When I was pregnant, I LOVED reading blogs about what baby products people did (and did not) find useful. I figured I would give you our favorite things for 0-3 months!
First up: Sleeping The thing we were most afraid for was the sleeping part of babies. We were prepared for the worst, and luckily, it hasn’t been that bad. ::knocking on every wood surface I can find right now::
1. Our glider is amazing. I don’t know how we would have survived without it. We rock Dayton until he’s 70% asleep or so and then put him down so he falls the rest of the way asleep. The glider has already logged quite a few hours of feeding, napping, and book reading. The cushion is nice and firm and has held up great so far.
2. We got the Motorola video monitor. Initially, we weren’t sure what we would want in a monitor — audio only, wifi compatible or a video. Ultimately, we decided to go with the video monitor. I am so glad we did. Dayton makes a lot of noise when he sleeps and it’s great to be able to hit a button and see if he’s actually awake or just talking in his sleep. Most of the time, he’s just talkin’. It saves us from waking him up when he’s not actually awake and gives him a chance to put himself back to sleep between REM cycles. It was also great to have the video capabilities during early weeks (he slept in our room for the pediatrician recommended 2 weeks and then it was off to his room) so we could make sure he was still breathing :-) This monitor was super easy to use, and I can operate while 89% asleep.
3. The Miracle Blanket. Dayton loves to be swaddled. Early on, we used the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. We brought one to the hospital and it was great how tight we could get it…then baby boy started gaining some weight and muscle and he could bust out of every swaddle we put him in. One particularly fussy night, we decided to give the Miracle Blanket a try, it worked like a charm and we got a great night of sleep. He can’t get out of it and sleeps so well in it. I really wish we had used it sooner (I picked it up at a baby consignment store for the bargain price of $2.50) since it had been sitting in the closet for a good month before he was born. Live and learn, and swaddle tight.
4. His wubba nub. I was first introduced to the Wubba Nub by my bff, Melissa, when we were on our Minneapolis shopping weekend last summer. I thought they were cute, but at $15.00 for a pacifier, I wasn’t sure it was worth the expense for cute. Then I had a baby…then I wasn’t able to get the hang of nursing my baby (story on that to come) and after his bottle he needed to suck. We introduced the pacifier which was great, except he could spit that thing half way across the room and it only took 2 nights of trying to retrieve lost paci’s in the dark for me to get a Wubba Nub. He has 3 now, which is great, he’ll always have one while the others are in the wash. They don’t go on the floor very easy and he’s able to maneuver it himself since he can hold on to the soft stuffed animal. The only thing I wish is that they detached from the pacifier. Oh well, they are still well worth it. We are Wubba Nub believers in this household!
Next up: The Milk
Dayton and I could never got on the same page with nursing. We tried, and during a particularly grueling day, as tears ran from my eyes all over his little head while he tried to eat, I realized something — I wanted my baby to get the benefits of breastmilk. I didn’t want my baby to have his mom terrified of him waking up to eat on a daily basis. So with that, we threw in the nursing towel and I started exclusively pumping. With that, there have been several things I couldn’t have lived without.
1. The PumpEase- I spent my first 11 weeks at home holding the pumpers while I pumped. I tried some hands free nursing bras (looking at you Medela) but nothing really worked. Some I couldn’t get to fit, some didn’t hold the pumpers secure, and others were just itchy. I was going to give making one a try, but I couldn’t find a sports bra that closed in the front and I didn’t have the mental capacity to make one that closed in the front. Finally, the week before I went back to work, I read about the PumpEase and decided to give it a try. Oh my goodness, I don’t know why I didn’t research this one more sooner. The PumpEase is super comfortable, made of a lycra type material, very adjustable, and holds the ol’ pumpers secure. If you’re going to be doing even a little bit of pumping, I highly recommend the PumpEase!
2. The Hygeia Enjoye LBI – I started my pumping journey with the Medela Pump-In-Style. It was my cousin’s and I was happy to not have to shell out the dinero for a new pump. Well, since I became an exclusive pumper, that thing was getting quite the workout. Overall – I don’t really have any complaints, but as time went on, my body adjusted to the preset cycles of the Pump In Style and my milk supply was taking a hit. I decided to do a bit of research and discovered that my insurance would now cover a pump. It’s been a debacle, once it’s sorted out, I’ll do a post all about it, but meanwhile, a good friend lent me her Hygeia. It has gentler suction and customizable speed/suction settings. Plus the fact that it has an internal battery is icing on the cake! No more being stuck by an outlet!
