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    How To Know What Baby Gear You Need: Using Babyli.st's Guides | Oh Lovely DaySince I registered for my first baby over 6 years ago, things have really changed. Rather than having to choose from a small selection of stores and registering at just one store — limiting your baby gear selection to just that store’s inventory — you can now register online at places like Babyli.st and register for baby goodies from almost anywhere you want. But on top of that, Babyli.st has access to the reviews and opinions of thousands of parents who have used their site and what products they love best. And then Babyli.st compiled all of that information into a Best Baby Products Guide to help you. This is such a great resource when buying or registering for your own baby.

    I thought it would be fun to “register” again using Babyli.st and their guides, plus my own experience, to help me. Here are some of my top picks from my registry, and you can find my full “if I were starting from scratch” registry on Babyli.st here. 

    How To Know What Baby Gear You Need: Using Babyli.st's Guides | Oh Lovely DayStrollers & Infant Seats

    Since I have three boys, the UPPAbaby Vista is the perfect fit for my family. We actually did register and receive this stroller when Charlie was born and it has grown with our family and accommodates all three boys thanks to the rumbleseat and piggyback board. I can’t recommend this stroller enough for city dwellers who walk and go on family adventures together, whether you have one, two, or three kids. I also use the UPPAbaby Mesa infant seat, which has great safety ratings and clicks right into our Vista stroller. It’s also the easiest infant seat ever to install, which is so refreshing.

    I also love the Orbit Baby O2 Jogging stroller, which works both as an urban stroller and a jogger. The best part is that baby can be any age and face you or forward while you use the jogger. If you’re going for this one you might want to also use their infant seat, which has a rotating feature that I love — it makes getting baby in and out of the car a breeze!


    My favorite tub for the first 6 months is the Puj tub. It’s great for small spaces since it is easy to store, fits easily into the sink for bath time, and is comfortable for baby. I also love the bath and body goodies from Tubby Todd and The Honest Company.  And the Puj hug towel is the softest and coziest ever.

    How To Know What Baby Gear You Need: Using Babyli.st's Guides | Oh Lovely DayBouncers, Swings & Playards

    The 4Moms Breeze playard has been a favorite baby gear item of mine since Calvin was 5 months old, and we’re still using it at 19 months! It’s large enough for safe play or sleep, super easy to open and close, and has a bassinet feature for the little ones. I use it as a secure place to put Calvin when I need to nurse the baby, run to the bathroom, or hop in the shower. I also love both the mamaRoo and the rockaRoo from 4Moms for the same hands-free help. I’ve been lucky enough to try both and different babies like different motions, but I find that the rockaRoo is the overall favorite because of its swinging motion — and it takes up way less space than a traditional swing. I used a traditional swing and bouncer with my oldest before these other products existed and the 4Moms gear is so much better!

    Registering For Baby With Babylist | Oh Lovely DayCarriers

    I love baby wearing for so many reasons: bonding with baby, hands-free holding, convenient baby transporting, allowing time with older children when baby needs attention too — the list goes on. I have a few favorite ways to wear baby and a few favorite carrier brands, depending on baby’s age and what we’re doing. I love to use my Solly Baby Wrap during the first 6 months and my Ergobaby 360 carrier after baby is around 4 months old up to and including the toddler stage. I’m also trying a sling with baby three and, though I’m still getting the hang of it, I really like it too.


    I tend to use whatever diapers and wipes we’ve been gifted or that I have on hand. I do love the diapers and wipes bundle from The Honest Company. I find that the healing balm from The Honest Company is great for diaper rash or other skin issues (better than their diaper rash cream actually). The Ubbi diaper pail is amazing (they call it the can of steel for a reason) – you truly can’t smell the dirty diapers when you have the pail closed, and it uses regular trash bags, which is key. And I cannot say enough good things about the Hatch Smart Changing Pad. It lets you weigh your baby and also track many of their stats and sync it with their app to your smart phone. It’s brilliant.

    Head to my full registry to see what I picked for my other essentials, including nursing/feeding, blankets & clothing, swaddles, and more. And be sure to check out Babyli.st’s product guides to help you with your own registry!

    This post is sponsored by Babyli.st but the opinions, and love for the site, is all my own.

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