When I roughly 5 months pregnant, we decided to do a baby registry after all – except I had no idea what to add, what we’ll need, etc. I know there’s a gazillion of these guides out there but nevertheless, I thought I’d share with you all our favorite baby products thus far – 0-4 months, the ones that have saved our sanities and helped our little guy grow and thrive!
Dr. Brown’s Bottles
When Joey was in the NICU that first week after birth, we started him on formula and since then have gone 100% formula. These bottles are the best bottles we’ve tried. They were recommended to us by the nurses in the NICU and I’m so glad they did! Seriously. The best. And they help reduce gas!
Dry-Rack Grass + Branch
These two go hand-in-hand with the bottles – I heard a lot about it, at first I thought it was kind of silly, but then when we got into the washing and drying of bottles, these became life savers! We didn’t have a drying rack thus, we have bottle stuff everywhere. Now all of Joey’s bottles are in one place, separate from other dishes and such, and we’re not looking for stuff all over the place. The branch is a separate accessory but I’ve come to love it just as much as the grass – it gives you a place to put all the rings and extras of the bottles freeing up space on the grass.
Carter’s Swaddle Blankets
We tried a few different blankets for swaddling Joey but these are just the best. They’re made out of jersey material, which makes them super soft and a little stretchy. They’re big – aka, still work for swaddling Joey as he gets bigger. But really, the best part? They have the cutest designs! just kidding… (maybe). The best is that they hold a swaddle so, so good! Joey is a squirmer but these blankets 100% hold the swaddle!
Pack N’ Play / Bassinet
When I was working on the baby registry this was a “controversial” item. Some said it was essential, others said they never used it. I’m on the essential side but I can see how it would’ve been a waste too – let me explain. The layout in our current home has the master bedroom in the first floor with all other rooms in the second floor. There was simply no way we were going to be having Joey sleep in the nursery – in the second floor – but I wanted the crib up there for naps times while I worked in the office / loft – in the second floor. So for the last 4 months Joey has been sleeping right next to our bed in this bad boy, which is why I think of it as an essential. However, if the set up in our home was different, I can definitely see how I would fall on the other side of the fence. (Will keep you updated on whether or not we use it as a play pack once Joey moves up to the nursery full time)
NoseFrida – SnotSucker
Listen here people. I know… you put this thing in your baby’s nose and then you suck out with your mouth?! Gross, right? No. The snot never even comes close to your mouth but most importantly – THIS THING WORKS. Nothing – and I mean nothing, will get suck the snot out as well as this, just buy it and thank me after your baby’s first cold. (You’re welcome).
Controversial (kind of), I know. To binky or not to binky?! We binky. And this is only binky Joey will take – we’ve tried other kinds, cute kinds with stars and glow in the dark ones but no… Joey will push those right out and look at you like you’re crazy. Bonus: if you ever end up spending time in a hospital (hopefully not!), they have these by the hordes so if you have a binky emergency because you forgot yours at home or dropped it in the floor, they’ll give you a new one.
This has been hands down one of the best purchases we’ve made. Ever. Joey LOVES the gym and will sometimes cry to be put on there – it’s so wonderful to be able to get stuff done, like I don’t know… eating a meal, while he’s on there. We use it for regular ol’ play times as well as tummy time and it’s been amazing. I also love how the design on this particular one isn’t gender specific for the future and all that jazz.
Swing + Bouncer
My mom got us this before Joey was born and we love it. It’s great for those short morning / late afternoon naps, or just to have a few moments with both hands free! I love that it plays music (or white noise!) and has little bears for Joey to look at so he doesn’t get bored.
Mayo Clinic’s Your Baby’s First Year
Confession time: I read exactly zero baby books while I was pregnant. After my miscarriage almost three years ago + a big ol’ scare in the first trimester, I avoided any and all things that I thought might jinx me, and reading a baby book? That meant I actually thought I would be having this baby and then puff! it’d be gone – silly, right? (Whatever, it worked :P). But then Joey got here and I suddenly realized there was A LOT I didn’t know, so after much research, I got this book. And I LOVE it. It’s so stock full of information – reliable information! nothing from some random blogger that got a book deals (I love you all but when it comes to my child, I need professional opinions). It has everything from month-to-month developmental guidelines, to correct measurements for Tylenol and Ibuprofen based on weight, and chapters on how to deal with motherhood as a new mom, things to consider when thinking about adding a sibling and special chapters for mom, dad, grandparents and single parents. LOVE.
Ok, this is technically not a “baby product” but it has definitely become one of my favorite things since Joey was born. It’s no secret that I love reading but holding / feeding a baby + holding a book open and flipping pages? Impossible, my friends – no matter which way you slice it (trust me, I’ve tried). I love downloading books onto this bad boy and reading – the back light makes it great for late night feedings too! And honestly? this has been the only way I’ve been able to keep up with my reading and it has helped my sanity, oh so much!
If you’re a parent – what else would you add? Any tips for things we should get to survive the next 4 months?!