I’m officially on bed rest trying to keep this baby girl in my belly until we hit full term. I have faith that God will answer our prayers, but I still want to be completely prepared in case she makes an early entrance. So I’ve been using my time on bed rest to order all of the things I’ll need for the newborn phase. I have a lot already (this is my third girl, after all) , but there are some things I buy new for each baby (like pacifiers and bottle nipples). I know some of my readers are pregnant for the first time and I figured it would be helpful for me to share my favorite newborn products. This list was compiled over three years of parenting and trying almost every baby product on the market. These are the products I’ve purchased (or would repurchase) again and again because they truly worked for our family. (Note: I’m going to do a separate post on my breastfeeding essentials so I haven’t included any of those things on this list.)
1 // Mam Newborn Pacifiers – I’m a paci mom and proud of it! I have always offered a pacifier in the hospital and it has never caused any problems with breastfeeding. Mam pacifiers are my favorite because they’re designed for breastfed babies and because they come in a self-sterilizing carrying case. They’re the best!
2 // Dr. Brown’s Slow Flow Bottles – These have been our favorite bottles ever since Harper was born. They are a pain to clean, but I really believe they reduce gas. We always start with the preemie nipples and then move to slow flow. This set includes everything we’ll need for the first few months.
3 // Babyganics Bottle Wash – This is the only soap I use on my kids’ bottles, pacifiers and teething toys. It has a light citrus smell and doesn’t leave any soap residue. I’m sure this seems unnecessary to some parents, but I’m pretty cautious about soaps or cleaning products that could potentially end up in baby’s mouth. I also love the Babyganics Hand Sanitizer.
4 // Honest Diapers + WaterWipes – Every mom has a favorite diaper. Honest diapers have been ours ever since Harper was a newborn. Her skin would get red and raw after just a few hours in any other type of diaper. So we stuck with this brand and never looked back. We pair them with WaterWipes to keep our girls’ skin happy.
5 // Copper Pearl Burp Cloths – So far, I’ve given birth to two “happy spitters.” They gained weight well, they slept well, they just spit up. A lot. So much that I often packed my diaper bag with multiple outfits, burp cloths and blankets and still ended up with a half naked baby a few hours later. I discovered these burp cloths with Avery and, I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but they changed my life. They are so big and absorbent and cute! I have tons of them and will probably buy more this time.
6 // Carters & Gap Sleepers – I know some moms who get their newborns dressed in full outfits (shoes included) everyday, especially if they leave the house. I am not that mom. I’m the mom who puts her baby in a sleeper day and night until three months or so. I just don’t see the point in fussing with an outfit when the baby just eats, sleeps, poops, spits up, and lays around all day. So I invest in sleepers that are cute and functional and I add a hat or headband. Done!
7 // Swaddles – I’m a big fan of swaddling during the first few months. I’ve tried nearly every swaddle on the market and I have a few favorites. I love the Halo Fleece Sleepsack Swaddle for Fall & Winter babies. These keep them nice and cozy during cold nights and are relatively easy to figure out when you’re trying to change baby as quickly as possible at 3am. They also make cotton and muslin versions of this swaddle. For babies who like to break out of their swaddles, or keep their hands up by their heads, I prefer the Love To Dream SwaddleUp. Avery lived in these swaddles for the first few months of her life and she is a dream sleeper. I also always buy a special blanket for each baby for hospital pictures and to swaddle them in for naps or just lounging around the house, when I can watch them and don’t have to worry about them getting tangled up in the blanket. This time, I went with a Monica + Andy swaddle blanket and matching hat.
8 // Hatch Baby Rest – Admittedly, you don’t need this exact white noise machine, but you definitely need one. Newborns are noisy little people and listening to all of their grunts and rumbly breathing will keep both parents up all night. And if you have other kids, you definitely need something to block out their noise while baby naps. I love this particular white noise machine because it can be controlled from my phone, the light can get bright enough to do diaper changes in the middle of the night without waking my husband, and it can be used through toddlerhood and preschool. We use the one we currently have as a nightlight/white noise machine plus an OK to Wake clock for Harper.
9 // Baby Bjorn Bouncer – This is the best bouncer on the market and it’s worth every penny, in my opinion. If I could go back to the beginning of parenting, this is the only baby chair I would purchase. It works from birth all the way up to two years (although I don’t know a two year old who would still want to sit in a bouncer). It folds flat so it’s perfect for travel and storage. And it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles. It’s just a natural bounce that soothes babies without overstimulating them.
10 // Solly Baby Wrap – I’m a big fan of babywearing and this is my favorite baby carrier for the newborn phase. Learning how to use it requires some practice, but it’s more than worth it in the end. I call this wrap the “baby sleeping pill” because my kids would pass out in it every time. It’s also great for skin to skin and kangaroo care in the NICU.