My Favourite Baby Products (Part 1)



I remember feeling so clueless as to what I should buy and register for when I was pregnant. Babies and mamas are so unique, so there will never be a one size fits all list. That being said, I always enjoy seeing the products other moms rely on each day! I hope my favs will spark some ideas for you too (or maybe baby shower gifts for friends!). The items below were either purchased by us (or in the case of the apps – were free) or were baby shower gifts.

I only put items on this list that 1) we use (or used) daily, and 2) we’ll save for a future baby or would buy again.

1. Summer Infant Swaddleme Organic Adjustable Infant Wrap

These swaddlers have velcro sides which help keep the baby secure, warm, and cozy. Perfect for the baby who loves to wiggle out of traditional swaddle blankets. They also have quite a bit of leg room so baby can still rock his/her natural frog leg pose. Might I add they are SO easy to use…even when you are groggy at 4am after 2 previous wake-ups. Once Adriana hit around 3 months, we started to swaddle her with her arms out so she could soothe herself during early teething. Last week, we also started to use this sleep sack during naps with great success (her naps have gone from 25-30 minutes to 45-60 minutes). And holy crap, it makes her look like a cute fluffy marshmallow…I die every time!

2. Skip Hop Versa Diaper Bag

This diaper bag is practical without looking like a typical diaper bag. It’s a good size too – not huge, but not too small. I adore this bag. Eric doesn’t even mind carrying it around. It comes with a small fold up change pad, 2 insulated bottle pockets, a phone pocket, an expandable interior, and more.

3. Summer Infant By Your Side Sleeper

This co-sleeper gave us the peace of mind that Adriana was safe and secure, but still within arm’s reach. She outgrew it at 3 months (sniff, sniff!) and then we transitioned her to the bassinet, but it was great while it lasted. It folds up so you can travel with it too; I managed to fit it into my suitcase when we went to Alberta for Christmas and we were so happy we brought it! We have a king-sized bed so we still had plenty of room – I’m not sure how well it would fit in a queen so I recommend taking measurements first. My main complaint with this co-sleeper is that the sides are quite high. I wish they were lower to make reaching in to get the baby easier. This co-sleeper might be a better option. The base also moves so once she started doing body slams with her legs, we had to stuff a blanket under the base to prevent it from making a loud noise when it hit the mattress. lol. #newbornproblems

4. Sophie Giraffe Teething Ring

We have the regular large Sophie and this smaller teething ring. At this age, Adriana prefers this smaller teething ring as it’s easier to hold and she can fit it in her mouth a bit easier. I’m sure as she grows she will take to the larger Sophie too.

5. HotMilk Maternity + Nursing Lingerie

After wearing a frumpy nursing bra for weeks on end that I absolutely loathed (I seriously want to burn that thing), I was determined to find beautiful yet functional nursing wear. I searched for eva! Enter HotMilk. I especially love the Eclipse nursing bra. Dare I say that I feel a bit like my old self in it and it’s functional at the same time.

6. Cloth books

Adriana LOVES her cloth crinkle and peek-a-boo books! Once she got into her scratching and grasping phases these books became instant hits.

7. Graco Sweet Slumber Noise Machine

We use this every night and it does its job. We also brought it with us during holiday travel which came in very handy. You can plug in your MP3 player to use your own music (which I admit, we’ve never done) and it has 12 of its own sounds to select from. It also has a blue night light on the top which comes in handy during middle of the night diaper changes.

8. Mamaroo

I know that some parents say their babies don’t like the Mamaroo, but for the babies who do like swings it’s a lifesaver! Adriana used to nap in it a lot before she got into that stage where she needed to nap in a dark, quiet room. It has different types of swing motions, a built-in white noise machine, and varying speeds. I think you can also plug in your MP3 player, but we never used this. Tip: Buy a gently used ‘roo on Kijiji to save some cash! You can also sell it for a good price when you are done with it. She is getting to the point where she is almost grown out of it now (around 4 months), and she kind of gets bored in it now that she’s more active so we don’t use it much anymore. We will definitely save this for a future baby as I expect it still has a ton of life left in it. Our only complaint? They don’t make an adult-sized version. FAIL. hahahaa.

9. Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack + Boon Twig

I love this drying rack for bottles and pump parts! It adds a fun pop of green on the countertop and it works really well to hold bottles and supplies upright without any fuss.

10. Free Apps

This list wouldn’t be complete without sharing my favourite baby apps. The first is the White Noise Lite (great for travel) and the second is the Baby Tracker app (amazing for tracking naps, breastfeeding, pumping, growth, diaper changes, etc!). Both are FREE with upgrade options (but I never bothered to upgrade).

Now tell me, what are your favourite baby products? Mamas with older babies – which products do you think would be helpful for the 6-12 month range?

Stay tuned for Part 2 in coming months!

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1 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 31, 2015

We use that sound machine, but it doesn’t have 12 sounds???? twelve??


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2015

It has around 7 dif. white noises and 5 lullabies I think :)


3 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 31, 2015

As for sound machines, when Ayla was very colicky and screaming her bloody head off 24/7, we used a portable blue tooth speaker. My husband would turn the blue tooth on his iPad, look up Vacuum or hair dryer sounds on youtube, and full blast. It was the only thing that would help.

We also love this portable sound machine because it’s cheap But works wonderfully.

I love love those swaddles. Ayla needs to be super tightly swaddled, but lately she’s been getting out of those. I bought a really large one and now I do my own Miracle Blanket hack.

The RNP has been our #1 most useful gift and i cannot imagine our lives without it. Ayla would never sleep flat due to her reflux and she started sleeping through the night in her RNP. I was so worried to let her sleep in it initially,but we just transitioned her out at 12 weeks. We use a wedge and created a nest by her feet so she doesn’t slide down.


4 Kristina February 24, 2015

Hi! whats an RNP?? My baby has reflux too…


5 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 31, 2015

Oh, and zippered sleepers are a must for nighttime and lazy days. I cannot stand the buttoned ones—i can never figure it out and then i feel like the stupidest mom in the world. I already feel pretty dumb during the newborn stage, so no need to make it worse!!


6 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2015

yes totally agree…can’t believe I forgot to put sleepers on my list! Eric always makes fun of me because I’m always missing buttons.


7 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 31, 2015

We recently bought this for Ayla and it’s been awesome.

She can’t sit up yet, but she loves this chair because she can’t be flat right after eating. It’s inexpensive, too, and folds up for easy travel. I bring her in the kitchen with me when cooking and she just sits up watching or eating her hands. Perfect for when baby starts to have more head control..


8 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2015

I love that it folds!


9 Kirsten January 31, 2015

My Mai Tai Carrier. It has saved my sanity many a time. I can calm Gavin down in little time and feed him hands free if needed :)


10 Mrs G January 31, 2015

Thank you so much for the app recommendation! I use it a lot and it was so helpful to keep track of breastfeeding, pumping and formula (yes, all of that… It was really complicated) plus all diaper changes! Now we are gradually removing the formula and introducing solids and it’s still very useful to monitor which food has already been given.


11 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2015

so glad you’ve enjoyed it! I’ve found it super helpful lately for naps :)


12 Betsy January 31, 2015

My daughter will be10 months on the 6th (Waaahhhh!) and we absolutely LOVE our JJ Cole Bundle Me Toddler. We live in Vancouver and do a LOT of walking. Instead of having a blanket that’s hard to keep track of when she’s in the stroller, we use the Bundle Me. It zips up around her and keeps her nice and cozy.


