I created this list when Hudson was about 2 months old, so there have been some changes that I’ll update in a later post. I have a lot of friends that are pregnant so I thought it may be helpful to get together my opinions on a bunch of different baby things that were important to me and share the info. I rely on reviews for almost everything I buy now, so here are my opinions, copied exactly as I wrote them in the email I sent to preggo friends. (except this time I added pictures!)
Baby Bjorn- I use it a lot when I go to stores. Either I don’t want to get out the stroller or put the carseat on top of a buggy (which is extremely unsafe). I just throw him in the bjorn and off we go, and he likes it because we are close! ***Update (I now prefer the ErgoBaby carrier!)
Diaper Genie- I put it right next to the changing table so you can easily throw away stinky diapers and you never worry about the smell. It is really easy to empty.
Carter’s brand clothes- They are sold everywhere but I really like them because they have a long, slim fit. Hudson is pretty long and lean so they fit him best. You’ll notice some brands seem short and dumpy. Also Carter’s are really soft (and cute)!
Pampers Swaddlers- you’ll decide which diapers you and baby like once they are here. For us it was pampers. I like the line that changes color on the diaper when they have peed. They have a quilted liner that seems to absorb all the liquid and pulls the poop away from his bottom and it makes changing him easy! I also like how they fit around the inside of his legs- really stretchy but won’t let any surprises escape.
Cloth Diapers- they are awesome burp cloths. You’ll probably receive some fancy decorated ones but I recommend buying a big pack of them to just have around.
Wash Cloths- my grandma figured this one out; put a washcloth under baby’s chin when you bottle feed to catch all the milk that escapes! Usually burp cloths are big and the flailing/grabbing arms will pull it away. But a wash cloth is small enough to stay in place!
Newborn bibs- I received some tiny bibs and didn’t think I’d ever use them. But I did- especially when putting Hudson in the carseat in the hour after he ate. They were small enough to fit him but still caught any spit up so his clothes weren’t ruined while I was busy driving.
Boppy pillow- absolute must have especially if you are nursing. It holds baby in the perfect position to feed. I like to lay a burp cloth on top of it under his head because he spits us while feeding from time to time and cleaning a burp cloth is much easier than the boppy cover. Now that Hudson is a little bigger we can lie him in the middle of the boppy using it to prop him up when he’s on the couch with us.
Swaddle Blankets- this is the most important item on the list! If you haven’t heard about swaddling call me, go read “happiest baby on the block” or google it. Basically infants have the startle reflex that makes them jerk their arms around every so often and it wakes them. Then they cry only because they were suddenly woken. When they are swaddled their arms are tight by their sides so they don’t smack themselves and wake up. They also feel like they are in the womb! The hospital will swaddle baby so just keep up the routine! I did it a lot during the first few days home while Hudson was adjusting to the world and after that only at night. I prefer swaddle designs blankets because they are large and not too warm. I use them as a regular blanket during the day and for swaddling at night. They are expensive ($25-$30 each) but absolutely worth it. I have 4 or 5. Hudson wears only a onesie when swaddled and sometimes socks. I also put a hat on him because Andrew keeps our room cold at night! He calms down right away as soon as he is swaddled. I’ll give him his pacifier and he is out cold within minutes. Sometimes he just lies there with glazed over eyes. So cute.
Nuk pacifiers- the only brand Hudson will take. He must like the shape because he won’t take any other brands and I tried 4. I gave in to giving him a pacifier when he was 5 days old and crying for no reason. He loves it and it helps him self soothe when everything else in his little world is ok but he feels like crying.
Dr Browns Bottles- I did massive research on bottles and only registered for these. If you don’t believe the ventilation system works then give your baby a different bottle and watch all the bubbles and experience more spitup and gas. They are also supposed to be the best nipples for breast fed babies. I haven’t had a problem with Hudson going back and forth from nursing to bottle and vice versa. It is true they have more parts to clean but they are worth a happy baby!
Dr. Brown’s Microwave bottle sterilizer-
super easy to clean bottles, parts, pacifiers, breast pump parts, etc. Pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes and voila!
Dr. Brown’s bottle warmer- super fast and easy
Medela pump in style breast pump (backpack)- I am determined to breast feed as long as possible so this was necessary. I hated spending a ton of money so I did a lot of research before purchasing. This pump hands down has the best reviews on the Internet and has proven to be awesome. It is super easy to use. The backpack is easy to throw over your shoulder when you have baby, pump, diaper bag, etc. and nobody has any clue there is a breast pump inside it! It can plug in to the wall or use the battery adapter (I suggest reusable batteries) or even has an optional car charger! Just be aware the breast shields that come standard may not be your size and you will need to purchase a different size.
Graco 2in1 swing and bouncer seat- wonderful! The seat from the swing comes off to sit wherever you need it and also has a vibrate option. The swing plugs into the wall or uses batteries if no plug is available. I love how this has saved us from having a separate bouncy seat from the swing!
Pack-n-Play- we didn’t use it the first 4-5 weeks because everyone wanted to hold him but now we have it setup in the living room. We put a mobile on it and he will lie in it occupied for awhile. It is convenient when we need to do something and he doesn’t always want to go in the swing.
Arm’s Reach cosleeper- I thought I’d put him directly into his crib when he came home but I’m glad my grandma convinced me otherwise. This mini crib/bassinet goes right next to my bed for him to sleep in. Whenever he needs something he is right next to me so I’m not running down the hall every 2 minutes to discover he only spit out his pacifier. I am an expert at finding his paci and putting it in his mouth without any effort! This also folds up and is really easy to travel with. I think it cost $150 pre-coupon at buy buy baby. I highly recommend getting one.
Neck support for carseat- Hudson used one in his until about 5 weeks old. It was awesome when he was teeny and his head would have flopped all over the place in his carseat.