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Our Top 10 Newborn Items

Our little Kensington will be THREE MONTHS this week, and therefore, she will be exiting the “newborn” phase of her life … So in order for me to accept how fast this little babe is growing, I wanted to share some of our favorite baby items that we have used from 0-3 months old! This is our first baby, so we definitely overdid it on the baby gear, but this list is comprised of the things we couldn’t make it by without! The necessities, if you will.

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#1: HALO® Bassinest® Swivel Sleeper: This is the best bassinet ever! I love how close I can keep my baby without having her in the bed. All night she is just an arm’s length away and I love it. Plus, the swivel aspect makes it so easy for me to get in and out of bed without the bassinet being in the way. I can swivel her slowly and smoothly and she won’t wake up. We were very lucky that my sister let us borrow hers because it’s definitely a little pricey, but after having it for the past 3 months, I really couldn’t imagine getting through all the late nights without it. And now that we have entered the stage of her spitting out her pacifier over and over and over again before she finally falls asleep, having her so close makes it SO much easier.

Totally recommend it! Here it is at Target.

#2: SwaddleMe blankets: These velcro swaddle blankets are so great! We only use them at night and Kensington loves it.  It has definitely helped our bedtime routine run smoother and it has helped her sleep longer stretches.  The velcro makes swaddling SO much easier. Dylan is definitely the professional swaddler in our house, but the velcro is so easy that even I can swaddle baby K, and she hardly ever breaks out of it!  This is definitely something we will be using with future kids.

 Here is the link to the SwaddleMe blankets, in the style that we chose.

#3: Cloth Diapers:  We’re still in a bit of a financial hardship (from what I hear, this never ends when you have kids … trying to get used to it) and so cloth diapering has been a money and life saver. I was honestly so scared to start (because let’s be honest, it’s pretty intimidating) but now that we’ve gotten the hang of it, I am so relieved that we aren’t out buying box after box of diapers like we were when Kensington was first born. I plan on doing a more in depth post about this later on, so stay tuned. If you have ever thought about trying out cloth diapers, don’t be intimidated by it. They have been amazing! And what a fortune we’re saving. Plus, they’re pretty damn cute.

We use mostly Alva Baby cloth diapers and we ordered them from Amazon.

#4: Our Sleep Sheep: For some reason, Kensington LOVES the most obnoxious of lullabies and even though our sweet little Sleep Sheep has so many other sounds like the ocean, a heartbeat, birds chirping … Kensington loves Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. So we listen to that one lullaby, over and over and over again … EVERY night … But hey, it’s doing its job, which is to soothe our little babe, so I can only complain so much. We use Mr. Sheepie every night. I feel like it helps Kensington to know that it’s bedtime and not nap time. She seems to settle down as soon as we turn it on. It’s been great.

They make other kinds of singing stuffed animals, but come on how cute is this sheep?

#5: Our Pack N Play: Since Dylan’s parents live about 2 hours away, we try to travel down to visit as often as we can. Our Pack N Play has been a life safer for us. I was worried that Kensington wouldn’t like it or would have trouble sleeping in it, but she seriously sleeps just as well as she does in her bassinet. And when we’re not traveling with it, we keep it set up in our living room for a quick go-to nap spot downstairs. It also has a place to store some toys underneath the hanging bassinet. It’s definitely been a great baby item.

There are lots of styles to choose from, but we picked out this Pack N Play!

#6: Our Swing: My sister graciously gave us the swing she used with her two boys (and also wrote an adorable blog post on the impact of said swing … Read it here). The swing has three little bears in its mobile, and I have no idea what it is about them but Kensington is obsessed with them. She seriously can go hours just staring at them … I’ve been jokingly calling her Goldilocks with her three bears.  Whenever she starts to get sort of fussy, we strap her in and she calms down. I’ve even caught her laughing at them. I’m so sad and scared for when she gets too big for a swing or when it no longer captures her attention the way it does now because it really is the cutest thing.

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My sister got this swing back in 2013, but don’t worry it’s still available here.  And how cute are those bears y’all?

