I can hardly believe that Andrew is three weeks old today! The past three weeks have flown by and we have loved all of it. Being a mommy is seriously the biggest blessing of my life. I don't know how I had my life before he existed. So far, Andrew has been such a sweet baby and we feel incredibly lucky. He eats a ton, sleeps at night (wakes up at 2 am and 6 am for feedings), makes big poopy diapers, loves to look around with big wide eyes, dislikes bath time and getting dressed, and loves his parents. I love watching his face when he hears his daddy talking to him or see him take in the morning light when we wake up.
In the last three weeks, we definitely have discovered some of our favorite baby items and they have made life with a newborn go fairly smoothly!! If you are a soon to be mama, I hope these items can help you form your baby registry. When I began working on my registry I had no clue where to start so I relied heavily on my friends who were moms and registered for the items they recommended! All of their recommendations were right and I am so so glad I asked for their advice. Never be scared to ask questions or for help. Other moms want to help you and make things the best they can be for you. I am beyond thankful for my friends and family who have children because they have helped SO much! Anyways, there are SO many items out there for babies and everyone makes you feel like you need it all and it can be overwhelming. You don't need it all and you don't need the most expensive items! Some things you may even want to wait to buy until you meet your baby, because every baby is so different.
*All items are linked at the end of the post.
Some of our baby favorites are zip onesies, Halo sleepsack, Hatch Rest noise maker, Baby Shusher, Boppy lounger, Pack n Play, Stroller and Car Seat, and Baby Bjorn.
Let's start by talking about the zip onesies. These are the best and Andrew looks so so cute in them! If you buy them from Target they come in sets of three. I would get one set of three for all the different ages. Andrew has already filled out his newborn ones completely and fits comfortably in his ones that are sizes 0-3 months. These make all changes very easy. Tyler also loves putting him in gowns because they are so easy to lift up and change diapers.
Next, is the Halo Sleepsack- WOW! This thing is incredible and I truly feel that it helps him sleep peacefully. We actually got two of these last minute as gifts from a friend when we were leaving the hospital in the size newborn and then the next size up that he will start to wear in a few weeks. This swaddles him so easily and keeps him warm at night. I could not recommend this more for newborn babies. It also has multiple ways to put their arms depending on how they like to sleep.
Currently, Andrew sleeps in the bassinet portion of the Pack n Play and he does great in it. I love it because I can have it right next to my bedside and I can easily reach in and pick him up when it's time to feed. When he grows out of the bassinet part, we will still use the Pack n Play as a portable crib when we go on vacation to the beach in the summer.
When it is time for bed we use the Hatch Rest noisemaker and Baby Shusher. First, I turn on the Hatch noisemaker through the app on my phone and put it on the white noise sound along with the light. I then nurse him and when he is finished I put him in his sleepsack and turn on the baby shusher. After that, I transfer him to his bassinet and he usually falls asleep until his next feeding. He usually grunts and stirs a little, but I try to keep it dark and only pick him up if he begins to cry! All of these items together have helped make bedtime go fairly smoothly. I would recommend them to all parents with a newborn.
The boppy lounger is the absolute best and most affordable baby lounger in my opinion. He loves resting in his boppy and takes many of his naps there during the day. This is also very helpful for us because he can rest in it when we are eating dinner if one of us is not holding him. I looked at many other baby loungers all costing around $100. This lounger is around $30 and is worth every penny.
We also love our stroller and carrier, Baby Bjorn, and baby bath tub. The stroller is so easy to use and the carrier feels so safe. I love putting him in the Baby Bjorn as I do things around the house and he enjoys laying there close to me. The baby tub we use is so great because it has a sling that he sits in for newborns.
All of these items have been so helpful to us and I hope they can help you as well!