If you know me you know I LOVE a good ice cold Diet Coke, a sunny day at the beach, and all things BABY GEAR. I’ve always enjoyed researching and reading up on all the very best baby things, even before I even had my first baby in 2012. I’ve tried and tested, blogged about, and shared my opinions about baby gear for years, and been called the “Baby Gear Expert” by Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. I just LOVE baby gear, even when I’m not pregnant or not having a brand new baby. It’s one of my passions, the same way Neil loves cars. The love I have for it runs deep and I get so excited that I just want to share it with you!
Being a first time mom and figuring out what you actually need for your baby can be daunting and often times you feel like you’re drowning because there’s just so many options for one simple thing. Like a pacifier?! There are literally hundreds of different styles, materials, and brands. So today grab your favorite beverage, sit somewhere cozy and let’s chat about Babylist (the registry resource that’s the talk of the town) and an absolutely GENIUS solution for any new or experienced mom who’s expecting.
In a hurry? Go straight to my picks below!
Table of Contents
- Try everything
- What is Babylist?
- Babylist Bottle Box – because who knows which one they’ll like?
- Library Box – to be all ready for bedtime story time
- First Aid Kit Box – your middle of the night lifesaver
- Swaddle Box – secret sauce to getting a good night’s rest
- Diaper Box – for a clean + happy baby
- Pacifier Box – for all of your baby’s soothing needs
- The best baby shower gift
- Check that off your list!
Are you expecting?? Whether you’re a first time mama or you’re already a mama of multiples, one of my TOP TIPS for any expecting mom is to get one of these boxes that Babylist offers! These boxes are seriously SO cool because if you’re like me and just curious AND nervous about which binkies and bottles your baby will like most, you don’t have to do all the research or picking yourself.
Every time I had a new baby, I’d go out and buy six different kinds of binkies, hoping that my baby would like at least one of them because ya know…you just never know! Each baby comes with their own little personality and preferences, so it’s tricky to know which ones to buy at first.
THAT’S where these Babylist boxes are handy dandy!! In this case, they’d send you one of each of all the most popular binkies for your baby to try. But you can receive a Babylist box for almost anything – bottles, swaddles, books, first-aid, etc.!
By the way, in case you haven’t heard of the newest kid on the baby registry block, Babylist makes everything simpler for expecting moms, whether it’s their first baby or their fourth! Plus, I swear…literally every single time I have a new baby there’s a new baby product on the market. Babylist is unlike any of the other baby registry sites.
Some of the reasons parents love Babylist are: you can add things to your registry from ANY store, you can add meaningful gifts that you just can’t buy in stores (dog walking, house cleaning, home-cooked meals, etc.), AND you get a 15% completion discount to the Babylist store!
Now, back to those genius boxes I was telling you about.
Whether you plan to use formula or solely breastfeed, bottles are absolutely essential to have, in my opinion! It’s given us a lot more freedom and flexibility, as others in our family are able to feed the baby if I need to run an errand or leave the house.
Just like binkies, there are so many different kinds of bottles and you don’t really know what kind your baby will take until they’re born and have tried a few. So, you can choose to get a Babylist Bottle Box – a box with all of the most popular bottles for your baby to try and see which he/she likes best.
My babies all LOVED the Como Tomo bottles because they were most similar to the boob, if your baby is breastfed too.
ALSO, this Bottle Box has a retail value of $51.45 but it only costs $29.99! So in other words, if you went out to a store and bought all of these bottles it would cost you over $50, but you’re getting this for less than $30. AMAZING.
They even offer a box with all kinds of books! I think this one is especially cool because Harry is suuuper into “reading” and looking at books right now. A lot of our books are absolutely trashed from our older girls, so I was really excited to get this Babylist Book Box for him, with $50 of baby books for $43.99.
And BONUS: they’re all board books (thick pages that don’t tear easily) with rounded edges.
We got a bunch of really fun, classic books for Harry in this box and he’s been SUPER enthralled by each of them.
I’m telling you – nobody thinks to buy some of the things that are in there until it’s like two in the morning, your baby is sick and you need something desperately. So either you or your spouse has to make that middle of the night trip to the 24-hour pharmacy.
No one hopes to have those moments, and this box will be your lifesaver. Alllllll the things you could possibly need for baby first aid-wise is in this box. You’ll always be prepared ahead of time which is so nice and comforting!!
This Babylist Swaddle Box is such a brilliant idea! I would’ve LOVED something like this for all of my babies. There are so many different swaddles out there of different styles and fabrics. Some people love the ones with zippers, some with velcro, and some just with the classic knot. The only way to find out which ones you and your baby (and YOU) like are to try a few different kinds, so this is your opportunity! Instead of spending almost $100 on your own, you can get a variety of swaddles to try for a total of $79. Saves you money and time you would’ve spent gathering them all yourself.
Diapers are ESSENTIAL. One of the baby categories that, once again, has tons of different brands. This diaper box is such a clever idea and comes with a two-week supply of diapers and wipes for you to try for only $39.99, instead of spending almost $60 on your own at the store! Nothing’s worse than buying a few different brands of diapers to try, and then letting that one brand of 60 diapers go to waste. This box is the perfect solution to see what you like before buying them in bulk!
Finding a pacifier that your baby likes is like a playing a game of process of elimination…there’s sooo many different kinds and every baby prefers something different! Seriously, each of my kids liked a completely different pacifier than the other or didn’t even like pacifiers at all. I used to buy a bunch from the store to see what they’d take, but this Pacifier Box makes it much simpler, saves time, AND way more cost effective. Get a box of six of the top rated pacifiers for only $26!
These boxes are incredible and so genius, especially for first time moms who are so new to the baby world. If you’re looking to gift an expecting mama something super helpful and thoughtful, a box like this would make the most AMAZING gift! We only showed you a few of our faves, but Babylist actually has six different genius boxes that you can gift, or get for yourself and your new babe!
As a new parent you already have plenty of decisions to make. Choosing a registry site like Babylist is designed to make many of those decisions a lot simpler for you as you find what’s best for you and your baby! I’ve got you covered with all the things that you’ll need for the beginning stages of motherhood + beyond. The Babylist Box is my top tip for any expecting mom + we’ve rounded up a bunch of other baby registry faves below!