, this crib was what we ended up getting for our needs/budget :)

    • I just came across this great post — 4 years ago I used the original while registering for my daughter. I wish there were local businesses here in Brooklyn that sold affordable and “healthy/non-toxic” furniture. They are non-existent. We ended up with the Park Mod Crib from Wal-Mart, which the manager at Sprout Brooklyn told me she’d bought for her daughter as well.

    • Julia says...

      Thanks for the comment back! I hope I did not offend anyone by posting. Just seemed a little off base per your usual recommendations. I just hoped it was not and add for Walmart. Ha- I am most likely on edge with everything going on in the world right now. I have yet to comment on anything political regarding Trump, and I find myself completely unraveling at crib recommendations ;) xo

  13. Elle says...

    Admittedly, I have no children! But I am familiar with your sound-machine choice and it is primitive compared to the one I’ve linked below, which offers 20 different white-noise and fan choices and a volume range from barely audible to blasting. It’s great for all ages, as the sounds soothe and do not repeat, distract, or annoy. We bring ours when we travel and bought a second one for our living room as we have very noisy neighbors. There is only one sound among the 20 that I love, but that one has truly been a lifesaver for me. We live above two very young, unemployed guys who studied sound engineering at a local music college. They have a band and think they will be rock stars . . . but one is tone-deaf and the other needs to give up drumming and find himself. (Their parents pay for everything, including a great deal of pot and alcohol. Don’t let this happen to you!)

    I’m sensitive to noise and probably wouldn’t be alive without my LectroFan! It’s the same price as the other machine, and a great invention.

    https://www.amazon.com/LectroFan-White-Noise-Machine-Sounds/dp/B00JU8P8VY/ref=pd_sim_121_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00JU8P8VY&pd_rd_r=5B322KZKTN9NJR93Y59W&pd_rd_w=fBzX4&pd_rd_wg=iTpsP&psc=1&refRID=5B322KZKTN9NJR93Y59W

  14. Meredith says...

    Advice to new parents, take the Nasal aspirator from the hospital. My daughter had severe reflux and the aspirator can save a choking baby’s life. I watched the nurses at the hopital use it on her when she was choking and luckily, I only had one scary situation at home. The one at the hospital is much better than the ones you can buy in the stores.

  15. Liz says...

    A friend of mine used BabyList to register for her shower and I thought it was the best! You can register for any items and then your friends/family can buy those items from ANYWHERE they want to! You mark the gift as reserved and then either purchase the gift online or buy from a brick-and-mortar store and confirm your purchase. I wish something like this existed for wedding registries!

  16. Amanda says...

    Agree about being hands-free when you pump — from the get-go a wonderful lactation consultant-in-training told me this tip & I try to pass it on whenever I can.

    To make your own hands-free-pumping-situation, take a sports-bra or built-in-bra tank, cut slits in it and go! I have two (both pretty well-used tanks that are still working after the second kid and lots of pumping). Easy peasy! And you can take the $30 for a pumping bra and get another set of nursing tanks from H&M. Winning.

  17. Samantha Clark says...

    I’ve been using the NoseFrida for my son. He had no problem with it when he was newborn through probably five or six months but now HATES it at nine months. It feels safer to me than a bulb syringe, as it’s tip is wider and probably can’t go in too far.

  18. Nina says...

    I agree with Jo that breast pads are great for leaking milk when you’re past the first few weeks, but in the VERY beginning, when your nipples are likely cracked and bleeding from breastfeeding, it’s all about SOOTHIE GEL PADS!! They’re expensive but so worth it. Not only do they collect milk that has leaked but they’re also cooling and keep dry skin lubricated so that you’re ready to go for the next feeding…I didn’t know about them when my oldest was born but they were a HUGE lifesaver for my second!!

    https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Soothies-Breastfeeding-Mothers-Count/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1485923059&sr=1-1&keywords=breast+pad+soothies

  19. The Nose Frida is the best! I still use it on my son who is now three years old. He dislikes it, as did his sister. OK, they totally hate it and try to squirm away as we do it. I think it feels really weird to them, but I’ve tried it myself and it’s really not painful. It’s just strange. Since babies and toddlers can’t blow their noses, it’s the only way to get the gunk out. It also saves them from getting a raw nose from all that wiping with tissues. I give it to my friends and sometimes they think it is gross, but then they use it and rave about it. Also, I can’t believe I wrote this much text about a snot sucker.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha you are awesome, jill :)