Newborn Things : Essentials for Baby at the Very Beginning

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1. Aden and Anais classic swaddles, 2. Newborn gowns from Baby Gap, 3. My Little Lamb Rock ‘n Play, 4. Covered Goods nursing cover c/o, 5. Pottery Barn Kids Lamb Thumbie, 6. Solly Wrap (I have slate grey) c/o

I have really enjoyed chatting with friends about what they think are “newborn essentials” and creating my own little collection of things to use once the baby is here. 

And it’s one thing to buy a product, but a whole different thing to wash it, fold it, and put it in the nursery. His room is almost completely done, and is very well stocked with what we’ll need (and plenty of what we probably don’t need as much). 

1. I heard over and over again about how great these Aden and Anais swaddling blankets are. They are thin and breathable. They can be used to swaddle, to lay on the floor and change him on, etc. My son is due in December, so we have plenty of warm blankets too, but I imagine these will be a “multi-use”sort of baby item. 

2. I have several gowns for him to wear in the very, very beginning when diaper changes are frequent. The Gap ones have been the softest I’ve found, and they have the little folds at the ends of the sleeves to keep his hands covered too. 

3. We purchased the Rock ‘n Play sleeper in anticipation of him sleeping in our room in the very beginning. We also have a pack ‘n play with a “top” that he could sleep on and be closer to the same height as our bed. This will be one of those things that we’ll just have to see what works. Nonetheless, I think this Rock ‘n Play will be something he could chill in even if he doesn’t sleep in it at night. 

4. I’m planning on breast feeding, and while I’m going to be staying home with him, I still wanted a modest nursing cover that would help me feel comfortable nursing around friends or family. This one from Covered Goods will not only coordinate with just about everything in my wardrobe, but it’s very soft and lightweight too. What I real like about this one is that it also covers my back, so not only will I not get chilly, but I won’t have to worry about the nursing cover falling away and giving anyone a show. 

5. We have a few of these tiny, plush “lovies” and they are just so cute. I wonder which one will be his favorite. 

6. I wanted to have a wrap that could work from the beginning stages and so on, and I thought this Solly Wrap would do the trick. Again, this is another one of those things that we’ll just have to try out and see what works, but I like how close and secure this wrap looks for when he’s so little. For the next 24 hours you can use coupon code “SMALLTHINGS” to receive 15% off + 2-day shipping on a Solly Wrap!


I’m hoping to do a follow-up post sometime in January or February to share what I ended up using the most, or possibly added to my collection. I’m excited to get to know this little baby and see what he enjoys as well! 

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Comments (78)

  1. Posted November 26, 2013

    The Rock-n-Play is great , but my pediatrician recommended that we not have our newborn sleep in it at night. We could use it during the day, but not as a full time bed. Babies need to be flat on their backs to sleep. Just an FYI: you might want to check with your pedi and see what he/she recommends. Best of luck!!
    Ps. I have a 2 1/2 yr old and he still loves his Aden & Anais

  2. Posted November 26, 2013

    The Aden & Anais blankets are simply THE BEST! I had never heard of them until I received them as a gift at my baby shower for my first baby this summer, and they have been one of my favorite gifts! You will love them, even in the winter, but into the spring & summer as well!

  3. Posted November 26, 2013

    Pack and plays with the top are the best first bed for the baby. Can’t believe you only have a couplemore weeks. Congrats!

  4. Posted November 26, 2013

    I LOVE the rock&play! My girlie slept in it for the first 4 months, first in our room, and then in her room before we transitioned her into the crib. She always slept like a champ from day one, swaddled and put in the rock and play.:) Good luck, Kate, you’re a great mom already!

  5. Posted November 26, 2013

    I have a 3 month old (tomorrow) and he has slept in the rock n play since we got home from hospital. We have a lower bed so its right at the height i can see him and reach him. HIGHLY recommend!!

  6. Posted November 26, 2013

    I have a 3 month old (tomorrow) and he has slept in the rock n play since we got home from hospital. We have a lower bed so its right at the height i can see him and reach him. HIGHLY recommend!!

