Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a whole three months with our little bundle of joy. I have been completely consumed in life as a new mother and I can truly say I’ve enjoyed every second of it. Even in the hard moments, I’ve found myself overwhelmed with love and gratitude. Becoming a mother has changed my heart and my priorities as well as my buying habits!
In the first three months, we have learned SO much and I’m excited to pass along a list of products that have been essential to newborn life, and a few that make life easier.
*denotes things that aren’t necessary but make life easier
See below for a full list of things we’ve been using and loving these first three months with our newborn! Let me know in the comments if I left anything off that you enjoyed using during your first 3 months postpartum.
- Burp cloths
- These are simple and you can keep around the house around every corner!
- Sound only Monitor
- We use this over at my parent’s house and while traveling
- Hatch Sound Machine
- Nail trimmer
- THIS nail trimmer is a must-have. So much easier to use than regular clippers
- Nose sucker
- Windi gas passers
- We used these the first month when she was having a hard time passing gas. We haven’t used it in months 2 & 3
- Baby Carrier
- I love this and is a must-have in my opinion
- Stroller + Bassinet (she slept inside the bassinet attached to the stroller for almost the first three months of life. This is the stroller/bassinet combo we purchased. We really love it. Here’s a look-for-less.)
- Stationary Pump and added bonus *Portable Pumps (I have Willow)
- Haakaa (to catch let down when breastfeeding or if you need to self-express)
- *Camera baby monitor
- Our baby monitor has so many cool features that might negate the need for other additional items like a sound machine and the Owlet. Read up about the Nanit monitor here.
- *Owlet sock
- Laundry basket
- Bottles – first month
- Second-month bottles
- Bottle Sterilizing bags
- Milk storage bags (2 boxes have lasted me more than 2 months)
- Drying rack
- Bottle and pump cleaner brush
- Bottle warmer
- Velcro swaddle — If you can find Ollie swaddle then use that! These ones from target are good too!
- Breastfeeding pillow
- Gerber onesies for nighttime. They are just easy to throw-on and you won’t care about throwing them away when blowouts happen. Get newborn size
- Gas drops for fussy gassy baby
- Pampers little Swaddlers diapers – have a blue line to tell when they are wet
- Kyte baby zipper onesies
- Tie bottom gowns for baby – Lou Lou and company
- Dockatot – I wish I would have gotten a pattern to hide spit-up and dog hair
- Don’t want to spend $175 on the real Dockatot? Here’s a $37 Amazon Dockatot dupe
- Pacifiers that grip around their cheeks
- Baby Bjorn bouncer
- MagneticMe Onsies
- Crate and barrel Caddy for bedroom
- *Washing basin for bottles (so you have a clean spot in the sink that food hasn’t touched)
- Portable sound machine
- Portable fan
- Blankets for hospital, naps, and just comfort all around!
- Noodle and boo wash and lotion
- Bath seat/support
- Bath towel with hood
- Tubby Todd all over ointment for dry skin on head and baby acne
- Mat for tummy time
- Toys starting around 2.5-3 months
- Sleepsuit when they start breaking out of swaddle (around 11-12 pounds)
- You’ll want something super soft! No waffle knit robes… trust me! Your nipples with thank you later.
- Amazon adult diapers
- Dermplast (might give you in hospital) but you’ll want after stitches!
- Witch Hazel pads feel good to put in diaper
- Cami/Half bras to sleep in
- I just lift these up when breastfeeding in the middle of the night
- Nursing bra
- Pumping bra
- Pumping / diaper bag
- This $35 diaper bag on Amazon is great. I use it for storing and traveling with pumps
- Nipple protectors – Silverettes
- I had heard about these from other blogs/influencers I follow but wasn’t sure I should buy them or not. Two small silver nipple cups for $60 seemed a little steep. HOWEVER, when your nipples are raw and hurt like hell those first few weeks of breastfeeding, you’ll pretty much pay whatever price to make it better. I ordered these on Amazon night 2 in the hospital. I really think they helped me/my nipples those first few weeks!
- Nipple cream
- Nipple pads
- Bras for normal clothes
- This bra is great for pregnancy and postpartum. It is wireless and stretches in all the best places
- Heating pad for when milk comes in and for postpartum contractions
- Also can use to heat up the bassinet before putting them down to sleep!
- Big water bottle with straw
Phone Apps and Online Courses
- Taking Cara Babies Newborn Course
- I wish I would have purchased this sooner! I ended up buying her Newborn sleep course called “Will I Ever Sleep Again” around the 3.5-week mark. You technically can’t start “sleep training” until around 8 weeks but she gives SO many good tips on how to care for your baby and sleep tips that are invaluable. I would watch the videos while Emma was napping. I started using some of her sleeping and soothing tips immediately and THEY WORK!
- WonderWeeks – An app on your phone to tell you about how your baby is developing and the “leaps” they will go through. Worth the one-time download fee of $3.99
- Baby Tracker – FREE app to track dirty diapers, feedings, sleeping schedule, etc. Go ahead and download this before delivering and get familiarized with it. I downloaded it the day after I gave birth in the hospital. The nurses and doctors will want you to keep up with how often you are feeding and how often they are going to the bathroom. This app is a lifesaver to keep track of it all!
I hope this helps anyone about to embark on the journey of motherhood! Please share. I know I would have enjoyed reading this before giving birth!
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