#7: Boon GRASS Countertop Drying Rack:  Okay, so this one is definitely a bit of a luxury (a simple drying mat will do just fine) BUT this one is particularly nice because the bottles never, ever fall over. The water also drips down into a convenient tray that allows for easy cleaning. It makes for a great place for pump parts to dry (as well as keep them all in one place because holy moly why are there so many pieces to that thing?!). Even though I mainly nurse and give Kensington usually only one bottle a day, we still use this little thing every single day.

It looks pretty good on your countertop too! See here.

#8: Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper: Now, Kensington has never slept overnight in this little contraption but she takes plenty of naps in it! I love how light weight it is and how easy it is to move around the house. She seems super comfy in it and I love that I can have her as close to me as possible.  If I’m sitting on the couch, she’s an arms-length away. If I’m cooking in the kitchen, I can position it in the hall so that I can still see what she’s up to. And! It folds up super tightly so that we can travel with it or move it out of the way really easily. Definitely a good choice!

We got ours from my sister Angie and it has a super cute sheep theme! But of course, I can’t find it online … here’s a link to another one similar.

#9: Boppy Nursing Pillow: Even if you know you are not going to breastfeed, this pillow is AMAZING. It makes holding her easier, nursing her easier, propping her up easier… It’s just an all around awesome pillow that grows with baby.  They make a ton of different ones, but I would recommend getting a simple “naked” boppy pillow and buying a cover to go over it. Yes, this is more expensive, but we’ve had some spit up & other messes already happen to our pillow and it is so much easier to remove the cover and wash it versus the whole pillow.

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Here’s the link to the “Naked” Boppy: click!

#10: Baby Trend Expedition FX Jogging Stroller: This stroller was on Dylan’s big “wish list” for the baby. He wanted the bicycle tires in the jogging style so that we could easily push her in not so easy places, like trails, gravel, and whatever else we bump into. I remember we were in Babies R Us looking at strollers and he kept getting so excited about all the places we could take our baby girl and how much easier it would be with that stroller. So even though it was a wee bit more expensive, I caved and agreed to the jogger. And it has been awesome! It’s a smooth ride for her and I’m comfortable pushing her at the park, on trails, and in grass or gravel. Definitely recommended!

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We went with the yellow jogger, you know, in case we have a baby boy in our future.

And that’s ten! These are the items we use the most as first time parents in the first three months of our baby’s life! Do you have any items on your list that didn’t make mine? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading. Xoxo.

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26 thoughts on “Our Top 10 Newborn Items

  1. I swear by the SwaddleMe swaddles! It was a bittersweet day when my son mastered rolling over because I can’t use them anymore and he slept so great with them!

    1. That is awesome!! I love hearing from other cloth diapering moms! It is so intimidating but a really great choice. And I remember fighting my husband so much about the Grass counter top bottle holder because we could’ve just gone with a simple drying mat… but it is awesome and I’m so glad he talked me into it!

  2. That sugar skull diaper is the cutest ever! I tried cloth diapering but didn’t have much luck with my babes. The nursing pillow was a life saver for me, though!

    1. The sugar skull is my FAV diaper! You should totally give cloth another try! Let me know if you have any questions or anything! And yes, the nursing pillow is amazing, especially for first time Moms. It helped me correct my positioning a TON!

      1. I tried it twice. Both times my girls got horrible yeast rashes. It was awful:S Our youngest is now 8 months, and she’s definitely our last baby, so getting into cloth diapers at this point wouldn’t be worthwhile;)

  3. It’s so emotional transitioning out of newborn things! This is a fantastic list – when I had my first, we did not know about the Swaddleme blankets – oh my word, we were missing out. They are crucial haha.

    1. You’re so right, it is SO emotional! Why does time fly so fast?? Luckily my sister had told us about the SwaddleMe blankets because they are awesome! Definitely wouldn’t have wanted to go through those first few months without them!

  4. Great list! We had the Halo bassinet (as a loaner, thank goodness haha it’s so expensive) and it was PERFECT for the first few days because he had jaundice and his little bili-bed fit perfectly in there. After that however he wouldn’t sleep in it because he hated being flat on his back! The rock and play worked way better for us for the first two months! And I stubbed my toe so many times haha.

    1. The same thing happened to my sister! Her son loved the Rock N Play! Thankfully Kensington likes sleeping on her back so it works for us, but I’ve definitely stubbed my toes a few times too! It’s pretty huge!!

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