There are hundreds of baby products on the market that are advertised as must-haves for baby. But what do we really need? Will baby actually like the $100 sound machine, or the $200 play mat?
Babies only require a few essentials when they come home from the hospital. For their first three months their needs are fairly simple: eat, sleep, poop — repeat. Here’s 5 products that meet those needs & will set you up for success.
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1. Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
This bassinet is AWESOME. If you are starting your little one off in a bassinet rather than a crib, this is the way to go. It swivels easily so you can keep baby by your bed, swiveling him close to grab him for nursing.
The mesh sides to this bassinet mean that you can see you baby inside. This gave me a peace of mind in those first weeks when I constantly wanted to check on baby.
The deluxe version of this bassinet is the one we had and also comes with several features: music, vibration, a light and a nursing timer. These aren’t necessary but did come in handy a couple of times.
2. Fisher Deluxe Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper with Smart Connect
We used this as someplace other than the bassinet to place baby and let him take naps or hang out. It’s light & portable, which makes it easy to bring around the house.
The best part of the swing is that it rocks automatically. Our little one would fall asleep quickly once the rocking motion started. This is where he took many long naps in his first few weeks.
The swing also has features like music and vibration but we used these less. There’s an app as well that you can use to remotely control the swing, but we never found it necessary.
3. Boppy Nursing Pillow
Before getting a Boppy I debated if it was truly an ‘essential.’ My mother in law insisted that it was and was kind enough to get me one. And I am so glad she did! The Boppy Nursing Pillow is a lifesaver.
Sure, you can use a regular pillow to prop your baby and nurse, but the Boppy is perfectly designed as a nursing pillow. You set it on your lap, set your newborn on the Boppy, and have a safe & comfortable way to nurse.
In the first 3 months there will be a lot of time spent nursing or giving bottles, and the Boppy makes all of those times easier!
4. Stokke Bathtub + Newborn Insert
The variety of baby bathtubs on the market is overwhelming! We went with the Stokke Bathtub because it folds up for storage and will grow with your baby (it can be used for toddlers as well). Plus, it’s cute! It looks like a mini bathtub.
You’ll also want to buy the Stokke Newborn Insert (for use from 0 – 18 months) for your baby’s early months. This allows the baby to be propped up in the water while you wash him.
5. Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad
About 10 diapers per day is what our baby did for the first three months. And these diaper changes weren’t just about the diapers: there are copious amounts of wipes involved, many outfit changes, and general cleanup that happen too.
The Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad is where you want all of this to happen! It’s big enough, comfy enough, and easy to change the cover. Our baby loves it — often he talks happily to himself and wants to stay on it once his diaper is clean.
These 5 must-haves for baby will keep your little one happy for his or her first three months. Skip all of the baby clutter, and keep things simple by investing in these necessities!
And if you are also needing solutions for bringing baby home to a small home or apartment, check out: 6 Baby Products for Small Spaces.
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