  7. Posted November 26, 2013

    I love reading all your baby posts! I’ve never heard of the Solly Baby wrap but we have a Moby wrap, which looks pretty similar, and I loved wearing my son in it when he was a newborn. Such a nice relief for tired arms but still keeps him close. Ahhhh, you’re giving me baby fever! Sending you best wishes and prayers. 🙂

  8. Lindsey says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    You will LOVE the rock and play! My daughter slept in one for the first 3 months and would have slept longer in it but I transitioned her to her crib. She had reflux and it was awesome for keeping her upright. We went on a beach trip when she was 11 weeks old and the rock and play went with us. It kept her up off the sand when we were on the beach. I could go on and on…. one of my favorite baby products ever. I loved my Sleepy Wrap (I had not heard of Solly 3 years ago when she was little). My daughter was in the sleepy wrap anytime we went out and she was always so content in it. It was another favorite of mine. Your pregnancy has flown by…. he will be here so soon. YAY!!

  9. Posted November 26, 2013

    My daughter slept in her rock n play and it was a life saver. She had acid reflux so it was a huge help by keeping her somewhat tilted up. Plus when she moved it gently did the rocking for us in the wee hours of the night. You will love it.

  10. Posted November 26, 2013

    I love the Aden & Anais blankets! I bought them this time for my son because he loved being swaddled. My daughter hated it so I never looked into them for her, but they are so useful because they are so big. I also love the baby gap gowns. I took them to they hospital because I hate that they just put the babies in a shirt.

  11. Posted November 26, 2013

    Kate, as a postpartum nurse, I just want to encourage you to soak up all the breastfeeding help you can get while in the hospital (or wherever you decide to deliver). Also, maybe consider limiting your visitors while in the hospital/birth center/whatever so that you can get the hang of breastfeeding without worrying about covering up for people. Just my two cents, since this is a common theme I see. I’m sure you will do great!

    • Posted November 26, 2013

      Can I second this? My 7 week old son and I have a strong breastfeeding relationship now, but I really struggled in the beginning. I made it through that first week b/c I had an experienced BFing mom on call pretty much 24/7 who fielded all my texts and came over to observe his latch. (Lactation at the hospital was very little help to me.). And I had a supportive husband who encouraged me even when cried my eyes out at the thought of one more breastfeeding session (most of that was hormones!). Also, as newborns are getting the hang of feeding, they tend to feed for a *long* time. I’m talking 40 minute sessions. The visitor thing is the best piece of advice I can give as well. If you can keep them to a minimum at the hospital and during that first week, particularly those who you don’t want your boob out in front of, you’ll be much less stressed.

    • Ashley says
      Posted November 26, 2013

      Completely agree. Having a parade of visitors in the hospital is honestly one of my biggest regrets from my son’s newborn days. If we’re lucky enough to have a second, I’m shutting that ish down.

    • Posted November 26, 2013

      I fourth this!! I also highly highly recommend a Lactation Consultant. Either IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) or a CLC (certified lactation counselor). Arrange for one to see you at the hospital, it’s way worth the extra cost. I wouldn’t be Breastfeeding today if I didn’t have the wisdom, knowledge, and experience of my Midwife (ARNP, IBCLC) and CLC.

  12. Posted November 26, 2013

    You will not regret the Rock & Play.

  13. Alisha says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    My little guy is turning one this weekend and might I say, you have an excellent list of newborn products!! The rock-n-play saved our lives or, at the very least, our sanity! After refusing to sleep flat on his back like I was determined he would, this allowed us all a good night’s sleep. Love that nursing cover! I had one similar but this one looks even better! =) The gowns are great too and I can’t say enough good things about the Aden+Anais blankets. We still use them constantly and imagine we will for a long time. Their feeding bibs are awesome for the times you (or someone else) need to feed with a bottle… they really absorb milk well. You are going to do great and will figure things out as you go. It’s kind of weird (but cool) how instinctual some of that stuff becomes. =)

  14. Jenney says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    I LOVE the Aden & Anais blankets! They are by far the best blanket to swaddle with. I just wish I hadn’t waited until my 2nd baby to get them.

