Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Best Baby Products - Birth to three months

When I had my first child I wasn't sure what baby products I would really use. It would have been really useful to have a list of "must haves" and "nice, but not necessary" to know which products were worth purchasing. I feel like I have a better grasp on what items I would put on this list (at least for the first three months) as I am now using my favorites again w/my daughter. So, here is my list. Feel free to leave comments with your favorites.

Baby "Must Haves" for 0-3 months:
  • Large blanket to swaddle (the small receiving blankets just don't cut it, get a really large, thin blanket).
  • Sound soother (A fan works great. I also bought a white noise cd on itunes that really calms my baby. We got tired of turning on the blow dryer and our cd has blow dryer white noise plus three other calming noises.)
  • Zipper pjs (Gerber sells these - can purchase at Babies-r-us or Amazon.) In the middle of the night you don't want to be messing with snap pjs.
  • Bouncer, like this one - this is the perfect place for the baby to sit and look around while you make dinner and get some things done. This is probably my number one favorite product. My son used his until he was 9 months and no longer could sit with out his whole body hitting the ground. My daughter absolutely loves it too and spends a lot of her awake time in this looking around.
  • Travel system (I have the Graco snugride and their single and double strollers and love them both because they have plenty of storage space and they have held up well with all of the daily abuse they get. I bought my double on craigslist and it was almost brand new and saved $150.)
  • Pack-n-play (Both of my kids slept in this everyday for the first 3 months and I like that it has a diaper changer and baby mobile.)
"Nice, but not necessary" Baby items for 0-3 months:
  • Boppy - I used the boppy the first two weeks and that was about it. It does help when getting used to breast feeding, but a flat,thin pillow will work just as well of if not better. The lactation specialists I talked with at the hospital preferred flat pillows over the boppy. The boppy is nice to prop baby up, too, but I prefer the bouncer and my kids have, too. I think the boppy is overpriced for what it does.
  • Miracle Blanket - I bought this with my daughter because she is a little houdini when it comes to getting out of her swaddle and it worked great until about 7 weeks when she outgrew it. I would like the blanket a lot more if it would have lasted longer. It was overpriced and short lived. However, it does make one fantastic swaddle!
  • Baby Bjorn (I think this becomes nicer when the baby is older than three months. If you buy, I would consider buying on ebay for a better price.)
  • Play mat (my three month old is just getting into this and it is nice, but not necessary for the first 3 months)
  • Breast pump (This is nice, but not absolutely necessary, if you are breast feeding. I used a hand pump with my son and purchased an electric with my daughter. If you plan on pumping daily, get a Medela electric.)
  • Swing (For my babies it wasn't necessary, but for fussy babies it may be a "must have." My son hated the swing but my daughter likes to nap in it. Look on craigslist or yard sales to get a better price.)
Great Resources preparing for baby:
  • On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam (this book has helped me get both of my children to sleep well and get on a schedule)
  • Happiest Baby on the Block DVD (Check your local library--they probably have this. It gives great advice on how to calm a newborn baby.)

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