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2015

We have something similar that goes over her carseat…it’s SO great! I will have to put that on my next list :)


14 Leslie January 31, 2015

Adriana is just adorable!!! I love all of the baby posts!! I have a 29 month old girl and a 6 month old boy. When you get to the point of using a sippy cup for water, look into the zoli bot straw cup. I loved it for my daughter and plan to use it with my son. Also, I’m assuming you’ve tried the Medela bottle nipples, but check out the Dr Brown nipples also. I actually use the glass life factory bottles with a Dr Brown nipple on it. My son likes that combo, at least according to my parents and husband!! I’ve never actually given him a bottle. As for bottle feeding, the days I work my son will take a bottle no problem, but if it’s just one bottle later in the day he seems much more resistant and usually refuses to eat. Go figure. It could be that Adriana is just so used to you that she she won’t take occasional bottles but if you were away from her all day she would probably be ok with it. My husband and I went on a date night last night and I nursed around 5 and he usually eats once more at bed time around 7. Well, he completely refused the pumped bottle and just went to bed without it. My other cannot live without item is the Ergo carrier. I’ve just recently started putting my 6 month old on my back when he’s fussy and I’m still able to make dinner or clean. I also always use it when I grocery shop. 29 month old in the cart and 6 month old on the chest. Absolutely no way I could shop without it. Enjoy your LO and I can’t wait to read future posts!!


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2015

Thanks Leslie :)
I love the Ergo too! The only thing is I find it a bit hard on the shoulders. Do you ever find that?

We have a few Dr Brown’s nipple in rotation that we are trying (among others), no real success yet. I think you are right that she is probably so used to BF’ing with me that she’s like “why bother with this bottle business!” And I’m always near by. If I go out it’s for 1.5 hours max…We’ve experimented with different people giving her the bottle, but only meltdowns so far. hah. Silly girl. I have a feeling she is going to graduate to the sippy cup and skip the bottle entirely. ;)


16 Kelly P February 2, 2015

I have a Manduca, which is very similar to Ergo. I found that wearing the straps criss-crossed in the back greatly improved the comfort. I don’t know if your Ergo gives you that option, or if that’s how you already wear it, but it helped me! It’s also much easier to attach that way.


17 Chrissy February 2, 2015

Adjust the waistband if it is hurting your shoulders. Most of the weight should be held by your waist/hips. I am a shortie (barely 5 feet), and I find it most comfortable to wear the waist band not at my waist, but almost at my hips, like lowrider pants. And cinch those straps tight! Again, your body should be supporting the weight. To me, it almost feels like being pregnant again, not like you are carrying something. At least in the front carry. I have been rocking the Ergo for two babies 2 1/2 years, front and back carry. Best product ever! I hope that helps.


18 Leslie February 2, 2015

Yes, the ergo definitely starts to bother my back and shoulders if I wear him too long. He’s also about 20 lbs at 6 months so maybe that’s why. I try to limit my wear time to no more than an hour. And as the others said definitely make sure the straps are tight enough. If I push the little strap that connects the shoulders a little lower down my back that also seems to help.

Good luck with the bottle. These breast fed babies can be so picky like that!


19 Angela February 2, 2015

Thanks for the tips!!


20 Kate February 20, 2015

I had the same bottle problem and found Comotomo bottles helped, have you tried those? Also found she needs the bottle to be just the right temp. My daughter is 19 weeks now so it’s fun to follow this part of your blog. Good luck!


21 Annaliese February 1, 2015

That IS a wicked diaper bag!! :) so glad to hear that everything is going well, and I think it is just awesome that there are such great tools, gadgets and apps for new mamas to use!! I can only imagine what our parents and grandparents did to keep the babes happy, fed and well-rested…wonder what my grandmothers would have thought “back in the day” about apps on smartphones to help out. Crazy how this stuff changes and evolves!


22 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2015

haha I agree…my mom tells me that all the time – “We never had all these amazing products/technology when you guys were young!” We are so lucky.


23 Kiera February 1, 2015

My son is 9 months and the white noise machine is a life saver! I think if I had a list I would add our play yard, I use it as a crib whenever we are traveling. It’s small, compact and easy to assemble. The vitamix also becomes a must for making homemade baby food (makes large quantities for freezing and when you need it quickly!). Now what I need to find is the “squeezable” packs that I can put homemade purées in for on the go.


24 Laura February 1, 2015

My third baby is 7 weeks old. One thing I have used with all 3 and ADORE is our BabyBjorn Bouncer chair. It is so light weight so I can easily drag it anywhere in our house and the baby can sit and watch what is going on. It’s a very simple chair- no electronic vibration or anything but my babies have all loved it. My first two used it all through the first year and my new baby loves it already. I cannot imagine not having it.

