Must Have Baby Items.

Must Have Baby items from Stroller, Bottles, wipe warmer, formular pitcher, diaper cream spatula, camera/monitor, bath spout cover, owlet sock

All the essential baby products I couldn’t have lived without.

This is not a registry check-list, but instead a list of my most used baby products in multiple categories throughout Mia’s first year of life. Many of these products have also been utilized beyond the first year.

I discovered these must have baby items through trial and error, sometimes spending unnecessary amounts of money until I found the best product that worked for both myself and my very picky and temperamental daughter.

Spanning across the categories of Feeding, Diapering, Bathing/Hygiene, Nighttime Essentials, Stroller, and Toys, these are all products I would buy again and again and that I especially recommend to first-time parents.

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These are all products related to bottle feeding/starting solids. I did not breastfeed, so for all essentials related to breastfeeding, please check out this excellent article by Liesel Teen, BSN, RN: The Breastfeeding Essentials You Need as a Nursing Mama.

Bottle of Choice

My daughter dealt with a bottle aversion due to reflux and I went through A LOT of different bottles trying to find one she would accept. These Dr. Brown bottles were the only ones she took most consistently that didn’t worsen her reflux.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® Anti-Colic Options+™ Special Edition Pink Baby Bottle Gift Set with Soft Sippy Spout Transition Cup, Flexees™ Teether, Bottle Cleaning Brush and Travel Caps


This Phillips Avent sterilizer is the only one we ever needed. The taller Dr. Brown bottles don’t fit perfectly upright but it still worked. You want to sterilize bottles and pacifiers for the first 12 months.

Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer for Baby Bottles, Pacifiers, Cups and More

Bottle Warmer

We used this bottle warmer when Mia was little and couldn’t use powder formula. Powder formula is not recommended until your baby is at least 2 months old due to Cronobacter bacteria. There are additional recommendations if your baby was born premature or has a weakened immune system.

Depending on the source, a bottle temperature around 103 degrees is recommended for reflux.

Bubos Bottle Warmer, 4-in -1 Baby Bottle Warmer for Breastmilk, Universal Bottle Support, Auto-Shut Off

Water Pitcher

This is by far my favorite item on this list because it made bottle making so quick and easy. I don’t remember when exactly during the first year we started using this, but it wasn’t soon enough. We used this well into the 2nd year when Mia was consuming a non-dairy toddler formula instead of whole milk and still preferred it warmer than room temperature.

Formula Ready Baby Water Kettle- One Button Boil Cool Down and Keep Warm at Perfect Baby Bottle Temperature 24/7

High Chair

This Graco 7-in-1 high chair has gotten a lot of use, seeing as Mia still uses it in the toddler chair form now. It’s been the only high chair we’ve ever needed.

Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7 in 1 Convertible High Chair, Converts to Dining Booster Seat, Kids Table and More


Diapers themselves have many choices and really depend on your preferences/your baby’s skin, so I’ll leave that recommendation out. But the rest of the items in this category are universal and have worked great.

Diaper Cream

We were fortunate that Mia never had any significant diaper rashes, and I believe using The Honest Company diaper cream during changes contributed to their prevention.

Honest Diaper Rash Cream, 2.5 Ounce (3 Bottles)

Diaper Cream Spatula

This spatula and the travel size companion are must have baby items for putting diaper cream on hygienically and keeping hands clean.

Bumco 2-PACK Diaper Cream Spatula – FULL-SIZE + MINI Baby Bum Brush with TRAVEL CASE 

Diaper Pail

We liked this diaper pail because it trapped odors and required no special bags. You can use your garbage bag of choice.

Ubbi Steel Odor Locking, No Special Bag Required Money Saving, Awards-Winning, Modern Design, Registry Must-Have Diaper Pail

Wipe Warmer

This wipe warmer outlasted how long we needed it. A must have for baby bums.

hiccapop Baby Wipe Warmer and Baby Wet Wipes Dispenser

Diaper Changing Pad

I had two different changing pads and liked this one best because of the contoured sides.

Munchkin® Secure Grip™ Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad, 16″ x 31″

Travel Dirty Diaper Bags

We used these on the go to trap smelly diapers. The bags are encased in a small dispenser that fits easily into any diaper bag.

Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser WITH 36 Bag Refills


From sink/counter baths to the bathtub, this category contains all my favorite, must haves for keeping baby clean.

Baby Bath

We used this bath for many months until Mia was old enough to sit in the bathtub by herself.

Fisher-Price Baby to Toddler Bath 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub with Removable Infant Support and 2 Toys

Bath Rinser

An essential to keep water out of your baby’s eyes when rinsing.

Skip Hop Baby Bath Rinse Cup, Moby Tear-free Waterfall Rinser

Bathtub Spout Cover

A must have so baby doesn’t hurt their head on the faucet.

