By the time you get to baby #3, you are fairly stocked with baby gear and supplies. And the thought of adding any more STUFF to your house is harrowing. But there are a few things that are nice to have new for each baby, and a few things that have been updated since your first (a 360 Ergo! yes please!). Also the process of registering is now incredibly easy thanks to my favorite new app Babylist. It’s an online registry that links to any website. I love supporting small family owned shops and finding unique handmade items on Esty and the Babylist app makes it easy to add any item you can find online to your registry right on your phone.
Here is a round up of my “must haves” for baby #3!
1. Ergo Baby Carrier – We have always loved our Ergo carrier. We used it for both Adam and Lake. With their new design the baby can be worn facing you or facing forward. Alex is able to wear the Ergo as well, which makes it so versatile for our family. Our Ergo is always with us wherever we go and I can’t wait to try the new design!
2. Aden + Anais Swaddles – When our kids were babies we use these swaddles for everything. As a swaddle, as a stroller cover, as a burp cloth, as a changing pad. We used them so often both Lake and Adam adopted them as their “lovies” and have slept with them every night since. It’s a great set up as they each have 10 or more, and they will take any of them. So one can be in the wash, or one can get lost, and they can be replaced without them noticing. It’s also nice that Aden + Anais makes them with different fabric options. Adam’s are traditional muslin, Lake’s are bamboo, and I thought it would be nice for baby 3 to use the Organic line so we can always tell them apart.
3. Diaper Pail – A necessary evil in the baby world. Seriously these things are the worst. But you need one, and you need a new one. I have tried a handful and have yet to find one that actually works as well as I’d like. This Diaper Dekor gets great reviews and I’m excited to try it out!
4. Adorable New Outfits – Yes you have plenty of old used sleepers saved in a bin in a garage somewhere. But let’s be honest, by baby #3 most of them are looking pretty dingy and you could use a few new pieces. I’m in love with hand knit baby clothes, especially these gorgeous heirloom pieces from Misha and Puff.
5. A New Baby Bath Tub – At our old house we never had the right sink for these cute Puj bathtubs. I’m excited to now have an easy, comfortable bath for a squirmy slippery little baby. Also the puj hangs dry and is much smaller and easier to store than a big plastic bath tub.
6. Wooden Play Gym – Our old play gym survived two babies, but now all of the attached toys are lost or broken and the playmat has been washed and washed too many times. But babies love them and they are so important for their development. I love the clean look of this handmade wood play gym from Nin and June. And I love that you can add different toys as your baby grows and has different developmental needs. They also make adorable play mats with gorgeous fabric that fit perfectly underneath the gym.
7. A New Nursing Pillow Cover – If you have a favorite nursing pillow (mine is this one from Luna Lullaby) you can most likely keep your pillow and get a new cover. The Luna Lullaby is recommended by lactation specialists to help position mom and baby for optimal latching. Plus it’s much more soft and comfortable than some of the other popular options.
8. Solly Baby Wrap – I didn’t know about Solly Baby carriers when Adam and Lake were born, and I’m so excited to support this family owned company. I like having both the Ergo carrier and a fabric wrap, and I use them for different purposes. My babies all loved sleeping in their wraps, and it’s a nice way to be present with the older kids while keeping the baby happy. They also make Solly Dolly carriers for Lake so she can carry her own “baby”!
9. Your Favorite Swaddle Blanket – It’s always nice to have a fresh new swaddle blanket for each baby. Our favorite is the Miracle Blanket. Our kids never LOVED being swaddled, but we would sneak them into a swaddle once they were drowsy and it made them sleep so much better! The miracle blanket is easy to use and incredibly soft, with no scratchy velcro or harsh zippers.
10. Gift Cards From Your Favorite Food Delivery – When Adam was born some very thoughtful friends sent us food from one of our favorite local spots. It was a bag full of meals, sides, cupcakes, and snacks. Although my parents were staying with us for a few days and more than happy cook us meals and go to the grocery store, it was really nice for us all to be able to just relax and enjoy life with a newborn. When Lake was born whenever anyone asked us what we needed for a baby gift, we always would say Joan’s on Third gift cards! And any night when she was fussy, or I was tired and not up for cooking, we would call and order food that Alex could pick up on his way home from work. It’s small things that can make your day easier and give you just a few extra minutes to savor this amazing time that flies by so quickly.