Choosing the right baby items can make a world of difference during the newborn stage!
After writing about the successes as a mother during my children’s first three months of life, which you can read about here. I started thinking about the baby items that made life easier. Every mother starts with the same list of “recommended” items when they register for their baby but the reality is this is a suggested list from the store trying to sell you stuff. And the more stuff they recommend the better they do. Which is why they usually suggest a ridiculous number of each item. No one needs 6 of anything until they know they will even use one. Am I right?
Now I don’t blame them. But after having two kids, and returning many unused items, I know what was important for us. Plus each child presents different challenges. One may eat from any bottle you offer while the other will only use a certain brand.
Everyone has an opinion but I relied heavily on these baby items during the first three months. Since they worked well for us, but especially for kiddo number #2. (Since I was a pro by then, Ha!)
Love to Dream Swaddle Up Lite
We tried them all but this one is much lighter and keeps their arms in a more natural position. Baby J loved it and I wish it had existed when R was a newborn. If your child is not a fan of swaddling this is a great choice since the arms are in a more natural position. BUT be warned, they do look like they are wearing a flight suit, as per my father. Check it out here.
Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play
Another item I didn’t have for R but made a world of difference for Baby J. A friend let me borrow hers when we found out he had reflux and it helped him sleep in a way no other item would. Plus, it travels easily when visiting others so you know your baby will get a nap wherever you go! (P.S. They do have fancier options that actually rock themselves but I think that’s overkill.) See the features here.
(that came with our pack n’ play)
This little napper is lightweight and easy to move from room to room, and up and down stairs, if they fall asleep. I used it as a safe place for my babies to sleep on the main level where I could always have them in view. We used it for both kids and I cannot say enough good things about this baby item. More pictures are shown on the listing, here.
I fought this item hard, like flat out refused to buy a $15 stuffed animal pacifier. I saw all the pictures of happy babies using it and thought it was the stupidest thing ever. What suckers those people that bought this were.
Until my child kept waking up every time his pacifier fell out and I begrudgingly bought one. And yes, I am that sucker whose life was changed by it. It’s the only pacifier I know of that rests close to their mouth so they can put back in. J was quickly able to learn to grab it to put it back in. I still feel like a sucker, though.
The first few months of bathing a newborn are hard. They are small, wet, floppy, and wiggly. This can easily make a simple task much harder than it needs to be. The whale tub I used for my first child was great, but not until they were older.
I didn’t register for much the 2nd time but I did register for
4 new baby tubs a new baby tub. This one is light weight, goes in the washer, and makes it easier to wash the back of a baby’s head with the mesh lining. All challenges with other tubs. Check it out here.
I could not have lived without these baby items during the newborn phase. They were my lifeline! Hopefully one of these baby items can help you and your sweet baby as well during those first three months!