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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Playtex Diaper Genie
My sister, a professional nanny, swears that this diaper pail is the only one that doesn’t leak odor.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Erin Jackson | Design Editor
Jessica Butler is the creator of "Raise Magazine," stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to "Raise," she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and five-year-old son, Levon.