As many of you already know, I gave birth to my little Arya at the very end of February. Time is seriously flying by.
I absolutely love the newborn phase though. Seriously, all she does is eat, pee, poop, and sleep.
Now that she’s sleeping so much, I have a lot of time to catch up on blogging. I figured I would take the time to write about my top 10 must have products for newborns.
And, just in case you’re interested, you can check out what was in my hospital bag!
Now, onto the products.
My absolute favorite product for my newborn has got to be swaddle blankets. Back when I was expecting my first child, I did a lot of research and found that many women recommended the Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets. So I bought like 3 packs of them.
Guess what? I hated them. They were too stretchy and light that it made my swaddles fall apart (and I’m a really good swaddler).
The swaddle blankets that I absolutely love are the receiving blankets that are given to you at the hospital. They have just the right amount of stretch to make a perfect swaddle.
If you’re a first time expecting mother then I highly recommend learning how to swaddle. Both of my girls couldn’t fall asleep without being swaddled. Oh, and um, take a few of those receiving blankets home from the hospital if you can.
Rock n’ Play
The Fisher Price Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper is also a top favorite of mine. I love it so much that I bought 2 of them. One for each floor of my house (that way I don’t have to carry it up and down stairs).
The Rock n’ Play is the perfect solution for a sleepy newborn baby. It automatically rocks the baby and also plays music or white noise! It also looks super comfy.
Perfect Pull Wipe Dispenser
You never realize how much you need both hands to change a newborn. One hand to hold the wiggly legs up and the other hand to quickly wipe. It really sucks when you’re using a pack of wipes and 3 wipes pull out at the same time when you only needed one.
That’s why I love the OXO Tot PerfectPull Wipes Dispenser. The weight that’s used in the dispenser is perfect for pulling out only one wipe at a time (I guess that’s why it’s called the perfect pull?).
When I need to set my newborn down for a minute I’ve found that this Podster Pillow does the job of keeping her snug.
In fact, my 14 month old is still using her Podster Pillow to nap in!
Travel Wipes Dispenser
For a while when I would go out with my first daughter I would just throw a pop top pack of Pampers wipes in my diaper bag. After a while I realized that my diaper bag was really heavy and turns out the package of wipes was the cause.
The OXO Travel Wipes Dispenser is the perfect size for any diaper bag or purse. You can fit plenty of wipes in the container.
Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym
This activity gym is great for entertaining your little one. The dangling toys will help him or her develop hand and eye coordination.
I personally use the Podster pillow to place my infant in under the play mat if she can’t reach the toys.
Graco Pack n’ Play with Reversible Napper and Changing Playard
If you’re looking for the perfect playard to purchase for your newborn then I highly recommend the Graco Pack n Play with Reversible Napper and Changing Playard.
I actually use the changer part during the first couple months then once she’s old enough I’ll use it as a playpen.
It’s also great to use as a crib if you’re ever traveling with your infant.
Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack
I have to admit that when I first saw the Boon Lawn Drying Rack I thought that it was tacky looking and I didn’t want anything to do with it. But, when I started washing bottles on a daily basis I realized that it might actually come in handy.
And, now I absolutely love it. It’s so great just to wash a bottle and quickly stick it into the “grass”.
The only downside is that it can get yucky after a bit so I would recommend sticking it in the dishwasher every couple of days. I don’t think it’s possible to wash all of the grass sticks by hand.
There’s no doubt that you’re going to run into a diaper rash with a baby. Thankfully my first born didn’t have very sensitive skin and we haven’t had too many rash episodes. But, when she was about 9 or 10 months old she developed a very bad rash. It looked so raw and painful that it made me cry just looking at it.
I tried every cream you could think of – butt paste, desitin, etc. But, the rash wasn’t healing as fast as I thought. That’s when my mother in law recommended Triple Paste. I went out and bought the biggest jar. It’s a bit pricey, but it lasts a long time. More importantly, it cleared up my daughters diaper rash overnight!
When you’re a first time mom you’re most likely going to be tempted to buy all these cute newborn outfits (you know, the onesies with the matching pants and socks). But, to be honest newborns don’t need all of that. Sure, the outfits are cute but they’re too much of a hassle. Putting a onesie on a newborn is tricky because their head isn’t very stable.
That’s why I love using sleepers for the first 3 months. I love sleepers because they’re so easy to put on a newborn. Just lay the sleeper down flat, then lay your baby over it, slip in their little arms and legs and button them up. I also love the fact that they cover the feet so there’s no need to put socks on.
And, that’s it! I hope that this list has helped you in your journey to finding newborn must haves. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below 🙂