Being a new parent is a beautiful yet overwhelming experience. Deciding what kind of baby items to buy/add to your registry can also be a beautiful (if you like to shop like me ;) ) yet overwhelming experience. Our sweet little Julia turns three months old today, and I wanted to share some of my *favorite/must have items that Ruben and I couldn't live without for the first few months of her life.
Probably THE best thing Ruben and I have ever bought for Julia. (And our sanity.) We actually started her out with the Halo Bassinest for napping and nighttime sleep, but she absolutely hated it, and didn't sleep well at all. (AKA even less sleep for mommy and daddy.) And then we put her in her swings for sleeping, (which I'll talk about in just a little bit), and she slept alright in it, but we had to get all the way out of bed if we needed to feed her in the middle of the night. Not very convenient. Enter the DockATot. It's compact enough where we can put it in between us in our bed, making night feedings a whole lot easier, but it also protects Julia from being rolled on. And the best and most important part--she sleeps so well in it! She went from waking up every hour/hour and a half at night, to waking up every few hours, and very recently, she had her first five hour stretch! And while I am aware that part of it has to do with age, I do like to give a lot of credit to the DockATot as well. I think it has to do with the snug/womb-like feeling when she's in it. Not only do we use it for sleeping, but we use it for tummy time and traveling too. (No need for the pack n' play when you have this!) Now, it is a bit pricey, but as a sleep deprived mommy, I will pay just about anything to have my baby sleep a little longer.
When Julia was born, Ruben and I quickly realized how much of a little Houdini our sweet girl was, breaking free out of every single swaddle blanket we would wrap her in. (And we swaddled her tight!) We tried about five different brands until we found the Miracle Blanket. The flaps on the inside keep her arms still and secure, and the extra long fabric on the outside allows us to wrap her up nice and tight. And the best part? No noisy velcros! Whenever she's in this, she is one happy little burrito.
New babies find anything that is reminiscent of his/her mother's womb comforting, and her womb noises (which happen to be quite loud) are no exception. Did you know that it's actually the silence outside the womb that babies find deafening? So whenever it's time for Julia to go to sleep, I always turn on the ocean wave sounds on her Skip Hop Owl Soother. She rarely falls asleep without it. For on the go, I like the Sound Sleeper app for my iPhone. It has a good number of white noise options for newborns, infants, toddlers, and even adults. (Julia's favorite is the soothing sounds of the vacuum cleaner!)
The only pacifier Julia didn't spit out. (Who knew babies were so picky?) And she just LOVES hugging the little stuffed animal attached to the end of it.
Finding the perfect baby bottle for your baby kind of reminds me of Goldilocks--you have to keep trying out different kinds until you find one that's just right. These Comotomo bottles were the only ones that did not leak while being used, had the perfect flow rate for Julia, and was easily interchangeable with breastfeeding. No nipple confusion with this baby!
(Quick note: If you're a parent-to-be and are unsure of what bottles to buy for your baby, I recommend buying one bottle of several different brands as opposed to an entire set of one brand. Some babies can be extremely picky, and by having a lot of different bottle options, you can see from the get go what your baby likes and dislikes, and then buy only what your baby likes!)
Newborns are incredibly gassy little creatures. I use these before every feeding, and it has made a HUGE difference in Julia's gas output...up top and down below. Definitely a must have in every home baby medicine collection.
Perfect for small bathroom sinks. It unfolds flat and has a hole for hanging as well, so it doesn't take up any space at all.
When Ruben and I first started giving Julia baths, we would always argue about the temperature of the water. I always thought that he made the bath water too cool, and he thought I made it too warm. When I brought this home one day, turns out we were both right (and not in a good way). No wonder Julia often cried during bath time--the water temperature was either too hot or cold! This thermometer always lets you know if the water is too cool, too warm, or just right with a blue, red, or green light, respectively. (I'm starting to sense a Goldilocks theme here.) I can now proudly say our little girl LOVES bath time!
Julia has loved this swing since the day she came home from the hospital. In the beginning, it was THE spot for nap time and even night sleeping, and now, she's completely fascinated with the spinning mirror mobile. (I think she just likes to look at her reflection. :) ) And while she has and likes the mamaRoo as well, she loves this one so much more.
The Rolls Royce of all strollers. And with good reason. It's got every single bell and whistle you could ever want in a stroller. Yes--I know it's expensive. I didn't want to buy it at first because of it. But after researching strollers for months, I kept coming back to this one and took it as a sign that it was meant to be. And it was. I love that I'm able to use it from the day she was born until the day she outgrows it. I love its quality and durability and know that it will stay in good shape as long as Julia uses it, and with subsequent children. I love that I can use it when I take Snack Pack for walks on the smooth sidewalks, (Need to push it with one hand? Not a problem!), as well as on the playground with uneven terrain and not have to worry about the tires getting ruined. And I love how it's so easy to use, that even my parents have never struggled when they've used it too. Worth the investment? Abso-freaking-lutely.
When I was pregnant, I was pretty adamant about getting a baby bag that did not look like a baby bag. So the Christmas before Julia was born, Ruben got me this Henri Bendel diaper bag--it's beautiful and stylish, yet spacious and holds everything I need for the baby when we go out. And...it DOES NOT look like a baby bag. After Julia came, I decided to add this Storksak diaper bag to the mix, and I love it just as much. What can I say, I like handbags. Even if they're baby bags. :)
What are your favorite newborn baby items?
*This is not a sponsored post. Everything has been purchased by my husband and I, and is 100% my opinion.