I have a couple of blog readers who I KNOW are pregnant at the moment (and I’m so excited for you), so I’m putting together a list of the top things I have needed/used over the last three months. These are only things that I highly recommend and would totally register for/buy again in a heartbeat. These are in no particular order..I like them all! And these are things that I believe to be necessary, as they were for me/Finley…
For feeding (note that Fin is solely a breast milk baby at this point):
- The Medela Pump in Style breast pump. I’m sure there are several great pumps, but this is the one I have…and I like it. It’s a double-pump and has great suction. I started pumping at 4 weeks and pumped daily to get my supply up…and now I hardly ever pump since I’m with Fin 95% of the time.
- A ‘hands free’ pumping bra. I’m sure any brand will do just fine, but it’s SO much better than holding the bottles for 20 minutes each time you pump! Trust me! You’ll want to be googling all kinds of baby stuff on your phone during this 20 minutes instead. I promise.
- Tommee Tippee bottles (make sure and get the 0-3 month bottles, as they have the ‘slow flow’ nipples that won’t get your baby use to a fast flow and make her only want bottles). These bottles are pretty ‘breast like’ and Fin had zero problems taking the bottle and going back to the boob whenever. Dr. Browns bottles are also suppose to be great, but they have a LOT of parts to wash, so keep that in mind.
- For the first 5ish weeks, Finley slept in the Rock n Play we got from target. Picture below. It’s light…it folds up…we travel with it (still…so much easier than the pack n play at this point)…you can carry it from room to room at home…it worked for us. We also have a sweet pack and play, but before we could transition Finley from the rock n play to the pack n play I had to kick her out of my room because she was so noisy…so we just moved her to the crib in her room.
- Finley is quite the mover, so we HAVE to swaddle her to get her to sleep well…otherwise her hands are in her face and they wake her up. That said, her middle name should be Houdini, because she can get out of pretty much any swaddle. Seriously. Because of her special escape abilities, we found two things that worked/work for us: 1). The miracle blanket. This thing was the first wrap we found that could keep Fin’s arms in….and it worked well until about 2.5 months (just a size thing, I think) and 2). The halo sleep sack with swaddle. This is what we are using currently, and it’s UBER user friendly and can be used for quite a while
- We used disposable diapers for the first 2.5 months. We preferred the Pampers Swaddlers to all other kinds we tried (and I hear it’s different for boys vs girls and chubby babies vs skinny babies, etc). We are now in cloth diapers and loving it..but that’s a whole other post in itself.
- The Nosefrida. I know, it totally looks gross and might be ‘too much’ for people to think about, but it works WAY better than the suction bulb thingy..and Finley doesn’t mind it half as much. Plus…and maybe I’m gross…but I like to see if I’m getting anything out. Yes, you put one end in your kid’s nose and the other in your mouth and you suck out the snot. Don’t fear, though, there are filters to keep you from getting anything in your mouth. Trust me…get one. You’ll thank me later.
We’ve been using Aveeno bath products and lotions….with no problems. They don’t smell fancy or anything, but they work and don’t break her out…so that’s a win in my book.
We have two monitors. The first is the Motorola 3.5″ video monitor. It’s amazing and we love it. You can see/hear/talk to baby/play music/etc. It has great range and the picture quality is very good. Some people don’t want/need the video monitor, but I need it for my sanity and it’s so nice to see if Fin’s making noises in her sleep or ready to get up. The second monitor we have is the BabySense Infant Movement Monitor. This is the one that goes under the mattress and senses if there is no movement (including breathing) after like 15 seconds. We went with this brand for two reasons- 1…great reviews…and 2…the Angelcare one that everyone raves about just had a recall. Needless to say, we are happy with our choice. We have never had a false alarm and it was super easy to set-up. All I have to do is push a button on the panel (see bottom right of crib..white box) once Fin is in her crib and that’s it. Whenever I go to pick her up, I push button again. Easy peasy….and SOOOOO much peace of mind. Love this.
Also for sanity are my baby carriers. I use the plural on that, as I have three of them. A little much, I know, but different sizes and temperments call for different things….and seeing as I’m a work-from-home mom, I have to do whatever possible to keep this baby happy and let momma get some stuff done! For the first month and half to two months, I used Maya ring sling. This worked perfectly for us. Finley still loves it, but I don’t use it as much nowadays. Mostly, I use my Ergo. I use it around the house…when we go grocery shopping…when we go on quick walks…when I’m going to be around a bunch of people and don’t want to play ‘pass the baby’…etc. If Fin is in it for more than 20 minutes she passes out. Every.single.time. The third thing I have is the BabyBjorn that I got at Rhea Lana. It was uber cheap or I wouldn’t have bought it. I don’t use it often (there are lots of reviews on how you should have your infants hips in a carrier…and the Ergo is the way to go from what I read), but it’s easiest for Chris to use AND sometimes Fin is just fussy and wants to face out and move around…so it’s good for that.
- The Fisher Price sit-me-up. Finley thinks she’s a big girl and likes to sit-up a lot. This can be tiring on mom and dad, so we tried several different seats and what-not. We tried swings…we have a MamaRoo and she likes it just ‘ok’…we have the Bumbo….and then we have the Fisher Price sit-me-up. She loves it! It’s much softer than the bumbo and has more ‘give’ in my mind. Highly recommend
- Finally (and yes, this goes under sanity)…invest in several different infant gowns. We have SOOOO many clothes for Fin, but for the first month and half she just lived in the same 5 gowns because they were easiest for changing diapers and getting on/off. When you are up every few hours, you don’t want anything complicated! I’d avoid leggings/buttons for as long as possible, at least at night. =)
That’s really all I can think of at the moment…I’m sure I’m forgetting something (and if so I’ll edit this and update the preggos I know), but this is a good start. I’ll try to do this every few months and maybe start a “Fin’s Favorites” or something. =) Hope this helps someone!