As a second time around mommy, I have learned what I want, what I love and what I do not need. My first baby registry was PACKED with items I thought I needed and never used or barely used. The second time around I know what I will actually use & what I want to replace because I loved.
I am here to share what I have added to my registry, repurchased and looking forward to using.
The Babycook® pro makes up to 4.7 cups of food in a sleek, patented countertop appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one, in 15 minutes or less. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers, then simply defrost and reheat right in Babycook®. I can’t wait to cook up the new baby girl’s food in it. Use code: BALANCINGPIECES to receive 15% off their website and free shipping on orders over $50.
Ever watch Shark Tank? If you do, maybe you saw this product and fell in love like I did! I jumped on to pre-order right away!
The Tranquilo Mat calms babies by mimicking the sounds and motions of the womb. After nine months in a warm cocoon of constant motion and white noise, it’s no wonder new babies often “cry for no reason.” During this “fourth trimester,” Tranquilo Mat can provide your baby with the reassurance of the womb through the comfort of vibrations and white noise.
Target carries some of my favorite wipes, Bloom Baby Wipes. These wipes are 98% Natural Ingredients in 100% HydroPure™ water. They are safe for rash & eczema prone skin. What I love is how sensitive they are. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic and infused with plant-derived vitamins to nourish baby’s sensitive skin.
My daughter LOVES her blanket that we got from Bebe au Lait. She sleeps with it every night and during every nap. She cannot sleep without it, it comes on trips and over night stays to grandma and grandpa’s. I ordered another for my baby girl on the way so she could also enjoy this amazing blanket as well.
If you’ve ever watched a toddler try and drink “like a big girl” you understand the mom struggle. Since we have discovered the Siliskin Straw Tops – Silicone Universal Straw Tops & Silistraws – Silicone Reusable Straws our rugs, comforters and couches have been saved from the disasters. They are universal silicone tops that stretch over and grip the top of any size cups instantly making it spill proof. They are BPA free, 100% silicone and dishwasher safe.
The DockATot™ is a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. We love it so much we have both the Grand and Deluxe DockATot™. The Grand is for the new baby and my toddler uses the Deluxe. We used the Deluxe when we went to Disney and stayed in a hotel. There were two queen sized beds and this allowed me to have my toddler sleep next to me without worries. She never slid off the bed or went below the sheets. This was before she moved to her “big girl” bed and we were comforted knowing she would sleep safely. I plan on using the Grand for baby girl in the bassinet and when she transitions over to her crib after 3 months.
The Swaddle Blanket and Headband Set is a MUST for any momma bringing home a baby girl. I ordered this with the full intentions of loading my camera with new baby girl photos. This swaddle is the cutest way to wrap your newborn baby. It’s soft and stretchy and perfect to keep your baby comfortable and cool while sleeping. It’s also a great blanket to lay your baby on, a great cover while nursing, and a comfort blanket for your toddler to snuggle with as they grow.
The California Baby Calming Newborn Tote was an item on my registry with my first pregnancy and I loved all of their products. All their products are allergy tested, with no synthetic fragrances, only contains certified organic and sustainably grown ingredients. This is perfect for my daughter’s skin because she does has periods where her eczema flairs up and we lather this on her with no concerns or issues.
The ChooMe pouches are soft silicone designed for little mouths. They are reusable, dishwasher and freezer safe. What makes them pretty amazing also is that they are resistant to both food odors and color stains. They also have starter spoons that I will be using for the new baby once we begin her on transitioning to foods from formula.
The Blooming Bath Lotus is ideal for newborns to 6 months. It takes on the traditional plastic tubs to create a plush, soft, safe and fun experience. I got the Louts because it has a new shape! There are 4 wider, contoured shaped petals opposed to 6 petals on the original Blooming Bath. Plus, it will be super cute for photos as well. Who doesn’t love a cute baby bath photo?
If you’ve ever been on Instagram you’ve seen how super cute all of Loved By Hannah And Eli tops and tees are! Loved By Hannah And Eli is a small business ran by “Mama Bear”, Sarah Duncan. She believes in family, capturing memories, and comfort! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sarah and her assistant Kayla, they are the absolute sweetest. They even shared a code for your guys to get 15% your order, use code: balancingpieces15
I quickly learned with my first born that people, aka strangers, will very often stick their hands and their faces right up in your babies face. So many people have no regard for personal space or germs. These Milk Snob covers are fitted infant car seat cover that can also be used as a nursing cover or shopping cart cover. This is perfect for your outings and if you’re a South Florida momma like me, this helps blocks that super hot sun. They are made out of the high quality, super soft, light-weight and breathable rayon blend fabric.
My daughter and I have been wearing our from Mommy’s Bestie Bangle Set from Taudrey for months now and we are obsessed. Taudrey is a hand-made jewelry company based out of Miami, which is a local shop for us. Their pieces are amazing quality and they have so many unique designs. I literally want everything on their site. If you follow them on Instagram you can check out their #taudsquad and super cute pups in the office. They were sweet enough to offer my readers a 10% off the “Mommy’s Bestie Bangle Sets” through the month of March with code: BALANCINGPIECES10
The Snap & Shop Snack Tray is a total mom win! It provides a clean surface for your little ones favorite snacks. It is small enough to fit in a bag and allows for convenient snack refills while shopping. Which for my little one, this is amazing, I can totally distract my daughter as long as she has food to keep her attention. It snaps on to any size shopping cart handle and is dishwasher safe, can I get an AMEN!
