Preparing for a Baby When Everything Has Changed

I heard my daughter gasp and I turned around to see if she was ok. Lil’ J was looking at a nursery organizer I’d just finished assembling. She’d been working on setting it up for the last little bit.

“What did you DO?” She asked in an accusatory voice.

“Ummm…” I looked at her confused.

“You put the blankets on top of her clothes!” She exclaimed in a horrified voice.

Newborn shopping list. Getting ready for baby. Munchkin must-haves.

Lil’ J had spent the last half hour or so taking baby items she had stored in her room and finding a new home for them on this shelf. She folded and organized onesies, blankets and toys. I’d unknowingly set a blanket in the wrong spot. How dare I?

My daughter has taken the reigns when it comes to preparing for her little sister. She’s had a cute little corner in her room under her loft bed for all of the baby things we’ve collected so far: Bottles, clothes, and toys.

Me on the other hand… While this isn’t my first rodeo but it’s been awhile since I’ve been in the game. Five years to be exact. Munchkin is a brand I’ve known and loved since Lil’ J was a baby but when they sent me some new items for Sneaky I realized a lot has changed. The bottle brushes are more durable than ever, the cute inflatable duck baby bath has been upgraded to a swan. And then there are these cute little heart-shaped cleaning brushes that are for cleaning bottles, not babies. (Yes, I thought these were bath sponges at first.)

Newborn shopping list. Getting ready for baby. Munchkin must-haves.

I’m sure there will still be a bit of a learning curve as we jump back into things. My son has already decided the laundry hamper doubles as a really good hiding spot. And I haven’t even begun to dive into baby contraptions they sit on or ride in. These nursery, kitchen and bath things have given me enough to be in awe of. For one, everything has suction cups now. From that cleaning brush to the baby plates. And those little squirting bath toys that get all moldy cause you can never get all the water out? Munchkin has a new style that opens. Same fun water toy (my kids have already broken them in), now easy to dry from the inside out.

Newborn shopping list. Getting ready for baby. Munchkin must-haves.

Newborn shopping list. Getting ready for baby. Munchkin must-haves.

We’ve got about nine weeks or so until Sneaky makes her arrival and I can’t wait for everyone to meet. I think I’m almost as excited as Lil’ J. Thankfully I have her to help me get organized and keep things in their perfect little place.

Newborn shopping list. Getting ready for baby. Munchkin must-haves.


CLOSED: Congratulations to winner, commenter #4 chana backman

I’m partnering with Munchkin as we prepare for the arrival of our third and they’re giving one of my readers a chance to win a $250 gift card for Munchkin! Just head over to Munchkin’s site then leave a comment letting me know your must-have baby item for your munchkin (selfishly, this will help me double check my list) and we’ll draw a random commenter next week. Deadline to enter is Tuesday May 29th at 11:59pm . Good luck!

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Emily coen says:

I really like the “Clean” baby bathtub. It would be great for bathing baby next to the sink. I bathed my daughter in the bathroom sink until she was about 5 months old. This Clean tub would have been great!

Alice Anne says:

I just put the “Fresh Food Feeders” on my registry by Munchkin. They are like pacifiers but you can put frozen baby food in them so the baby actually gets some nourishment from it. 🙂

Janet says:

The cool bottle bag looks awesome for a working mom because it folds flat!

chana backman says:

I love their cups. I’ve only ever bought munchkin sippy cups or their miracle cup. They also have spectacular customer service.

Erin A says:

Definitely the diaper pail! That is a must!

Meagan says:

I really enjoyed their bottle warmers. The one that warmed multiple bottles was a must for us with twins!

Brandy says:

I loved the bottle holder drying rack. Even though I breastfed it was nice to wash bottles and pump parts and let them dry, staying off the counter.

Alex says:

We love the Latch 8oz bottles. Our first son used them from the get-go and we never had to experiment with any different bottles. We’re going to need a ton of these coming this October, we’re expecting twin boys! Love your blog! I’ve been reading for a few years now, I guess since I was prego with our first little one.

Katherine says:

We love the teether babies – these are high on my 6 month olds lost for entertainment at home or on the go!

Michelle says:

The LATCH bottles were a must-have for this breastfeeding mama 🙂

Annette says:

Gotta have a good aspirator and this one looks nice: ClearNose™ Nasal Aspirator.

Ana says:

The travel booster seat is awesome! It would be great for going out to restaurants.

Wendy montgomery says:

I am a huge fan of the spoutless sippy cups and the mesh feeders.

Iiona V says:

I am a big fan of potty chairs that kiddos can sit on without worrying about falling in!

Beth Howard says:

Oooo, definitely gonna invest in some of those bath toys if we end up having another! Thanks for the head’s up on the new goodies!

Lindy says:

Quick install gates look amazing, especially for my little one who has recently learned to climb the stairs!

Victoria says:

The diaper caddy! Even on Baby #5, it’s my favorite thing. I got a pink one at my baby shower for my oldest and I have definitely got all kinds of use out of it.

Kristen says:

The 360* cups are our fave!

