Updated January 17, 2021
It’s been a little while since we’ve done a baby gear focused post, so it’s time to update you all on the most loved baby items we’ve used the most from 6-12 months! All of these items are things we’re using every single day (or very frequently). I kept the list very simple and concise – hopefully this helps!
Best Baby Items 2020 – Stuff We Actually Used 6-12 Months!
I am a huge stickler for nothing in the crib with the baby while he sleeps. Sleep safety is super important to me! For comfort and warmth (especially since we keep our house so cold, we love sleep sacks. This one has been a great find (comes in lots of prints and colors, too). Even past 12 months, we are still using it! I bought the Large size, and it’s very soft and comfortable over long sleeve pajamas.
White Noise Machine
White noise is awesome to help baby’s sleep. We have been using this one since Logan was a newborn, but have continued to use it because our house is loud (everyone home since March…). I am very diligent about nap times and getting proper sleep, and I use the white noise machine to signal him (and also drown out my other 2 loud children). We will probably continue to use it for a while – studies have shown that white noise is perfectly fine to use indefinitely (even for adults).
While cloth bibs are great for bottle fed babies and droolers, these plastic bibs are the best for when baby begins to self feed at the high chair. They’re easy to clean (even can be thrown in the diswasher) and to use over and over. I also love that they have a little pocket to catch messes.
We absolutely love these sippy cups! I will say, Logan didn’t get the hang of them until about 9-10 months – so this is an item that they probably can’t use as early as 6 months. It doesn’t spill anywhere and is a great item to teach babies how to hold and sip on a cup. We don’t use bottles (and haven’t since the world shut down and his Mother’s Day Out program was closed). I have been working with Logan on straw cups and sippy cups instead. These are our top choice.
I wish I would’ve just gotten the IKEA high chair for all of my kids. It’s cheap, works great, is not huge (fits into small spaces), and has a very minimal aesthetic. They can also be jazzed up a bit according to your preference (more on that in a second).
High Chair Foot Rest
Jazz up your IKEA high chair with a foot rest! These are awesome because they provide support for baby while eating. Foot rests help ensure proper posture while baby eats, keeps them focused, and makes their mealtimes more comfortable. I love our bamboo foot rest.
High Chair Mat
You can also add a placemat to your IKEA high chair (currently sold out, but they’re made by the same shop that does the foot rests). Really nice to have on hand for easy clean up. They rinse off well in the sink with dish soap or can be put on the top rack of the dish washer.
I know a lot of people think the Diaper Genie is useless, but I love it. I hate a stinky nursery, and I really think this thing helps control odor and makes disposing diapers much easier. We’ve had the same one for almost 9 years, so I’m linking the newest version, but it’s a well-loved item.
I absolutely LOVE our UPPAbaby Cruz stroller. It’s a pricier item, but it’s been such a wonderful well-built stroller to have.It lives in the trunk of my car, and is great for errands, walks around the neighborhood, travel and more. I used it when we went to Turks & Caicos and also when we went to Disney World. Since Logan is our last baby, I felt like we didn’t need the Vista stroller. I like the more compact feel of the Cruz (but it’s still super high quality and luxe).
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What were/are your most loved and used baby items? I’ll definitely do another update in 6 months with toddler must-have items 12-18 months!
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