Way to make it to Friday, friends!
Hopefully you’ve had a bangin’ week and are ready to cruise smoothly into the weekend. For me, I’ve survived flying solo once again with my 2.5 month-old, 15-pound love nugget. Milestone checked off for this new mommy.
Speakin’ of new mommy, I know a lot of y’all out there are expecting your first nuggets of joy in the next few months or your planning on trying for your first nuggets of joy in the next few months, so I thought I’d share some of McNugget's favorite baby items- the big and small- that have been game chanegrs for me as a new mommy and him as a newbie in this world.
Trust me, most of these things that made the list have helped persuade my son into sleeping well, eating well, and keeping calm and cool...three critical aspects of surviving the first few months of parenthood.
Even if you’re never wanting children of your own, not considering kids anytime soon, or moving into a grandparent phase, you’re always in need of solid baby shower gifts, right? Though to be fair, diapers and gift cards are ALWAYS good gifts!
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Alrighty gang, this list is nearly 3 months in the making, but here’s the tools and swag that have been allowing McNugget and I to survive and thrive together.
1. Aiden+Anais Easy Swaddles
Friends, this is probably the BEST sleep advice I could give any new parent. For the first few days of my son's life, I thought he didn't like his swaddle and would rather sleep with his hands free. While I was correct, I wasn't aware how distracting his hands and arms would be to his precious, delicate sleep cycles. After 2 rough nights, I wrapped my son up like a baby burrito for bedtime and naps and never looked back. And I don't know about y'all, but at 3 a.m., I only have so much energy and mental fortitude, so these swaddles take all the thought processing out of swaddling. Just slip your nugget into the papoose-like front, snap it on, wrap the arms around with his arms at his sides, and snap them to the front. Snapping swaddles=my best friend.
These some in two sizes, small/medium and large. Since McNugget is a larger baby, I recently added two larges to our collection. We haven't dropped the swaddle yet, and it's nice to know I can keep letting him use it despite his growing body. At only $19.99 each, I'd say that's WAY worth a better night's sleep.
2. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel Trio System
While this is one of the most expensive things I'd recommend to y'all, it's really a bargain for the quality of the materials and versatility of the product. The car seat doubles as a carrier, and the stroller is friendly to both newborns (the carrier fits into the stroller) and larger infants. Not only that, the stroller easily folds up into a pretty darn compact shape, not taking up your entire trunk like some other brands do. For about $300, you get 3 items in one. Not too shabby if you think about it that way!
3. 4moms Infant Tub
As someone who was really nervous about bath time, this tub makes it all the easier! It fits perfectly in our double sink (fits a single sink, too) allowing us to bathe McNugget while we stand up. My boy LOVES bath time. He finds it soothing and normally is very relaxed and calm afterwords, thus making for a more pleasant evening for everyone in our household. While the built-in thermostat seems unnecessary, you'd be surprised how easy it is to misjudge the appropriate water temperature for a baby. From the no-slip surface to the side drains and the clean water reservoir, I absolutely love this tub. For $47.99, I'd argue this tub, with all its features, is a very reasonable choice.
4. Boppy Pillow
A registry classic! The bobby pillows makes those first few weeks of firguing out nursing so much more comfortable for mommy and baby. Not only do we use it for nursing, but we've also started using it for tummy time, for Lee to sit-up against, and to prop him up in a chair or on the sofa since he's preferring upright positions these days. At $39.99, this pillow makes feeding time more comfortable for everyone involved. Plus, the slipcovers are easy to remove, wash, and put back on. And if you're kiddo is a little milk monster like mine, you'll probably need to wash it frequently.
5. The Pello
While much pricier than the boppy lounge pillow, the $120 is totally worth it. My son LOVES this pillow. As a newborn, he loved laying in this pillow with his head on the edge while I washed dishes, made dinner, folded laundry, etc. Now that he has better neck control, he enjoys laying on his tummy with his chest propped up on the edge and hang out there. It also is an easy, lightweight, portable napping location for him if we're going to visit a friend or family member around nap time. On top of all of that, it comes in a ton of super attractive patterns and has a built-in pocket for our ever-crucial pacies.
6. Portable Mobile
This product wasn't even on my radar until one of my work friends gave it to me a few weeks before my pumpkin pie was born. While I didn't use until his eye sight was better developed around 8 weeks, it has been a fabulous distraction for car rides, strolls, and pretty much anywhere that he's going to be hanging out in his carrier. The black and white patterns and faces on the animals are very stimulating to young eyes, and it has both silent and musical options for the mobile, too. We broke this out on our first longer car trip (3 hours) and our boy was mesmerized. Baby entertainment for $20 sounds fantastic to me.
