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Baby Must Haves – Birth to 3 Months

Baby must haves vary from mom to mom. There is a lot of baby gear out there you guys. A lot. It is so overwhelming when you walk in to Babies R Us or Buy Buy Baby for the first time. Not to mention the pumped in to the air system baby powder scent that assaults your nose and hurts your ovaries the moment you walk in the door. Am I right??? I swear if I hadn’t have already gotten pregnant when we went to Buy Buy Baby, that scent would make me want to hold a newborn stat! There are also a million blog posts out there of the must have baby essentials. What I have learned? Every baby is different, obviously. So what might be a must have for one mom could be a joke for another. I wanted to share with you what got us through the first three months with Zoe, and why it worked. So here we go!!!

Sleep – When you first come home with baby, you can pretty much kiss your sleep goodbye for the first several weeks. I don’t know a single mom who came home with a baby that slept through the night. What did finally help? The Rock n Play. The Rock n Play is the most amazing thing ever invented if you have a baby with acid reflux who cant lay flat to sleep. Other advantages? It can go anywhere. Your living room, bedroom, grandma’s house. Genius! If I could only have one baby item, the Rock n Play is it.

Feeding – If you aren’t exclusively breast feeding, you need bottles. Dr Brown’s worked best for us. I have tried four other kinds and none of them beat Dr Browns. All the others gave Zoe more gas, there were lots of bubbles and air when she took them, etc. I know that Dr Browns has about a million parts to clean, but it is worth it. Hands down.

Other items pictured: Boon Grass, Boon Flower, Boon Twig

Play – There are so many baby toys out there and most of them entertain the kid for about five minutes and then they are done. The ones that Zoe keeps picking up or wanting to look at each and every day? O-Ball, My Pal Violet from Leap Frog, Minnie Mouse and her The Very Hungry Caterpillar soft book.

Another amazing thing to have, a play mat like this one! Zoe can lay there for a long time just staring up at the birds spinning or trying to grab at the lower hanging toys. Most recently she has been rolling over and using the mat for tummy time too. This is another item you can find on sale often at  Target.

Bath – I have one of those tubs with the sling that I used for the first month. But honestly, it was such a hassle and Zoe hated every minute of it. I then discovered this bath seat and it is genius! Zoe loves it because she is more submerged in the water. (The sling left her freezing.) She can spread out a little and it is easier to clean her because I am not having to move her around on a sling. This thing is on sale at Target quite often for around $15 and that is when I grabbed it.

Other items pictured: Shea Moisture Shampoo/Bath, Honest Lotion, Rubber Ducky was a gift but um they are everywhere!

Travel – Obviously, you can’t leave the hospital without the nurse seeing that you have a car seat. After a ton of research, we decided on the Britax B-Safe 35 travel system. I chose this because it is near the top of every safety review I read. Safety was an absolute first priority for me. I also asked several mom friends and the ones who raved most about their travel system were the moms who had the Britax. What I like now that I have been using it? It is fairly simple to strap Zoe in. It is a breeze to click in and out of her base, and I can literally open or close her stroller with one hand. All the grandparents cant get over how much easier strollers are these days.

Also, there are several moms that have horror stories about how their babies hate being in their car seats and fuss the entire time. Zoe does none of that, she loves her car seat. She falls asleep in it easily and is happily amused when we are out just looking around from the safety of her seat. The only negative? On hot days, she is sweaty when I pull her out of it. But I am pretty sure that is the case with most car seats, no? Zoe doesn’t seem to mind.

Obviously from my pictures I share, you can tell we have a lot more things. These are just the things we had to have to get us by easily. Or as easily as one can get by with a newborn. Am I right? If you want to see what all we registered for, you can read my post on that from my Mommy Babbles blog that I sort of quit posting on here. We pretty much either received or purchased everything on the list except the bouncer. My SIL let us borrow the one she had for our nephew.  And if you want to see Zoe’s nursery reveal to spy some other items you can see that here.

So what items do you recommend for the next few months?


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  • Reply Biana March 31, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Definitely a post worth saving for when that time comes for me!! Thanks for sharing all your favorites and things that have worked for you! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Laura March 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Love the rock n play and anything O-ball. I’m not sure how I would have survived without the rock n play — that is definitely my number one recommendation to anyone. And Dr. Brown’s bottles for the win — even though there’s a gillion parts to clean, they are the shizzzz

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky March 31, 2017 at 8:51 am

    my essentials:
    baby vac (for their nose when they get sick)
    hydrasense babymist
    dr. browns (these ARE the best bottles)
    sophia the giraffe
    a plain, no nonsense rattle. of all the toys we had for kayla, she liked this $4 rattle the best.

  • Reply kristen March 31, 2017 at 9:11 am

    that bath looks so much smarter than the slings, i will have to remember that. you’re right though, every baby is different, so are the parents, so you never know what you’re gonna need. definitely getting the rock n play.. one day, one day 😉

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer March 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

    This will be so helpful in the future! I cannot take her sweet face… she has the prettiest eyes and the sweetest nose and lips!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo March 31, 2017 at 10:53 am

    haha – at first glance, I thought the bottom of that picture said BOOB flower, BOOB Grass – I was like, WHAT IS THAT?!?!?!? 😉 haha

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph March 31, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Great list for moms to be!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista March 31, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Awesome round up! And girlllll the overwhelming feeling when walking into Babies R Us for the first time was no joke! The Boon grass/lawn is a game changer, and our 3 in 1 travel system. Girlfriend also loves/loved Sophie la Giraffe teether, her Baby Einsteins play gym which was great for tummy time and for visual stimulation of all the brightly colored sea creatures, and her 3 in 1 highchair that I know you have as well *of course* because twinning! Since she’s a thumb sucker, all of the pacifiers are collecting dust, but I know a lot of babies love their binkies! Happy Friday gurlie <#

  • Reply StephTheBookworm March 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Caleb used the same bath seat except in boy colors lol. Love the Rock and Play. Caleb wanted no part of the bassinet so he slept in that for his first 2 or 3 months. We used that grass thing too for bottles!

  • Reply Laura March 31, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I’m going to have to remember this for when I have kids! My brother and SIL have the Britax travel system and they love it. The stroller is so nice to push!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis April 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I need to share this post with my bestie who is about to be a new mom. She will love the travel system since they will be moving to Europe next year and traveling often.

  • Reply Elle sees April 3, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I always love these roundups!! The 7 yr old got a Violet for the 1st birthday and she STILL totes her around to this day. The 3 yr old had to get one too. Still gets played with!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders April 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I’m definitely saving this post! Like you said, every baby is different, but I still feel like there’s quite a few things on your list that will work for everyone!

  • Reply Carly April 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I remember reading another post about bottles, and being so surprised that the type/brand can make such a huge difference depending on what your baby likes. The travel system sounds awesome- how nice that the seat just clips into the stroller.

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family April 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I love that you are just ahead of me in this whole being a mommy thing so you can share all the info with me! Love this post! Thanks for sharing, friend. 🙂

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