The First 3 Months: Top 15 Products.

September 9, 2011

I know there are 101 new moms out there right now — and everyone will vouch for their own favorite baby products — but I wanted to list my top 15 in the past three months. These are my absolute favorites that I could not live without:

1. Burp Cloths.

I actually didn’t register for many burp cloths, nor did I buy any before we had Ollie. But they are hands down the item we use the most — we burn through our stack of 20 in less than a week. Not only does Ollie spit up after almost every feeding, he has begun drooling like crazy. We bought these ones shortly after he was born.

2. QuickZip Crib Sheets.

I wrote about these in my nursery post, but they are my favorite favorite sheets. It is super easy to change out the sheets by just unzipping the top part & replacing it with an extra top sheet. I have one complete sheet set & two extra top sheets. It is perfect for the frequent spit-up stains & the infrequent poopy accident.

3. Brest Friend.

My Brest Friend really is my best friend. In the early weeks it almost felt like an extension of myself since I was wearing it so much. I still much prefer nursing with it than without it — it is super comfy & I love the adjustable strap. I also love that I have to keep adjusting the strap to make it tighter — a valid sign that my waist is shrinking back to normal size, hooray!

4. Aden + Anais Sleeping Bags.

I have two of the classic sleeping bags + one cozy sleeping bag. I actually didn’t have any regular (non-swaddle) sleep sacks when we had him. I thought we would be swaddling him & sleeping him on his back for a long time, but we gave up the swaddle & started sleeping him on his tummy at 3 weeks. I was just too lazy to keep swaddling & hated having to go in & re-swaddle him every time he kicked out of his blanket. I love the a+a sleep sacks cause they’re so breathable & lightweight for summer. They also have awesome customer service — one of mine ripped in the wash & they were quick to replace it.

5. Video Monitor.

I always say that the video monitor is both a blessing & a curse, but more a blessing than a curse. Oliver doesn’t cry too much (PTL), but he does often nap very fitfully or even get up in the middle of his naps & stare around the crib (he is actually doing this as I type…). If I didn’t have a video monitor, I would think he was sleeping the whole time, but with the video monitor I know that he isn’t napping well & can trouble shoot how to fix his schedule so he can nap better. Then again, maybe it would be better if I just didn’t know? I would be less stressed, that’s for sure.

6. Activity Gym.

I originally didn’t really want an activity gym, because most of them are so ugly & tacky-looking. Skip Hop makes some cuter ones though, so I just added it to our registry, and I’m so thankful that Cindy bought it for us! I place Ollie on this mat during every wake time we have at home & he loves playing with the carrot rattle & the crinkly duck wing. He also loves the different sounds from all the hanging objects & staring at the light reflections from the cow mirror. He’s also gotten so much better at tummy time while playing on this mat. It’s a winner.

7. Cetaphil.

In the early weeks Ollie had really bad cradle cap & baby acne. It was really sad. :( Our pediatrician recommended dandruff shampoo for the cradle cap & Cetaphil for his face. His cradle cap is way under control now, but he still gets some bumps on his cheeks now & then. Every time he does, we just rub a little Cetaphil on his cheeks & they go away pretty quickly.

8. Carter’s Onesies.

When I was pregnant I was super excited about buying cutesy baby clothes. I found a lot at second-hand shops & some name brand stuff for really good deals. But so far I’ve found that the clothes I love most on him are just plain onesies from Carter’s. Carter’s onesies seem the most comfortable to me & they fit his nice “apple” shaped body very well (as opposed to the Petit Bateau onesies that would fit a “banana” baby better). I only bought a couple for him with a gift card I had, but we received a lot of Carter’s onesies as gifts & I’m thankful. I also like that they have a good number of plain ones (solids, stripes, simple patterns) — not a fan of the cheesy graphic tees (no offense).

9. American Apparel Pants.

Paired with his Carter’s onesies, I love these American Apparel baby leggings. I think most baby pants look so funny — they’re wide legged, which make babies look even shorter & stockier than they already are. But these baby leggings are nice & slim-fitting, which is just the way Daddy & Mommy like it. ;) AA has excellent baby clothes — I have some cutie cardigans & striped onesies already for when he’s a little bigger. I hear they might go out of business soon… I need to stock up!

10. Breast Pump.

This pump has been a lifesaver (thanks cousins!). I felt guilty getting such a nice pump when I wasn’t even sure how much I’d be using it, but I’m so glad I did. I pumped a lot during the first couple weeks because I was paranoid about my supply. I was convinced I had low milk supply until we met with a lactation consultant & she told me otherwise. Now that Ollie sleeps 12 hours at night, I always pump before I go to bed to make sure that I keep up my supply. I still don’t know when I can stop pumping… I hear some women pump until they wean! Either way, I’m thankful I can pump double-time on this pump & get it done in 10min (which still seems like forever when I am so sleepy at 10pm).

11. Nursing/Stroller Cover.

I searched a long time for a nursing cover that I liked. I didn’t like most of them because they were so colorful & graphic & seemed to draw so much attention. I liked this one because it really looks like something I would wear — stripey & grey haha. I actually don’t use it as a nursing cover much (I don’t really nurse outdoors very often), but I love using it as a stroller cover. The hole is perfect for peeking in on the baby to check if he’s sleeping & the jersey material is nice & opaque to block out the sunlight. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on this one.

12. Sophie the Giraffe.

I feel a little silly posting this one, because everyone I know has it, but it’s a recent favorite in our home! Oliver has just started responding well to toys & he smiles really big whenever he hears Sophie squeak. He’s also starting to grab objects a little better & Sophie’s legs are the perfect size for his tiny hands. He loves it when Sophie “kisses” him all over his body & especially his face!

13. Target Sleepers.

I just realized why I like these sleepers — they’re also made by Carter’s haha. Anyway, this was another item I didn’t really think to buy before we had Ollie. It didn’t occur to me that we’d need pajamas for him every night, and extras for when he has poopy accidents. I love the way these sleepers fit & that the zipper goes all the way down to his foot to make it easier to put on. (This is actually my most coveted PJ, but it’s too pricey for me!)

14. Diaper Bag.

I also searched a long time for a diaper bag I liked, but couldn’t find a style I liked that was in my price range. I wanted to make sure it was a bag that Steven could carry if he was ever taking care of the baby on his own. I had bookmarked this rucksack on Etsy a long time ago & kept coming back to it. It was still a little out of my price range, but I was totally won over by all the rave reviews. So I messaged the seller & asked if she’d be willing to do a partial trade & she agreed! She was super sweet & easy to work with. I’ve loved everything about this rucksack & am so glad I decided to go with an unconventional bag. :)

15. White Noise Machine.

We used this white noise machine when we took care of Isaac earlier this year. I knew we needed to get the same thing if we wanted our baby to sleep as well as Isaac sleeps! Already in three months, I feel like Ollie has associated the white noise sound with sleep & it is so helpful to take it with me when I want to nap him at a friend’s house. Sometimes I worry that he will become completely dependent on white noise in order to sleep & wonder when I would wean him off of it, but for now, it works well & we love it.

That’s my 15. I’d love to hear other “must-haves” from other mamas!

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