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Must-Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms

Must-Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms

Jessica Butler
Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine

Shop our editors’ favorite things for the newborn stage and beyond.

Finn + Emma Play Gym

Our gift to Levon his first Christmas. The toys are removable, allowing you hang your babe’s favorite toys and change them out as they grow.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Black Brush Stroke Boppy® Newborn Lounger

Preemies are easily overstimulated, so Levon did not tolerate swings or bouncers well, but he LIVED in this lounger. It’s also the perfect feeding pillow for bottle-fed babies.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Ubbi Baby Wipes Dispenser

One of us was always leaving the package of wipes open, which lead to them drying out. This dispenser fits every brand and is attractive enough to be placed in the bathroom once potty training starts.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Trumpette Baby Socks

I can’t begin to express how much Levon hated shoes as an infant. Trumpette became my go-to brand for “footwear.”

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Aden + Anais Sleep Bag

Our house gets quite cold at night, and Levon slept in these for the first year of his life. My absolute favorite sleep sacks.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Playtex Diaper Genie

My sister, a professional nanny, swears that this diaper pail is the only one that doesn’t leak odor.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Keekaroo Peanut Changer

The original wipe-able changing pad. Levon never had a proper nursery or changing table. He slept in our room for the first 2 1/2 years of his life, and we used this to change his diaper on everything from the bed to the couch to the floor. It;s my #1 recommendation to new moms.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Jessica Butler | Founder + Editor
ErgoBaby360 All Positions Baby Carrier

I also tried the Bjorn, Moby, and the classic Ergo. The 360 was the most comfortable for me and my babies, and I even used it during four consecutive 18-hour days of Disney travel and never once got sore. A necessity for the travel-lover and exploring mom!

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Owlet Smart Sock

My youngest had high risk heart concerns in utero, and I was always on high alert when he was an infant. The peace of mind this monitor provided was worth every cent.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Little Unicorn Quilts

The thickest, softest muslin quilts ever. Not to mention, super cute prints. The brand has amazing linens, but their quilts are a step above!

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
Deluxe+ Dock

My husband, Collin, sleeps like a rock, and my baby wouldn’t sleep one bit. I was scared to fully co-sleep because Collin is such a heavy sleeper, but I was too sleep deprived to maneuver nursing through the night with a baby in a separate bed. The Dockatot was the only way our entire family could sleep. When the time came, I moved it into the crib for an easier transition.

Must Have Baby Items For New & Expecting Moms, Raise Magazine
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