Updated! Baby Must Haves At BUYBUYBABY.

Since my last post, we have now been through SO many baby items with Xavier and I wanted to go into detail on what we like and WHY. Do you need everything? No, but these items have made our lives much easier and these are what Xavier loved. **This post IS a sponsored post by BUYBUYBABY, ALL thoughts and opinions are MY OWN. We have gotten these items from our registry or we have BOUGHT them ourselves! We have put these items to work the last 6 months! Also, a lot of y’all have asked for this post so I’m HAPPY to share our thoughts! Any questions, leave a comment on the blog post and I’ll respond!

**Also, thank you for always shopping thru my links! It’s linked back to my blog which helps me do more fun projects like this.

*** These are the items we loved, every baby or parent is different and that’s totally ok. Just sharing what worked for us!

Just a few of features you get with registering with buybuy BABY:

15% off your remaining registry items. (Anything that is still left on your registry you will get 15% off of if you purchase.)

Balance your registry with items at a variety of prices, so friends, family – even coworkers – can find you the perfect gift.

Invite friends and family to suggest products they know you’ll love with our registry recs tool. (No one knows you better than they do).

Whether it’s your first or your third, buybuy BABY is the best place to create your registry. With their price match guarantee, why would you register anywhere else?!

If you’re looking to start your own registry you can here: https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/page/BabyRegistry

Stroller & Accessories

Bugaboo Donkey 2. To purchase click HERE.

Our thoughts: We got this stroller because we will be having more babies and it’s built to hold two. We were planning ahead with this one because of the price tag. It rides SO smoothly but it’s definitely a little bulkier, but again it fits two so that’s expected.

Since this comes with a bassinet – we got the bassinet stand which then we put together and kept downstairs so when the baby needed a nap (from when he was born until he turned 3 months) this is where he took his naps in the living room. This was amazing simply for the fact that it kept him near us and we didn’t put him in a crib until 3 months. I work from home so this was something we used every single day until he turned 3 months. This is also a great item for traveling.

Bugaboo Stand. To purchase click HERE.

We started doing our family walks again! Since it’s not warm out just yet, Carl saw this Bugaboo Footmuff (think sleeping bag for babies)and it’s SO warm & COZY. We actually used this yesterday and Xavier was kept warm (it was 50 degrees out)

BugoBoo Footmuff. To purchase click HERE.

We added some accessories for the stroller which are self explanatory so I will link them all here:

We also picked up a smaller stroller. Something I could personally handle MYSELF when Carl isn’t around and I can also put this together and collapse it with one hand. WINNER.

UppaBaby Minu Stroller. To Purchase click HERE.

Car Seat

CYBEX Platinum Cloud Q SensorSafe™ Infant Car Seat in Black.

To purchase / view, click HERE.

Out of all the carseats this is the one we personally liked the best. The one feature we liked a lot is it reclines when out of the car. SO when we attached this to our stroller we could recline it when he was sleeping (aka when we were on walks or at a store.) It also has side impact protection. Again, everyone likes what they like and this was ours! Maybe our next child it will be different!

Bassinet & Bedding

Halo Bassinet- We used this next to our bed for the first two months. Obviously you can use it longer. We loved the swivel feature and the heartbeat sound machine built in. Has a few other ones you can choose from as well. Highly recommend this brand. To purchase / view click HERE.

Halo Bassinet Mattress cover pads – We bought 3 of these so we could change them after spit up and etc. A must have. To purchase / view click HERE.

HALO® DreamNest™ 3-in-1 Open Air Portable Crib with Breathable Mesh Mattress – we keep this in our basement for when we want to watch movies, hang out or especially when traveling. It comes in super handy. I know some people keep this in their living room! We recently took this to VA Beach with us and used it in the hotel. To purchase / view click HERE.

Waterproof Organic Cotton Crib Mattress Pad Covers– We purchased a TWO pack cribs water proof mattress covers. I found that having two was best simply because if he ever had any issues one would be in the wash and we have another on hand. This has happened only a few times but we’ve been glad we had two. To purchase / view, click HERE.