  15. Posted November 26, 2013

    You will LOVE the blankets. They get softer with every wash. I don’t use them to swaddle as much anymore since I have the miracle blanket, but I love that they are so light and breathable and multi-purpose.

  16. Posted November 26, 2013

    Wonderful choices. I have a 4 year old, 2 year old and 6 month old. They all slept elevated at night in a bouncer or rock and play. It helped with reflux especially after night feedings. I also would add a Swaddle Me or Infantino blanket. It has Velcro so your swaddle stays in place. It is quick and helped all of my kids sleep well. They are so cute, they look like little burritos in them! Our Aden and Anais blankets were handy during the summer. They are big enough you can tie a knot, slip it over your neck and nurse and the weight is much cooler than a nursing cover. Looking forward to seeing baby pictures and what products you end up liking most.

  17. Heather says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    I highly recommend possibly investing in either a Miracle Blanket or SwaddleMe blanket for swaddling, if you find that your little guy busts out of the Aden & Anais blankets. We couldn’t keep our daughter swaddled in them, she managed to squirm out everytime, no matter how tightly we wrapped her. The SwaddleMe blanket worked best for us until we stopped swaddling at about 3-4 months. The Rock ‘N Play will get a ton of use, that’s for sure!

    Also, I know how much you love scarves. Check out the infinity nursing scarves on Etsy. I have one and I love it. It’s great because she can’t pull it off of me or expose me and it’s super soft. Definitely great when you’re out and about and need to nurse.

    • jen says
      Posted November 26, 2013

      I was going to say the same thing about the swaddleme or miracle blanket.we always could use swaddle blankets the first week or so but after that they just didn’t do the trick. The swaddleme has been perfect for all 3 of ours. I still like the blankets for everyday use though!

  18. Frannie says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    You’ve gotten great advice. And you’re giving me baby fever again. I MISS that sweet snuggly newborn phase. Soak it up!! My 26 month old is still sweet and snuggly, but she just doesn’t fit in my lap the way she used to 🙂 It makes me happy and sad all at the same time. She STILL loves her aden and anais blankets. Has to have two of them every night. And I have to say, I second the advice about limiting visitors for a while. My hubby and I
    “nested” in and I don’t regret it at all. When you’re just getting the hang of nursing, you boobs are out for all to see for a while. Once you are both better at it, you can do it discretely, but not at the beginning, in my experience 🙂 And babies nurse for an hour at a time. I didn’t realize that. Enjoy enjoy. You’ll be great.

  19. Posted November 26, 2013

    I loved the rock & play! My son slept in it for a long time. He was a November baby. The only hard part of transitioning out of it was that he was used to sleeping in that legs up recline position and getting him used to sleeping flat on his back was a challenge. They make a rock and sleep bassinet and I thing next time I’d use that instead for the flat sleeping surface.

  20. Posted November 26, 2013

    another good one for modest nursing is nursing tank tops (my fave is glamourmom, but target makes decent ones, too). i only used the cover a couple of time because my son wouldn’t tolerate it, plus i decided i didn’t care enough to worry about other people seeing a side-view of boob, but the nursing tanks are fabulous for wearing under other shirts/sweaters/etc. that way you can keep belly and back covered (and warm!) while lifting only the cute top over the tank. i’ve nursed everywhere in these: church, library, target, grocery store, wherever.

    nursing tanks were the best purchase i made as a new mom four years ago, and i wore them throughout nursing him and my two-year-old, and i’ll do the same with my newborn appearing in may. love, love, love.

  21. Posted November 26, 2013

    So excited for you! He is going to be one lucky little guy!! You will love using a wrap! I ended with a stretchy wrap and also a woven one. I went to a baby wearing class, and they recommend a woven material wrap for long term use (think older baby/child) because the fabric holds its shape. I also got a sling too and now that mine girl is over a year, this works out better because she likes to be hip held! Oh and at Target, they sell mini Aden and Anais blankies for snuggles! Good luck with everything, you’re going to be a fantastic mom Kate!