I think other essentials for me have included baby carriers and a good nursing pillow, which has saved my back during those first 3 months where it feels like that’s all we are doing! I really recommend MyBreastFriend to new moms. As for baby carriers, I love the Ergo but not so much in the newborn stage. I used it daily with my first two after they were about 4-5 months. But I also have a Mei Tai carrier and an Ella Roo cloth one and they are all useful at different moments, depending on the baby’s mood and needs. I love California Baby shampoo – it is so mild. My oldest 2 kids still use it daily. I love Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers but I use them when my babies are a bit bigger since they are so big on newborns and newborns need to be changed so much more often. I recently tried out Honest diapers and I like them. My baby seems to have sensitive skin and the other brands we tried all seem to make her very red. Honest diapers have absorbed well and he skin looks very healthy.


25 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2015

I’ve heard great things about that chair! I think I will have to get one for baby #2. :)

I also agree about the Ergo…I wasn’t comfortable using it with A until she was at least a a few weeks (even with the newborn insert).


26 Liz February 3, 2015

Laura – thanks for recommending the BabyBjorn bouncer chair. I saw this on another blog and ended up finding one on Craigslist for a really good price. Our baby is due in April and we live in a small apartment, so trying to find items that don’t take up a lot of room and can be folded away, but yet at the same time have a pretty good track record. Of course, now our baby probably won’t like it :) But I always feel more confident seeing another mama post about their success with it.


27 Kristina February 24, 2015

I agree about the Baby Bjorn bouncer! My 5 week old is already using it and I love that it’s so portable. I set it up yesterday in the bathroom so I could watch her while I took a shower. A lifesaver! Especially since we tried the Mamaroo and she kept throwing up in it even on the lowest setting (even without any motion, no matter how we positioned it) :(


28 Laura February 1, 2015

One question- is the Baby Merlin sleep sack heavy weight? When you use it for naps do you use it over your daughter’s regular clothes or do you change her into just that for nap time? I’ve never seen that before but it might be good for my daughter in a month or so. She doesn’t take very long naps on her own yet unless she’s swaddled.


29 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2015

Hi Laura,
The Merlin sleep sack is thick – almost like a big sleeping bag! We dress her in a cotton onesie with feet and that’s it (plus Merlin on top, of course). It keeps her so toasty but never sweaty as the room is a bit on the cool side. I was worried that her hands would be ice cold since they aren’t covered, but her hands are always so nice and warm. Love it. the only thing with the 3-6 month size is that she is going to be grown out of it SOON! I was expecting it to be bigger. it’s already a challenge to get her arms in (she is about 14.5 pounds). I think I might have to order the next size up soon if we continue to use it. I have been impressed by the sleep suit because it keeps her from flailing about (which she currently does in the swaddlers now thats shes bigger) and so far she hasn’t showed any signs of rolling in it during naps, although I keep a watchful eye on that and will stop using it as soon as I see signs. haven’t tried it for nighttime sleeping yet because I suspect it’s too big for her bassinet right now with the arms pointed outward and all.


30 Laura February 1, 2015

Thank you so much! All great information here. I love reading your baby posts. Your daughter is lovely.


31 Ingunn February 1, 2015

Nora LOVES crinkly literature, especially the peek-a-boo forest one. :) They should make crinkly Dickens and Austen.


32 Kelly P February 2, 2015

Great list! For 6-12 month babies, I think the number of products they require decreases drastically, fortunately! My list of indispensable items would include pajamas with grippy-feet for cooler months (for the 9-12 month range in particular, when they’re attempting to walk..saves them from many a bumped head and, crucially, cannot be pulled off!), a nice push-toy with a tall handle (such as this one: and anything that plays music or sounds. Also, a lightweight, good quality stroller becomes useful when they start getting heavier. We can still wear our 15 month old in our Manduca (very similar to Ergo) but we both find it kills our hips now, so we prefer this stroller that we bought:
We tested several at Babys R Us and then went with this one, which wasn’t available to test but which turned out great. It’s only missing a few little details that would be nice, but its so lightweight and easy to maneuver that it doesn’t matter.


