Pregnancy Tips, Nursery Tips and Must Have Baby Items

Must Have Baby Items and Info

Congrats! You are most likely here because you have a little miracle growing inside of you! Or maybe you are the daddy/best friend/aunt/mom of someone who is expecting: Welcome! We are creeping up on 50 babies in our Diva family {even more with all of our retired Divas!} so we’re just gonna go ahead and call ourselves experts on all the must have baby items! And if you’ve ever been or known a pregnant lady, you know they are full of opinions, but also dying for (solicited!) advice.

So here is all of our expert advice on clothing, wellness and preparation, websites, nursery, products, and even some ideas for the new daddy.

Must Have Baby Items

Our Best Pregnancy Tips

Finding out that a little one is on the way can be a little {A LOT} anxiety-inducing. I remember researching baby must haves for a year before we even started trying to conceive, in addition to talking my husband’s ear off about said products… Regardless of all that research, I still was at a loss in some areas when our little bundle arrived. We are hoping that some of our tips will help you out! We have rounded up our favorites in the following categories:

So get ready! We want you to leave the fear behind and enjoy this experience!

Tips for Dressing Your Bump

Growing that baby can be equal parts exciting and confusing – what is happening to you?! Accepting and even reveling in your new body is going to make this process so much more enjoyable! So put away the scale, and go treat yourself! It can be difficult to spend money on maternity clothes since we know they are functional for a very short period of time – BUT that period of time also requires clothes, people! Lean in and get a few basics (good basics are the best maternity clothes) and a couple additions to spice them up. We pooled together some of our favorite hacks and places to shop!

The best maternity clothes.

Pink Blush – This adorable light hoodie is perfect for that growing belly! Anything comfy that doubles as pretty is a winner! Pink Blush has so many great options!

Capsule Wardrobe – Don’t go buy 100 new pieces for this 273-day journey – invest in a capsule wardrobe!

StitchFix Your PregnancyIf you haven’t heard of StitchFix you’re in for a treat! Get a box of curated maternity styles sent straight to your door!

Zulily – This site has a TON to offer in every department, but we LOVE how fresh new maternity looks pop up every few days.

Rent and Consign – Rent your clothes or buy consignment maternity wear! Brilliant!

ASOS Maternity  – ASOS Maternity is seriously a little affordable GEM!

Rent it! – Rent adorable clothes for the weekend, work, or just chillin’ on the couch!

Shorts – Finding knee-length maternity shorts is no easy feat. These are our FAVORITE!

Skinny Jeans – Just because your tummy is getting big doesn’t mean you can’t still ROCK the skinny jeans!

Maxi Dresses – When I’m pregnant, I literally LIVE in maxi dresses. They are SO comfortable when you don’t want any waistband pushing against that growing belly.

Belly Band – Did you know it’s easy to make your own belly band?

Affordable OptionsOld Navy (especially online!) has some great affordable maternity options. You can even shop by trimester!

Pretty Hospital Robe – These beautiful robes will take you through your pregnancy, the hospital, and beyond! Perfect for those days when you don’t quite make it to the shower…

Comfy BrasEven if you don’t plan on nursing, those last few weeks you just need a stretchy bra! This is a winner!

Tips For Pregnancy Wellness and Preparation

Keeping your body healthy and feeling prepared will make the world of difference! We’ve gathered up some of our favorite ways to keep well and get ready for baby.There are so many different opinions and sources and sometimes they don’t match up – we get it. These are just some of the pregnancy tips and items that have helped us – you do you!

Baby room ideas and postpartum health

 American Pregnancy – A GREAT website for all your questions!

Postpartum Bath Herbs – These bath herbs are so great! You can make a sitz bath or use them as a compress. WIN!

Breast PumpIf you plan on breastfeeding you may need a breast pump! We love the Medela Pump in Style, but make sure to check with your insurance to see which one they will cover for you!

Brewer’s Yeast – If you plan on making lactation cookies, Brewer’s Yeast is key – this one is a great price for what you need.

Flaxseed – Another key ingredient in those cookies is flaxseed! Bonus – your hubby can also benefit from all the omega-3s found in flaxseed!

Mamastrut – Pelv-Ice created a natural way to help you heal.

Hospital Bag List – A great list of the ESSENTIALS that you’ll want to be prepared with!

Prenatal Vitamins You need to be taking a prenatal to keep you and baby well!

Announcement Ideas – A HUGE collection of fun ways to share your exciting news

 Maternity Photo Tips – Make sure you capture this special time with a maternity photo shoot.

Newborn Photo Ideas – Your new little one will be here before you know it. Why not schedule a newborn shoot and be prepared with some shots that you’d LOVE to capture?

Gender Reveal Ideas – If you’re planning a gender reveal, you NEED to check out this jackpot of fun and creative ideas.

Prepare for Baby – Great ideas for preparing yourself, your marriage, and your children for a new baby.

