A roundup of my favorite baby necessities for the first three months, along with what I don’t think you really need.
I always meant to do these posts for A, and now I totally wish I would have so I knew what Nolan might be interested in. Let’s be real, he’s only 3 months old, so he’s still not super into many things. He is pretty strong, though, and loves to stand, roll from back to belly, and grab at toys. With so many products out there, you can go crazy buying things that you think you will need. Now that I’ve done this twice (meaning I’m totally an expert, right? (note the sarcasm!) I thought I’d share what you must have and what you don’t need.
0-3 Month Must Haves
Miracle Blanket: This claims to be the best swaddle because it’s pretty crazy how tight you can swaddle and how their arms are held down. It worked for a week or two, and then Nolan learned how to break out! My kids are crazy houdini’s! But, we use it for naps, still.
Love to Dream Swaddle Up: My friend Alison used this with her son and I asked to try it when the miracle swaddle was letting me down at night (and the fabric all over was just scaring me). Nolan took to it right away and loved this swaddle! We still use it but need to wean him. I’m glad there is an option for arms to be zipped off or stay on.
Rock n Play, with vibration: Nolan slept in this for naps for the first few weeks, and on our trip to Deep Creek, it’s all he slept in. It doesn’t get much use now but a lot of people rave about them for sleeping next to their beds for the first few weeks. I personally put our kids in the crib from night one so I can’t speak about that!
Fisher Price Swing: Confession: Nolan still takes all his naps in here. Well, I’m trying to get them in the crib but this swing was a life saver for both kids. They were able to get past that 45 minute mark and take longer naps.
Ergo 360: You all know my love of this. Totally worth the money and I tell everyone to get one.
Mam Pacifiers: We’ve only ever used these with both kids, but they’ve been hits!
Mam Bottles: We used these and Dr. Brown’s for Annabelle, but only these for Nolan. He didn’t like the Dr. Brown’s so we’ve just stuck with these. They do have multiple pieces (4) which is annoying, but I do like them.
Keyboard Mat/ Gym Mat: I got this for Annabelle for Christmas and is a huge hit for both of them. She still loves it, ha. The keyboard can come off, as well, so you can carry just that around.
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Light up Keys: One of the first toys Nolan started to like! Anything light up is a hit.
Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Musical Toy: This toy goes crazy with lights, and Annabelle was never a huge fan, but Nolan loves it. He lays on his belly and just watches all the different buttons light up.
Black and White High Contrast Book: We actually have the Usborne Counting book but this one also looks good. It has captured his attention from day one on tummy time.
Bouncy Seat: Babies need to be moved around, a lot, or they get bored and cry. Since Nolan also has reflux, I try not to lay him down right after a feeding, but sometimes I need to put him down and this is a savior.
Fisher Price Sit Me Up Chair: I had been contemplating this and my SIL had one her son didn’t like so I tried it and it’s a must for new moms. He started sitting in it about a month ago, I think. Nolan is such an alert baby and wants to look around all the time, so this was perfect. He typically sits in here and we put it on the counter when I’m making food, or on the table when we eat dinner.
Graco Ready 2 Grow Double Stroller: I did research and decided I wanted this stroller. I liked that it had lots of riding options. I will say, though, that double strollers in general are just hard to navigate and push. I am also not sure if I like the rear seat can only face me. It hasn’t been a problem yet, but fear when they’re both older and can’t both look forward. Then again, Annabelle loved sitting there and looking at me, so who knows. Anyway, a double stroller I would say is a must if you have two young kids. Annabelle cannot walk far distances, so this is perfect when we go places. If you have an older child, I would go straight for the sit and stand or just keep the single stroller.
Gripe Water: Baby hiccups are so sad and this definitely helped both my kids with them. It actually was a lifesaver with Annabelle and we found if she got some before her naps, it calmed her reflux and she slept longer. Nolan isn’t as huge of a fan as she is, but still will take it.
Dreft: Annabelle had some blow outs, but Nolan takes it to a new level with his spit up and drool. Thankfully this is a miracle worker and honestly gets so much out of clothes!
Cloth Diapers for Burp Cloths: Each baby is different, but these suckers are the best for catching all the puke/spit up. There are definitely cute burp cloths, but they are skinny, and are never where I want them to be. Annabelle never needed burp cloths. We probably used one for a week at a time. Nolan? He soaks through one of these each time he is awake. They are my favorite! I do think Babies ‘ R’ Us has cute ones with designs, but the basic white works for me.
Wipe Warmer: I know a lot of people think this is dumb, but changing newborns in the winter with a wet, cold wipe is not fun, especially in the middle of the night. And changing a boy with a wet wipe tends to lead to some pee flying everywhere, ha. Annabelle had to give it up when she moved rooms, but Nolan sure loves it.
Things You Can Do Without:
Sleepers (unless it’s a winter baby) We had probably 15 sleepers. Well, Nolan never slept in them. He still doesn’t sleep in clothes! It’s too hot for him. Take into account when your baby will be born. If you have a winter baby (like Annabelle was) then yes you need sleepers! But, Nolan was a summer babe and just too hot for clothes in general.
Bathing Suit- too little to be in the sun let alone the water
Baby K’Tan, Moby Wrap- I don’t know why but seriously I never feel like these are supportive enough!
Tons of toys- They can’t play with them yet
Carseat Toys: He’s just not enjoying looking at things but I laugh when I see newborn babies (like a week old) with toys attached to their carseat. They can’t even see that far!
Loads of adorable clothes: There’s puke, poop, and drool. While I am all about dressing my kids cute and love having adorable outfits for them, it’s not realistic to go crazy on 0-3 month cute clothes, unless you have special events coming up (Annabelle had Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Halloween all in her first 3 months- Nolan had nothing, ha!)
So there’s my list! Keep in mind babies are all different- some hate the crib, some hate the Rock ‘n’ Play, some hate the swing. My BIGGEST tip with baby items is to go used. Find a flea market site, or garage sale, and buy a used item! We don’t own much that isn’t used or given to us (which says a lot because we somehow accumulate a ton of toys and things!). It just saves you money!
What was something you thought was a necessity for 0-3 months?
Anything you would say never to buy?
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