Alice's Favorite Things: 5 Must-have baby Items for under $10

Because I am a poor college student, I cringe at the thought of dropping hundreds of dollars on baby stuff. (Ok, let’s be honest, I would love to do that, but who has the money, right??) Maybe by my 3rd or 4th child I will be able to spend the big bucks, but for now my infants will live in hand-me-downs from cousins and awesome deals I find.

Here are my (and honestly Alice’s) very favorites, all for under $10. Affiliate links are included, but I genuinely love these products! I guess I also have a sentimental attachment to them because they remind me of my baby girl, but I highly recommend them for every mom!

1. Avent Binky

Alice. Was. OBSESSED. No matter what was ailing her, the binky was our saving grace. It cracked me up how she could be completely WAILING one second, and perfectly pacified the next. Her favorite was Avent, and honestly, she was kind of a snob about it. No other brand was good enough for her so I constantly had them on hand. You can buy some here for only $3.59!

2.  Oball

I searched for a picture of Alice with this, but I couldn't find one. Nevertheless, this little toy was her very favorite. The netted design makes it easy for little hands to grab. I have vivid memories of Alice holding it so close to her face, she’d go cross-eyed. She loved it. She was so fond of these first two items (binky and ball) that we actually put them in her casket with her to keep her company until we are reunited. This little hero is $5.99. 

3. Swaddleme Swaddle

Even on the dirtiest couch, Alice is the CUTEST little bug 

Even on the dirtiest couch, Alice is the CUTEST little bug 

Alice loved to be swaddled. She loved to be so snug she couldn’t move her arms at all. My Mom and Dad honestly thought it was very odd, but she was into it, so that’s what I did. The first night Alice was home from the hospital she broke free from her swaddle and was too cold. When I went to comfort her, I saw she was cold and I felt terrible! My sister gave me a one of these swaddles and I never had that problem again! It was so great to know my tiny girl was nice and warm, especially when she was tiny. These swaddles are the BEST. Especially if you’re like me, and you have never swaddled before because you just slip your baby into the little pocket and then velcro two flaps at the top and tah-dah! The perfect swaddle. This set of three is $23.99 so not technically under $10, but each swaddle is about $8 so also technically under $10. 

4. Munchkin Shampoo rinser.

In our house we only have showers. Not a single bathtub. This made it kind of difficult to bathe Alice. We used one of those baby bathtubs in our shower, but I didn’t like the idea of rinsing off Alice with the shower head. This little scooper made it really easy to rinse the shampoo off her head, and periodically pour the warm bath water over her sweet body to help keep her warm while she bathed. As she got older she liked to watch me pour it out from up high too. It’s definitely of my favorite baby products. Worth every penny of $9.17! 

5. Tall Baby Socks

Ok so I never used these exact socks on Alice, but I saw this pattern, and I seriously wish they had them in my size. Alice kicked off her socks 100% of the time, and I could never keep her tiny toes warm! I had JUST discovered the magic of tall baby socks right before she passed. They are awesome because your baby can’t kick them off, and you can tuck them under their pants. Maybe that’s obvious to some people but it took me almost 5 months to discover their awesome powers! And again, seriously how cute is this pattern? Only $3.99

That concludes the official list, but as a quick bonus I wanted to add Alice’s all time favorite thing, this playmat. She loved everything about this thing. I like to call it “the shower enabler”.

These products are my favorite, and I hope your baby loves them too!