I have an 8 week old now, and so I've had a little bit of time to figure out what items are absolute must haves for new babies! Having lots of options as far as keeping your baby happy and safe is crucial for being able to get things done during the day, get a good night's sleep, and keep your sanity! :) So, here are some of the things that I have found to be EXTREMELY helpful!
In no particular order, here are my new baby must haves: (Click the name of each item for more information!)
This is the most amazing thing! It's a swaddle sleep sack for babies to sleep in! We messed around with trying to swaddle James in a muslin blanket for the first couple of weeks. But he kept breaking free of the swaddle in the night and he just wasn't sleeping well. We stuck him in this sleep sack and he has only been waking up TWICE during the night now!! He sleeps so well in it. We just put him in a light onesie or (on colder nights) light-weight footie pajamas, and then zip him into this swaddle sack. It's so great! He loves it! If he is fussing or crying before bed time, as soon as I zip him into this he calms down and relaxes. DEFINITELY grab yourself a couple of these for your new baby! They are the perfect thing for sleeping in!
The DockATot is such a handy thing to have! You can set it next to you on the couch while you work or watch TV. Your baby can lounge in it while doing tummy time or getting a diaper change. You can also stick the DockATot in your baby's crib and let him or her sleep in it. Babies feel secure and snuggly in it! You can also use it for co-sleeping, if you are doing that. The DockATot is lightweight and easy to carry around or travel with. I put ours on the bathroom counter and set James in it while I'm doing my makeup! He watches me and is totally content and happy! Such a handy tool when trying to get ready in the mornings!
This is probably my FAVORITE item. Seriously COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT THIS! If you only get one thing from this list, get this swing. James naps for very long stretches in this swing. It plays music, swings front to back OR side to side, and has a spinning mirror/mobile that James LOVES to watch. He is so content in his "puppy", as we call it! I am able to get work done while James naps or happily watches the mobile. Seriously, get this swing if you have a new baby or are pregnant. You wont regret it. It has been a life saver!
This is a new edition to our line up, and we are LOVING it. Yesterday morning, I was able to do the laundry, organize the closet, do my makeup, bake cookies, and do the dishes, all while James contentedly watched from his Rock 'N Play! He loves it. The best part about this item is that it is SUPER lightweight and easy to carry from room to room. It also vibrates, which James loves. Babies can also sleep in this, so it is perfect for the first six months when the baby needs to sleep in your room with you! James sleeps in a Pack 'N Play (see below) but we will definitely bring the Rock 'N Play when we travel because it is just so easy to pack up and transport!
This is what James sleeps in at night! We have this set up right next to my side of the bed, so it's very easy to get up and feed and change him during the night. He sleeps so well in it! It's recommended that newborns sleep in the same room as you for the first six months, so this is an amazing option until he can be moved to his crib in his room! I love having him right next to me so that it's easy to check on him in the night and so that it is easy to hear him if he needs something.
I was sent this Soothe Shirt by Lalabu and it is SO AWESOME! James loves it. It's a comfy tank top (that has a nursing bra top!) with a pouch on the front for your baby to go in. It's baby wearing made simple! James is so cozy in the pouch and I can wear him around the house while I do chores. I highly recommend getting a few of these tops! They also now make them for dads too!
The WubbaNub is such a cool invention. It's a pacifier with a soft little stuffed animal attached to it. Why, you may ask? So that you wont lose the pacifier! Plus, it helps the pacifier to stay in the baby's mouth because the stuffed toy weighs it down and you can rest the toy on the baby's chest. They have all different animals, but James loves his Tiny Fox WubbaNub!
James loves his activity gym! It's perfect for tummy time, and he also loves to just lay on it and stare up at the hanging toys! He also lays on this and watches me while I work out!
There you have it! These are the items that we use on a daily basis around the house that have been SO amazing as far as keeping James safe, happy, and relaxed! Without the things on this list, I wouldn't be able to get work done. I love knowing that, when I need to put him down in between cuddles, James is safe and happy! That is priceless, as a new mom!
I would love to hear YOUR new baby must haves!! Please share in the comments below! :)