7. MAM Pacifiers
While some new parents aren't on the pacifier train, I waited until my love nugget was 3 weeks before introducing it. He came out of the womb ready and eager to nurse, needing zero training or help latching on and getting enough milk. Since he was such a good eater and gaining weight like a champ, I felt comfortable introducing the paci at that point. To each his own, though. This brand has been my boy's favorite. Plus, this specific line glows in the dark, which is helpful when he's spit it out at bedtime and fretting in his bed searching for it. I don't have to turn a light on, thus further awakening him. I can just look for the glowing front and pop it back in. Plus, two pacifiers will only set ya back $5.99.
8. Ergobaby 360 Carrier
Somewhere around 5 weeks when he was 12ish pounds, I tried wearing my little snickerdoodle as I watered plants outside. And ever since, I've discovered how much he loves being snuggled up to me. This has been an especially useful tactic to employ when he settles into Mister Crabby Patty in the evening, when he's overtired and won't nap, or when he's overstimulated and needs comforting. Not only does he love it, it is super comfortable and takes tremendous pressure off of my back, which is crucial when your child is in the 92nd percentile for height and weight. In addition, it has pockets that made our first flight together all the easier, allowing my to have my plane ticket, ID, earbuds, pacifier, and phone easily accessible. While they're a little more expensive than many soft carriers at $150, I use mine nearly every day at some point and couldn't have made it this far without it. From navigating the airport to Wal-Mart, this carrier rocks.
9. Fisher Price's Auto Rock N' Play
While there are cheaper versions that do not automatically rock, I highly recommend spending the extra few dollars for this $129.99 newborn sleeper. I thought I was going to have my child sleep in the crib at night from the get go...WRONGO. He wanted to be in something that was secure and snugly like his recent residence. At 2.5 months, he still naps and sleeps at night in this. It folds up easily and is light, making it easy to travel with for overnights on the road. While I don't use the auto rocking a ton these days, it's nice to have on hand if he's fighting a nap or someone babysitting him is having a hard time putting him down. It also has built-in music and white noise and two rocking speeds. Plenty of options to try when new parents and newborns are desperate for a few hours of precious sleep.
10. DOHM White Noise Machine
As someone who has had to put a baby to sleep for the past 80 nights blocks away from train tracks, this noise machine has allowed my little bit to stay peacefully sleeping when those horns start blaring at all hours of the night. Even if you don't live near a train, the white noise helps drown out other daily noises in your household. For $39.99, you can mitigate the neighbor's yapping dog, roaring thunderstorms, and boisterous laughter of houseguests. Not only that, it's super portable, so it's easy to take with you as you travel with your little one.
11. Noodle & Boo Products
Personally, I seek out skin and hair products that don't have loads of chemicals, dyes, and sketchy stuff that's better suited in a laboratory rather than on my body. Therefore, I wanted products for my little one that uphold the same philosophy. Pediatrician and dermatologist-tested, these products are made without any questionable ingredients like parabens, dyes, sulfates, or BPA. Plus, they smell fantastic. I recommend buying a set like this; three premium products for $38 is a good deal if you ask me. Plus, it takes a loooong time to use an entire bottle of baby lotion or shampoo, so they'll last you months.
12. Diaper Genie
One of the most glamorous aspects of parenthood is, hands down, the constant diaper changing. I've been so glad to have a device that I can open with my foot and toss unpleasant packages into in a second. For $30, I'm more than happy to not be reminded of the odors in there, too. Sure, there are fancier, more posh looking ones out there, but I just wanted something to get the job done.
13. Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddles
While I don't use swaddle blankets for actual swaddling (see #1), I have swaddle and receiving blankets tucked all over my house, car, and stroller. In addition to serving as a blanket to keep McNugget or myself warm, I use these as makeshift pillows to cradle McNugget's head while nursing, burp clothes, padding/lining for his carrier/Pello (see above)and nursing covers. A three-pack will set ya back $38, but they're so buttery soft that it's totally worth it.
14. Sleep Gowns
Getting up in the middle of the night is already challenging enough; add on the obstacles of maneuvering through buttons and snaps to get to a diaper and it can be even more daunting. Yes, my son wore essentially a dress to sleep in for the first few months of his life. But golly they make those late night diaper changes so much easier. While there are more high-end sleep gowns, you can also find one like this for $10 on Amazon.
15. Kickipants Footies
Having a spring baby poses the challenge of chilly mornings and evenings with warm afternoons. These footed outfits provided my boy enough coverage he needed to stay warm, while the super breathable material kept him comfortable in the afternoons. Ranging from $27-35, this company produces such unique patterns from premie all the way up to 6 years.
Okey dokey friends, that's all for now.
Let's Chat: As we head into 3-6 month territory, I'd love to hear your recommendations and game changers that made your life and your little one's life all the easier...tips and tools for teething, starting solids, sitting up, and all the other milestones that are heading our way soon! Let me know! I love hearing from y'all!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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