33 Soumya February 2, 2015

Thanks for the post Angela..loved reading it.. As a 2nd time mom , first one is almost 4..i feel like there are a lot of practical things out there, I didn’t use the first time around. The co-sleeper is great, I will definitely be buying it. I did use Sophie the Giraffe the first time around..great with teething babies and so safe.

Love reading all your posts. Loving your vulnerability as well.



34 Jenna February 2, 2015

Hi Angela, love your blog! Bit off topic here but I’m wondering if you are willing to share what you have been doing for vitamin supplementation while breastfeeding. Also, are you giving Adriana anything directly? I’m due in a few weeks and I have really enjoyed following your progress.



35 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Hi Jenna,
Congrats on your pregnancy! Sounds like you are in the home stretch!
As for vitamins, I am still taking the same vitamin regime as I did while pregnant. You can find that post here:

Since Adriana is breastfed we give her a daily vitamin D drop as recommended by our physician. Hope this helps!


36 Jen February 3, 2015

I have been anxiously awaiting this post for a while now! Angela, you seem like such an amazing mommy and have always been such a credible resource for me in the past. I would love to get your recommendations for PJ’s for 0-3 months. I am due with my first (a little girl!) in March and feel kinda clueless when it comes to what newborns wear the first few months. I heard they live in footed pajamas day and night? I saw you mentioned zipper onesies are the best but can you recommend any specific brands? Your baby is gorgeous by the way, can’t wait to see more pics!!


37 Cara February 3, 2015

I know that everyone loves different things, but I’m still waiting for the day that I see some of my favorites on someone else’s list!! Number 1: Tummy Tub. LOVE LOVE LOVE. A little tricky to bathe the littlest ones in, but our daughter has always loved the bath, and as a relatively small 26-month-old, still fits in this comfy baby tub. Number 2: Potty Pail! For cleaning cloth diapers, I would cry without it. A literal mom-and-pop company out of, I think, Oregon. Number 3: We went with a mini-crib instead of a full-size crib, and again, she still sleeps in it comfortably (she’s a little small for her age and she likes to sleep crunched up, but there’s still space around her in there). We had a bouncy seat hand-me-down, so I don’t remember the brand, but she was happy with it, no bells and whistles. I loved my Moby wrap in the first few months–really let us take her out and around. Never bonded with the Ergo the way I wanted to. OH! My nursing shawl! Painfully overpriced, but it looks SO good and is so easy to wear so it’s always ready to go, instead of pulling out one of those awkward ones (please note, I don’t disdain the awkward ones for at first when mom and baby are still learning, but once we got through that, this was SO much better!)

Oh, and my one BIG splurge (that has NOT seen the use to make it worthwhile, more shame on me) that I’m sure you would get good use out of, Angela, was a Deuter KidsComfort hiking backpack. We got it on a 4th-of-July sale–it is the Cadillac of hiking backpacks and is pretty awesome :-) My daughter was 8 months when we got it and just fit it, so by spring hiking season should be perfect for Adriana!


38 Christi February 4, 2015

I loved having a Bumbo seat with my 2 daughters – and with baby #3 on the way, I will definitely use it again. They are perfect for teaching your baby to sit up so great for traveling!


39 Lorelai February 4, 2015

Angela, I just wanted to let you know how refreshing it is to read this kind of list and know (without you having to state) that these are your “true” and honest ‘favourites’. I am sure with a following as large as yours that you have more than enough companies approaching you so this really does show your integrity. Not many big bloggers can say the same. Thank you.


40 Kate February 4, 2015

Amen to the grass rack! Seemed totally silly when we were doing our registry but once I started pumping at work I went right back and bought it. We found that as we did more hiking and outdoor stuff that a backpack diaper bag was more convenient sometimes. And definitely always a carrier! We started with a ring sling, moved on to an Ergo, and just got a Toddler Tula for our almost 2 year old. It makes shopping and going to events so much easier plus no cranky baby if you’re stuck out through naptime; they just sleep in the carrier. My son also loved anything with lights and music during the 6-12 age before he got moving. Also good for now and as they get older are the small wet/dry bags usually used by the cloth diaper crowd. When little man had a blowout or got into dog water or had too much fun splashing in the sink with grandpa, all the wet and gross clothes got zipped in there and we weren’t scrambling for a plastic grocery bag all the time.


