With three years behind us and two toddlers growing more and more each day, I feel like my go-to newborn favorites list is finally complete.
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When we had Austin, I started with one of everything. 3 different night lights - I NEED THEM, 100 onesies (Size newborn) - I NEED THOSE TOO, 500 bottles - YUP NEED THOSE TOO. I was literally drowning in baby swag every place I looked in our house.
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A few weeks after Austin arrived I realized how over-stocked, overwhelmed and how overly tired I was. I never knew the whirlwind of joy, fear and anxiety that I would experience when I brought him home for the very first time. It was then that I realized the countless trips that I made to the market, to Target (of course) and all the online shopping I did on Amazon could have waited until we all got settled in.
When Charlotte came along, we did things differently. We loved all our gifts from our baby shower, but were they all things that we could not live without? Probably not. We could have survived with diapers, some onesies and a few blankets.
So here is my go-to list on baby items and products that I found we used the most. They are our absolute newborn favorites, things we love so much that we couldn't live without. Do you need it all? Absolutely not. But will it make the ease of bringing a little one into the world a lot easier? YES!
Both my kids slept with me for at least 8 months. I thought they would go straight into the crib like every other baby/toddler that I hear about, but that wasn’t the case with us. The first time around I had a fancy bassinet and it took up too much room. With my second, I opted to use a co-sleeper and loved every minute of it. It was cozy for the both of us and I still felt like baby was a safe distance away from me. She couldn’t roll off the bed and she had her own area to sleep. My newborn favorite co-sleeper can be found here.
Considering that your baby will sleep the majority of his/her first few weeks, a portable rocker is a must. We moved ours all around the house depending on which room we were in. Even if she wasn’t sleeping I laid her in there for entertainment and for a much needed break from time to time. We also had a big rocker that took up much more space and had all sorts of bells and whistles on it. Our little one loved it. It you have the space I would say consider this. If you have pets or other kids, it is really nice to have them up off the ground as well.
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Hands down favorite purchase ever and top of our newborn favorites list was our Dohm Sleep Machine. I wrote a complete review on this product that you can read here. This is one of my favorite things ever! It is the best sleep machine around and so worth the money. My husband uses it when he works nights and has to sleep during the day. It utilizes two small fans to make a white noise sound that can be adjusted to a variety of different levels. We previously had a sleep sheep that we liked it but the batteries always died at the worst times. You can find the Dohm here.
This one you can wait on, but it would be a great item to put on your registry, which you can create using this link Create an Amazon Baby Registry. Your baby will be by your side pretty much all the time during the first few months. It’s really nice to have this if you have a big house or will have your baby sleeping in their own room right away. We love our Motorola monitor. It has a nice big screen and allows us to have cameras in both of our kids’ rooms.
This is obvious, but there are so many different ones out there. We have our tried and true favorites. For diapers, we like Pampers when they are under 3 months (due to the wetness line that appears via a blue line on the front) and then Honest or Seventh Generation as they get older. As for wipes, our go-to brand was Seventh Generation. Babyganics and WaterWipes were a close second and third.
The two creams that I swear by Honest Balm and Butt Paste! Honest Balm is a must. I used it primarily on their bottoms and faces, but found that it worked wonders for their cuts and bumps that they get along the way. For bad diaper rashes (fortunately we only experienced a few) I stick to Butt Paste. It does a good job of creating a nice thick layer between their skin and diaper, and it smells so good.
This could be number one on this list. There is nothing better than a big, soft muslim blanket. The uses are truly endless. I have used these to bundle baby, as a nursing cover, as a temporary baby carrier and as a diaper for baby (boy that day was a disaster). Invest in 4 - 6 quality muslim blankets and wash them a few times before using. They get softer with each wash. Our favorites can be found here.
Let’s talk baby carriers. I have so many of these! I feel as though some are best for different ages. For under 6 months, I loved my Solly Wrap and Boba. Figuring them out was a little tricky at first but practice made perfect! As baby got bigger stuffing them in a wrap became more difficult for me. I love my Ergo carrier and it is something I still use on a daily basis. We got the sports carrier because it was super easy to keep clean. I can wear my baby or my toddler on my front or back and it’s super quick to snap on.
Living on a hill I have learned how the Bob separates itself from the pack of other strollers. With one baby we had a single Bob and an umbrella stroller. We loved both. Second kid came along and we got a wonderful City Select stroller for our shower. We used it a lot when we were out and about, but quickly learned how impossible it was to push up the hill. Then we got a hand me down double Bob. The City Select is super fast to put together and is narrow enough to go shopping with, but it doesn't turn well and isn’t easy to push for long distances. The double Bob glides along so effortlessly and is also super comfy for baby. The cons of the double Bob are its size and bulkiness.
BONUS: Nose Frieda & Windi
These are my favorite gifts to get people for baby showers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “You want me to suck boogers out of their nose?!” Trust me, you will be thanking me when your baby is full of boogers and can’t breathe at night or has gas and can’t sleep! You can find a cute little set of their products here!
What are you favorite baby essentials for the first few months? Let me know in the comments what your must haves for toddlers are as we have officially entered toddler world with a 1 & 3 year old.
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