10 Must-Have Baby Items

10 Must-Have Baby Items

I love every minute of being Shai’s mum. Watching him grow. Learning his personality. It’s a blessing to be able to be a part of it. It’s also lot of work

Ever try to change a fussy, wiggly baby when you’re trying to get out the door? Or have to clean snot off your nice clean shirt? Or know that there’s a little person waiting for you to get home so he can eat? Every mother needs help now and then – whether from their partner or family or even products. Since I can’t exactly share Maks or my family, I thought I’d share some of the products that have been absolute lifesavers in Shai’s first few months.

Disposable Changing Table Pads

I honestly don’t know what I’d do without these. Pee, poop, cream, and every baby byproduct in between, these little godsends have caught it all, saving the clean sheet underneath and saving me from having to do hundreds of unnecessary loads of laundry.


Favorite Toy

Shai is an active little boy who needs to be constantly entertained – for his sanity and mine. Some days, I don’t know how we’d get through diaper changes without his doggy toy. It hangs above him so he just kicks it and laughs and laughs, which makes doing up that last diaper side just a little bit easier.


Black and White Book 

Visual development happens over time. It takes months for them to be able to see depth or distinguish colors. That’s why black and white books are so great. The sharp contrast lets them focus on the image, stimulating their brains. I have this one folded out along Shai’s changing table. He loves to look at it and giggle and punch it.



Shai was only 11 days old when we had our first emergency. I was up at 2 in the morning to breastfeed and the poor little man felt really warm. Thankfully, I keep a thermometer in his changing table drawer, so I was able to easily and accurately check his temperature and make a run to the emergency room.


NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Since newborns can’t blow their noses to clear out all the boogies, mama has to step in to help. If you’re not grossed out by the thought of sucking your child’s snot out through a straw, the NoseFrida aspirator works really well. Oh, and don’t worry, the snot goes into a little container so you don’t have to swallow it.


Nail File

I was not prepared for just how sharp and long Shai’s little newborn nails could get. The first time I saw he’d scratched his perfect little face, I died a little inside. Since then, a file has been my everyday essential to keep his nails short and his face safe.




This is hands-down the best moisturizer and diaper rash preventer I’ve found. Just rub a layer on Shai’s bottom and thighs and no more chafing. It’s so thick and creamy that I use it on my own skin. Plus it’s really inexpensive and I can pick up a tube at any pharmacy.


Organic Wipes

While Shai doesn’t exactly have sensitive skin, the Babyganics organic wipes have caused him zero irritation – which means no emergency visits for diaper rash and a happy, healthy baby. Paired with a baby wipe warmer, and he got the happiest bottom in L.A.


White Onesies

Yes, there are still winters in Los Angeles. Born in January, I had to make extra sure that he wasn’t getting the chills. So, up until a few weeks ago, these white onesies were a staple. Here’s a tip: make sure your baby is wearing one more layer of clothing than you are to keep their little body nice and toasty.



Medela Pump & Freezer Bags

My Medela pump is my best friend. It has allowed me to carry on breastfeeding even when I’m in the thick of it on Dancing with the Stars. It’s even better knowing I can freeze and store milk between feedings. There have been a couple of times that I couldn’t get home from DWTS to feed Shai, so frozen milk bags have been a lifesaver. Fun fact: You can freeze milk up to 6 months, which helps when you’re ready to wean your baby off of breast milk.

Photo Credit: Shane Russeck

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  1. What has been the best part of parenthood so far? And what has been the most difficult part?❤️ These questions are for you and Maks!

    Posted by: Amina Brugnoni on July 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  2. Thank you for posting these tips! I’m due in a month and I will be picking up these items. Congratulations on your wedding! I’m so happy for you and Max! You were stunning!❤️

    Posted by: Elise Horton on July 10, 2017 at 11:01 am
  3. Madela is absolutely the best. Used for my kids too. Would also recommend that brand of nipple cream for nursing moms.

    Posted by: Kati Vickery on June 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm