One of my biggest questions when I was pregnant was, “What should I register for?” I went around to my friends that already had children, grilling them on the top 5 favorites things they used the most. After hearing that they had to say, compiling my favorite things for Red, and taking at look at the baby market’s most popular items, I was able to created this list, (one month listed at a time) of my personal favorites for each month of baby’s life. The master list can be found right here!
1. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Swing – This super portable swing is one of the most sanity saving items you’ll have during the first few months. It can calm a baby instantly, and just may buy you a few minutes to eat or shower. A few speeds, a vibrating feature, and a stationary seat option make this small moveable swing the BEST thing ever. EVER. Ours is actually out on perma-loan to Nugget and his family while he grows up!
2. Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers – Ya’ll. Take a tube of this to the hospital. If you’re going to breastfeed your little one, your nips are in for a world of hurt. After your baby learns to latch, your nipples will start to toughen up, but the lanolin will ease the discomfort. Use it liberally, and gently wipe off before each nursing session!
3. BooginHead PaciGrip – One of the worst things about babies? They have no idea how much you paid for all their gear. They will toss their pacifier into the cereal aisle at Publix and all your hard earned cash will be hidden in the frosted flakes until the Rapture comes. This specific pacigrip is the only readily available one that will hold every single kind of pacifier. It’s universal. And you can wash it. So there’s that.
4. Summer Infant Bath Sponge – Throw out the baby bath with the bathwater. Seriously. Those large plastic hunks get all the love and people have almost forgotten about these bath sponges. Lay a newborn on top of it for a sponge bath, or run 1-2″ of water in the bath and lay baby down on it in the tub. You can wash, they can kick, and your space is saved. Sit it upright to drain and you’re in the clear. It also costs less than $8, whereas those bulky bathtubs are pricey!
5. HoMedics Sound Machine – Another serious sanity saver. This particular model features a white noise button, which is really what you want. If you run this on a low level in the nursery, (or, if you’re a cosleeper, your room), you’ll set the tone (see what I did there… pun intended) for sleep. This machine is so small and compact it can travel to help you set up a mobile nursery and establish a good sleep pattern no matter if you’re napping at home or vacationing in a hotel. Guaranteed to work – 3 babies I’ve helped train as proof.
6. MAM 2 Pack Pacifier – I like the MAM Air pacifiers A LOT. There’s no top or bottom to them, they are easy to clean, and the lovely air holes in the shield allow both air and moisture to pass. This means an easier time teething and less rashes on the face. They come in several sizes according to the age of your baby, so choose accordingly. Be aware that a 6 month old baby might not be willing to accept a bigger pacifier just like that, so use your own judgement. Each paci works great with the pacigrip.
7. Boppy Pillow – I don’t know a nursing mother that doesn’t have one of these. You can buy them at almost any baby store, but I got mine on consignment for 1/3 of the price, bought a new organic cover and had the whole thing cleaned. Not only will this help support baby during breastfeeding and bottle feeding, it’s also a great newborn/infant baby seat for play and entertaining. When baby needs tummy time, support them under the arms and chest with the boppy to help them gain strength.
8. Medela Breast Shells – Hands down, a big boobie saver. Another must have for a nursing mother, these shells get placed over your nipples, inside your nursing bra. Don’t worry, they aren’t as big as they look. Your nipples go through the large openings and any leaking milk is completely conserved. The air holes at the top provide great circulation. When my milk came in, I was actually napping, and woke to find these puppies full. The shells (combined with lanolin above) also provide instant, must-have relief for sore nipples.
9. aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets – Blankies GALORE. We have 8 (2 packs) of these, and they proved to be such favorites, that Red adopted them as his “blankies”. These large, thin, soft blankets provide a comfortable, snug swaddle that even the most wiggly baby can’t get out of. They wash so well that they still look new, and are the softest things you will ever touch. Except your baby’s booty, of course. Not that you go around touching butts, but you totally could – you’re the Mom.