Baby 0-3 Month Essentials
This post has been in the works for quite some time now, and I'm excited to finally be sharing it today!
Before Emory was born, I did lots of research when I was registering for my baby shower. Similar to my pregnancy journey, I turned to a lot of other blogs and books to get my information. So I wanted to share my two cents in hopes to help other moms to be. Below are the things from these first three months that I don't think I could have lived without!
Here is a quick rundown of what I've included, as well as why we love it!
So for the first month-ish, Emory wanted nothing to do with his Mamaroo and I was devastated (because if I spent that much money on this John was NOT going to be happy if we didn't end up using it). But soon enough, once Emory was able to see contrasting designs he LOVED being in his MamaRoo mostly because of the mobile and he started to prefer sitting in the MamaRoo rather than his Rock n Play. He will always prefer being held or sitting on one of our laps, but this swing is great when we need to put him down for a bit.
OK this thing is a godsend! My mother thought I was crazy to register for this. We ended up buying it with some of the gift cards we received and again, she thought I was crazy to spend this much money on a changer. She thought that way until she had to change a diaper and Emory peed on the changer. :) Here's a tip: don't get a changer that has a pad and cover. You'll be doing enough laundry as is. This changer is so great, we wipe off any messes with a Babyganics wipe and we're all set! No extra laundry! Even better, Emory LOVES being in this changer! When we were going through his bout of colic, he always stopped crying when we laid him down in this changer. There were times we would just lay him in it and talk to him while he laid there to help calm him down. You do whatever works when you're a parent, so this item for us is priceless.
Emory absolutely loves his playmat and it's perfect for keeping him entertained during the day! He loves staring at the toys and the mat itself is great for tummy time. What I loved about this mat is that it didn't look like the run of the mill baby toys, it has the awesome contrasting black and white images and colorful images Em loves to look at and this mat plays fun songs and has a colorful light show for Em to watch.
So I was anti-carrier when we were registering. I bought a baby wrap and was convinced I'd only be baby wearing using my wrap. Well, newborn Emory hated being in the wrap. Mix in a baby with colic and one who never wanted to be put down and I turned to my Facebook community for some help. John's friend from his Taiwan days recommended this carrier and we decided to spend the money. John and I both agree, this is the best money we've ever spent. This carrier was worth every penny; Emory LOVES being in his carrier. We've gone on walks with Emory in this carrier, and we often pop him in it and bounce him on our exercise ball. Works like a charm 99.99% of the time--Emory falls fast asleep. This particular carrier we bought is so great because you can adjust the width and height settings to fit to your growing baby.
On that note, these exercise balls are so great and cheap! We'll put Emory in his carrier or hold him in a cradle hold and just bounce him to sleep. For the first three months, this was the only way we could only get Emory to fall asleep about 90% of the time. I even ordered one for my parent's house because it worked so well. Even better, during nap time I use it to do some crunches and mini workouts so I can start working this inner tube off of my midsection :)
I don't know how women nursed without these pillows. I wish I would have brought my Boppy to the hospital with me because using random hospital pillows to prop Emory up on was so uncomfortable, I felt like a million bucks when I got home and started using my Boppy! As Emory grows we're now using it to prop him up. My piece of advice: Buy the naked pillow, the water resistant pillow protector and a slip cover you like. Because there will be so much spilled formula/leaked breastmilk on it, you'll need to wash the cover often and the pillow protector keeps the pillow safe.
In the third month, Emory started to show more interest in toys. My mom bought Emory a bunch of these Oball toys and he LOVES them! His little fingers can easily grab onto the toys because of all the little holes and these toys are so lightweight, they're perfect!
So I thought this was going to be on the list of products that I would not recommend because Emory basically refused to sleep in anything the first two months of his life. Before he was born, a coworker of mine gave me her son's bassinet and we also had a crib set up for Emory. We knew we wanted Emory in our room until he was about six months old then work on transitioning him into a crib. I was so ignorant when I was pregnant, I just assumed the baby would be sleepy and would sleep wherever we lay him down. NOPE. Emory hated the bassinet, hated the Rock n Play, hated it all unless he slept on our chests.
