guest post | allison’s favorite baby items for the first year

by allison queen-day |

Hi! I’m Allison, and I’m excited to be sharing with all of you some of my favorite baby items and tiny hacks! Katherine and I have been besties since middle school when she moved next door to me. Ever since we have been inseparable.

Amy and I also went to high school together, but we became close in college. All three of us went to college together at Kent State, and we had some really great times. As a mother now, those crazy days are long gone.

I am a stay at home mom and have a one year old named Greyson, and am due in October with my second, a baby girl. I am super excited, but also a little nervous about the change. Hopefully you enjoy these products I’m sharing as they helped me out quite a bit, but it’s definitely all about trial and error. 

1. UPPAbaby MESA Car Seat

Greyson loved his car seat more than anything. He slept every single time I put him in it for hours. There are two stroller options that come with the UPPAbaby set, the Cruz and the Vista. The Cruz is for a single baby. The Vista has options to become a multi-child stroller system. You can add a clip and a seat for a second baby as well as a scooter skateboard for a 3rd. It is also easy to use, looks great and has great safety ratings.

2. Graco Pack ‘n Play

This is a baby staple item. Not only is this a changing table, but it is a play pen and also a sleeper. I prefer this over a crib due to the soft mesh.

3. SKIP*HOP Car Seat Cover

If you live in a cold environment (like Ohio) this is a very easy and simple cover to keep your baby warm during the winter months. You also can skip using a coat.

4. zobo walker

I had numerous walkers and this one was the only one Greyson liked to sit in and play in for an extended time.

5. Chicco NextFit Zip car seat

After Greyson outgrew the infant seat, I needed a car seat. I love this one because it is safe and I can unzip the cover and wash it very easily. It’s also roomy for a larger baby.

6. Jolly Jumper

This was my favorite item for Greyson. It just gave us a good laugh and he loved it. It also helped to strengthen him while he bounced.

7. Baby Playpen

Once your child becomes mobile this is essential if you need to step out of the room. They can also self play in the pen.

8. Baby Brezza One Step Sterilizer Dryer and Bottle Warmer

This sterilizer will sterilizer AND dry bottles (not every system will dry bottles) to help prevent mold. The bottle warmer matches the system and can fit a wide range of bottles. They are both super easy to use!

9. Pacifier clips

These are super helpful to prevent Greyson from throwing his paci on the ground., and it’s nice that you don’t have to bend over every 5 seconds.

10. Boppy Luxe Shopping Cart and Restaurant High Chair Cover

I like this cover to use on high chairs. You can clip toys to it and will keep your child entertained in public. This is also great for carts at the store. Avoid those flu germs!

11. Baby Delight Infant Napper

This was easy for me to quickly pick up when Greyson was little. I could move it to the bathroom or the kitchen; wherever I needed to go. You can also just throw it in the car and use it at a friends to dock the baby.

We love Amazon’s baby registry! They have so many of our baby must haves available.

You can also check out Katherine’s favorite baby items for 0-6 months!

Follow Allison on Instagram @alqueen3

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