Newborn Favorites

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1) SwaddleMe: I am terrible with blanket swaddles. I can never get them tight enough, especially with a wiggly baby. The SwaddleMe velcro swaddles made life a million times easier for Daniel and me. Literally from day one we used these to soothe Bennett. He absolutely loved being surrounded by the soft fabric. We continued using the SwaddleMe’s all the way through three and a half months. They helped make the transition to sleeping in his crib much easier. Once he started to show signs of rolling, we decided to stop using the swaddle. Honestly I miss seeing him all wrapped up though. We called him “Baby Burrito.” // $25

2) Boon Grass Drying Rack: This is one of my absolute favorite things that we own. There are so many baby items out there that contribute to a cluttered house, and this is not one of them. The Boon Grass has a very minimalist look and comes in white or green (we have the green). It’s perfect for air drying bottles as well as breast pump accessories. We probably should have gotten the larger Boon Lawn just because I like how it looks on the counter, and we always have plenty of bottles always in need of drying. // $14

3) Gerber Baby Mittens: If your baby comes out with razor sharp nails like ours did, you will absolutely need these. Daniel and I were constantly trying to keep Bennett from scratching up his face and mittens were exactly the solution we were looking for. The hardest part was finding some that stayed on his hands. These worked great, but if all else fails, throw some socks over those claws and call it a day. // $6

4) Fisher-Price Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper: Before Bennett was born, I knew that I wanted him sleeping at our bedside when we brought him home. I thought that it would make breastfeeding every two hours a bit more manageable, and I just wanted to watch him sleep. We thought about several different bassinet style sleepers, but we consistently had people telling us to invest in the Rock n’ Play. I am so glad that we did. Bennett spent each night in his sleeper as well as his naps during the day. You simply plug it in and turn it on and the sleeper gently rocks itself. The constant motion helped keep Bennett asleep, which helped keep us asleep, and that is something we were sincerely grateful for. // $59

5) Boon Clutch Dishwasher Basket: If you’re planning on washing your bottles in the dishwasher, this is an absolute must. It protects the nipples, and any other small parts from damage. I’d suggest going ahead and buying at least two. We started out with one and ended up having way more dirty bottles than we thought. Having two baskets ensures you’ll always have enough room to get everything clean, even with a full sink of dirty dishes. // $8

6) WubbaNub Pacifier: Bennett was never super into pacifiers, but when he was a newborn he would absolutely use one. They kept him soothed even when he was laying down. The little animal attachment is slightly weighted so that it rests comfortably on your baby’s chest without falling off as easily as a free standing paci would. Plus it’s just sweet to see your little one cuddling with a tiny fox. // $13

7) Enfamil Gentlease Formula: For any new mamas out there struggling with the switch to formula, it’s going to be okay. Trust me, I’ve been there. When we made the decision to stop breastfeeding I was so worried about finding the perfect formula that wouldn’t upset his stomach and would give him everything he needs. From the first day that we tried Gentlease we knew this was the one. He had no gassiness, and seemed quite content while drinking his bottle. The following days, his digestion got better, there was no fussiness, and he began steadily putting on weight. He’s still using the same formula now and we love it just as much. // $1.15 per ounce

8) Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles: We’ve loved the Dr. Brown bottles from the start, but the 4oz size was especially useful during those early days. When Bennett was only taking 3-4oz of formula at a time, it was pretty awkward holding the 8oz size bottle. The 4oz size fits perfectly in your hand while snuggling up to your newborn. The size difference is just a personal preference, but overall I completely love this brand. // $18

9) Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath: Obviously, I love this brand because there are bees on everything. I also love the quality of everything they produce. Bennett completely hates bath times, but he does semi-enjoy it if he’s in the big tub with either Daniel or myself. With this bubble bath, it adds some more fun into the mix and gives him something to focus on other than how much he hates bath time. // $11

10) The Good Baby Bibs: Every person with a baby needs these bibs. They are adorable, functional, well-made, and perfect for catching all that unruly baby drool. I don’t like traditional bibs for a number of reasons, and these are the ultimate solution. Bonus: they’re created by a couple with twin girls of their own, so whenever you purchase from them you’re supporting a small business which is always awesome. You can check out my complete review on these bibs here. // $12

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