41 Tegan (A Kiwi Mumma Blog) February 5, 2015

My lifesavers? My love to dream swaddle suit, The Wonder Weeks app and facebook haha


42 Megan February 12, 2015

I love muslin swaddle blankets – they are so versatile and perfect for hot summer weather too. We are thinking of getting a by your side sleeper for this next baby due in May…good to know you recommend them!
Here is my list of my favourite top natural baby items if you’re interested:)


43 Priscilla February 13, 2015

Hi Angela, I know this is a bit off topic…but I was curious to know if there was certain foods or spices, herbs you were limited to during pregnancy? We’re planning on having another soon, if not already, And I love vegan recipes with herbs which I know some could be toxic or hurt the fetus. I also love tumeric…just started drinking ‘Golden milk.’ Have you heard of it? It has numerous health benefits….and is so relaxing to drink. However I’ve heard that tumeric contains Curcumin which can attack the fetus since it sees it as a foreign entity. Some articles say it’s okay to consume and others say it’s not safe. Just wondering with all your wonderful knowledge if you could make a list of what you safety used and didn’t during pregnancy. Hope all is well!


44 Julie February 24, 2015

Tumeric is curcumin in French, ha ha! I’ve never heard of it not being safe while I was pregnant.


45 Robyn March 2, 2015

Hi Angela

Congrats! Your baby girl is beautiful. The time definitely flies by. My little man is 17 months old. One of the best purchases we made was a backpack diaper bag. Fisher Price makes one and so does Eddie Bauer. Best $45 ever spent. Now we don’t have to have a diaper bag for each of us. It’s awesome when traveling because you are hands free and it’s not constantly slipping off your shoulder like most diaper bags do. We have traveled numerous times with our son and I have often been flying back with him by myself. I can put the backpack on and could wear him which made things so much easier. Enjoy every minute. It gets better as your child grows and is even more interactive but it’s bittersweet how quickly they grow up.


46 Pamela March 14, 2015

Angela, you’ll totally laugh, but my favorite baby product (which is now going on 9 yrs, as our first child is about to turn 9), is the beaba babycook classic. These days, there are much fancier models, but mine never broke so I never had to replace and upgrade to a different model. I used this little steamer and puree gadget even in a hotel when our home sold too fast before moving overseas. Our children still ask for their carrots to be steamed in it and I don’t mind as I have found it softens the carrots way quicker than the stovetop. It is so quick to use. The one accessory they had then & still do and still use Is the multiportions. It is comprised of seven individual 1/4 cup or 2 oz portions. I use this when I want to freeze little portions of pesto, or homemade broth, or the kids frozen coconut ice cream, I used to use it for their baby food. Whatever is put within the containers pops out so nicely. That’s the one kid item that I’m still not ready to give up. It’s completely been worth the money to me and I’m very thrifty with which kitchen gadgets we purchase.


47 Susie April 28, 2015

Great Post! The Drying Rack looks so cool, will definitely need to buy one.
My favourite baby products are definitely the IKEA antilope chair, probably the cheapest high chair in the world but so easy to use and to clean. And I love my Timi and Leslie diaper bag from . It is so so so pretty and of course handy as well ;)


48 Whitney April 29, 2015

Great post! Some of the items you included in your list are truly ingenious!


49 Leah May 1, 2015

A great product is the cozy cover! It’s an absolute must have! My daughter love putting her hands out of the covers into the cold no matter how hard I try to keep them in the baby carrier. The cozy cover helps me keep her warm in her baby stroller. And it ocmes in a variety of different colors.

Here is the etsy store that will have things all mothers with little kids can use including the cozy cover.

You will absolutely love it and so will your little one. We do.


50 Shaina July 3, 2015

Thank you Angela! Just added a few of these to my registry (:


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