must-have baby essentials (8 month update!)
Katies Bliss Must Have Baby Essentials

1. NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils | 2. Elvie Breast Pump | 3. Owlet Baby Monitor | 4. Inglesina Clip-On Travel High Chair | 5. Gerber Footie Pajamas | 6. Skip Hop Moby Bath Rinse Cup | 7. Lalo 2-in-1 High Chair | 8. Long Sleeve Waterproof Smock Bibs | 9. Washable Splat Mat | 10. Swim Diapers | 11. Little Spoon Babyblends | 12. H&M Sun Hat + Baseball Cap | 13. Bella Tunno Silicone Bibs | 14. H&M Sleeveless Rompers | 15. Toki Mats Mega Playmat | 16. Sensory Ball Set | 17. Stokke Flexi Bath Soft Insert | 18. Stokke Flexi Bath | 19. Audio Baby Monitor (just $29!) | 20. Fisher-Price Animal Activity Jumperoo | 21. Wooden Stacking Clown Toy | 22. Hooded Towels | 23. Kyte Baby Sleep Sack

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been four whole months since I last updated y’all on Nate’s favorite products. It’s crazy how much he’s grown and changed since then. He’s becoming such a little man!

Over the last few months, our needs in terms of products and toys have changed quite a bit. I feel like it was around the 6 month mark when he started to become more mobile, that many of the items we had used daily since bringing him home, became less necessary. We also started introducing solids too and had to invest in a whole new arsenal of baby essentials, which you’ll find reviewed below. That said, there are still many products that we use daily that you’ll recognize from previous posts like our UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller and car seat, sound machine, changing pad and bottles.

UPPAbaby MESA Car Seat

Kyte Baby Sleep Sacknow that Nate has transitioned out of his Merlin suit (we stopped around 5 months), he’s been sleeping in these sleep sacks. The fabric is crazy soft and comfortable.

H&M Sleeveless RompersNate has been living in these since we moved to Florida. Great baby wardrobe staple for the warmer months!

Gerber Footie Pajamaswe love these comfy zip-up footie pjs!

H&M Sun Hat + Baseball Cap I’ve found lots of cute affordable caps for Nate at H&M!

Swim Diapersif you’re planning on taking your baby to the pool or beach this summer, then I highly suggest getting some swim diapers! Nate was required to wear these in his ISR swim lessons and they worked well. Just be aware that swim diapers in general only hold in #2 😛

Long Sleeve Waterproof Smock Bibsthese do an awesome job at protecting baby’s clothes when they’re eating. Once he’s done, I just throw in the wash on gentle cycle and hang to dry!

Bella Tunno Silicone Bibsthese bibs are genius! They catch all dribble and are dishwasher safe. Absolute must-have for starting solids!

Inglesina Clip-On Travel High Chairthis is an awesome high chair solution for travel or if you live in a small space. We used this in our apartment before we moved and it worked great and easily clipped on to our dining room table. The seat cover is removable and machine-washable!

Lalo 2-in-1 High Chairthis is the high chair we now use in our home and we love it for a number of reasons. It’s easy to clean and has a removable tray (dishwasher-safe) and seat cushion (washer/dryer-safe). So many high chairs are eye sores so I like how the design complements our dining area furniture and decor. It also comes with a second set of short legs to convert into a toddler chair once baby gets bigger. The only thing to be aware of is the footrest. Nate is 8.5 months and his feet aren’t able to reach it yet, so Nick had do a little DIY action to make it higher up (literally with an old drawer organizer + masking tape.)

Washable Splat Matwe keep this inexpensive washable mat under Nate’s high chair to protect our dining room carpet from crumbs and spills.

Lalo High Chair Splat Mat

ITEMS PICTURED // Lalo 2-in-1 High Chair + Washable Splat Mat

NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensilsif you’re doing baby led weaning, these are great introductory utensils!

Little Spoon Babyblends even though we’re primarily doing baby led weaning, I still like to give Nate blended food too just to expose him to different flavors and make sure he’s getting in adequate nutrition. We’re a big fan of Little Spoon Babyblends! They have a ton of tasty flavors, use all organic ingredients and deliver right to your door. These make my job a breeze especially on days when I don’t have time to prepare Nate’s solids from scratch. You can use code KATIEG25 for $25 off your first order!

