As your baby gets older and more mobile — and starts wanting to do way more than they actually are able to do — it’s so helpful to have plenty of “activities” ready, as well as the right gear.
I chose 14 baby items that have kept me sane during the day — I know I could survive without them, but I also know I wouldn’t want to!
Nothing steals my sanity faster than having to clean up spills all day long. I’ve found that my babies do better learning on a straw cup first (so they don’t tip a cup full of water on their face thinking it’s a sippy cup!).
See this straw cup
Another way I stay sane is to always know where the pacifier is. This one is cute for baby boys or girls!
See this pacifier
I love a good multitasking piece of baby gear. This play yard has a bassinet for when baby is tiny, a changing area as he grows, toys to entertain, and is also a fantastic “corral” as a play yard when you need it. We travel with our play yard and use it as a bed for baby to sleep in as well.
See this play yard
Swaddle blankets are completely magical and will help baby stay napping longer so you can put your feet up for a while.
See this swaddle blanket
Even before my baby started solid foods, I utilized my high chair. It’s another place to corral baby to free up your hands so you can help your other kids or throw a load in the laundry or just get a break!
See this high chair
I love watching my baby learn to feed herself, and it’s just plain fun for her to try. A fab feeding set like this is perfect for making eating entertaining.
See this feeding set
When all else fails, baths are a great way to pass the time, since babies love to splash and play! I imagine these tub toys keeping my baby girl happy for a long time.
See these tub toys
A baby swing is a need not a want, in my book. I love a swing that has various songs, nature sounds and seat positions to cater to the mood of my baby.
See this swing
Sometimes I use baby tubs like this for bathing, but sometimes just as a mini play pool for my baby to have a blast in. I’m always looking for activities to entertain her, and this fits the bill for sure!
See this tub
Going for a walk keeps baby occupied and definitely takes parents to their happy place. I love the bright colors and polka dots of this stroller!
See this stroller
A jumper is a great place for baby to play and wear herself out while you load the dishwasher or sit and take a deep breathe for a few minutes.
See this jumper
Another great multitasker, water shooters like these are not only great for bath time but also fun to cool off with on a hot summer day. Perfect for tiny hands!
See these squirt toys
I couldn’t leave a bouncer off this list! These are great for when you need to shower or cook dinner or anything else where baby can’t really be attached to your hip.
See this bouncer
Teething adds an extra element to our days, doesn’t it? To keep my sanity I have plenty of teething toys in every room. Nubby toys, like this one, are the current favorite around my house.
See this teether