Yikes folks, it's been two whole months since my last post! But I have a pretty darn good excuse. Not only have we been traveling all over the east coast, but we've officially moved from good ole' sunny Florida to beautiful Virginia, but I will post about that later! We also are closing on our first home next week, yippee!
Now that our little nugget is almost three and half months old (holy cow) I thought I'd post some of our favorite baby items for you precious mama's-to-be out there! When I was pregnant I scoured the internet for the "essentials" C would need as a newborn, mainly because I knew getting out and about was going to be almost impossible within those first few days and weeks (thank goodness for Amazon)! This is also a great reference for those of you that are looking for good baby gifts for friends that are expecting, but you have no clue what would be helpful! So here you go, some of our favorite baby things from Newborn-3 months...
1) Summer Infant Swaddle
*Ok people, let's be honest here for a second. When it's 3am, you've just pushed something the size of a watermelon out of you, and you haven't gotten more than one and a half hours of consecutive sleep in the last three days, the last thing you want to be figuring out is how to use one of those darned swaddling blankets. Those things are GREAT for other things (noted below) but not in my case. These swaddles are incredibly easy to use, are super snug, and keep little one fast asleep!
2) Newborn Napper
*This thing has been a lifesaver for us! For some reason C refuses to sleep flat on her back, except when she is napping during the day, so this thing helps tremendously. It's also very helpful for babies that have bad reflux as it keeps them in a more upright position while sleeping. It's very portable, and MUCH easier to carry around than a Pack N' Play. I usually keep it in the bathroom during the day so she can hang out in it while I take a shower or get ready which is great.
3) Newborn Gowns
*Ok, again with the whole "What do I really want to be doing at 3am thing". These are great for quick and easy diaper changes in the middle of the night. Just roll it up, and roll it back down. Couldn't be any easier!
*I can't say enough good things about the Ergo. Simply put, we love it. When C was really little I would put her in it when she was fussy and walk around on the porch outside and she was instantly a happy camper. She wasnt much for the Moby Wrap, so this was a great alternative. It helped get those little burps and poots out too since she was upright. Now we use it at the grocery store and when I'm shopping so I can have both hands free as she's not big enough to sit in the grocery cart. It's also great when she is really clingy and I need to get house work done. Strap her in, and off we go!
5) Ubi Diaper Pail
*LOVE THIS! The thing I love the most about this pail is that it can alternate as a cloth diaper pail and a regular diaper pail. Just throw a garbage bag or your wet diaper bag in there and you're good to go! It really keeps all the smells in, much better than a diaper genie. It's pricey, but in our opinion worth not having your entire house smell like a load of dirty diapers ;)
6) Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets
*I'm sure these are already on most of your lists, but I will reiterate how great they are! We use these for everything. From a nursing cover, to a stroller cover, to a blanket, to a burp cloth. They are the most versatile gift we received and we never leave the house without one, or two!
7) Vick's Rectal Thermometer
*Ok, I know this has the word rectal in it, but for real, this has been a great gift as well. Since C has been teething early on and ran a fever after her first set of shots, this thermometer was so easy to use and works fast...which is always helpful with a squirmy or screaming little one.
8) Portable Changing Mat
*This mat is great to keep in your bedroom, or on the main level of the house. I can't tell you how annoying it was to run upstairs every time C had a blowout or needed a diaper change. This was so easy to just roll out and keep downstairs with our small caddy of diaper items.
9) Shea Moisture Baby Bath and Body
*This stuff smells heavenly! I just want to eat her up after each bath...and 99% of the time in general ;) Plus you can purchase it at Target, and let's be honest, who doesn't want an excuse to go to Target?
10) Rear Facing Carseat Mirror
*I think this is one of those things that people tend to overlook when it comes to their registry. However, I will tell you that you will use things thing a lot. Like every time you get in your car. The AAP now recommends that children sit in a rear facing carseat until the age of two. So needless to say this will be a necessity for a good long while.
Last but not least I'd also like to make a plug for Amazon Prime. We've had it for years now, but can honestly say that it has been the best thing now that we have a little one. Sometime going to the store to grab a baby item just isn't going to happen. Especially in those first few weeks. This is where Prime comes into play. Free shipping on thousands of items right to your front door. If you don't have it I'd highly recommend it, you most likely won't regret it! If you do you can tell me you told me so ;)