Toki Mats Mega Playmat we just got this mat for our living room and so far we love it! Now that Nate is so mobile and beginning to crawl, we needed something larger to cover our living room carpet. It’s made from natural materials, has a machine-washable cover and comes in lots of different designs. We got the mega size with the organic insert.

Toki Mats Mega Play Mat

ITEMS PICTURED // Toki Mats Mega Playmat + Sensory Ball Set

Wooden Stacking Clown ToyI’m pretty sure this toy is meant for age 1+ but he gets such a kick out of it! He can’t actually put it together yet himself, but he loves knocking it over and banging the wooden pieces together. He also cracks up at the clown’s “googly eyes.”

Sensory Ball Setthese are easily one of Nate’s top-used toys! I keep them in a little soft basket on his playmat and he has the best time dumping them out and grabbing and chewing on them.

Fisher-Price Animal Activity Jumperoowe got Nate this jumperoo around 6 months shortly after we moved into our house just for another play option and he’s obsessed! I like to put him in it if I’m cooking or busy cleaning because it allows him to bop around on his feet and stay entertained, while staying safely contained.

Owlet Baby Monitor this is the monitor we’re currently using in Nate’s nursery. It was easy to mount on the wall and I like how it also monitors the temperature in the room.

Audio Baby Monitor (just $29!)in addition to the Owlet, we also have this old school audio baby monitor that we keep in our bedroom. We wanted something simple that would always be playing and didn’t require us to open an app on our phones. It gets the job done!

Stokke Flexi Bathwe’ve been using this bath tub since the beginning and love it! When Nate was a newborn we used it with this soft insert, but now that he is growing into quite the chonk I can just plop him in and he sit up himself. In our new house we have a large walk in shower so I actually set up his tub right in the shower with me so we both wash up at the same time. I love how it folds in half and is easy to clean and store away.

Skip Hop Moby Bath Rinse Cupthis rinse cup is awesome for bath time and is designed to keep water out of baby’s eyes.

Hooded Towelsthese have come in extra handy these last two months not only at bath time, but for Nate’s ISR swim classes. Very soft, absorbent and have the cutest lil hood!

Elvie Breast Pumpthose of you who have followed my breastfeeding journey and read my breast bump guide are probably very confused to see the Elvie included here. While my first experience with the Elvie was unsuccessful, I decided to give it another shot two months ago when I traveled to Hilton Head for my bffs bachelorette weekend. I had to pump the entire time and really wanted a discreet option that I could easily do on the go. I began using it 1x a day in the week leading up to my trip and I was happily surprised with my output. I still get slightly less than I do with my Baby Buddha or Motif pump, but it got the job done for me while I was away.

I’ve since been using it every morning after Nate’s first feed to fully empty and I love how I can be productive and get things done around the house, while also getting in a pump session. I still would never exclusively use it as my only pump and would caution any new mom from doing so, but it’s so nice to have as a second option!

PS make sure you are using the correct size flange! It’s so important and can affect your milk supply if you aren’t using the right size. The Elvie only comes with 24mm and 28mm so I had to order my size 21mm flanges separately. Here’s a printable ruler that you can use to figure out your correct size.

Products We’re Still Using & Loving

You can find reviews to all of these products in these posts: Baby Must-Haves (4 Month Update) & Newborn Baby Essentials.

Bandana Drool Bibs

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Stroller

UPPAbaby MESA Car Seat

Stroller Cup Holder + Organizer

Ever Eden Skincare Bundle

Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes

Pampers Swaddlers

Dr. Brown Bottles

Magnetic Me Footie

Hatch Baby Sound Machine

Hatch Baby Smart Changing Pad

Travel Crib

Take Along Tunes

Artipoppe Carrier

BabyBuddha Breast Pump

Breast Pump Backpack



Products We’re No Longer Using Frequently

These are all items we loved that I reviewed in previous baby product posts, but have stopped using primarily due to Nate no longer having a need for them or just losing interest.

Baby Shusher

Merlin Magic Sleep Suit (we transitioned Nate from this into a regular sleep sack around 5 months)

Otteroo Lumi Baby Neck Float

WubbaNub Pacifier

Hanging Rattle Toys

Play Gym by Lovevery

Boppy Lounger 


- Katie


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