Sophie the Giraffe ~ Babies love Sophie. Parents love Sophie. Everyone else has one, so you’ve gotta do it!
Colorful links ~ Something like Bright Starts Lots of Links or Sassy Ring Links are multi-purpose. They can be a toy, or connect toys to an activity mat. They promote many developmental skills and only cost $4-$9!
Outdoor Blanket ~ I love this Skip Hop Outdoor Blanket. We use it all the time. This is waterproof, can be carried as a purse, and has a detachable cooler bag. The blanket is 5 feet by 5 feet. This is a “must have” for picnics or just if you want to hang outdoors with your baby. The Monkey Mat is another good option.
KidCo Go-Pod ~ This is a portable seat and activity station for babies that is great for when you aren’t at home. I liked it a lot for outdoor events. There are loops to attach toys and a cup holder for drinks. The recommended age range is 4 months to walking.
Obviously, you will buy clothes you like and think are adorable. If it’s your first baby and you know the baby’s sex beforehand, you will get a lot of gender-specific clothes as gifts before the baby arrives. We didn’t find out the sex either time, so pre-baby we received almost no clothes and post-baby we received some gender-specific clothing, which was really nice!
Zippers ~ I do recommend that you have some zippered footed pajamas. Most are just snaps. The zippers are really nice for those middle of the night diaper changes. Check out Hanna Andersson PJs because they are adorable!
Socks On ~ Baby socks never stay on. These help keep socks on the baby’s feet!
These little Zutano Booties snap to stay on baby’s feet!