Friday, February 28, 2014

{favorites} baby items newborn to 3 months

Now that we have been living with our dear Ellie for 9 months I'm ready to post about the items that got us through the first 3 months of her life!!

Some of these were true life savers and really helped us ease into parenting.  As you may have read
These are items we are for sure going to want to have on hand for our next bundle of love!!

A home decor collage from February 2014

1. Swaddle Blankets we actually went with a different brand that we found at Marshalls or TJ Maxx.  They are the perfect size for swaddling and lightweight enough we didn't feel like Ellie was going to melt in the hot summer temperatures.  They are a little stretchy which is perfect for getting a tight wrap on her! Also they just keep getting softer and softer as wash them!

2. Dr. Browns Bottles.  I really can't say enough about these bottles.  Sure they are the only ones we tried but they work so well for us.  I like that there is the option for BPA free plastic and also Glass bottles.  They also come in Pink!!  These bottles do have a few extra parts that make bottle cleaning somewhat of a task but the benefits of reducing air intake while suckling is totally worth it!  There is also a wide mouth option that has a nipple more like a breast to ease with the transition from boob to bottle.

3. Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Swing.  You guys I cannot tell you how much easier this swing made our lives!!  It has a few different sound/song options (you might get annoyed with some of them) that is an adjustable volume as well as three different positions/directions for swinging and speeds.  We found that Ellie preferred the fastest speed in the 'Front-to-Back' motion direction.  The cover comes off super easy for cleaning and the whole thing breaks down pretty small for transporting on vacation like we did!

4. Boppy.  So many people have these and they really are superb for feeding and propping your little one.  We have the protective cover as well as a few different fabric covers that go with our decor.

5. Gumdrop Pacifier.  We got this binky in the hospital and is the only one that Ellie likes. Thankfully I was smart enough to ask for a few extra just in case.  They sell the colored ones at Target and other places but she really only likes the orange one.  The texture is a little different (less slippery) and she tends to gravitate towards orange toys so it could just be a color preference as well! haha

6. Skip Hop 'Treetop Friends' Activity Mat: I originally chose this activity mat because I loved the colors and that it had birds/owls on it.  It is just the cutest and they have a lot of accessory toys that match this particular "theme".  This activity mat was great for having her play and work on hand eye coordination by swatting at the hanging animals as well as checking herself out in the baby safe mirror.

7. Tag n' Smile Plushie Mirror:  we actually picked ours up at Fred Meyer and it has been a total hit.  It really helped to encourage Ellie to play on her tummy and look at herself.  I loved that it comes in both blue (for boys) and pink (for girls) plus I am on a total "Bumble Bee" craze so I was drawn to it for the fact that it has a cute little bee on in!  It also is able to stand up on its own and is soft enough for when baby's head gets a little too heavy during tummy time!

What are some of your must haves for baby?

♥ Ashley

3 comments:

  1. Loved that tag mirror! My LO used it well over a year! We also lived our ergo carrier - great for that elusive 3rd nap at that age!

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  2. Totally agree about the swing. Such a life saver!

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  3. I like the one with owls.

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