It is absolutely true that you don’t really need much for a baby aside from diapers, clothing, and a car seat but here are a few products that have been so great.. and it’s actually changed quite a bit since the first month list.
Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover. This is my mommy must have for on the go breastfeeding. I’m honestly one of those people that would feed my baby anywhere and not care but I like to be considerate of weirdos that find it offensive.
Fisherprice Animal Krackers Jumperoo. Peyton still enjoys her play mat quite a bit but she really wants to be upright these days. She’s really getting a lot of use out of this. When we first started using it she had to have a couple big books under her feet to make it jump but now her little feet reach the floor and she LOVES making it bounce. It’s funny to not only watch her but to listen to her little squeals of delight when she’s in it and playing with all the toys. (These are expensive so I’d recommend borrowing or buying used. We had taken some duplicate baby shower items back and bought this.)
Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker. This has taken the place of the rock n play sleeper. It’s light enough to pick up and carry around the house. She didn’t like this at all the first month but we tried again a little after 2 months and she loves it. I put her in this when I cook, shower, or am cleaning or doing laundry.
Sophie. No words to describe how much we love Sophie, she is awesome. Well worth every penny you spend on her (but hopefully you get her as a gift, like we did). Hands down one of the best toys!
Ring Links. Such a simple toy. She likes to grab the rings, move them from one hand to another, and (of course) put them in her mouth. They are easy to throw in the diaper bag or put on the carseat.
Carseat toys. I just pull the handle up and make sure the toys are in her view and she is set to go.
Mirror. It’s so adorable to watch her look in the mirror. She smiles and coos at that cute baby.. little does she know, it’s herself.
Trumpette socks. A must. This is definitely not something I would have spent my money on before knowing how great they are. My sister bought her over a dozen pairs of these.. not only are they adorable with lots of cute designs but they fit perfect and stay on!! She kicks so much so these are perfect.
Video Monitor. I’d definitely register for a video monitor, it’s wonderful. It is so much more calming to look at your baby and see exactly what they are doing rather than just listening. Also, she likes to wake up but then go right back to sleep so it’s nice to peak in on her for awhile before going in there to get her. We have two cameras, one in her nursery and one in our room when she takes naps.
Canon Rebel T4i. It is soo worth it! Wyatt and I both knew we wanted to buy a nice camera before having a baby to capture everything and save on hiring a photographer. No one thought it was a good idea for us to spend so much on a camera, until they saw what amazing pictures it took. Now everyone is asking Wyatt to take pictures and my sister and both of my sister-in-laws went and bought the same camera.
A few helpful tips/advice:
I pack my diaper bag for every situation that could come up but I never carry it anymore. I throw a couple diapers, wipes, and Sophie in my purse and leave the diaper bag in the car, in case it’s needed.
Again, stock up on diapers while you’re pregnant! Read about what I did on my other post. We still haven’t had to buy any diapers or wipes and won’t for a LONG time.
Don’t be in denial about your babies age or size in clothes. Peyton had a lot of outfits that I thought looked huge and were a bigger size than what she was wearing at the time but I tried them on her and they were a perfect fit.. some were close to being too small.
Stuff we no longer use from the first month:
Fisher Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper. I’m actually sad she no longer likes this but we still got lots of use out of it. She just likes to be more upright now and prefers to take naps in bed.
Stuff we still love from the first month:
Skip Hop Studio Diaper Bag.
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump.
Munchkin Disposable Changing Pad Cover.
Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30.
Little Noses Saline Nose Spray.
Flatfold Cloth Diapers as Burp Cloths.
Pampers Swaddlers and Luvs. Pampers Sensitive Wipes.
Onesies. Lots of them.