By the third baby you really know what the essentials are when it comes to “needs” versus extra things. And listen–a lot of times those extra things are very helpful, so don’t hear me knocking them! For this baby, there are a few things we need to replace or update, and I need to start doing my research into the latest and greatest since I’ve been out of the newborn game for almost 3 years!
First up, we need a new baby monitor. We prefer a video monitor that has a parent unit (versus relying solely on your phone) that can connect up to 4 cameras. Our existing Motorola baby monitor, which was over $300 if I remember correctly, has been pretty disappointing. It worked fine in the beginning, but it didn’t take long for the sound to start coming in and out, and the battery life on the parent unit is a grand total of 2 minutes. The parent unit has to be plugged in constantly if we need to use it, and the antenna is also broken. Admittedly there is 4 years of use on it, and technology gets better with time, but this thing started failing earlier than I had anticipated for the price we paid.
I got some great recommendations from Instagram Stories for baby monitors several weeks ago, and now I just need to do some good old fashioned Googling to compare and contrast.
The second thing, and this kind of falls under the “want” category, is a safe sleeping bassinet to put in our bedroom. This next baby will be the first one we are bringing home to this house, since we lived in our townhome when both the boys were born. Our master bedroom was unusually large at the townhouse, but it’s much smaller at this house. I’ve seen a few new options from different bloggers or Instagrammers but I haven’t looked into them quite yet. The Snoo looks interesting along with the Halo Bassinest sleeper. Have you used either of these?
Honestly, beyond that, our need list is pretty small. We saved almost everything from the boys, from car seats to strollers to all the contraptions for the baby to sit in and play in, when that time comes. I still have my pump, though they have gotten much more compact than the huge black bag I bought over 4 years ago! Have you seen this one? It’s so small!
I’m looking very forward to wearing the baby in the Solly Wrap, as that was one of my favorite things to do with Luke when he was an infant.
I’d love to hear what things you have been loving if you’ve had a newborn recently! Just a reminder that we do not know if the baby is a boy or a girl–we’ll find out on delivery day!
*update 2/11/2018: thank you all so very much for your recommendations on baby gear! The comments section is filled with very helpful tips and suggestions!