My Favorite Newborn Must-Haves (and Must-Nots)

March 9, 2016

We made it through the “fourth trimester” and are officially out of the newborn stage. Here’s a list of my favorite products that we used for age 0-3 months that I would recommend to new moms. And below that, a list of things I didn’t use or like.

Sleep :: Rock-n-play, SwaddleMe

  • The Rock-n-play has an incline which helps with reflux.
  • The SwaddleMe keeps babies from waking up from the startle reflex while sleeping.

Eat :: Medela Pump In Style Advanced, Flannel burp clothes (thick ones)

  • I am an exclusive pumper and highly recommend this pump and all the bottle accessories.
  • I love these thick burp clothes. You could even use cloth diapers. I didn’t like the thin terry cloth ones.

Play :: Fisher Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Gym Mat

  • Babies can’t really do anything yet so mine enjoyed watching the lights and animals on this play mat a lot.

Wear :: Sleep and Play Zipper Footies

  • Whatever you do, don’t get buttons or snaps, arghh! Zippers are easier and quicker.

Go :: Graco Travel System, Moby Wrap, Small diaper bag

  • The travel system comes with a stroller base that the car seat can click into so it’s easy to transfer from car to stroller. These systems can be heavy though.
  • Baby wearing was fun and enjoyable for us with the Moby wrap.
  • For quick trips, I wanted to bring a small diaper bag with me instead of the whole big one.

All items can be found at Babies R Us. And your insurance should cover the cost of a Medela pump. 

What I didn’t end up liking or using

  • We haven’t used the crib yet other than a place to put him while I pump
  • Diaper Genie (no better than a garbage with a lid only more annoying to refill)
  • Tummy time mat. You can do tummy time anywhere lol, but I did like the little pillow it came with to stick under his chest to help keep him up a little.
  • Pack N Play with Newborn Napper (baby didn’t wanna sleep flat and outgrew napper portion after 2 months, but will try this again when Lachlan is mobile)
  • A hard bath tub (we had to line ours with towels so he would feel secure from slipping down)
  • Dreft (does nothing for poop stains, just get Tide Free and Clear)
  • Most diaper bags come with a diaper changing pad. The soft terry ones got stained with poo so I recommend one that has a plastic top you can just wipe down or even disposable ones that you can just throw away when they get dirty.
  • I didn’t like using Enfamil’s Vitamin D “drops” as it was an entire syringe full and tasted awful. I liked Baby D drops instead, which were actually just one drop.
  • Lachlan doesn’t like sitting in the Ergo carrier, but we will try this again when he’s older and can face outwards.
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