Now that we are almost two months out of the newborn stage, I’ve been packing up a lot of the items we depended on during Harper’s first three months of life and purchasing new things for the fun, interactive stage that we’re in now. While doing so, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I used on a daily basis during the first three months. I read so many blog posts about newborn baby products while I was pregnant and now that I’ve survived my own newborn phase, I wanted to create my own in hopes that it may help another new mama. It will also be helpful to look back on when I’m preparing for our future children.
I’m breaking this series up into categories because there are SO many products that I want to talk about. I decided to begin with eating and sleeping because that is all newborns do during those first few months. Below you’ll find a short review on each product as well as a link to purchase each item (most can be purchased at Target or on Amazon). You can also click directly on each item in the collage above to shop this post. If there are any products you would like me to do a full review on, just let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to! Grab some coffee because this is a long one…
Boon Grass Drying Rack // This may not seem like an essential until you’re trying to find a way to organize all of your bottle parts, pump parts, nipple shields, and pacifiers. I was totally unprepared for how many things I would be washing and drying each day, especially when I was primarily bottle feeding Harper. This drying rack is compact (but also comes in a larger size) and is cute on our countertop. I recommend purchasing the Stem and Twig accessories for drying nipples and pacifiers.
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump // I absolutely recommend ordering a free breast pump through your insurance company, but you should also consider purchasing a handheld pump. I didn’t realize how badly I needed this until we were driving home from Northern Virginia one night just a few weeks after Harper was born and I was so engorged that I thought I was going to be sick. I was in that much pain! Thankfully, I grabbed this out of my suitcase and relieved just enough pressure to make it home. Now I hardly ever leave home without it.
Gerber Cloth Diapers // Harper is what some would call a “Happy Spitter.” She doesn’t have any medical issues like acid reflux. She just likes to change clothes all day, everyday. These cloth diapers aren’t “cute” like some of the other burp cloths you’ll find, but they are better than any other burp cloth on the market – hands down. They are large, super absorbent and inexpensive. Honorable Mention: aden + anais burpy bibs. They’re really absorbent and they’re cute. See Harper wearing one here.
Boppy Nursing Pillow // There are tons of nursing pillows on the market, but I added this one to the list because it’s one of Sam’s essentials too. I used it for nursing, of course, but we both used it in the NICU to feed her and hold her for long periods of time. Once she got a little older, I used it for tummy time and to prop her up in bed while I got dressed (she’s watching church in it in the photo above). I’m still using it now to help her learn how to sit up. And I always recommend getting the bare naked one and purchasing a cute cover from Etsy.
Summer Infant Wide View Digital Baby Monitor // I was so overwhelmed by the number of video monitors on the market that I ended up just getting the same one my sister-in-law had. I ended up loving it so it worked out. The brand doesn’t matter so much as long as you get one that has a really great camera (and night vision!) and one that does not work on a wi-fi connection (to maintain privacy and security).
Really Wooly Bedtime Prayers // We purchased this book for Harper soon after she was born and we read one of the prayers, followed by saying our own prayers together, every single night before we put her in bed. I know she’s too young to understand what we’re saying now, but it’s super important to start a bedtime routine early. Before we know it, she’ll be saying her own prayers before bed!
Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops // Newborns have a tendency to fall asleep quickly after feedings and it can be difficult to get a burp out of them once they’re asleep. Harper did this a lot and would wake up screaming her head off because of trapped gas so we literally never left home without these gas drops. I still give them to her before bed just in case.
Comotomo Bottles // If I could do it all over again, these are the only bottles I would have purchased for Harper. These bottles are made from medical grade silicone and are designed to mimic breastfeeding so that babies won’t have nipple confusion and can seamlessly transition from breast to bottle. Harper has loved these bottles from the beginning and this is now the only bottle she will take. They’re a little more expensive than other bottles on the market, but since I don’t use bottles very often, I only had to by two of each size (5 oz and 8 oz).
Aden + Anais Silky Soft Swaddles // These are the best swaddle blankets ever! They are so soft and lightweight, they come in the cutest prints (but all white is always gorgeous, as seen above), and they can be used for so many different things. After we stopped swaddling Harper (because she could always break out of them), I used them as a nursing cover, as a place to lay her on the floor or couch, as a sun shade when she’s in the stroller, etc. They’re so versatile and totally worth the price in my opinion. (Of course, the set I included here sold out already, but I love these prints as well.)
MyBaby by Homedics Soundspa on the Go // We never leave home without our white noise! Harper has always needed noise to fall, and stay, asleep. We went through a bunch of different types of white noise (sleep sheep, iPhone app, sleep sheep AND iPhone app), but this one is the best. I’m probably going to purchase the plug-in version for her room and keep this one for when we travel.
Phillips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer // When you’re pregnant, people will try to tell you that you don’t need a bottle warmer. If you listen, you’ll probably be super mad at them at 2am when your baby is screaming and you’re trying to warm the bottle by running it under hot water or boiling water on the stove. With this, all you do is pour some water in the reserve, turn the knob, and bounce/distract your baby for a few minutes until it’s ready.
Circo Footed Sleeper // There are tons of sleepers on the market, but these are my absolute favorite. They’re inexpensive (2 for $8.99), they’re lightweight and they zip from the bottom up. This is what I put Harper to sleep in 90% of the time now. I also dress her in these for pediatrician appointments because I don’t have to completely undress her for her shots. I just unzip her legs and put them right back in when it’s over. I also love Old Navy’s sleepers, but they’re a bit more expensive.
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Sterilizing Bags // No more boiling water to sterilize your baby’s bottles, pacifiers, etc. Just put the items in this bag, add 2oz of water and microwave it for 2-3 minutes. You get 5 bags in a box and each bag is good for 20 uses. $5 well spent!
SwaddleMe Velcro Swaddles // Harper loved to be swaddled when she was a newborn, but she was somehow able to break out of every swaddle we put her in except for this one. I also found that most swaddles were too big for her since she was so tiny, but I was able to get a perfect fit with these. They’re also not too thick so I never had to worry about her overheating. I would just put her in a onesie and this and she was good to go.
Crane Cool Mist Humidifier // If you have a Winter baby like mine, you absolutely have to invest in a humidifier. Babies become congested very easily, especially during the dry Winter months. Harper has been congested off and on ever since she was born so we use this humidifier in her room every night and it really helps. It also helps to keep her room nice and cool.
Wow, that was a lot! I don’t care what anybody says, babies need a lot of stuff! These are the products I found essential for feeding my baby and helping her sleep. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them. And moms, please let me know if there’s anything you would add to this list. I’ll be back next week with bathing/skincare essentials!