When I was pregnant I researched non-stop about the products that other people used and had gotten a lot of use out of. I bought so much baby stuff, a lot of which was useful. This is a list of the products I bought that were much used by me.
Newborn to 3 Months
I want to start off by saying that you will not need to buy every single product someone like me recommends. I did this and I have a corner in my closet of things I haven’t even used (which will be another future post). These are the products that I used so much during the newborn stage.
A breast pump. I used the Evenflo double electric breast pump and i absolutely loved it. You never know how breastfeeding is going to go and this really helped me out to make sure all the milk was being expressed. I have an extensive review on it here.
A baby carrier of any sort. I used the Boba Wrap and it was a life saver for me. It kept my baby happy and content and my hands were free to get anything done that I needed. I have a review on it here.
Swaddling blankets of any kind. I used the Aden and Anais and they were great for swaddling the baby as well as to use as a receiving blanket and to wipe spit up with. New babies like to be carried and wrapped up tight. If you have a good swaddle you shouldn’t have an upset baby.
A bassinet. Everyone I know who has had a baby had a bassinet beside the bed. It’s very convenient for night feedings. You don’t have to go very far in the middle of the night. I used the Halo Bassinest and I am very fond of it. You can adjust it to the height of any bed and it’s like you’re co-sleeping without the baby actually in the bed. I have a review on it here.
Breast pads for when you are over producing in the beginning. I leaked like crazy during the night. I used the Lansinoh Ultra Soft Nursing Pads and they were amazing.
Back up formula. I had some samples of formula that ended up being super helpful in the beginning. Before my milk came in my baby was very hungry. In order for me to keep my sanity I used up my samples of formula. It was Nestle and was already prepared with a nipple on top of the bottle and everything. I gave my baby these at nighttime and she was much happier. She didn’t have nipple confusion either which was great.
3 to 6 Months
Around the 3-month mark I started introducing my baby to certain toys she could play with on the floor. Babies start to get a little more exciting around then. They are most likely smiling (and not reflex ones when they are sleeping) and are a little more aware. These are the products I used.
Activity Gym. We used the Bright Starts Tiny Love Move and Play. At first, I used this for tummy time mostly but eventually she would lay on her back and play with the dangly toys.
Jumperoo. This would keep my baby occupied and happy for at least an hour at a time. We had the Fisher‑Price Laugh & Learn Jumperoo Puppy. I could put her in there and she would be jumping and playing in there while I could get other things done. It was a fun time to watch her play in there as well.
Teething Rings. I started giving my baby teething toys around 6 months. She did not get any teeth until she was around 10 months but she really liked to chew on them. Some babies are even getting their first tooth around the 6-month mark.
6 to 9 Months
During this time frame things start to get even more exciting. Babies are able to sit up and crawl and able to stand up with the help of furniture. These are the products I used during this time.
Baby Gate. My baby started crawling around 7 months and then started to go towards the stairs or would crawl away from where I was hanging out in the house. A good baby gate is necessary if you live in a house with stairs or want to keep your baby contained to a room in the house.
High chair. We purchased the Chicco 360 Swivel high chair. It hooks on to a table or counter top. It’s great for going out to restaurants. As soon as my baby could sit up she was in this chair. It’s great if you have a small place and don’t have a lot of room for those big clunky high chairs.
Interactive toys. We had Fisher Price – Dance & Move BeatBow Wow and Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo. They are toys that talk, sing songs, light up and interact with the baby at the push of the button. My daughter still loves these two.
Blocks. At this time babies love to wreck blocks stacked on one another.
A play mat. Babies during this time are on the floor a lot and a play mat is great for those of you that don’t have carpet in your house and want a softer surface for baby to play on.
9 to 12 Months
Towards the end of this time you may have a fully mobile baby. Able to get into all kinds of mischief as well as keeping you on your toes. These are the products that were helpful to me.
Toys to encourage crawling and standing. My daughter loved the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Crawl Around Car (Pink). She sat on the inside and pushed the buttons and loved getting in and out.
Toys to encourage walking. I’ve heard that walkers can inhibit walking in babies but I had one for my baby and she loved it for when she was taking steps but wasn’t confident enough to walk full-on. We used the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. Lots of sounds and flashing lights. Baby can use it when they’re not walking yet up until they are walking.
Books. I started getting more into books with my daughter once she was in this age group. She seemed to get more into them as well at this stage.
These are all the products that got the most use during my first year as a mother. Not everyone will need these but they were much-needed in my house.
Which products did you like? I would love to know in the comments below.
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