Baby Gifts and Items I Couldn't Live Without

With LB approaching 15 months of age and other friends welcoming their babies, I wanted to compile a list of all my favorite essentials that have helped get us through the last 15 months.

The items in bold are things that were essential (or super fun) for us in the first year as new parents. Items in italics are ones we do not own ourselves but about which have heard positive reviews from friends.

Everyone else's view at lunch today on my birthday with @weeog and @corknfwriters. #irelandatlunch

FOR THE PARENTS

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

Lindam Back Seat Organiser

Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear plugs Uncorded NRR33 (20 Pair)

OtterBox Universal Defender Case for iPhone 4 (White Silicone & White Plastic) to keep your iPhone safe

Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

"Mummy, you've GOT to try this!" LB shares his John Dory at #lunch today. @fennsquay

FEEDING

MAM 3 Pack Anti-Colic Bottle, 8 Ounce (These bottles reduce ingested air considerably, are dishwasher safe and can be sterilized in the microwave up to six at a time. We highly recommend them.)

MAM Self-sterilising Anti-colic Bottle Starter Set (Green) (These bottles reduce ingested air considerably, are dishwasher safe and can be sterilized in the microwave up to six at a time. We highly recommend them.)

Boon Mush Manual Baby Food Processor, Tangerine

Aden + Anais – Jungle Jam Burp Bib 2 Pack (shown above)

OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket, Orange

OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand, Orange

Boppy Lots of Dots Nursing & Feeding Support Pillow

Munchkin Deluxe Drying Rack

Set of 3 Mini Freezer Blocks

Munchkin Soft Tip Infant Spoons 6 Pack

Nursing Breastfeeding necklace – teething toy -Babywearing from bysiki

Sea Stones nursing necklace – blue, gray – accessory for slinging moms, teething necklace, gift for her from FrejaToys

LB rocking his first bow-tie.

APPAREL

Oddsocks Billy Pack, Socks, Unisex, 0-12 months

HALO SleepSack Comfort Mesh Early Walker Wearable Blanket, Cream Frog, Large

Baby Deedee Sleep Nest Baby Sleeping Bag, Khaki/Lime Green, Medium (6-18 Months)

Zutano Cozie Fleece Jacket or a hand-knit cardigan to layer around the house when it’s chilly

Little Me Frog Footie

Baby Aspen Sweet Dreamzzz Pint of PJ’s Sleep Time Gift Set – Lime, 0-6 Months

Baby Banz Retro Banz Oval Baby Sunglasses

Adventure BanZ Baby Sunglasses
A peek at LB crawling in @electriccork during #tweetmeettues today with @spiller2

TRANSPORTATION & GOING OUT

Ergo Baby Carrier Black/Camel which is great to pair with the Ergo Infant Insert Heart2Heart for premies, newborns and smaller babies (like LB was).

My Little Seat Infant Seats, Blue Fish (portable high chair)

Nice to put my feet up after a long day! #zulilyuknovembercutiescompetition #feet

BATHTIME & HEALTH

Baby Diego Bathinette Deluxe (great space saver)
Mustela 2-In-1 Hair & Body Shampoo 6.76 ounces

Piyo Piyo Baby Nail Clipper

Triple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash, 8-Ounce

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Advanced Therapy, 14 Ounces (396 g) (Pack of 2)

Spasilk 10 Pack Soft Terry Washcloth, Yellow

Nuby Baby Soft Terry Embroidered Hooded Towel 30in x 26 in – “I love daddy”

Burt’s Bees Bundle of Joy Baby Basket

Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator with 4 filters and 20 Additional Filters

Reading time with baby LB (Hawaiian alphabet book)

BOOKS

Belly Button Book (Boynton on Board)

Hawaiian Children’s Soft Book ABC Island Style

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

Pantone: Colors

Noodle’s Knitting

Playtime!

ACTIVITIES & TOYS FOR NEWBORNS

Lamaze High Contrast Flip-flop Bug Rattle

Skip Hop Funky Farmyard Activity Mat (variation shown above)

Lamaze Play & Grow Freddie the Firefly Take Along Toy (shown above)

Melissa & Doug Plush Rainbow Stacker 

Developmental Visual by PinkGasoline (Etsy)

@weeog playing with his new Kliky toy we ordered from @zulilyuk Playtime success!

ACTIVITIES & TOYS FOR OLDER BABIES

The First Years Stack N Count Cups

iPlay Funtime Tractor

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case

Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck

Kid O Sorting Primary Colors

Melissa & Doug Dragon Plush

Kliky Numbers Magnetic Blocks (shown above)

Elmer

@weeog is making friends with Ceilidh the Collie by offering a nibble of his snack. Sharing is caring. #dog #baby

BOUNCERS

Bright Starts Fun on Safari Baby Bouncer (great for birth through 20lbs)

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo 

Evenflo Johnny Jump Up Doorway Jumper, Rock N Roll (variation shown above – great for traveling or moving room-to-room while you do chores)

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COMFORT

Lambskin Fleece with Shorn Hair (especially great for a winter baby in a cold climate)

Traditional Wood Baby Mobile with Planes and Hot Air Balloon

NURSERY DECOR

Hot Air Balloon Mobile (remember to select your baby’s mobile by looking at it from below to make sure it is interesting to gaze at from the crib)

Baby Cellular Allergy Free 100% Cotton Pram (Pushchair) Blanket (6 Colors) (30 Inches x 40 Inches (approx)) (Cream)

#Christmas nap for the little man.

TEETHING

The Original Sophie the Giraffe Teether Toy

The First Years Soft Teething Beads
Cheapest airplane entertainment ever for a child? An IKEA placemat.

WHAT’S IN MY SON’S DIAPER BAG?

Orla Kiely Diaper Bag (my main diaper bag)

L.L.Bean Canvas Boat Tote (the diaper bag that stays in his buggy or in the car with spare diapers, a change of baby outfit, wipes, and a toy or distraction)

My Little Seat Infant Seats, Blue Fish (portable high chair)

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag

IKEA translucent plastic placemat with birds (shown above)

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