Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Baby Essentials | Birth to 3 months

We are about four months into this whole parenting thing and I loved looking at what everyone loved product-wise, so I figured I could share some of the things that we have loved these last few months.

Video Baby Monitor. We had decided on the Nest cam a while back, but we did not actually spend the money on it at first. Once Sloane started taking consistent naps in our bedroom, I decided that we needed to invest in a video camera and I am so glad we finally did. It makes it a lot easier to get stuff done around the house and not have to constantly be listening for her. The nest cam is technically supposed to be a security camera, but it works great as a baby monitor. It notifies me every time there is movement on the camera and also when it hears a sound. I can pull up the video basically on any device to watch and listen to her while she sleeps.

Sound Machine. Homegirl is obsessed with white noise. We use our Amazon Echo Dot as a white noise machine. We found the ocean waves song on Amazon music which is helpful because we have the same white noise on our phones so we can play it when we are on the go.

4moms mamaRoo. The mamaRoo was the best thing ever in those first few weeks. She slept in that thing overnight and it was amazing. She loved to be moving and that was where she was happiest. Now that she is no longer sleeping in that, she still loves to sit in it and stare at the mobile above her.

Bassinet.  We started using the bassinet for overnight sleeping after about two months. We have the Uppababy Vista stroller and it comes with a bassinet attachment. We also got the bassinet wood stand so that we can set that up in our bedroom. She loves sleeping in there and had no issues transitioning from the mamaRoo to the bassinet.

Swaddle. We use a swaddle every time that she sleeps at home. She loves being all cozy and snug. We use the Halo Sleep swaddle and we love that it has velcro because it makes it harder for her to break out of the swaddle. I would highly recommend a velcro swaddle, but I don't necessarily love the Halo. We got a good deal on ours since we found it at a garage sale, but I probably would not have bought it if it was full price. I have also heard great things about the Ollie swaddle, which is probably what I would have purchased if we did not already have one.

Gown Pajamas. These pajamas have no snaps or buttons or zipper. They have an open bottom which makes for easy diaper changes in the middle of the night. The ones from Carter's were great for us because they were smaller and they fit Sloane right away even though they were not preemie.

Convertible Carseat. We decided a while back that we were going to skip the infant carseat. I think I am going to do a whole post on that eventually, but basically it was the best thing for our family. We love our convertible carseat. We got the Chicco NextFit Zip, though I am not sure it was worth the extra $50 for the zip feature, but we liked the dark blue color best and they only had that in the Zip. Sloane loves it since it is extra cushy for her and when we have used other carseats while traveling, she has not done as well in those carseats.

Solly Baby Wrap. We love love love our Solly. Since we decided to skip the infant carseat, we needed something to carry her around when we are out and about. The Solly wrap is super soft and travels really easy. When not in use, it folds up nicely and fits in the diaper bag. There is a little bit of a learning curve to figure out how to tie the wrap on, but it is pretty easy once you have done it a few times. Sloane is guaranteed to fall asleep in it and she loves being so close and snuggled up with us. It also makes it easier to be out with her because you still have two hands to work with. I would highly recommend this product for everybody.

Rock 'n Play. The rock 'n play is great because it is a nice safe place to set baby down, especially since we have a dog. We got our second hand for super cheap and even though it is extremely basic we still love it. It has been a great place for her to hang out when she is awake and we are trying to get things done or get out of the house. Now that we are not using the mamaRoo for sleeping, I am not sure that we needed both, but the rock 'n play is more portable and we can move it from room to room in the house depending on where we need it.

Honest Diapers. This is definitely a preference thing, but we love our Honest diapers that get delivered right to our door. I signed us up for the service back when they were having a buy one bundle get one free so I saved us a ton of money on diapers for those first few months. We actually still have not used all of our stock of diapers so it has been great. We are still deciding on whether we will use those going forward, but so far they have been perfect.

Pacifier. We were hesitant at first to introduce the pacifier, but Sloane loves her pacifier and we cannot go without it. We love the Soothie pacifiers and the WubbaNub is clutch for nap time. The Wubbanub is a soothie pacifier with a small stuffed animal attached to it and it makes it harder for her to spit it out during nap time. If she does spit it out, usually it is easier for her to find again without needing us to give it to her again. There has been times that I have used it in the car too and she was able to find it and replace it without any help which is awesome since I can't help her when we are driving. We also invested in a pacifier clip finally which has made dropping the pacifier a lot harder to do. Before we got that, we were constantly picking it up off the dirty floor and now when Sloane drops it we do not have to worry about it falling. Seems pretty obvious, but it took us a while to be convinced that we needed one.

I am sure there are other people that would have a completely different list of needs, but this is what worked for us. It is funny reading different posts on what everyone deems necessary. Everyone has a different style of parenting and what works for one family may not work for another. But reading about other people's needs and reasoning really helped me decide what we would try and not try.

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