Diana says:

We love Munchkin. already have their wipe warmer! We also have their bath squirters, bottle brush, and steamer! I think our next must have that we don’t own would be a potty chair!

Yolanda says:

We don’t travel more than a 30 minute car ride without the Munchin Snack Cup. It is a must have for keeping the back seat, car seats and car floor clean.

Sherrell tard says:

I love Munchin cool bag. It was perfect for traveling.

Brittany says:

The Shhh Portable Sound Machine is on my list. Like you I am five years between this and my last pregnancy. 28 weeks and 3 days! Not too far behind you 🙂

Sherrie says:

Love fresh food feeders

Anitha Kuppuswamy says:

Out-N-About Trunk Organizer & Changing Station

Emma says:

I love the bath toys organizer! Also, I’d like to try the 8oz Latch bottles this fo around!

Amanda Treon says:

I am also pregnant with my third (unplanned, surprise) baby!! I’m a huge fan of all Munchkin products but one of my must haves is absolutely the diaper pail!

MyChau “Meech” says:

We love the Miracle 360 cups and the snack catchers. I know you won’t be needing these until Sneaky turns 1, but it’s never too early to have on hand. The time just sneaks up on you! (Pun intended)

Brooke says:

We would love the travel mirrors for the car for our twin boys! With having to purchase two of almost everything, things like that add up!

Kelley says:

We could really use a bath toy organizer and some fun like bath toys!

Pam says:

There’s nothing on the Munchkin site I don’t love. When I was having babies we had some of these things but they weren’t nearly as appealing and the improvements are wonderful from the color choices to the changes in functionality. I am thrilled these items are available for my grandbabies. I’m setting up a nursery in my house because, as the luckiest grandmother on the planet, I get to provide daily care for my grands while their parents work and so all the nursery items are a must. But those mesh feeders! Those are amazing and I wish I had thought of those way back when. Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

Very informative article. I love Munchin cool bag. It was perfect for traveling. I hope it will help me when i am going for travelling . Thanks for the sharing this.

Danielle says:

The mess free snack cups are an absolute MUST! I was so worried they wouldn’t still have them this time around but they’re better than ever.

Oph says:

My favorite things are the munchkin bottle straw cleaning brushes. They are awesome!

Kelster says:

Diaper pail

Anna Sengenberger says:

Definitely the white hot sun shade! We’ll get many years out of that purchase. ?

Heather says:

Rock and play for sure! We used it and took it everywhere with us!

BrittanY says:

My must haves are the Elite seat Guardian and the munchkin snack cups!!

GretcheN says:

I love the car seat mirror. We have 4 total, one for each rear facing kid in each car. I also love that rainbow dot bath mat!

Wearable blanket!!

Sara Perrera says:

Umm I want everything on their website. I LOVE the stay put suction bowls. My oldest son always threw his bowls off the high chair and it created quite the mess. This would make feeding much easier this time around.

I love the munchkin gear. They have so much brilliant stuff to check out!


The 360 cups are amazing! They were the only thing I could get my son to use when we were transitioning from a bottle.

Eleanor says:

I love love love the light my way nightlight, because I love owls! (I also think the swimming penguin is hilarious and adorable.)

Jeff Watts says:

I actually really like the look of the nursery organizer, though the inflatable duck tub is so cute it’s on my list too.

Trinity Vangulick says:

I didn’t realize until recently how much a sound machine helped my son sleep! I wish I had had one when he was younger. I could’ve gotten so much more sleep when he was a newborn!

Liz H says:

I’m a big fan of the super scoop bath toy organizer!!

JulIe says:

My youngest will be 6 when #3 comes in August so in the same boat. Those easy-to-clean bath toys will be a must!

Allison says:

My favorite munchkin item is the Clean baby bath seat! It looks like it would be easy to store and resist mildew.

Valerie A Somerville says:

I’m preparing for number 3 and I love those bath squirts you showed – those things always gave me the heeby-jeebies!

NOna C says:

I would definitely purchase a few spout guards.

AlieshiA says:

The silicone baby feeders are a must have for me! They save my sanity when it comes to teething and starting solids!

Rachel says:

I am preparing for my first little one! We don’t know the gender as of right now. I am almost 20 weeks along. I love the Munchkin brand. They have a lot of really great products. My best friend used mostly Munchkin products for both of her babies. I personally am super excited to try out their Clean Infant Bath. I love that it isn’t hard plastic like many of the infant baths out there.

Ashlee says:

So excited for you and your family! The clean baby bath seat is definitely a must have! 🙂

Avery says:

I’m pregnant with my first child, and we haven’t started shopping for baby yet, but the Clean baby bath tub looks awesome!!

net worth says:

Lil’ J is such a precious girl. All I can think about now is diaper.

Olivia Ava says:

preparation of mum just before a new baby come or already have in is very much crucial. This article helps me a lot and I love it

Hey Jennifer, I’m pregnant with my 6-month baby. hope she comes within 4 months. here I found your post about preparing for a baby. it’s very Informative. thanks for your dedication

horsyland says:

need some potty chairs!

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