Nurse Thank Yous  – While you’re waiting for baby, why not prep these sweet nurse thank you gifts. After all, they are LIFESAVERS when you’re in the hospital.

Prenatal Yoga – Strengthen your body for birth with these 10 simple poses.

Prepping for BabyIf you’re type-A, OCD, or love making lists – you definitely want to check out this article!

Pregnancy WorkoutsThe American Pregnancy Association’s suggestions on working out while pregnant.

Postpartum Girdle – Postpartum girdles are amazing, especially if you end up having a C-section. This site reviews different types for you.

Bump Nest – The VERY best pregnancy pillow ever. My hubby was like, I’ve been replaced by the bump nest. HA!

Bellefit – You MUST have this. My hubby is a Physical Therapist and he was really hesitant about any of them because they can do more damage than good. These actually help remind your muscles how they were supposed to be.

LanolinYou are going to want some lanolin pretty much from the first latch – this is our favorite!

Nursing PadsThese are the best because they actually stay in place and are SUPER absorbent {So important while supply regulates}!

 Pregnancy and OilsThis will help clear up what is A-Ok and which oils to avoid at specific points in your pregnancy.

RegisterPeople LOVE this registry! Get any item you want/need!

Best Pregnancy and Parenting Websites

You’re going to be turning to Dr. Google way too often over the next, oh, forever. To help avoid some of that, turn to these pregnancy and parenting websites. We’ve collected websites that will make you laugh, cry, and learn! Of course if you have a medical concern our BEST pregnancy tip is CALL YOUR DOCTOR – this is not the time to be prideful. BUT if you’re just wondering about the size of your baby compared to a nostalgic toy… use this list.

Maternity websites and tips.

Pregnant Chicken – You need this in your life. Laugh at the absurdities of pregnancy, but also learn a few things from a veteran momma.

Scary Mommy – An unfiltered view of pregnancy and motherhood. Articles are written and submitted by the general public, in other words – moms like you.

Baby Center – How big is your baby compared to a fruit? They’ve got ya! And hey, if you want to see what a non-vegetable baby looks like they have that too.

Baby Med – All about pregnancy from a medical standpoint.

Baby Tracker App – This app will be a lifesaver when you get to your first post-birth appointment and the doctor asks how many wet diapers your baby has had… trust us, you’ll need to track it.

The Bump – Pregnancy info and thousands of names to scroll through until your little one’s jumps out at you.

What to Expect – The go-to book is now your go-to website! Not only that, but there is an app so you have it in the palm of your hand.

Mommy Status – All things baby, toddler, momma! You will be covered with them.

Alpha Mom – This site is a perfect resource from pregnancy all the way through childhood!

Project Nursery – Part of the fun of expecting a baby is decorating a new room! Let Project Nursery help.

Nursery Tips and Tricks

Make your nursery work for you. Here are our best ideas on how to make that happen! We love to make a nursery a space that both mama and baby can enjoy and have a list of baby items that have helped us. The nursery is a sweet spot for you and your babe, make it peaceful, cozy, and fun! I’m sure since you found out you’ve had baby nursery ideas swirling around in your head, we’re not focusing on design, but the must have baby items to make it functional.

Baby nursery ideas and tips.

Diaper CartA diaper cart is a must have! {and really this whole nursery is GORGEOUS!}

Pacifier storage – Apothecary jars to hold pacifiers are amazing and chic in addition to keeping them sanitary and off the floor!

Size DividersKeep those clothes organized but in sight! {You never know when baby will get a growth spurt!}

Newborn Momento Shadow BoxWhat a fun idea to display in the nursery.

DIY Baby Closet This is just genius! Turn an old book case into a perfect closet for baby or utilize the many other ideas presented here.

BeddingThese sheets are so cute and come in fun prints for both genders. Look around for your favorites that match that sweet nursery you’ve worked on.

Latchy CatchyPeek in on your babe so silently they’ll never know, because we don’t want to wake that sleeping baby, but you do need in that room. 😉

Book DisplayBooks easily double as art with these picture ledges.

25 Free PrintsEasy nursery decor that you can print for FREE!

DIY MobileFollow this tutorial or their hot air balloon tutorial to make your own mobile for Baby!

Diaper PailCutest diaper pail ever! And they come in so many colors to match your decor! {We know you think you’ll throw each diaper outside… trust us: you won’t. A diaper pail is well worth the investment!}

3 in 1 Rocker I always love products that grow with my baby. This napper reclines from a seat to a napper with three different positions.

Anchoring FurnitureAnchoring your furniture may not seem essential when your baby can’t move, but they will be climbing before you know it!

Blanket Basket – Millions of baby blankets need a home – try a cute basket to corral them.

Glider Comparison – We love this resource to find the best glider for you!