Baby Sheets – We have a few other sheets but this one is super soft and definitely recommend it! To purchase / view, click HERE.

Swaddles – Velcro for the WIN

Here is the page with the brand we love: click HERE.

Tip: * we use “receiving” blankets as burp rags. We never wanted to swaddle him the old fashion way. Call me lazy, but whatever! Too hard in the middle of the night when he’s a baby. Below are the ones WE LOVE and had about 7-8 on hand at all times!

Tip ** Buy gender neutral ones if you plan on having more babies and you can easily reuse, or reuse anyways, they will never know. LOL

Bath & Potty

Bath tub– We tried a different tub at first and didn’t like it. I won’t link that one, the one we do like (and heard everyone else loves too) is only $24! Xavier doesn’t slip in it, it’s comfortable and easy to store. It’s linked HERE.

A bath thermometer is needed. (We keep his bath temp at 99.5-100) We grabbed this cute duck one for $12.99. To purchase or view click HERE.

Bath Knee Pad – this to me is a must. Giving baths isn’t easy and I need to be comfy, lol. Best $34.99 spent. To purchase or view click HERE.

Hooded bath towel – We have two of these and he loves to be wrapped up in this after his baths. I linked a few options below. Click the photos to shop.

Nursing / Bottle

Medela® Sonata® Smart Hospital Performance Breast Pump – again, personally this is the pump I chose and loved it. Super light weight and could walk around with it. Used mine for 8 weeks! Also check with your insurance company to see if they will cover it. To purchase / view click HERE.

Medela Pump Bra – I purchased three of these and they were my favorite out of all the ones I tried. To purchase / view click HERE.

Haakaa– Whats that? Something you’ll need if you’re going to breastfeed. I didn’t know that when the baby is eating from one breast, the other breast will start leaking breast milk. You don’t think youre loosing a lot until you place a haakaa on it and you collect 3-4 oz. Save that! I had 2-3 of them cleaned and ready to go. To purchase / view click HERE.

Boppy Nursing Pillow – We used this nonstop. Highly recommend it. Its also something you’ll use for them for tummy time once they get stronger. Can use this for multiple reasons. To purchase / view click HERE.

Baby Bottles – we legit tried them all. Personally Xavier spit up and had a lot of gas with every bottle we tried until we tried Playtex VentAir. Kandi our baby specialist/Nanny recommended these and he’s had no issues since. I recommend buying ONE bottle to try then see how it goes.

Here are the 6 oz (you’ll use these until he/she eats more) Shop HERE.

Here are the 9 oz we currently use. Shop HERE.

Medela Quick Clean™ Bottle Brush in Yellow – this is the best brush I’ve found so far. My friends also love this one! To purchase / view click HERE.

Baby Brezza® One-Step Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer – If you’ll be using bottles at all you will want this. I didn’t want this at first but then once I realized how much of a pain drying bottles or making sure they were PERFECTLY clean was, we bought this. I hand wash my bottled then place into the baby breeza. It has 3 different timers on drying levels. MAKE sure to use DISTILLED water in this! I feel comfortable knowing the bottles are washed, sterilized and dried each time. Peace of mind is everything. To purchase / view click HERE.

Formula Maker- If you’ll be using formula, I also recommend the Baby Brezza baby formula maker. Making sure you have the right water to formula is VERY important. After measuring his formula incorrectly once, I googled issues that it may cause, and cried. So after that mixup Carl went to the store and purchased this. Life has been easy since, lol. To purchase / view click HERE.

Health & Baby Care

Baby Detergent – We personally love Dreft. I love the smell of it and baby X loves it too. This is the only detergent we use for him. To Purchase / view click HERE.

Ear Thermometer- We chose Braun & have used it the past 6 months without any issues, easy to use. To purchase / view click HERE.

Baby Basic Kit- THIS IS A MUST HAVE. It comes with a booger sucker, yep I said booger sucker…an instrument to help them pass gas if needed, nail clippers and a scalp scrubber. You will 100% need this kit. To purchase / view click HERE. Frida Baby makes INCREDIBLE products!!

