Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Favorite Newborn Essentials

I promise this is not going to turn into a Mommy blog. I am far from an expert, but my entire life has revolved around a newborn for the past 2 months. I thought I would share some things that I think made my life and the baby's life a little easier. The first 2 months have been based around sleeping.

UppaBaby Vista | If you are expecting I am sure you have done tons of research about strollers. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. I honestly made my decision based on recommendations from friends who I really trusted. It has great reviews, can transition to a double stroller and has a great resale value. It is on the pricier end, but has been worth it in my opinion.
Sleep Sacks | The transition from a warm womb into the cold world cannot be easy. We have been using sleep sacks since day one.
Pacifier Clips | Sometimes I feel like I am going crazy. I have bought so many pacis and they just disappear. I am convinced Hank is eating them. I got one of these adorable clips from Beaufort Bonnet and it helps me keep my sanity.
Diaper Warmer | I feel like this is a secret no one told me about. Evidently, freezing cold wipes are a form of torture to a new baby. After we discovered this diaper warmer I could change a diaper without waking the baby up. Anyone who has had a newborn knows that this is a kind of a big deal.
Rock n' Play | By far the biggest game changer. He has been sleeping in this since we got it around 4 weeks. It helps with reflux due to a slight incline. You can rock the baby back to sleep. It is easy to travel with. Just go buy it.
Infant Lounger | My friend Caroline passed this down to us and we use it all the time. Perfect to lay on the counter top during bath time or hang out on while we are laying in bed.
Zip Onesie | I swear by these Old Navy zip onesies. The first couple weeks he lived in gowns, but when he started moving around he would kick them off. Zippers are your best friends at 3am when you are changing a diaper.

What is the one thing you could not live without? 


  1. You pretty much nailed it, but I'd have to add my brest friend to the list. It made breastfeeding SOOOOOOOOOOOO much easier and I used the aden and anais blankets all the time for everything from wiping up spit up to wrapping around my little munchkin to drying my own tears (Will i everrrrrrrr sleep again?????????)

  2. With my third I finally decided to only have zip up jammies - snaps are too hard at 3am with a newborn and at any point with a squirmy baby! I don't have any other list items (maybe I'm missing out! :) ). If the rock and play had been around when my first was born I would probably have one - everyone I know swears by it!

  3. I think my comment was eaten :(. I think it's funny how the "must-haves" are so different for everyone. I hate zip up pjs and prefer the snaps. My little one (11 wks) is too hot natured for the sleep sack. We had to stop swaddling him at 5 weeks because he would start sweating. The diaper warmer certainly is a wonderful invention. We like the rock n' play but he started getting tired of it by a certain time of night so we transitioned him to his crib around 5 or 6 weeks. I would agree with Julie on the Aden and Anais blankets. They are the best! I would also say Gripe Water is a must. Also, a diaper clutch that holds diapers, wipes, and is also a changing pad. I hate having to carry the entire diaper bag into a store or restaurant when they works just fine. I may do my own post on this :)