For all those Milestone moments that need to be captured, the Milestone Baby Cards are perfect! Add a card to your baby pictures and you will never forget when your little one slept through the night, rolled over or said mama for the first time. You don’t have to be a blogging mama to want and LOVE these! Now they also have Toddler Cards, which we used already for my daughter’s first night in her big girl bed!
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller weighing in at only 22 lb., Joovy’s Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stand-On Tandem Stroller boasts a lightweight graphite aluminum frame and seats up to 2 children. As your family grows, your older child can ride on the rear bench or use the standing platform. This stroller allows for my daughters current infant car seat to be placed on stroller for travel, for the early months.
Like the previous models, it features the same huge storage basket, ball bearing lined wheels supported by interior suspension, a huge canopy and an included parent organizer. The new features of the graphite model is an extended rear canopy for the back seat rider, a specialized attachment system for the new “Caboose Rear Seat” accessory.
Cuddle+Kind started as a social endeavor to make a difference in children’s lives. Each doll provides 10 meals to children in need. Every cuddle+kind doll meets or exceeds the United States and Canadian safety requirements for newborn and children’s toys and are tested by a certified 3rd party facility. The yarn used in making each doll has been additionally tested to be safe and non-toxic. We made sure to get the Chloe the bunny in both the 13′ & 20′ to allow both my little ones to enjoy a doll each.
I wish with my firstborn born I knew about the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock. It quickly and easily clips onto most carts, hangs elevated so you have plenty of room for groceries, then simply rolls up to fit in your purse or diaper bag when finished. Most infant car seats sit snugly inside the Shopping Cart Hammock and can be secured using the included safety strap.
If you’re a mom who ever had to carry your toddler through a store, mall or park, you have felt that burning sensation in your arm. This CarryOn Airflow carrier is a cool and comfortable way to extend your babywearing journey! Let’s face it, our toddlers do not understand that they are now over 20 lb. and it isn’t so easy to carry them around anymore. I have worn this even while pregnant and it was SO COMFORTABLE for me to carry around my 26lb. 2 year old tot.
Their Original baby carrier for your 7- 45lb little one, allows for you to carry backpack style or with straps crossed in the back. Dual adjustment buckles simplify breastfeeding and adjusting straps on the go.
The Tie the Knot Wrap is made from luxuriously soft Tencel fabric, which helps with natural breathability and moisture control. Tie-the-Knot’s design allows you to easily secure excess fabric, keeping the ends off the ground and simplifying the wrapping process. The unique neck support pocket holds a rolled cloth or cushion to increase comfort and support for newborn necks. I can’t wait to wrap my newest little babe up in hers.
Now lets talk diaper bags, I have 2 favorites that I really want to rave about. Both are special in their own way and are two different styles.
First up is the Fawn Design, this bag is style and class meets space and functionality with Fawn Design diaper bags. We say diaper bag, but they make great anytime bags. Their original bag design is easy to clean and opens wide so you can see all of your everyday essentials. You can wear it as a backpack, as I often do for a hands free necessity or messenger bag! They come a few different fun colors and their hardware is solid yet sleek. I love it.
Next up is the Lily Jade bag in Madeline, it’s pretty amazing. I often get questioned if it is really in fact a diaper bag. True story- I had to show security that I had a sippy cup and diapers inside when I went to Disney on Ice because they wouldn’t believe me that I wasn’t just trying to smuggle in a purse that was larger than the allowed limits. The Madeline also converts to a backpack style if needed. It comes with a changing pad inside the bag and an interior organizer that is removable and washable, win win!
Now that we had more than one child to keep an eye on, I wanted a monitor that would allow me to see both kids at once. I was surprised at the lack of monitors available that allowed you to see more than one room at at time. Then I found the Summer Infant Side By Side Split-Screen Video Monitor Set. It allows you to monitor multiple children or rooms with the Side by Side split-screen monitoring system. I love the large 5″ video monitor and two pan/scan/zoom cameras with two-way communication. The two way communication comes in handy when I need to remind my toddler to get her butt back to bed when she tries to sneak out to play during nap time. I love that I can purchase additional cameras also if needed and it can show up to 4-way view simultaneously.
Now lets talk decor, here is every moms dream… Lorena Canals rug! The best feature, they are washable. Yes, this rug can go into the washing machine! The rug it can be washed at home in a conventional washing machine. Each rug is 100% natural cotton and non-toxic dyes.
We can all agree that as the parent of a newborn, it is incredibly stressful not knowing what is wrong & why your child is upset. This is where the Owlet Baby Monitor steps in as a monitor for your child over night, when you need that precious sleep to take on the next day. I remember the first few nights home with my daughter, I just stared at her sleeping just to make sure her chest was moving and she was still breathing. When she moved into her nursery, forget it, I think I made more trips to her room to check her than I did in my 9 months of pregnancy to pee! The Owlet is designed to notify you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels fall outside of the preset zones, this sense of security is priceless!
What new mom doesn’t love a good snuggle with their babe? This shirt is the cutest and I can’t wait to snuggle my newest bundle up in it! This is the Lalabu Soothe Shirt®, babywearing shirt that’s both a nursing tank for mom and a cozy carrying pouch for baby. It is so super soft and stretchy which is a plus for a new mom. The Soothe Shirt is not a baby carrier and isn’t intended to be hands free. The pouch is intended for newborns between 7 and 15 lbs. Use code: “kristen15” for 15% off their entire site!
Do you have items that you LOVE and think I should try out? Let me know!
With a baby almost here and a toddler ruling the house I am always open to suggestions!