Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Ultimate New Baby Checklist

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What perfect topic to kick off our new blog than exploring everything you need for a new baby?

This will be the first post in our Checklist series.  Today we’ll focus on everything you need for a new baby, from birth to six months.  Our focus today will be on figuring out what kind of stuff you need; later down the road we’ll devote other posts to highlighting our favorite brands and products.

We think this is the best newborn/new baby checklist out there (if we do say so ourselves 🙂 ) — not only is it comprehensive (including pretty much everything you might need in the first six months), but it also separates the must haves from the nice to haves, and also lets you know exactly when each item is needed (so you can spread your purchases out over time if you if you like).

Of course, the flip side of being super comprehensive is that it’s rather long and possibly a bit overwhelming!  Sorry about that, but well, you might as well get the reality check now. 🙂  For those minimalists out there (we can already hear those first-timer reactions: “How could one tiny baby possibly require TEN PAGES of stuff?! No way this baby is going to take over my house”) — we’ve noted the bare essentials that you absolutely have to get. (Oh, and godspeed. We really do wish you the best of luck not filling your house with impulse purchases made on Amazon at 2am. 😉 )

Without further ado, here is the full, downloadable & printable version of our checklist:

Let us know what we forgot in the comments!


Introducing TotScoop

Hello new and expecting parents!  This is the inaugural post for the TotScoop blog, the official blog for (launching soon!).

First, a brief introduction to TotScoop.  TotScoop offers trusted advice on the best baby products for every lifestyle — from experts, your friends, and other parents like you.  The centerpiece of our site is a socially curated collection of product picks, all added by real parents; you can browse these by category or by age, and then read reviews from your Facebook friends and other parents.  We also offer buying guides and other expert content to provide a more authoritative, comprehensive perspective.

What makes us different from other resources and communities for new parents?

  • We are laser-focused on product picks for baby and toddler:  We don’t offer general parenting forums or advice (there are plenty of other sites for that); instead, we focus on providing the best discovery experience for products.  Also, our focus on the baby market specifically allows us to offer a more tailored experience.
  • We feature a unique mix of socially curated and expert content:  Our site is the only one that offers you the best of both worlds — recommendations from your friends and other parents, plus expert advice to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest and greatest.
  • Our picks are unbiased:  Unlike other sites, we don’t just push the products we’re trying to sell, or that will benefit us the most.  Real parents suggest the vast majority of products featured on the site.  Our expert content tells it like it is, and is never influenced by monetary considerations.
  • We feature top picks for different lifestyles and personalized recommendations just for you We’re the only site that recognizes that different families have different needs and priorities.  Whether you’re an urban parent who is space-challenged and loves modern design, or a selective shopper who only buys organic/non-toxic or eco-friendly baby products, we’ve got great picks for you.  We also customize your recommendations based on your child’s age and/or gender.

We know how overwhelming it is to figure out what you really need, and what products will be the best fit for your family — we’ve been there.  When we were newly pregnant, we had no absolutely no idea what we needed, and were totally overwhelmed by all the choices out there.  We collected dozens of spreadsheets of product recommendations from our friends; not only was this a pain, but sadly many of the picks were obsolete or just not good picks for us.  We just knew there had to be a better way — and so we created TotScoop.

Our main site at is launching soon.  Sign up at to request an invite.  We look forward to seeing you on TotScoop soon!