HOW has it already been six months since Bennett was born?! Over the last six months, we’ve had a lot of trial and error experiments when it comes to what he likes and what works best for all of us. I wanted to put together a list of our most used baby items in one post to possibly help if you’re trying to decide on upcoming purchases. And trust me, most baby purchases aren’t cheap! So here is what worked for us and the items that I recommend to everyone who asks!
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What Is It? Moms on Call is a book that gives suggested feeding, nap, and sleep schedules for infants.
Why We Love It: This is essentially my baby bible! This book provides typical daily schedules for every newborn stage. Following these schedules from the beginning has helped us create a routine that me, Jordan and Bennett all enjoy. Bennett seems to thrive off of being able to anticipate when a nap is coming or when a bottle is coming. We are more able to pick up on cues and avoid the stress of not knowing if he’s hungry or tired. I also attribute MOC as the main reason Bennett is able to sleep through the night in his crib and take good naps throughout the day! (AND we have avoided the 4 month sleep regression so far.)
Everyone is different, but Jordan and I both thrive off of schedules and structure which is why Moms on Call has worked so well for us!
What Is It? The Willow Pump is a cordless, hands-free breast pump that fits inside your bra.
Why We Love It: The Willow Pump brought some type of normalcy back to my life postpartum – a time where NOTHING is normal btw. Traditional breast pumps are typically loud, bulky, cumbersome, and require you to be tethered to an electrical outlet for extended periods of time. The Willow Pump allows you to discreetly wear a breast pump with the ability to move around – even lay down – without spilling.
For me, this pump meant privacy in front of family members and freedom to multi-task. Honestly, I felt like a badass mom robot for pumping, doing laundry, washing bottles and GSD at the same time. Pumping on-the-go is also super easy with the Willow because the equipment is literally just two cups that insert into your bra. Both cups are so compact that they can fit into one small insulated bag instead of needing to travel with a pump bag and an additional bottle bag.
I also personally love the fact that this brand is challenging the archaic technology of traditional breast pumps that make you feel more like a dairy cow than a super mom. If you’re eyeing the price tag, you can pay for Willow with an FSA or HSA account. It also may be fully or partially covered by your insurance company, so check that out if you’re interested!
What Is It? The Boppy Lounger is a infant support pillow with a recessed center that babies fit perfectly into. Recommended uses are for feeding and tummy time.
Why We Love It: We have used our Boppy Lounger from day one! It’s an alternative to the Dockatot type pillows, but we love this one because it supports babies sitting slightly upright since Bennett had some tummy and reflux issues. At six months, we still use the Boppy lounger every day, so Bennett can sit and hang out with us on the couch. It’s perfect for having an easy and comfy spot to set him down.
I have also often wished that I had my own Boppy Lounger – this thing looks so comfortable.
What is it? It’s a sleepsuit for babies who are ready to transition from the swaddle but still need a cozy, secure feeling for longer and better sleep.
Why We Love It: From the beginning, Bennett was SO squirmy in his swaddle. He would throw himself around in the bassinet at night and kick his legs into the air like a gymnast. Some babies love their swaddle, but Bennett seemed make it his personal mission to Houdini his way out of every single swaddle we tried. (The ONE swaddle that we found that actually did work for him was XXXX.)
Once Bennett hit the weight minimum for the Magic Merlin suit (12lbs), I crossed every finger that this might be our answer to ending the swaddle battle. And y’all, the Magic Merlin really is magical. The suit is basically a big magic marshmallow that keeps babies cozy and secure enough to not wake themselves from the startle reflex. But they are still able to move their arms and legs which Bennett loved.
When it was nap time, all we had to do was put him in the suit and walk away. He would fall asleep in it ON HIS OWN. Bennett started sleeping through the night shortly after we transitioned from swaddle to suit at around 11 weeks. I’m truly convinced it had something to do with this suit.
A lot of people warned that transitioning from the Merlin sleepsuit can be difficult which is why we didn’t move Bennett up to the next size when he outgrew the small one. I didn’t want him to rely on the sleepsuit for good sleep. Instead, we moved him to a sleep sack for him to get used to moving more freely in his crib. We started using the sleep sack at night and then gradually moved it to nap times. The whole process took about a week, and now he sleeps GREAT in the sleep sack.
What Is It? The Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced measures and mixes water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency.
Why We Love It: I’ve mentioned before that I was low-supply, so we had to start supplementing formula with Bennett. This meant figuring out a way to make bottles in the middle of the night at 2am. NOT super easy when you’re squinting and attempting to measure things. (And honestly, it’s not super easy even when it’s not 2 am.) If you are having to supplement formula or switch to formula at any point, do yourself a MAJOR favor and invest in a Baby Brezza. This thing has been a lifesaver for making a quick bottle. Not to mention, it allows OTHER people to help make bottles. Grandparents, babysitters, family members – they never have to second guess how to feed the baby. They just press a button. Life. Saver. I tell everyone that this is a must-have for formula feeding.
Note: We also have the Baby Brezza bottle sterilizer, and we use it just as frequently. It saves us from having to run the dishwasher a million times a week just for bottles. Big Baby Brezza people over here.
What Is It? The Doona is a magical infant car seat and stroller in one.
Why We Love It: Do yourself a favor and get at least one of these! We started off using a traditional carrier/car seat base which was perfectly fine to use until Bennett started getting heavier. (I literally cannot even carry him in the normal carrier anymore.) Once I started struggling with the carrier on my arm, we moved it to Jordan’s car, and we installed the Doona in mine. WHAT TOOK US SO LONG. If I would have known just how helpful this thing is, I would have started off with it immediately! If I need to move Bennett from the car into a restaurant or store or to school, I can do it without even taking him out of the car seat. Not having to pull out a stroller base from the back of the car has nothing short of a blessing. The wheels just drop out of the carrier base, and we are off! Even Jordan who is unfazed by baby products LOVES the Doona.
Honestly, there are SO many other things that we use on a daily basis! Here’s a rundown of our favorites that we also love.
Skip Hop Playmat – We’ve used from NB to 6 months
Dr. Brown’s Bottles – We’ve used from NB to 6 months
Fisher Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat – We’ve used since 3 months
White Noise Machine– We’ve used from NB to 6 months
What We DIDN’T NEED
Baby Shoes – Not a necessity but super cute
Baby Robes – Not practical since you’ll want to wrap the baby up as quick as possible
Bandana Bibs – Get real ones if your baby has reflux bc these don’t catch anything.
Wipe Warmer – Just a luxury because there will be times you’ll be using cold wipes outside of the house!
Bottle Warmer – We have always given Bennett room temp and even cold bottles so that he doesn’t refuse bottles that aren’t warm when we are outside of the house.
Fancy Clothes! – Bennett’s reflux was so bad that we would change him multiple times a day, so we stuck with basic onesies until recently. His reflux at 6 months is much better.
Did you have any life-saving baby products in the first 6 months?