Favorite Baby Products

Just pop all of these on your registry right now. Seriously. Some you may scoff at, but just trust us!! You will love these! For instance, people on the chat rooms may tell you that your finger works just fine for applying diaper rash cream – they’re wrong, love ’em, but wrong. Our must have baby items list covers head to squishy, baby tushy. This is your new baby checklist.

The best baby must haves.

Bum Brush – This is a life saver! No more diaper cream under your nails!

Butt PasteOur #1 diaper cream! It works so well and has a subtle/neutral scent.

Noise Machine – 6 different sounds, 3 timer options, and you can plug in or use batteries!

Bamboo Swaddles 3 lightweight swaddles that are easy to pack and can also double as a nursing cover.

Carseat/Nursing CoverCovered Goods is the original multi-use nursing/carseat/cart cover AND it’s a cute scarf to boot!

Puj TubBathing baby can be so fun and SO STRESSFUL! take some of the stress out with an always warm, never slippery, store-flat Puj tub!

Pacifier ClipsKeep those pacifiers attached to the baby! You won’t lose the baby in the couch cracks… right?!

Wub-a-Nub – Another great pacifier option – this one is attached to a sweet little stuffy! {SO many options!}

Swaddle Sets These are seriously the most darling swaddle sets EVER!

Baby Lounger You’ve probably heard of a boppy – but have you heard of the DockATot? It’s amazing!

Wooden TeethersIf you need something to do while you’re nesting – why not sew up a bunch of these cuties?! You’ll be needing them in the near future!

SwaddleMeThis was the ONLY thing that would keep our Houdini of a baby’s arms in her swaddle!

Avent Bottles – We loved these bottles! Super easy to clean and no confusion for our daughter.

Nose FridaNOT GROSS! We repeat – this product is not gross, it’s a life saver! Throw those suction bulb out!

Bandana Bibs – Keep those itty-bitty clothes clean with these cute bibs!

Bottle Drying Rack – A cute and functional way to take care of drying all baby’s bottles.

Gripe WaterThis gripe water saved us! The natural ginger in it helps sooth baby’s belly.

Monitor – Monitors will save you during nap time – it really is ok to leave the room!

OwletThis little tool monitors oxygen levels and heart rate in addition to helping keep your heart rate down while baby sleeps! 😉

Diaper Bag Dispenser and Bags – These little baggies will keep all the gross smells in when you are on the go! The Arm and Hammer makes them magic!

 Pretty Diaper BagFawn Design is an adorable, clean diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag! {Say it with us – no Winnie-the-Pooh bags!} Save some of your style with one of these!

Ideas for the New Daddy

Don’t let your growing belly block out the new dad! They need a little spoiling too 🙂 We believe that EVERY parent needs some special attention when adding a new family member, but often dads are left behind. However, you wouldn’t be here without him 😉 This is a list of some of our favorite gifts, dates, and products for the new dad in your life.

Gifts and ideas for new dads

Dada Book Such a fun book to give the future dad!

You’re a Daddy GiftWhat a fun gift for the new daddy!

Daddy MoneyJust like a new momma needs a break, so does the daddy!

New “Pop” Gift Basket – Another cute gift basket idea for the new POP!

My Dad’s Beard RocksOk it’s a onesie for the baby, but it’s really for the bearded daddy in your life!

Dad, You are My FatherA great new mug that your Star Wars fan will love in addition to being useful. That’s a win-win, people.

Daddy Diaper Bag – Get your husband a diaper bag that he won’t be embarrassed to take out!

Dad’s Hospital Bag ListMake sure that your husband doesn’t suffer by coming unprepared.

Our Love StoryA darling keepsake journal the two of you can work on together.

 New Parent Date  – A cozy at-home date night PERFECT for celebrating your new role as parents after the baby comes home.

LilleBabyTurn your husband into a baby-wearing-dad with this 6 position carrier {And let’s be real, it’s a gift for you too!}

Maker DadThis is the cutest DIY project book for daddies and their daughters! {HEART EYES!}

Geek Dad – Another fabulous book for those geeky dads! {There are 2 more in the series!}

Gerber Dime – The only Gerber your husband used to know about 😉 Isn’t that cute and manly at the same time?!

Great ExpectationsA fun date idea all about your little bundle, and a great way to get Dad involved in the record keeping. 

We hope this has been helpful and exciting! 🙂 But most importantly, remember that you have totally got this! If you have more questions about adding a baby to the family we suggest checking out Marriage After Baby to get our readers’ top tips about married life after you have your little bundle! And don’t worry – you can still date even with a kiddo! We always suggest the Babysitter in a Bag to help everyone feel prepared for dates out on the town! And don’t forget to keep checking back with The Dating Divas to see what other ways you can make your marriage and family stronger!

About the Author: Shanelle

I am a reading, singing, shopping queen! (I'm very lucky that my handsome hubby likes shopping as much as I do) Married for 7 years and ready for forever, I love spending time with Brigham (my husband), our girls, and our new baby boy. I teach high school English and in the summertime we love to go on adventures in the great outdoors.

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