3. Pacifier wipes- I know you are probably thinking that this has nothing to do with milk, but a lot of times I have to pump where I don’t have readily available access to warm water and soap or a fridge to store my pumpers until the next session. Pacifier wipes are great, I can quickly disinfect and have them ready to go. I originally bought Medela pump cleaning wipes, but for half the cost, pacifier wipes do the same thing.
4. Dr. Brown’s Bottles – Everyone has their own bottle preference. We settled on Dr. Brown’s. As we were transitioning Dayton to bottles, we found that most bottles he could suck down incredibly fast (part of the reason we were not nursing compatible, kid was like a vacuum). Dr. Brown’s were the only bottles we tried that slowed him down so he didn’t spit up. We have about 10 bottles in rotation right now, and throw ‘em in the dishwasher on sanitize so all the pieces haven’t been to annoying.
5. Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer – This bottle warmer is awesome, easy to use, and always heats the milk to a consistent temperature. We’re lucky because Dayton is a good eater and will eat his bottle even if it’s refrigerator cold. We’ve found though that he coughs less while he’s eating it if the milk is at least room temperature. We’ve also found he sleeps GREAT if we bump the bottle warmer up past room temperature into warm milk.
6. Munchkin High Capacity Bottle Drying Rack- With all the bottle washing, we found ourselves needing a better drying rack solution than the dish drying rack. Much to my dismay, the “Boon’s grass” that we originally tried didn’t cut it. There wasn’t enough space and the air couldn’t circulate underneath so everything took forever to dry. The double decker drying rack has been awesome. All the bottles, parts, and pumps fit on the drying rack, and it circulates air well enough to dry everything. It’s no where near as cute on the counter, but in this case, function over looks hands down.
I know this category will change quite a bit as Dayton gets older, so I thought it’d be fun to look at the most useful 0-3.
1. Oball rattle- Dayton got one of these as a gift from our friends Becky & Stu. He loves it! He can get his little fingers in all the holes and it’s easy for him to grip. Bonus – it cleans up great in the dishwasher.
2. Rainforest Activity Gym- I mentioned this in my thrifting post earlier. Dayton loves the lights, sounds, and toys to bat at. It’s good for at least 30 minutes of hands free mom time, so bonus there :-)
3. Ergo Performance Carrier- This was lighter weight than the traditional cotton ergo so baby and us don’t get as hot. I loved the bright green color. We also got the infant insert for it so this is the only carrier we used from 4 days old. He loves it and it’s definitely given him a very strong neck. The only downside? He falls asleep in it every time so we can only wear him if we’re ready for him to nap. Definitely a great way to get stuff done though!
4. Sophie – He loves to suck on this Sophie and it has spots for both of his hands which he loves. I’m guessing Sophie will only get more mileage as we get closer to the teeth!
Last up? Diapering.
We are disposable diaper people. I like the concept of cloth, but we couldn’t find many daycares that would do cloth diapers and the ones that would just toss ‘em all into one big bag. I just couldn’t get psyched up to pick up Dayton at the end of a long work day and have to deal with a sack of dirty diapers. That said, we have had to try a bit to find our perfect diaper/wipes combo.
1. Pampers Swaddlers — LOVE these diapers. The only thing we don’t love, they are definitely the most expensive of the disposable diaper options. We haven’t had a single leak problem with these and generally, they don’t blow out.
2. Luvs — These are a recent discovery for us, but so far, they seem to work really well. They are about half the price of Pampers, so I see a switch in our future :-)
3. Butt Paste — Dayton hasn’t had too much diaper rash, but when he does, Butt Paste takes care of it lickety split. Highly recommend.
4. We use Huggies Natural Care wipes. Dayton has my sensitive skin, and they don’t irritate him. Plus the wipe is a little thicker so generally one gets the job done. We just buy the refills and keep using the same container.
So there you have it, our 0-3 month must haves. We’re approaching his 4 month birthday, so I’ll be back in a few months with our 3-6 month items!
What were your baby must haves for the first few months? Anything I didn’t list? I love baby stuff :-)