(A Note to my Pre-Baby Self on What I Actually Needed for Emery)
(This post has been sponsored by the Baby Cubby. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.)
So my baby is almost a whole six months old, and it's making me incredibly nostalgic. I remember this time last year Kyle and I were just starting to announce to our family and loved ones that we were expecting, and now we've got a spunky little girl about to celebrate her first Christmas. It was also around this same time last year that I started deep into what Kyle referred to as a "perpetual nesting" period that involved extensive research and countless hours on the internet scrounging for the best baby products and trying to figure out exactly what I would need to make my baby as happy as possible, and to make my transition into life as a new mom as seamless as I could. I was flooded with a million different options on everything from carseats to pacifiers, and found myself a little overwhelmed at picking what would actually be the best option for our little family. It was also around that same time that I found and fell in love with the Baby Cubby. The Baby Cubby is a baby store based out of Utah that seriously saved me from intense amounts of stress as an expecting mama out in Kentucky! Fitting them in the "store" category is only really applicable to them because they offer products for purchase, but the way that they run their business goes so much further than that of your typical baby supply store. Their team is made up of parents who have all been in that stressed "new parent" stage of life, and they've made it their mission to make the transition into parenthood as easy as possible. They are very careful with which products they will choose to offer in their store and will only sell products that they truly feel are the best and safest products for their babies and yours, and even have a section on their website called "Cubby Picks" so that you can get a feel for what the tried and true favorite baby products are that are out there! They also offer free shipping on any order over $49 (anyone that's shopped for a baby before will know this is a REALLY easy price mark to hit) AND they price match with any company out there including Amazon! In addition to making their store and website as shopping friendly as possible, they also have an amazing community available to anyone on their Cubby Community Blog to help offer answers to parenting/baby questions and support to any parents in need! The Baby Cubby helped me with making so many of my decisions when picking out baby gear, and I'm SO excited to be able to work with them to hopefully be able to help some of my mama friends along on their baby-gear buying journey! So without any further ado, here are a few of my absolute FAVORITE baby gear items that I have personally found to be must-haves for me and my baby!
(Links to products are included on each picture)
I hope that this list is able to help anyone out there trying to decide what to buy for your soon to be baby! For me, a lot of these items weren't things that I really thought I would need until I was actually in the middle of momming and realizing that a lot of these items were things that I couldn't live without! I will admit that I overbought in my pursuit of being prepared, but now have had some time of actually using (or not using) all of the baby gear that I bought to find out what I personally need to take care of Emery. With her half-birthday quickly approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on my experience of trying to prepare for a baby, and of course try and share what insights I have so that if there's any sweet expecting mamas out there that are as stressed as I was about preparing for a baby, that this post will hopefully let you know that you're definitely not alone and that there is an easier way. ;D Is there anything that I missed that you'd add onto this list? I'm learning lots every day but as Emery gets older still feel like I'm learning new things and I'd love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions on what works well for you and your baby! Thanks so much for reading!
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.