Baby Must-Haves – Compiled by Real Moms (Not the Retail Industry)

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MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers} Registering for baby gifts can be overwhelming, but these real mom tips will help mommies-to-be prepare for their little bundle of joy with the gear they’ll really need. This original material has not previously been published, and can be reprinted, in part or whole, crediting MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers}; please reference our website at

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These products saved my life and most of my sanity!

MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers} Before babies even arrive, moms-to-be will spend months agonizing over onesies, bottles, pillows, slings, the list of "necessary equipment" for raising a baby is overwhelming! Real moms share their go-to-gear for feeding, caring for and entertaining baby. Moms will be relieved to know that the list of gotta-have-it items is actually shorter than they think. Read on to find out which goods made the list with moms (and one funny dad.)

Savvy mom Kelly says, "Moby Wrap, Gripe Water, Burts Bees Diaper Cream - all three products I discovered on my own, in sleep deprived despair, to help my colicky, acid reflux, screaming newbie! Each product as soon as I tried it, the heavens opened, angels descended and sang! These are my go to gifts to new moms. These products saved my life and most of my sanity!"

"I love my baby calendar! This allows you to write what happens with your baby on daily or weekly basis and this can easily be used as a reference for completing their baby book,” says Angela.

Melissa says, "We loved our Baby Papasan swing - we wouldn't have survived the first year without it. There was no sleep the first year (with a baby) in our house without that swing!"

"A wipes warmer is great for those late night changes," suggests Maggi.

Two of mom Rachel’s favorites are, "An Exersaucer and pre-soaped washcloths."

Busy mom Laurie had a list of favorite baby items, but also shared, "I wish I could have registered for frozen meals from friends and family! This was one of the most helpful (things we received)."

"We love The Tiny Diner. This is an awesome thing to use when at a restaurant to prevent your baby and their food from touching the table. It rolls up when you are done and servers will love you because there is less mess for them to clean up!" says considerate mom Lesley.

Watchful mom Carrie says, "My number one pick is an Angel Care monitor. It helps so much if you are an anxious mommy worrying about SIDS. It is affordable for the peace of mind it offers. I recommend it to every new mommy!"

Richard, a dad with a great sense of humor, weighed in with his recommendations for new parents, "(I recommend) A live-in weekday nanny. A live-in weekend nanny. A live-in holiday nanny. If all three are the same nanny, then you can throw in a boyfriend bouncer and odorless diapers!"

Other favorites mentioned by multiple moms include: the Boppy nursing pillow and cover, a Mobi wrap for new babies and an Ergo carrier for older babies, a Bumbo seat and tray, lanolin for nursing moms, oversized swaddling blankets to use as baby grows, a Jumperoo, and the Inglesina mobile high chair.

So now you know what babies need, but what about moms? Moms needs support, encouragement, practical advice – and every mom needs a friend! Moms can find all of the above in a MOPS {Mothers of Preschoolers} group. Moms can search for groups in their area at

About MOPS International
Denver-based MOPS International is a non-profit ministry that creates communities to help "Better Moms Make A Better World." Since 1973, MOPS International has served millions of mothers and families in thousands of local MOPS groups across the U.S. and in 38 countries internationally. MOPS ministries include Classic MOPS, Teen MOPS, Military MOPS, International MOPS and MOMSnext. MOPS is the best in the world at creating authentic communities of growth that invite women into a spiritual relationship.

Elizabeth Sagaser, MOPS International
P: 800.929.1287

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