We were so against bed sharing when I was pregnant, but sure enough we found ourselves bed sharing at night. It was the only way we could all get some sleep and we found Emory was much less stressed during the day because he was able to get some shut eye. We still wanted to bed share as safe as possible, so during a late night feeding I spent the money on the DockATot. John was so excited to have this safe option (but wasn't excited about the price tag).
It took Emory awhile to be able to sleep in the DockATot, the first couple months he would wake up within five minutes of putting him down and he would start crying. But then we tried putting a heating pad in the DockATot to warm it up. When we were ready to put Em down, we removed the heating pad and he couldn't tell the difference between our warm bodies and the warm DockATot. And he slept! Success! Now, he typically only wakes up 1-2 times a night (sometimes none at all!), and he doesn't need it warmed up with a heating pad.
UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat and Vista stroller
I think deciding on a stroller/car seat combo was probably one of the hardest parts of choosing baby gear. In my opinion, so much of it really depends on your lifestyle as to how you go about making your decision. There's also SO many options out there. I remember when we first went to Buy Buy Baby to look at strollers and I just snapped at John because, well, #pregnant, and I was so overwhelmed. I had no idea how to open or close a stroller--I was about to have a baby! I should know this stuff! It should come naturally, right? No. It was a lot.
I started talking to my coworkers who lived in the city and the two brands I kept hearing of were the City Jogger and UPPAbaby. We wanted a stroller that had the option to add an additional seat in case we decided to have another baby. It ultimately came down to the weight, and some input from co workers. We live in a walk up so I knew I needed the lightest possible option if I was going to be carrying a stroller, car seat, diaper bag, baby, etc. up and down a flight of stairs every time I left the house.
I chose the Mesa Car Seat because of the high quality safety standards and the fact that it just clipped right into the Vista stroller, no attachments needed. Emory hated his car seat at first, but he's starting to enjoy it a lot more. The engineering of this stroller and car seat is par none; it's so easy to get the stroller open, get the car seat in and out of the stroller, and it's easy to buckle Emory in the car seat and he seems really secure--and that's the most important part.
Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets
It seems like these are on every baby gear recommendation list, and for good reason! They are perfect for so many things and I love how lightweight they are. At first, we used these blankets to swaddle Emory, but then we used them as a lightweight blanket in the car and I also use them as a cover when nursing. They're such a breathable fabric that Emory is comfortable when nursing if these are covering him and he doesn't get too hot. (I also love my swaddle blanket from Modern Burlap and The Bitten Mitten!)
Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
So I thought I'd only be putting Emory in cutesy diapers, but wow do you fly through the diapers with a new baby! And John and I were clueless when we first brought Emory home, it took us awhile to know what a full diaper felt like #newparentprobs. These Pampers Swaddlers were so helpful because they have a handy blue line that appears to show that baby went pee. We also received a ton of these from the Diaper Raffle we had at our baby shower.
I registered for these pacifiers after a friend of ours said their daughter would only take a MAM paci. And they have such cute designs! Emory doesn't totally love a pacifier but if he does take one, it's a MAM.
Zip-up footed sleepers
I thought Emory would be dressed as a little man all the time...maybe when he's older, but as many diaper changes as I do each day, I love having him in pajamas. We quickly discovered how amazing the zip-up ones are because it's so much faster, especially during those late night diaper changes! We love the Burts Bees Baby brand! These sleepers have this little stitching on the back of the heel of the sleeper so Emory's little feet don't get stuck in the leg of the sleeper and they stay in the footies. Not to mention it's organic cotton and they have the cutest designs!
Skip Hop Changing Station
It took awhile for me to feel comfortable taking Emory out in public (and changing him in public...and nursing him in public...), but this changing pad came recommended from a momma friend of mine and I love it! I never put Emory on a changing table without it and the handy compartments for the diapers and wipes make changing in public really easy!
The only other item I didn't include above but would highly recommend for the first few months are burp cloths! Em doesn't spit up too much, but it's always nice to have lots of them on hand, especially now that he's drooling more! We have some cute ones from Target, but we also use cloth diapers a lot since they're an inexpensive solution.
This is not a sponsored post, simply my own thoughts on what's worked for us/saved our ass the past few months. Every baby is different though, so what works for Em may not work for another baby. I hope this information is helpful to those of you trying to sort out what you'll need/what you may want to register for.
I understand it's so overwhelming when preparing for baby and newborn life in general, if you have any questions please feel free to email me! We're all in this together :)