  22. Posted November 26, 2013

    My son will be 3 in February and he loves his Aden and Anais blankets! He always has to have one when he sleeps or when he is crying. They are the perfect security blanket since we have 2 packs of them and he doesn’t care which one he has! That means I can wash one and still have another one for him!

  23. Jay says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    Except for the nursing cover (I’m too clumsy for covers), I had all of the above and got lots of great use from them. I had different wrap, the moby, but it’s the same basic design. My oldest took the best naps in the wrap! My youngest didn’t sleep flat on his back very well at first, so the Rock n Play was great for him. If you haven’t looked into sleep sacks, do! I like the Halo fleece for winter and the Aiden & Anais muslin ones for summer. Oh, and someone mentioned glamourmom nursing tanks – hands down my favorite tank for well endowed moms.

  24. Carly says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    Everyone is OBSESSED with the Rock n Play, so glad I have one ready to go!

    Carly
    http://www.lipglossandcrayons.com

  25. Posted November 26, 2013

    The Aden and Anais blankets are GREAT! My baby is almost 4 months old now and were still using them. They are so soft and super functional! Baby is now too big to fit in regular sized swaddled blankets so we use these and there’s plenty of fabric so I’m sure we’ll be using them for many more months! Best wishes to you guys. Parenthood is a world like no other but it’s the best world in my opinion! 😉

  26. Posted November 26, 2013

    That rock-n-play saved our lives! My son didn’t like laying flat on his back and we purchased this when he was about a month old and he would sleep for hours in it! It was so worth the purchase!

  27. Posted November 26, 2013

    My babys really loved being swaddled, so I also would really recommend a swaddling blanket!! They look so cute and cosy in their little blanket!!

    http://allaboutevesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Kate says
      Posted November 26, 2013

      The aden and anais blankets are swaddles 🙂

    • Posted December 3, 2013

      The aden and anais blankets are great for swaddling, but not for long. You have to be careful with the blanket getting loose and up in baby’s face. Wearable swaddling blankets like the Halo or Miracle Blanket are much safer to leave baby unattended sleeping in.

  28. Posted November 26, 2013

    Thank you so much for the Solly wrap discount. I am due with my first in Feb. and was getting ready to buy the wrap anyways, so it was great to use your code. I’ve also had my eye on the Covered Goods nursing wrap. And I bought the nest pillow with one of your codes and love it. Good luck and all the best!

  29. Posted November 26, 2013

    We got a Moby Wrap for my DS and LOVED it (so did he!)!! It lasted us about four months before he got too “tall” for it (and the Moby is supposed to go up to 35 lbs but once you hit about 15-20 it really starts to sag!!) and we moved up to a soft structured carrier (Boba, Ergo, Beco, Kinderpack, Tula to name a few. I DO NOT recommend the Baby Bjorn. For the sake of your baby’s hips and spine, NEVER wear him forward facing in any carrier!! Not even the new Ergo!)

    Sorry, didn’t want to step on my soap box!

    I also very much enjoy my Sakura Bloom Ring Sling. You can use it from birth up and it’s way easy and so comfortable!!

    • Posted November 27, 2013

      I love my boba I still use it with my 10 month old!!!!

  30. Posted November 26, 2013

    I have a Moby wrap which looks like the same idea as your Solly wrap and I would say of all the things I received at showers and whatnot, that was the BEST! My little guy is a snuggler and didn’t want to be put down for long so that allowed me to get cleaning, cooking, whatever done. But what it got used most for was shopping. My infant carrier didn’t sit in the shopping cart and even if it did, I didn’t feel comfortable propping it in there since several friends had babies almost fall out. The Moby made grocery shopping possible and enjoyable. My hubby enjoyed using it too and even hiked with our little guy in it!

