3.09.2015

Newborn Must Haves



Newborn Must Haves


HALO SleepSack // Sleep Sheep (travel size!) // Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets // Dr. Brown's Bottle Warmer // Wubbanub // BOB Revolution Stroller (the best all around!) // Dr. Brown's Pacifier  & Bottle Wipes (for the diaper bag and at home!) // Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper (on sale for $40-Cam sleeps in this at night) // Boon Lawn Drying Rack (for pump parts and bottles) // Solly Baby Wrap

Hey there, Monday! How was the time change transition for everyone?

I was actually worried and thought it would throw Cam's sleeping off, but it hasn't seemed to affect him much and he's continued to sleep through the night like a champ!!

Today I wanted to feature my favorite baby items that have made my life so much easier these past (almost) 8 weeks! I still plan on highlighting some separately and going into more detail about them, but I wanted to have a post with all of them in one place too. Here's some more specifics about the ones you might have questions about--

I got the Ergo 360 baby carrier for when he is a little bit older, but the Solly Baby Wrap is by far the best one to start with when baby is really little. It's lightweight, soft, and comes in really cute colors. We watched a YouTube tutorial on how to use it which was really helpful! It's really easy to put on once you get the hang of it. As for swaddle blankets...Cam loves to be swaddled-some babies do and some don't. We like to use the swaddle blankets during the day, and at night we use the zipper sleep sacks because they are quicker and easier. The Boon Lawn drying rack was a gift we got that I was unsure if we really "needed", but I'm SO glad we kept it. It's nice to have a place for all our bottles and my pump parts to call home, plus it looks cute so you can leave it out all the time.

**Two other random tips: Believe it or not, we have yet to use our changing table in his nursery! We've found it's much easier changing him on the floor (we use a mat but you could also just use a changing pad), especially during the night. During the day for our downtstairs, we use the 4Moms Breeze pack and play (another fav!) to change him on. Lastly, if you plan to pump at all (even if you don't right away) I would recommend stocking up on extra pump parts!  

Overall, each one of these items I featured have been LIFESAVERS for us. I'm talking so much so that if we lost one I would literally stop what I was doing to run out and get it again.

I hope this list helps if you're currently pregnant (maybe for future use too?) or are looking for a baby shower gift!

PS: Interested in a BOB stroller? From March 7-20, purchase any BOB jogging stroller at participating U.S. retailers and receive a retailer gift card or promotion code worth up to $30 (with the purchase of a single stroller) or up to $50 (with the purchase of a DUALLIE® stroller). 


18 comments :

  1. Very helpful list! I'm just in my second trimester and beginning to research everything, it can be so overwhelming! For strollers I've narrowed it down to the Bob Revolution Flex and the Baby Jogger Summit X3, what do you love most about the Bob?

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  2. (non-blogger here) I second the sleep sacks! My little girl (11 weeks) doesn't like to be swaddled anymore, but we still use the sack to keep her warm without having to use or worry about any additional blankets.

    From one mom to another, I feel like I have to give you a heads up about the Rock n' Play. We've used the heck out of ours; our babe started sleeping through the night (10:30-6:30) in it around 6 weeks and it was magical. However, we just started 10 days ago to try to transition her out of it and into her Pack n' Play. I didn't want her to get too used to sleeping all snuggled up in the RnP because then the move to her big, flat crib would be a shock. So we're trying the PnP in our room now, since it is more like her crib, but can still be kept in our room for a while. She still sleeps all night long, but the ability to move around more in her PnP wakes her up often at night and she has to lay down with me for a while to get back into a deep sleep. I read several stories online about awful transitions out of the RnP, so we decided to start early! Our pediatrician also recommended we try to get her out of it because it sort of gives the same sensation as being held while they're sleeping (which is why they like it) and a baby who prefers to sleep being held is more difficult to get into their crib. Some babies may not have an issue with the transition, but just a heads up! She still uses it for naps during the day, though. :)

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    1. Hi Jessi- depending on the baby- the transition out of the RnP isn't always terrible. We used ours until 5 months with our daughter and she transitioned to her crib no problem. We did only use the RnP for night sleep though. She always napped in her crib, the pack n play or her mom-a-roo.

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    2. Good to know! I know a lot of babies don't have any problem with it, but a lot do. My little one is having a hard time adjusting to all of the freedom to move that she now has. We tried another attempt at swaddling her, and she hates it. She does whatever she can to break her arms free, and then they flail about throughout the night. She just prefers to be snuggled up against something and I'm having a hard time replicating that snug feeling in her PnP without using a lot of extra blankets that I worry she'll bury her face in to lol.

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  3. Very helpful list! Thank you! First time mom here and baby is due in 6 weeks (eek!), so I'm definitely looking for "necessities" everywhere I can!

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  4. Yay thank you! We are registering for our sweet girl and I love advice.

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  5. Saving this list for future reference :) Congrats on a full sleep through the night.

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  6. Random question, totally unrelated to the post: I am headed to Columbus w my by next weekend for a long weekend to get out of Toledo. I've never really been to Cbus besides for a random cc meet in high school. Any suggestions for fun things to do that are going on that weekend or places for brunch, dinner, and night out?? Thanks!

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  7. Yes to all of this!! We are having #2 in May, and these have all made the list of things to pull out of storage!! We also owe our lives to the Fisher Price swing! That will definitely be coming out of retirement! ;)

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  8. My Solly Baby wrap arrives today & I cannot wait to start using it!! We have a crawfish boil to go to this weekend so it will be perfect to test it out then! & I agree about the lawn! We have one also & I love it so much!! We also have the rock 'n sleeper & it's a life saver! Jack sleeps in it in our room at night & in his room during the day so I can watch him on the monitor!

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  9. Love your list! I have most of these items except the travel sleep sheep and the bottle warmer. Question: why do u need a bottle warmer of breast feeding?

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  10. Thank you SO much for this! I have quite a few of these items already (Halo sleep sack; sleep sheep; same swaddle blankets; wubbanub; Boon lawn and accessories) - so YAY!! Great minds!
    I REALLY want that Solly wrap, but it still scares me a little! I would have a fit if I didn't wrap him properly and he fell out!!!!!

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  11. This is so great for those new mommies! I am saving this for future reference!

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