Reese is officially out of the newborn phase – cue waterworks here. The newborn months were so sweet and exciting but also a bit overwhelming. I don’t know what I would have done without my go-to items. So, I made a list of Amazon newborn baby must haves for all of you new mamas or mamas-to-be.
If I wasn’t holding Reese, she was probably in her Boppy Newborn Lounger. She loved it, and so did I. It is so cozy for the babes, and it props them up just enough so that they can look around. The slightly upright position also is great if your baby has reflux. The lounger is easy to carry around the house with you, and it is also incredibly affordable when you compare it to other loungers like the Snuggle Me Organic or the DockATot.
The Boppy Nursing Pillow was also so nice during the newborn months. I used it when I would breastfeed, but others used it too when they would hold her. It is so much better than propping up your elbow up with a bunch of pillows. I’d definitely recommend taking your Boppy Nursing Pillow to the hospital with you when you give birth. The hospital pillows aren’t the best, and you’ll find yourself using it all the time.
This sound machine has been a big sleep help. In the beginning, it’s supposed to remind them of the womb and help the baby sleep that way, but later it also becomes a sleep association. When we go in Reese’s room and put the sound machine on, she knows that she will be going to sleep soon. It also helps drown out some of the noises from the house, which is very important if your baby is a light sleeper. I like the LectroFan brand because I found the white noise to be more calming than some other sound machines that are out there.
The Baby Shusher seems a little crazy at first, but man does it work. It plays a human voice making the “shhhh” sound, and its calming effect on the baby is unreal. We use it at home, on the go, in the car, at bedtime…you get the picture.
I was one of those moms that thought I wouldn’t use a pacifier for the first few weeks after the baby was born but changed my mind pretty quickly. If she was chewing on her hands or just a bit unsettled, I’d pop it in, and she’d instantly relax. We used MAM Pacifiers. They’re supposed to be good for breastfeeding babes, and we didn’t have any trouble with nipple confusion after using them.
I never really did get how to swaddle with a swaddle blanket correctly. It just never looked quite right when I tried. Plus you worry about them coming undone in the crib. These velcro swaddles make things so much easier. It’s especially nice to be able to swaddle and unswaddle quickly in the middle of the night when you have to do diaper changes.
Reese spit up a lot and so having a ton of burp cloths strategically placed all over the house became crucial. There was nothing worse than when a big spit-up would happen, and you weren’t prepared. Having a bunch of these also helps you not have to do laundry every day. I think we would go through like 10 a day at times.
Baby handkerchiefs were also a huge lifesaver. We pretty much always had one of these handkerchiefs on Reese, and they saved us from having to change her outfit constantly. I think they’re a bit cuter than just having a bib on the baby, and I mainly just used the white ones because they worked with any outfit.
We would lather Reese up with Aquaphor every single night before bed. It is the lotion our pediatrician recommended, and I think putting it on daily definitely helped prevent dry skin or eczema.
Is there anything cuter than a baby in the bath? It the beginning you’re only supposed to give them a bath a couple of times a week, but you need to be prepared with a good baby bath that is free of any perfumes or allergens.
I loved having a car seat stroller system. It was so nice to be able to keep her in her car seat and stroll her around whenever I would run errands. I used this all the time, even if I was just going a short distance. That car seat sure gets heavy when you are carrying it around.
I had no idea how much I would use her bouncer when I registered for it, but it has been another favorite. We actually call this Reese’s “grumpy chair” because it always gets her in a better mood when she’s grumpy. We’ll sometimes use our foot to lightly bounce it or just put the vibrate function on. It’s easily portable too, so it’s great for moving from room to room.
A good play mat is a necessity. It’s nice to have a comfy place to put the baby down to play or do some tummy time. The hanging toys give the baby something to look at and try to grab when they get a little bigger. Reese loves her play mat, and we have used it since she first came home from the hospital.
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Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