  31. Posted November 26, 2013

    Oh I just love the nursing cover!! I went out and purchased one as soon as I read this! I used the typical “apron” style ones with my first baby, but with the next baby I know I would prefer one that covers my back as well. I’m so excited you shared it!! Oh and a wrap is an amazing benefit… I think you will love it!! It especially made grocery shopping easier.

  32. thea says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    The Rock n Play sleeper SAVED us! I miss it so much! My daughter, who is now almost 9 mos, slept in it every night until she was 6 months old. It’s one thing I would encourage all nursing new moms to try out!

    • Posted November 28, 2013

      My son just turned 6 months, I am trying to transition him out of his rock n play to his crib. Hod did the transition work for you?

  33. Posted November 26, 2013

    Love love all these sweet little items for mom and newborn. Such a great collage!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

  34. Melissa says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    I’ll be honest, I tried gowns with my babies and couldn’t stand them. I found the gowns awkward and bulky to roll up to change their diapers. Some of my friends loved them and are quite surprised I didn’t like them. I guess my point is, you can’t fall in love with something before you actually use it. Give it a try and see if it works for you, but don’t feel like you have to keep using it if you don’t like it just because everyone else swears it’s the best.

    • Lara says
      Posted November 26, 2013

      I agree! I was not a fan of the gowns either…my favorite were pjs with zippers with a velcro type swaddle on top. easier to close up than messing with snaps in the middle of the night. then later after baby girl grew out of (houdinied out of) her swaddles i switched to sleepsacks! you will figure out your preferences 🙂

  35. Kelly says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    Hi Kate! I read your blog daily but this is my first time commenting! (Thanks for teaching me how to curl my hair by the way!) I have a 6 month old and I think your list is great! I would add BURP RAGS, BURP RAGS, BURP RAGS! We also loved the Aden and Anais but found it quite difficult to swaddle a squirmy baby. The nurses make it look so easy! We loved these
    http://www.target.com/p/summer-infant-swaddle-me-2-pk-woodland-friends-large/-/A-13964916#prodSlot=dlp_medium_1_2&term=swaddleme+swaddle+blanket and these
    http://www.target.com/p/halo-sleepsack-swaddle-micro-fleece-target-exclusive/-/A-13964854?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C13964854&CPNG=Women&kpid=13964854&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13964854&gclid=CK3-8IiEg7sCFe5j7AodIhAAEg

    Every baby is different…so just do what works for you! And I know you get tons of advice on here…so just take it or leave it. That is just what worked for us : ) I wish you the best of luck. Motherhood is truly the best.

    Oh, and since you mentioned you are nursing…do you have the My Brest Friend? It’s a nursing pillow and it is WONDERFUL. Way better than the boppy. I just stopped nursing at 6 months and I literally used it for EVERY SINGLE FEEDING. http://www.target.com/p/my-brest-friend-nursing-pillow-leaf/-/A-10787936?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C10787936&CPNG=Baby&kpid=10787936&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=10787936&gclid=CPjy54uFg7sCFSho7AodTUUAgA

    Ok, stopping now : ) -Kelly

    • Kelly says
      Posted November 26, 2013

      Not sure why none of those links posted. That’s annoying…sorry!

    • Posted November 27, 2013

      I agree! You MUST get the Breast Friend nursing pillow. It is so much better than the boppy. I used mine for 22 months! Don’t let the dorky name deter you! 😉

    • Posted November 27, 2013

      I agree! You MUST get the Breast Friend nursing pillow. It is so much better than the boppy. I used mine for 22 months! Don’t let the dorky name deter you! 😉

  36. Posted November 26, 2013

    I would not start your baby sleeping in the rock and play. Just swaddled in a flat crib or bassinet is fine. I would only have him sleep like tat out of medical need such as reflux. Otherwise you will just make it harder on yourself when you try to move him to a crib. I learned my lesson with my first and did not make the same mistake with my other two children

  37. Posted November 26, 2013

    In preparation for breastfeeding the book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is awesome. I thought with my first that I would catch on to breastfeeding, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and that first week is crucial. Also, I’ve heard that Nursing Mother’s Companion is good as well.

