Most first-time mothers have 9 exciting months to plan and dream about baby clothes, accessories, nursery decor, etc. There are sooooo many adorable baby products out there to swoon over! I remember when my husband and I first started trying to conceive I was so excited and started a secret Pinterest board to pin the baby items I would surely need to start buying soon. But as several months passed with no sign of double pink lines, the excitement I felt when walking through the Target baby aisle turned into a sad kind of wistful longing, and I started to worry that I’d never have a reason to put any baby or pregnancy items in my shopping cart. At this point, I’ve been waiting to become a mother for the length of four full-term pregnancies. Seeing cute baby items online or in stores always brings a twinge of pain, but part of me always hopes that before long I’ll get to be a part of the exclusive motherhood club and buy the little baby things I’ve been admiring. And I figure that while I’m stuck in this season of waiting, I might as well wish and dream, right? Dreams are all I have right now, so why not dream big?
The time I’ve been waiting to get pregnant sucks, but to look at the glass-half-full side of it, infertility gives me plenty of time to look through the wide world of baby products out there and narrow down a wishlist of favorite items I hope to have a need for before too long. Some of them are more on the expensive side, but after our years of waiting, I’m pretty sure that when we’re finally expecting a baby, my husband and I will feel justified in splurging here and there to celebrate! Plus, saving up for these products (& occasionally buying one that comes comes on sale here & there) makes me feel like I’m not wasting my time while waiting, in fact, I feel like it’s one small way I can exercise my faith that someday I really will hold a baby in my arms. (Kind of like the story about two farmers who both prayed for rain, and afterwards, one farmer sat and waited for God to send the rain, and the other farmer went out and prepared his fields for rain, which one showed more faith? The one who prepared for a miracle.) So with that said, here’s my someday-baby wishlist:
1. Fawn Design Diaper Bag This diaper bag costs a lot more than I’ve ever paid for a bag, or backpack, or accessory of any kind, really. But I’ve heard such amazing things about this bag that I’m thinking it may be well worth the splurge. Not only is it stylish, gender neutral, and a messenger bag & backpack in one, the entire thing inside and out can be wiped clean. The pockets inside were designed to hold diapers, wipes, sippy cups, etc. and you can buy stroller hooks with it so the bag can hang on your stroller hands-free. Looks like they thought of everything! And since the bag doesn’t even look like a diaper bag and it’s really durable, I’m sure I’d be using it for several years, so it seems like a great investment.
2. Owlet Baby Care Monitor Okay. This baby monitor happens to be very expensive. But that makes more sense when you find out it’s an infant heart rate and oxygen monitor! The sock goes on your baby’s foot, and there are some other components that connect to an app on your phone which alerts you if your baby stops breathing. It might seem over-the-top paranoid to some people, but I’m a worrier. Even when I was a kid sometimes I would get worried about my little brothers and sisters and sneak into their rooms at night and watch to make sure they were breathing. On top of that, I’m pretty sure that my years of struggling to get pregnant will magnify my first-time parent fears. Honestly I think this monitor would give me so much more peace of mind that it would be worth spending the money, especially if it lasts long enough to use it with more than one child (if I’m able to have more than one, that is).
3. Out of Print Onesies I love love love reading. I would hide and read for hours on end as a kid, and when I got older I worked at a library for several years, shelving books, checking books in and out, giving patrons book recommendations. I love the illustrations in classic children’s books as much as the stories. That’s why it takes serious self-control for me to not buy every single item on Out of Print’s website. They take the covers of old out of print books and put them on t-shirts, bags, sweatshirts, socks, you name it. The baby onesies are so cute I might die. They aren’t the cheapest onesies but if I can narrow it down to one favorite someday then you bet I’ll be buying one for my baby. Right now The Little Prince one might be winning since Le Petit Prince was my grandpa’s favorite book. He always insisted the book was most beautiful when read in French because some things just can’t be translated. My grandpa died last year, and it breaks my heart that my someday-baby won’t get to meet him, but I’d love to dress them in a onesie that feels like a little hug from the great-grandpa they didn’t get to meet.
4. BabyLit Board Books Did I mention that I love to read? I’m not sure if I’ve made it clear how much I love the classics! Haha. These baby board book versions of classic literature are darling in every way. They introduce a classic story to the littlest readers with a simple theme like counting or colors. For example, the Pride and Prejudice one starts, “1 English village, 2 rich gentlemen, 3 houses, 4 marriage proposals…” with charming illustrations accompanying each number. Find your favorites here: Pride & Prejudice The Secret Garden Moby Dick Alice in Wonderland The Jungle Book The Wizard of Oz Huckleberry Finn Treasure Island Sherlock Holmes Les Miserables Little Women A Christmas Carol
5. Tubby Todd 100% Natural Baby Bath Products I have sensitive skin, and I’ve found that avoiding products with harsh chemicals helps my skin stay a lot healthier. So I love the fact that these baby bath products and ointments are made of 100% natural ingredients and formulated specifically for sensitive skin. When I give my baby a bath or change their diaper someday, I don’t want to worry about whether the baby wash or diaper ointment I use will irritate their skin. I feel pretty confident that this line of baby body wash, shampoo, ointment, and lotion will give me peace of mind about that. And this company recently added a “mama” line too, with products like nursing salve and belly balm which I’m sure would come in handy as well!
6. Puj Baby Bathtub This bathtub looks like a pretty genius idea. It’s made out of a soft foam that folds and contours to any sink and cradles and protects the baby while you’re bathing them. And when you’re done with bathtime, the tub can flatten out for easy storage! I remember the plastic baby bathtub my mom used to bathe my younger siblings and what a hassle it was to try to fill it up from the sink when it wouldn’t fit in the sink, set it on the bathroom counter during the baby’s bathtime, then dump the water and store it in the regular bathtub or on the floor since it was too big and awkward to fit in any cupboard. The Puj tub really does seem like a better solution.
7. Solly Baby Wrap I came across this company early on in our infertility journey and all their sweet photos of mothers and fathers bonding with their babies really made me fall in love with the idea of baby wearing. I love the idea of a hands-free way to keep baby close, using a wrap that’s strong and safe but soft and stretchy at the same time, without bulky straps or buckles. The moments I see in the photos Solly Baby posts on Instagram are the moments I long for and dream of. This wrap is one baby accessory that I’m so certain I will someday use that I gave in and bought one when it was on sale at a time when I had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket.
So, fellow friends on the infertility road, am I the only one who has a someday-baby wishlist? What products are on your list? And if any moms happen to be reading this, have you tried any of these products? Would you recommend them? Hopefully someday I’ll have a reason to make this wishlist a shopping list!