Skip Hop Baby Bath Spout Cover, Universal Fit, Moby

Nail Scissors

I’ve always felt much safer using these thick scissors vs nail clippers.

Simba Baby Safety Scissors


This is an important category and one that I feel strongly about after having no shortage of bedtime issues with my daughter. Everything listed here got me through what I’ve found to be the hardest aspect of motherhood.


Mia slept in this bassinet next to the bed for the first 4-5 months. What I liked about this bassinet is the ability to easily reach over and rock it to soothe her back to sleep during the many, never-ending nighttime wake-ups.

Fisher-Price Baby Bedside Sleeper Soothing Motions Bassinet With Lights Music Vibrations & Overhead Mobile

Owlet Dream Sock

I’m probably just an anxious parent but I honestly don’t know how anyone can sleep at night with a newborn without using this. This is not a substitute for safe sleeping arrangements, but a tool to help give you peace of mind knowing you’d be alerted if baby stopped breathing in the middle of the night.

Owlet Dream Sock – Smart Baby Monitor with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi – Foot Sensor to Track Heartbeat and Oxygen O2 Levels in Infants


No wifi or apps needed with this hack-proof camera. It filters out background noise and gives a clear picture on a large screen.

Infant Optics DXR-8 PRO Video Baby Monitor, 720P HD Resolution 5″ Display


This glider got 20 months of use as that’s how long my daughter was rocked to sleep/contact napped for. It is so comfortable and has now has evolved into a place where we’ll sit together and read books in her room. It glides silently and smoothly and has held up well through a lot of wear and tear, including cat scratches.

Delta Children Emerson Upholstered Glider Swivel Rocker Chair


This stroller and its accessories get their own category. These must have baby items make for functional, leisurely walks.

UPPAbaby Vista V2

If you were to ask me for one baby item that is worth splurging on, I would 100% say the UPPAbaby Vista V2 stroller. The price is well worth it for such a quality stroller.

I didn’t have the UPPAbaby initially. I registered for a different stroller that came with a car seat and it seemed like a great deal at the time, but I quickly realized I hated pushing the stroller with it’s noisy, plastic wheels and clunkiness while going over uneven sidewalk.

So, I researched high quality strollers and decided on the UPPAbaby with zero regrets. It rides smooth with its rubber wheels and easily pushes over uneven terrain and cracks in sidewalk. It is also petite friendly and easy for me to fold up and get in and out of the trunk. We still use it for my daughter at age 3.

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller 

Parent Organizer

A multifunction organizer designed for the UPPAbaby. It carries everything from drinks and Mom’s snacks to keys, sunglasses, and beyond.

UPPAbaby Carry-All Parent Organizer

Snack Tray

A sturdy snack tray that easily pops into and out of the UPPAbaby stroller.

UPPAbaby Snack Tray


The Cozyganoosh keeps baby warm and allows for cold, worry-free winter walks. My daughter still fit in it this past winter at age 2.5.

UPPAbaby Cozyganoosh

Wheel Reflectors

These are a must have baby item for the stroller for safety during evening walks. We have two sets.

UPPAbaby Vista Wheel Reflectors


Only two toys make the list of must have baby items based on how often they were used/Mia’s everlasting enjoyment.

Playmat/Musical toy

I know every parent who has owned this Fisher Price playmat has these songs engrained in their minds forever. My daughter used this so much for entertainment during tummy time and practice rolling.

Fisher Price Baby Gift Set Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym & Maracas

Baby Activity Center

This Skip Hop activity center was not only a big hit when my daughter was younger, but also as a table when she turned into a toddler. It is fun and sturdy and I love that it has grown with her.

Skip Hop Baby Activity Center: Interactive Play Center with 3-Stage Grow-with-Me Functionality

Key Takeaways

Again, this is not a registry check-list, but it is a list dedicated to the exact products/brands that I have found to be the best of the best.

The first year of your baby’s life will fly by, even when it feels like you’re in the thick of the storm with sleepless nights and constantly second-guessing your motherly intuition. Every must have baby item in this article aided in getting me through that storm.

I hope you’ll find that they help you, too, allowing you to spend less time worrying and researching baby products and saving you from spending the same unnecessary amounts of money I did on products that didn’t work as well.

Enjoy every moment with your baby, because before you know it they’ll be walking, talking, chaos-causing toddlers.

Hi! I'm Kim.

A Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home mom to one lively little girl. I created this blog to share all things motherhood with an emphasis on the dynamic of parenting a single child. As this blog grows, you’ll find the occasional heart-tugging post but much more regarding fun things to do with a toddler in the Chicagoland area, tips and tricks for traveling with a toddler, my favorite products for babies and toddlers – especially those that I’ve found to be petite friendly. And last but not least, all the best places to grab a delicious margarita during mommy downtime.

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