Grooming Kit – Loved this kit, had everything we needed. We keep one in his room and then a kit with us in our diaper bags. To purchase / view click HERE.

Pacifier– Xavier doesn’t use Pacis at all now but when he was a baby he did for a few weeks. We loved the ones connected to the animals. You can remove the stuffed animal for bedtime and only use the Paci. We let him have the animal on it while we watched him. Comes in different animals too. To purchase or view click HERE.

Random Items:

High Chair – We got the 4moms & love it. Easy set up and easy to clean. Xavier took a few times to get used to it but now he loves to sit there and play! To purchase / view click HERE.

PlayMat – Xavier LOVED this, we used this when he was around 2 months old up until 5 months. You can easily still use but we ended up getting him another one to switch it up. You can remove the keyboard when they are older and sitting up. It’s a great transition toy! To purchase / view click HERE.

Dockatot – We loved using this! We would keep it next to us while we watched tv or had dinner. It was a way for Xavier to nap next to us while we spent time together. **we did NOT let him sleep in this over night** To purchase or view click HERE.

Explore Jumper – Xavier LOVES this. Carl couldn’t wait until X could jump in this thing. We put him in this around 4 months. He was big enough and had control of his neck. He jumps ALL day long in this. The highest score. is 1600 so far, haha. It’s the cutest thing to watch. Highly recommend! To purchase / view click HERE.

White Noise Machine – We love HATCH! It has an app you can control everything from your phone. There are 5 different settings you can set up to be programed. We do 2 lullabys and 3 white noice sounds. We use this for all his naps and bedtime! To purchase / view click HERE.

Cart & High Chair Cover – We chose the boppy one. We haven’t used this yet only because flu season is high and I don’t need to take him to the grocery store or out for dinner yet. I’ve heard great reviews on this from friends. To purchase / view click HERE.

Storage Caddy: We used this for downstairs & for our bedroom! At all times we kept this stocked with diapers, wipes, baby lotion, and other items which Ill list below as well. We also used when we traveled which kept it easy! We purchased two and was happy we did! Now that he uses his crib for all naps and sleeping (since 3 months old) we no longer keep it stocked in our bedroom. To purchase / view click HERE. $23.99

I tried to remember everything! Hope this helps you find something you’re looking for. Any questions, let me know below 🙂

xx, Tonya Michelle

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What I learned the first week of motherhood.

After nine very long months, I gave birth to my first child Xavier Stephen Morris on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 7:33 p.m.

The first photo of the three of us taken by Carling Zhou in the hospital!

The first week of motherhood has been raw and it’s been incredible all at the same time. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done yet the best thing Carl (my husband) and I have ever experienced/ could not be happier! Since then, we’ve had ups and downs, we’ve laughed and we’ve cried and I am so in love with my son. After taking time to reflect, I wanted to share what the first week of motherhood was like for me as it has not been all butterflies and rainbows!

The hardest part for me was dealing with the crazy, hormonal emotions that come postpartum. The first day we came home, I was breastfeeding and just crying. Then bottle feeding to supplement because X was borderline jaundice. Don’t worry–he’s ok now! But I 100% felt the “mom guilt” everyone has told me about and that I finally understand. It’s crazy how much you hear about “mom guilt” and you don’t understand it at all until it becomes you. I’ve learned to reassure myself that my body IS doing enough and I shouldn’t feel ANY guilt, this is normal and I am doing a great job!

Having friends who are mothers has helped me immensely. I am so thankful for my friends who have been through those first, tough few weeks and can reassure me that everything will be ok. I have asked them for tips and advice non-stop, I’ve even facetimed them just to cry. Being able to lean on my friends during this time has been much needed and appreciated. Even the friends and family who have been dropping off food and offering to help with anything we need. I truly never realized what a friend might need when having a baby until I had my own.

