Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Favorite newborn things

Our littlest baby is almost a whole year old already! Oh my. Which made me think back on what were my favorite newborn items. I know a lot of you have (or will soon have) a tiny new baby of your own, so here are my recommendations:

Parents of Invention Ultimate Wrap - fantastic baby wrap! It's lightweight and comfortable to wear and you can carry baby in so many different positions. This has been my babies' favorite sling to ride in. A little bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but once you have it down, it's really quite simple and convenient. And it has a great pocket on the front for storing keys, a phone, pacifiers, etc.

Kiddopotamus' Swaddleme blankets - no-brainer swaddling blankets so easy to use even a sleep deprived new parent can't screw up. They hold baby securely and have a convenient flap for diaper changes. They helped my baby sleep soundly in no time.

Playtex Drop-ins bottles - the silicone nipples are just the right shape to use while breastfeeding and the bottle itself is easy for even tiny babies to grip. It's super easy to clean (I even washed the disposable liners to be more 'eco-friendly') and holds up really well to being tossed around. We've tried a few other brands, but this is by far our favorite. Oh, and no leaks!

Burt's Bees Baby Bee baby wash - smells so sweet and is so gentle on baby's skin. Has never given our kids a rash like some washes have and doesn't sting their eyes at all. And is mostly all natural.

The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper - if you're going to co-sleep, this is a great option. It keeps baby in the bed and close at hand for convenient nursing, but reduces the danger of rolling on baby or baby getting caught in the sheets. Nice hard sides to protect baby, comfy mattress inside. Works really well until baby learns to roll.

Fisher Price papasan chair - very comfy shape and well padded. Also has vibrate and music settings. This was our younger two's favorite place to sit and watch the action around them, and they even took many naps there. Keeps baby upright which is great for colds or reflux. Calmed our baby like magic.

Those are my top recommendations - what products did you love the most for your baby?


  1. I've used all of this stuff with my babies too except for the wrap (mine's a Moby) and the Playtex bottles (I'm a Dr. Brown's gal). The Swaddleme wrap is actually what I'm crediting with Ariel sleeping about 7-8 hours through the night right now... she LOVES it! I've also had the papasan (ours is green/beige) since Addy was a baby and its the best seat EVER. Agreed about great place for sleeping, especially with reflux issues or colds. Love it!

  2. We also have the beige and green papasan, but I couldn't find a picture lol. We're using Dr. Brown's on Ferris, but they are SO hard to get clean that he's always got little milk chunks stuck in it and then they get clogged (yeah I lost the tiny brushes that came with them). Otherwise those are great bottles too. Green to Grow bottles also work pretty well, but they tend to hold more air bubbles and the leak like crazy around the neck if you don't get the lid on just right.


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