Hi all! My favorite thing when preparing for baby was reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos on baby essentials. It can also get way too overwhelming especially when you want to give the best of everything to your little one. Really overwhelming when there are a million baby products out there. I’m finding out that babies don’t need much. But the best products are the ones that make life easier and serve multiple purposes.
As a disclaimer, every baby is different. What works for us may not work for your baby. Nonetheless, I hope this helps other moms, especially new mothers. I will continue to update this list until Leon’s 3rd month.
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A baby carrier is a MUST. It holds baby close and leaves you hands free to do things around the house and even go on walks. For these reasons wraps are usually best for newborns. There are a million options out there. I tried the Boba wrap which is similar to the Solly wrap and Moby wrap. A LOT of moms swear by these but I hated them. It was too much fabric and got too hot for baby. It was also took too much to assemble and put on, not good for fussy babies. I love the Baby K’tan because it’s easy to put on. You put it on like a scarf and adjust the 2 rings appropriately. It’s lightweight and doesn’t make baby sweat like the other heavier fabric wraps. Baby K’tan has 3 options – Original, Breeze, and Active; I chose the active because it has UV protection. The only con is that you have to chose a size that fits you. This may not be an option if you also want dad to wear it as well. Also, the sizes run small so size down. Be sure to look up the sizing chart online for reference!
Our sleeping situation for the first few months is to have baby in our room in a Pack ‘n Play (PnP). We chose this instead of those fancy bassinets so it can grow with baby. There are other options that have a better aesthetic as well but this one was very affordable. This one also has a reversible changer and napper. The changer has been a life saver for diaper changes in the middle of the night.
We love the Rock ‘n Play for naps. I keep this downstairs in the living room where we spend majority of our time. This is also a great to have for babies who have reflux because it allows them to lay at an incline. Also it has the option to rock and play music (including white noise).
We have fallen in love with the Dock A Tot and completely worth the price tag. When baby is restless we allow him to nap in here. There are a lot of safety concerns for overnight sleep and for that reason we do not use for overnight sleeping, only supervised naps. TIP: DockATot + Love to Dream Swaddle (see below) is our magic formula for sleep!
A noise machine is another essential. I can’t speak on the popular DOHM machine but this Skip Hop one does multiple things! It has multiple options for lullabies and white noise. It’s also a night light and projects stars on the ceiling. It’s perfect for our little one’s nursery.
There are SO many options and so many people swear by specific ones. I bought so many to try with no luck. Leon hated the ones that kept his arms at his side even as a newborn. The Love to Dream swaddles are the only ones I found with hands up. TIP: This swaddle + DockATot = perfect combo!
Breastfeeding Pillow. No one told me breastfeeding would be a workout. My upper back and arms were so sore the first few weeks! I have both of these pillows. I keep one upstairs and one downstairs for convenience. There are pros and cons for them both. The Boppy is easy to grab and wrap around me when I’m holding baby with the other arm. It can also be used to sit baby up and I even use them for myself when I nap! It doesn’t, however, have good back support like the Brestfriend pillow. I keep this one upstairs and it helps with late night feeds.
- Nursing Tanks & Bras. These are the best when nursing. You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on them either. This is currently all I wear and when going out I just throw a T-shirt over them.
- Zipper Onsies. Any brand will do! With a fussy baby and a dirty diaper you do not want to go through snaps and buttons.
- Burp Cloths. You’ll need a lot of them. You can actually use anything as a burp cloths. We got a lot of flannel blankets and muslin blanket that we use.
- Banana Bibs. Dressing boys can be just as fun as girls. Banana bibs are both useful and serve as an accessory to style baby!
- Primary.com. I love this online store. Their clothes are so soft and I wanted more neutral colors (I got tired of baby blue real fast!).
- Other stores that I’ve found to be affordable: Old Navy, Gap, H&M, Babies R’ Us. Nursing Tanks.
- Google home or any smart home device. We received this as a gift and a few months back before baby and surprisingly it has been very helpful especially when you’ve got your hands full. As a new mom you can imagine the billions things I google per day.
- Camera. For obvious reasons! A good camera for cute photos and capturing memories is a plus.
- Portable HD. To store all those baby photos and videos. My goal is to backup photos after each month.
- Polkadot Print Shop Baby Book. Fell in love with this baby book and can’t wait to update each milestone. It’s customizable as well and you can put baby’s name on the front cover!
- Milestone Cards. I love these! So cute to take photos documenting each week and baby’s firsts.