Lucy Jane is no longer in the 0-3 month stage! Where has the time gone? I just wanna cry..but I love watching her grow. Anyways, I had a lot of help and experience going into motherhood being one of the oldest of 6 kids. My mom also used to run a daycare out of our home, so I've helped with babies and baby products since I was about 6 years old! It was such a relief to have all of my little sisters' hand-me-downs as well! But not all of us are this lucky when it comes to babies. There are sooo many different brands and styles and types of everything, that starting from scratch can just be overwhelming! So I have compiled a few of the things I found most useful, helpful, delightful, etc. during Lucy's 0-3 month stage. Enjoy!
Avent Natural Bottles // These are the newer version of the original Avent Classic Bottles. I love them because they don't have all those tiny bits and pieces that all the newer bottles tend to have. It saves a lot of time when washing and if you're formula feeding you can make a bottle so much faster. My mom used the Avent Classic's on my siblings and gave me all her hand-me-downs, but Lucy only likes the Natural kind!
Gerber Cloth Diapers // So, it's not what you think. I don't cloth diaper and I don't use these as diapers....they're actually the best burp cloths! My mom sews fabric onto the center of them to make them cute, and they work great! They're so much more absorbent than any other burp cloth I've ever used and much cheaper!
Up & Up Nursing Pads // Even if you're not planning on nursing, you'll probably leak for a while when your milk comes in and until it dries up, or levels out if you are nursing. I've used every brand there is (thanks to samples (: ) and found that the cheapest option that actually worked was the Target Up & Up brand. They aren't as soft as some of the name brands, but they weren't scratchy or uncomfortable either. They were also just as absorbent--even a little more than some of the other brands. And considering they're about half the cost, they were my favorite!
Honest Company 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash // So we started out using the classic Johnson & Johnson's 2-in-1, but Lucy's skin was just so dry and she had some patches of cradle cap that we just couldn't seem to shake, so we switched to the Honest Company and I'm never going back! After our very first use, her cradle cap was gone! And we haven't seen it since! It smells delicious, like an orange creamsicle, and it's free of all the chemicals and dyes that are so harsh on baby's skin.
Babies R Us 6 Pk Washcloths // I love these! They're just the Babies R Us brand, but they're super soft, and cheap! $6 for 6. I like to use them to wash my face as well ;)
Blooming Bath // This. Thing. Whoever invented this deserves a medal. You stick this super soft, padded flower in the sink and then baby sits in the flower! Bathtime is 10x faster & easier because baby is propped up in this cushy little bloom so both of mama's hands are free! Lucy is almost 5 months old now and we still use it! By the time she gets too big for it, she'll be able to sit on her own so I can use the tub. It works perfectly and I definitely recommend it over those hard plastic tubs they make!
|Lucy in her Blooming Bath at almost 1 month old|
Infantino Go GaGa Deluxe Twist & Fold Gym // I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. We got this activity mat for Lucy when she was about 2 1/2 months old. She loves it! I like that it has a small pillow for her head. And I love that it doesn't require batteries! But...I hate that it doesn't require batteries. It has a wind up in the mobile. I like it--but it only goes for like 5 minutes! I have to re-wind it a lot. But despite that, it's still a favorite, because Lucy really enjoys it, and if baby's happy, mama's happy.
Boppy Pillow // I know this is a nursing pillow, but I actually use it more for tummy time! Lucy didn't like tummy time flat on the floor, but propping her up on the Boppy made her love it! She loves to be able to see everything around her, and my pediatrician said using a Boppy still counted as tummy time because they still learn to lift their heads and hold themselves up on their arms.
Bright Starts Alphabet Quilt Bouncer // It's not the cutest or most amazing bouncer, but we got it as a gift at my baby shower. And it's seriously Lucy's all-time favorite toy! She started out just watching the toys above her, and now she kicks and bounces and grabs the toys. She could sit in this thing forever! I thought it would be boring since it doesn't play music and only has 2 toys, but she loves it, so it's a win!
Infantino Tag Along Chime // We've had this little guy hanging on her carseat since birth and she's attached! She loves to watch it swing and chime while we're driving or on walks. It's made road trips a breeze! I like that it makes a pretty chime noise that's not too loud :)
Fisher-Price My Little Snuggapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock n' Play // I've really liked having this instead of a bassinet. I love that I can reach over in the middle of the night and rock her to sleep if she fusses, and it folds up semi-flat for travel, too. It vibrates and has an incline which is good for reflux babies. I have heard that it's hard to transition baby out of the Rock n Play and into a crib. We've been working on that here, and it's not the lack of incline that Lucy is missing...it's the snuggled up feeling. I've got to figure out a way to make her feel less exposed in the crib without putting pillows against her since that's not safe. If you have ideas, please let me know!!!
Summer Infant SwaddleMe // Forget about those expensive muslin swaddle blankets from Aiden & Anais that everyone swears by...these are 100x better! My daughter has been a Houdini baby since day one, always breaking her arms out of her swaddle to rub her face. But when she rubs her face, she wakes herself up. So we needed a solution. Behold, the SwaddleMe! It velcros into place, so it's much quicker and easier to do, but more difficult to break out of. If you have a little escape artist, too, these are a must have!
White Noise App // My daughter doesn't rely on white noise to fall asleep, but she certainly sleeps better with it on. You can buy an actual machine, or purchase an app. We use the Sound Sleeper App.
Britax B-Agile 35 Travel System // My favorite baby shower gift, I think. The car seat is easy to use and snap in and out of the base. The stroller is the best part. I can open and fold it back closed with one hand! And it has a very smooth ride that's easy to turn and maneuver around corners easily. It's the best stroller I've ever used, I just wish it came with a cup holder and a child tray. You have to buy those pieces separate, but it's definitely still worth it.
Infantino Sash Mei Tai 3 Position Baby Carrier // I was afraid to jump into one of those slings that are basically just miles of stretchy fabric, because I'm just not good at stuff like that. But I didn't want to spend the money on an Ergo or Baby K'Tan, so I did a little research and found this one. And I love it! You can use it forward facing, on your back, and on your hip. It's super easy to use and I don't get nervous about Lucy falling out of it or worry about getting her in and out. It's super cheap, too so I highly recommend it.
Skip Hop Duo Limited Edition - French Stripe // I got this diaper bag after much consideration and a "What's in My Diaper Bag?" video by one of my fave bloggers Katie @ Cup of Tea! I'm so glad I did. It's on the smaller side, which I wanted, but is still plenty roomy to hold all my stuff since I'm a total hoarder when it comes to bringing everything I need with me. I like to be prepared! It has lots of different pockets and zippers that can hold everything I need, and I love that the pouches for bottles are zippers on the side with little insulated pockets! No more bottles hanging out and getting cold.
Skip Hop Grab & Go Wet/Dry Bag - Chevron // Babies have blowouts. Trust me, yours will have at least one massive diaper accident, in public no less, and it will probably be the worst one you've ever seen. They always seem to save them for the most inconvenient times, don't they? This roomy little bag will save your life. Toss your soiled clothes and even your dirty diaper if you have to. It will keep them from making a mess in your diaper bag and also keep the odor sealed off. Just make sure you have a spare outfit squirreled away at all times! It has a nice mesh zipper pouch along the front that I really like too. I keep Shout wipes and a Tide To Go Pen in there to save Lucy's clothes from stains. You could also keep a diaper and wipes in there just as a backup. Definitely a must have.
Other items I love:
Pampers Swaddlers Diapers, Huggies Natural Care Wipes, Carter's Sleep & Play Sleepers, Mam Pacifiers
So that's it! I hope this helps you new mamas and mamas-to-be out!