Since those first few days, each night is getting easier as Carl and I figure out our schedule and baby X’s, what works and what doesn’t. It’s very much trial and error with a lot of patience! Carl and I have been taking turns on night shifts with Xavier and it’s been helping us stay sane during the process. We both can’t be zombies! haha

Xavier and I on day 7 postpartum!

Xavier’s first doctor’s appointment could not have been funnier. Carl and I were exhausted and X peed ALL over me, the table and his clothes AND we forgot wipes! We couldn’t help but laugh so hard, and made sure to pack them for his next appointment!

Carl, Xavier and I at his first doctor’s appointment after he peed everywhere!

I wanted to share all of this with you as I think a lot of social media is only life’s highlights–the happy moments and rarely the tears and emotions behind the first couple of days, weeks and months of being a first-time mother. The emotions are real, they are normal and it’s ok to let them out and know you are not alone. I hope me being open helps at least one of you because my social media and my life aren’t made to look perfect, it’s not perfect and it’s real life and I want to share it all with you. Opening up and sharing my thoughts and feelings with my husband, family and friends have helped me so much. Whatever you may be going through, talk about it! It’s important to let out your feelings and emotions during this huge change in life and be ok with it.

Did you have a similar experience with your first time being a mother? I would love to know in the comments below!

Xx, Tonya Michelle

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Setting up our registry with buybuy BABY!

Carl and I have been waiting for this moment for what seems to be forever. We have always looked around at baby items and hoped and prayed for our day to come soon. Being able to finally set up our registry was a dream come true and honestly, we truly enjoyed it, then we realized how much stuff we had to decide on, haha!

This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own.

We decided to go with buybuy BABY for our registry needs because you can easily make an appointment and meet with one of their registry experts who takes you around the store and gives you detailed information on products you may need and why. Creating a registry can be daunting, and with our first, we didn’t know where to begin. Luckily, buybuy BABY offers many different services and ways to help you get started! Carl and I went into buybuy BABY the first time and utilized their “quick picks” where lists are expertly curated to help you begin building your registry!

The second time we went to buybuy BABY, we met with one of their registry consultants, Jessica, and without her, I think we would have been a little lost on which product to choose over another! Her knowledge and experience truly helped us understand one product over another.

Let’s be honest, It can be overwhelming if it’s your first time and Jessica made us feel at ease and comfortable during the process!

We conquered buybuy BABY in a little over an hour. Everything from pacifiers, teethers, diaper bag (I still need to pick mine out, Carl is already got his, haha) highchairs, strollers (we are going with the Bugaboo Donkey 2), car seats, books and MORE.

It’s easy to follow along with the registry guide, I still have mine to check off items we get and what we will still need in the future!

Easy to follow Registry Guide.

It also really helps to know a friend or two who have made a registry before. Not only can you “copy” items from their registry that they loved, but they can provide you with a referral credit of $25 off an in-store purchase of $100 or more!

Bugaboo Donkey 2 Stroller

buybuy BABY makes creating a registry not only easy but fun too! Carl and I had a great time picking out items we need for our first baby and love how user-friendly the app is to use. We can easily add or remove items to the registry right from our phones! It also tracks who has bought what with the Thank You list tool so you don’t have to try and remember which gifts came from whom!

Warmies Cozy Plush Animals

Some other amazing features you get with registering with buybuy BABY:

  • 15% off your remaining registry items. (Anything that is still left on your registry you will get 15% off of if you purchase.)
  • Balance your registry with items at a variety of prices, so friends, family – even coworkers – can find you the perfect gift.
  • Invite friends and family to suggest products they know you’ll love with our registry recs tool. (No one knows you better than they do).

Whether it’s your first or your third, buybuy BABY is the best place to create your registry. With their price match guarantee, why would you register anywhere else?!

Feel free to check out our registry HERE!

I will be sharing in July which big items we went with, stay tuned! (Stroller is above! Car seat, pack ‘n play, bassinet and more)

If you’re a mom, let me know below what you would recommend as a must have for me! I would appreciate any help and feedback. 🙂

xx, Tonya Michelle

Photography by: Carling Zhou

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