  38. Posted November 26, 2013

    I just finished my registry about a month ago and was actually looking at the Rock n’ Play Sleeper. My cousin was with me helping out and she stated that her sister-in-law has it for her baby, but now won’t sleep in the crib because the mattress is flat. So the baby is now flat on his back instead of being cradled. So I passed, but let me know how your son likes it. All babies are different.

  39. Erin says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    YES for those swaddling blankets–we love them and so does baby! And the gowns are also a huge help for overnight diaper changes, as are cuddly fleece sleep sacks that zip up. (Just say no to snaps at 3am.)

  40. Posted November 26, 2013

    I did a post about all my newborn essentials! Hope you can check it out 😉 We have a few similar items! Congrats on your new addition! http://onemomandablog.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-no-nonsense-baby-registry-series.html

  41. Posted November 26, 2013

    Thanks for posting the nursing cover–I wish I had that with my first. Maybe for number two. 🙂 I could never get my son (aka Houdini) to stay swaddled except with the Velcro-close swaddle wraps, so you may find one of those helpful down the road. Good luck with everything and can’t wait to see nursery decor..,

  42. Posted November 26, 2013

    I loved those swaddlers. I got a whole new pack for this baby too because my son still likes to keep one of his with him when he has to go nap somewhere different. But it was not long before he could undo them and we had to use the swaddle me ones from target that have Velcro.
    Hearing you say how much you love putting all the new clean stuff makes me feel better too. I love it and my husband and sister in law always laugh at me. There are days I will just go look through her dresser or read in the glider while my son is napping. It makes me feel so peaceful and content!

  43. Vanessa says
    Posted November 26, 2013

    I also recommend the swaddle wraps. Some babies stay swaddled better than others, but the SwaddleMe wraps keep them all warm and swaddled no matter how much they kick and squirm. 🙂 I also agree that some babies will not tolerate being covered no matter what. My son was pushing that cover/blanket off him at a very early age. Be prepared to have to nurse uncovered for awhile until you and baby get the hang of it. There can be a big learning curve and a cover can make it much much harder at first. I thought all your newborn essentials were actually “essential.” 🙂

  44. Posted November 26, 2013

    What great items! Your little guy is in such capable and loving hands already. 🙂 Love how you mentioned you probably have plenty of things that won’t be used as much–it reminded me of something I discovered with my little girl. I got some things at my shower that I didn’t use for ages and I almost felt guilty and thought maybe I should’ve returned them, but then months later or during different phases they’d become an essential everyday item. So you never know! 🙂 P.S. Are you so excited for Naked3 to come out next month??

  45. Diana says
    Posted November 27, 2013

    We received a Rock n Play as a gift and it got quite a bit of use in my son’s first 4 months of life! We had a bassinet he slept in at night before we moved him to his crib (at 4 weeks) but he took many nap sin the Rock n Play and we’d also take it when traveling. A lot easier to pack up than a pack n play!! He’s outgrown it now but it was very useful those first months!

  46. Kara says
    Posted November 27, 2013

    Kate, I’m not sure if you read these comments, but I think you hit the nail on the head with your list of baby items. I wasn’t nearly as close to what I really needed when I had my first. I do agree with the other comments that a swaddle sack is great, and much easier than swaddling for a new mom. Also, take it from a mom who has breast feed six, GET A BOPPY! And several bravado nursing bras. The stretchy basic kind for the hospital and nights, and a more structured one for day and going out. Wearing a bad nursing bra just adds insult to injury when it comes to breastfeeding. Lastly, I highly, highly recommend baby Bjorn carriers. May the Lord bless your growing family.

  47. Posted November 27, 2013

    The Aden and anais are great swaddlers and blankets alike! I have several and love them! You’ve got what you need! (Add some protein bars and a water bottle for your diaper bag and you’ll be golden!)

