Seven Must-Have Baby Items

My best friend, Gemma, recently gave birth to baby Arthur. (His little nose!) So much has changed in the five-and-a-half years since I had my youngest son Anton — my registry included an actual DVD about how to calm a crying baby! So, in partnership with the wonderful online registry Babylist, I asked Gemma to share the seven items she can’t live without…

1. Swaddle UP Swaddler.
“My first two babies LOVED to be swaddled with their arms down. My third baby simply didn’t like it — I stopped after a week. This magical invention stops him from jerking or scratching himself awake, but lets him keep his mitts up near his face where he’s most comfortable.”

2. Comotomo Baby Bottle.
“Arthur’s a boob man. Totally refused every bottle we tried for months. A friend recommended this as an as-close-to-the-boob alternative. It worked!”

3. Vibrant Village Play Gym.
“With your first baby, you look for stylish tummy-time mats in soothing neutrals. With your third baby, you know that bright and busy is the way to go. Sad, but true.”

4. Kiinde Twist Breast Milk Storage Pouch .
“I wish these had been around for my first two! Screws straight to the pump, then you just screw on a lid, and put it straight in the refrigerator or freezer. So, so easy.”

5. Bamboo Disposable Nursing Pads.
“Breast pads are a P.I.T.A., but necessary, if you are able (and choose) to breastfeed. They help breast milk from leaking onto your clothes. I shed them as I walk, like oversized confetti.”

6. Chicco Pacifier Clip.
“For travel, or when out and about, a pacifier clip is an absolute must. These are washable and just the right length.”

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
“Our early baby books look like someone sucked on them for years. (In fairness, someone did.) So, I replaced a few old favorites, like this one. I remember reading it when I was three and pretending to eat the yummy food. I know the words so well now, I can do it without the book, like performance art.”

The Best Baby Items On My Registry

When it comes to creating a baby registry, we LOVE Babylist. It lets you add any item from any store — including everything from big box stores to indie makers — onto your registry, so you only need to share one link with loved ones. Babylist strives to make the registry process as easy as possible. (It even tracks and compares prices, so you get the best deal.)

Babylist has lots of options beyond a traditional gift registry, too. You can create a cash fund, to help save for baby expenses or the future. I also appreciate that friends and relatives can sign up to give meaningful gifts that money can’t buy (like second-hand baby clothes, home-cooked meals or dog walking), which is such a thoughtful touch. Plus, if you create a registry today, you’re eligible for a free hello baby box full of goodies. Congratulations to anyone who is expecting!

What baby items do you swear by? I love Lewis, Petit Pehr, Aden + Anais, Sophie and Ergo.

(Photos by Sylvie Rosokoff for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Babylist, a service we swear by. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)