Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide


I recently had a friend who had just gotten pregnant and was a first time mama. She was asking me what items I would recommend to survive the first year with a baby. Besides lots of prayers, a good sense of humor, and lots of coffee, here is what I recommend. I hope my list can help you too!

Baby's 1st Year recommended items and registry list - Splendry

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide

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1. Rock and Play Sleeper

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Rock and Play Sleeper - Splendry

When some older mamas told me that they wish that they had a rock and play with their babies I knew I was onto a gem. I seriously love this thing! The rock and play allows the baby to sleep on an incline so helps with any acid reflex. Plus it rocks! My daughter loved it and I got many hours of sleep because of this thing. They are also very reasonably priced.

2. A good swing

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide swing - Splendry

I don’t really care what type of swing. just get one! Some people have more opinions about this then I do. When Baby S moved out of her rock and play and into her crib there would be the occasional night we couldn’t get her to go back to sleep and that’s where the swing came in. She would be out in minutes and it allowed us to get some sleep. We never used it on a regular basis, just every now and then. This is the swing we used and we were happy with the price and how well it worked.

3. BOB stroller

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide BOB stroller - Splendry

This is the easiest stroller I’ve ever pushed. I’ve gone camping on gravel with this thing, run with it, gone to the zoo and stores, and it’s great every time. It’s very easy to set up and take down plus has a car seat attachment from when the babies are little.

4. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide SwaddleMe Original Swaddle - Splendry

When Baby S was little she loved to be swaddled but her daddy and I were not good at make a swaddle, hence where these swaddles come in, aka baby straight jackets. They Velcro so they are easy to use. We could stick her in these things for naps and she would be out. I am really into anything that allows me and baby to get more sleep.

5. MiniStar Shoes

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Ministar shoes

First of all lets acknowledge how hard it can be to put shoes on babies! I might be the only one that has this problem but these are really easy to put on and she couldn’t pull them off as easily as some other shoes we tried. Plus they were soft and had different designs that were adorable.

6. Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Drying Rack - Splendry

This drying rack is awesome! It allows the bottles to stay upright and dry. So many other drying racks I’ve seen the bottles will just fall over. Not so with the Boon Grass Drying Rack. Plus it looks kind of cool!

7. Waterproof Fitted Crib Mattress Protector

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Waterproof Fitted Crib Mattress Protector - Splendry

This isn’t a fancy product or anything but you will want this to protect the crib mattress. Register for whatever sheets you would like but this needs to be underneath those sheets! It will save your crib and you will get a lot more use out of it!

8. Avent Natural Bottles and Nipples

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Avent Natural Bottles and Nipples - Splendry

Even if you plan on exclusively breastfeeding it’s nice to have some bottles and nipples on hand. I’ve personally loved the Avent brand. They are reasonably priced and last a long time. We have had good luck with their Natural line.

9. Pack and Play

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Pack and Play - Splendry

This is something else that is personal preference with how fancy you want your pack and play to be. We mainly use ours when we are traveling so we didn’t need anything crazy. Pack and plays are also great to have when baby is awake and wants to play but you want to take a shower. It gives you somewhere to put them that’s safe but allows them to move around.  Don’t forget to also register for the mattress pad and sheets that go into the pack and play.

10. Chicco Infant Car Seat

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Chicco Infant Car Seat - Splendry

This specific car seat was recommended to us by many other parents and we have not been disappointed. It cleans well and is well priced. Plus you can buy multiple bases so you can easily switch between cars.

11. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Boudreaux's Butt Paste - Splendry

This isn’t a glamorous item but an essential first year of life survival item. Your baby will need this at some point and you will be glad you have it. (So will your baby’s bottom!)

12. Medela Breast Pump

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Medula Breast Pump - Splendry

This breast pump is awesome and works well for most people. You can buy the parts at most stores which makes it nice if you ever need any additional parts. Its well priced, small, and can be transported pretty easily. Check with your health insurance because in many cases they now will buy your breast pump for you!

13. Breastfeeding Salve

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Breastfeeding Salve - Splendry

This is another product that isn’t glamorous but is essential. Your nipples will thank you!!!!

14. Diapers and Wipes

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Diapers and Wipes - Splendry

We have been fans of Pampers diapers and Pampers sensitive wipes since the beginning. We’ve tried other brands but always came back to Pampers. Register for diapers and wipes!!! They are expensive and you will use them for years! Sizes 1, 2, and 3 is what I feel like most kids are in for the longest amount of time.

15. Circo Wipeable Changing Pad Cover

Baby’s First Year Item Survival Guide Circo Wipeable Changing Pad Cover - Splendry

You will definitely need a changing pad and cover. My favorite type is this wipeable changing pad cover. The bottom is made out of material that easily wipes down! With a regular changing pad cover if your baby pees you have to take the pad off completely and put a new one on. With this one just wipe it clean and you’re done! It’s so worth it!!!

There you go. That’s my top fifteen items to make it through the first year of life. I hope it helps you out! Let me know if you have any questions and I would be more than happy to try to answer them!

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Amanda is a part time Physician Assistant but is a full time mom/wife with a daughter, son, and a furbaby. She grew up in Tennessee and St. Louis but Oklahoma now feels like home. She is a lover of all things old and junk and loves to collect old items that she doesn't have room for. She enjoys traveling, watching and playing sports, and being with friends and family- so basically your typical extrovert!

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