  48. Cate says
    Posted November 27, 2013

    You have a fantastic list here! I have to stress also wearing those gowns on your little guy while you’re at home. There’s SO many diaper changes happening, and it’s just difficult get a newborn in and out of an “outfit” all day long. I always had my daughter in those gowns- they’re super cozy and make your life SO much easier. To go out somewhere of course I put her in a cute outfit, but those gowns were key at home!

  49. Jessica says
    Posted November 27, 2013

    I agree with those who talked about the Moby. As a stretchy wrap it will start to sag at around 12-15 lbs. At least that’s when it started to feel uncomfortable for me. If you love wrapping and eventually want to back carry, I would suggest investing in a woven wrap. You can find them at online retailers such as Marsupial Mamas or used on The Babywearing Swap on FB. Used is a good route because they’re usually broken in and soft and snuggly and you’re helping out a fellow mama 🙂 But soft structured carriers such as the Ergo, Beco, Tula, and Kinderpack are awesome daddy friendly carriers and for quick ups. Ring slings are another great option too. If you love wearing, a stretchy wrap is definitely a gateway to other great carriers! (PSA, most babywearing advocates will not recommend forward facing, but it’s not harmful in small doses. Just make sure you you have an ergonomic carrier than supports you baby from knee to knee to make it both comfy for you and him!)

  50. Posted November 27, 2013

    the rock and play totally changed our lives. it was the number one item that we couldn’t live without!

  51. Posted November 27, 2013

    My kids are only 4 and all these items seem newer to me except for the babyGap gowns….
    They are the best and the softest. And the babyGap onsie are the softest as well and they wash well if they get poop on them…which they will! We had one of those electric swings…that was gold! My kids slept in that thing for about 6 months of their lives.

  52. Posted November 27, 2013

    I live in Seattle and my son was born at the beginning of May. Late spring weather in Seattle is just wild, so we had to pretty much be prepared for it all, ha! The JJ Cole BundleMe blanket was a lifesaver in the beginning. As he’s gotten bigger it adds too much bulk to the carseat to use now and I’m realizing after more research that it’s not the safest blanket option for them in the carseat either :/ I recently got a super great deal on a Rain or Shine Kids blanket (RoSK) that has ties on it to adapt to any carseat, stroller, or soft carrier. It’s pretty awesome and just goes over the top of them. It repels rain/wind/snow and keeps him warm! I think they sell them at Target online, but I’ve never seen them in store. Good luck!

  53. Posted November 29, 2013

    Aden and Anais swaddles… The biggest life savers ever…. My daughter is two-years-old and still walks around, sleeps, and LOVES her “ki-ki’s” as we call them. And they are still the original ones we’ve had from her as a newborn! They don’t stain, tear, or fall apart…. so far!

  54. Posted December 3, 2013

    I can’t recommend the Miracle Blanket enough. My daughter loves to be swaddled and the Miracle Blanket is her absolute favorite. I’m also in love with my 4Moms MamaRoo. It is one expensive swing, but it is the only thing my baby will nap in (still at almost 5 months). I think we got our money’s worth out of it. Plus it is a space saving swing, I love it!

    • Posted December 3, 2013

      Oh, and if you are going to nurse, Bamboobies are far and away my favorite nursing pads.

  55. Posted December 9, 2013

    It’s interesting that you talk about modesty. I’m the same way. I watched a youtube video (well vlog) of a birth story last night and someone was face timing with his mom and then showed the baby to his mom.. .and the baby was being breastfed at that time so that be like me showing my mother in law my boob (which I would hate) but then they also showed the world it on the vlog. I can’t believe how much some people are willing to share/show. I didn’t buy a cover yet though.

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  61. Posted May 26, 2014

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  63. Rana says
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    I don’t think we would have survived without our graco sound machine, aden & anais swaddle blankets and a miracle blanket! Also- the book: On Becoming Babywise was a lifesaver!

    I tell all the new/expectant moms that I work with about them (I am a newborn photographer so I work with quite a few) 🙂

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