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I originally wrote this popular post after my first daughter Brielle was a few months old. I’ve since come and updated the info after having baby #2 and can honestly say that these are still our family’s favorite items for newborn life! Get them for a baby shower gift, add them to your baby registry or just pin this post to your “secretly pregnant” secret pinterest board and save for later! Here is what I recommend as my top ten favorite baby items for the first four months of newborn life (listed in no particular order):
- Sound Machine – We LOVED our Cloud B Sleep Sheep on the Go and used it religiously for Brielle, my first daughter’s first two years. It helped block out any household noise we made when she was asleep and we were still up. But once her sister arrived, we were gifted the Marpac DOHM-DS, Natural White Noise Sound Machine and loved it so much we bought another for Brielle’s room! This DOHM gets plugged in and stays on all night. We keep it at the lowest sound setting but you can adjust it for a louder noise if you prefer. We still love our travel sleep sheep for vacation or overnight purposes but the DOHM is where it’s at for home!
- Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper – I was recommended this item by MANY moms, as they say it helps with reflux. Luckily neither of my girls had that issue but they still peaceful napped in this rocker. I LOVE that it’s portable to move around the house and folds up to take with us if visiting someone else’s not baby friendly home. Note that this style doesn’t rock on it’s own but UPDATE: Fisher-Price came out with a new version, the Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper which rocks all by itself! I didn’t mind that ours didn’t rock but can clearly see how it can be beneficial and worth the additional few $!
- Graco Pack ‘N Pack Playyard with the Newborn Napper/Changing Station – Both my girls slept in the newborn napper that sits on this pack ‘n play from the first they came home from the hospital. It’s curved shape nestles baby and it’s soft fleece material helped to keep them warm at night. By 8 weeks, they transitioned to the flat part of the pack ‘n play and we use the changing station area for nighttime changes. I also love the vibration feature that can be attached both to the newborn napper (when on top of the pack ‘n play) or the flat pack n’ play bottom. Tip: If you buy this as a gift, get some extra coordinating sheets and changing station liners for the complete package.
- WubbaNub Tabby Kitten – “A what?” you said? A WubbaNub is a little bean bag stuffed animal attached to a soothe pacifier. It helps newborns learn to hold the pacifier and put it back in when it falls out. We received the yellow kitty one as a shower gift for my first and after seeing how much she loved it, picked up the Wubbanub Dog Toy Pacifier. They have tons of animal styles, but know that you might find some shapes lay better than others. I find that the longer nose of the puppy allows it to lay better on Brielle’s chest than the kitty, who’s head is smaller. My sister-in-law has a few and found that the frog and duck are good ones, but the elephant isn’t a favorite, due to the large trunk. The lamb Wubbanub is one my favorite item to give a new baby or as a gender neutral baby shower gift!
- ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier– We borrowed an her Ergo carrier in the first few weeks of Brielle’s life and after having to return it to the owner (who was also expecting), we bought our own. We LOVED it for both our girls who slept snuggly inside for shopping trips, short walks around the neighborhood or group events, like hayrides, where a stroller wouldn’t work! Make sure to get the ERGObaby Original Infant Insert which we used the first few weeks/months when they were still small. Also, as you can also see above, it’s easy for dads to wear at family parties, or when playing video games with a friend. 🙂
- Aden By aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack – Yes, these blankets do seem run on the more expensive side, but I was say that they are so worth it! We received a four pack for Brielle and used them all the time the first year. Their large square shape makes them great to do a tight swaddle at night, and their soft, lightweight feel makes a great cover up for their legs when in the stroller or car seat.
- Chicco Lightweight Plus Stroller – We were warned by many moms to stay clear of the “travel system” stroller sets. While they were well constructed and sturdy, they tended to be bulkier and therefore heavier. At first we looked into the frame strollers (to go along with the Keyfit car seat we chose) but ended up finding this lightweight model. This style is a hybrid between a travel system but isn’t as bulky or heavy. It allows you to clip on the infant car seat easily or convert it to an umbrella style when out and about. It folds easily and is a great lightweight stroller for baby’s first few years.
- Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym– When working on my baby registry, I didn’t really focus on the TOYS to entertain her once she was out of the newborn stage. Being a late August baby, I thought “she only has a few months before Christmas and she’ll get toys then.” But of course there are still some basic items that can entertain her in the early weeks. At about 9 weeks, I bought this playmat after hearing rave reviews on it through my birth club and remembering seeing my nephew use it during his early life. Brielle LOVES to look at herself in the mirror, kick the piano to set off music and swing her arms up towards the playful animals hanging down. UPDATE: once she got older, we rotated the piano and she’d sit at it and play.
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Changing Pad Cover – You spend all that time working on your little ones cute nursery, making sure to get the matching changing pad to go with your décor. But guess what? Babies poop and sometimes its messy! While it’s not shown in the photo above, we have a set of these changing pad liners that we place on top of the changing pad seen. A three set works well with my every-three-day laundry routine so I can help keep the changing pad cover as clean as possible!
- Burp Cloths – Everyone said not to register for clothes, lots of blankets or burp cloths as I’d get a ton. While I’m happy to report that I receive many handmade large quilt blankets and the swaddle ones from my registry, we didn’t really get the amount of burp cloths I knew we’d need. I went ahead and bought a few packs of these burp cloths and use them everyday, all day. Tip: for breast feeding moms who have a messy eater like mine, tuck a burp cloth under your breast in your bra when feeding so they don’t drip on your bra.