My List of Newborn Essentials

Newborn essentials

As happy as I am to finally be getting my full nights of sleep, it is also a little bit sad realizing that my baby is not a newborn anymore. No more cradling his tiny body in my arms (he’s now 18 pounds and so eager to stand up) or swaddling him and checking every two minutes to see if he is still breathing. He is already on to infanthood and it is a whole new stage for me to enjoy and master. Being at the end of that incredibly blissful journey through newborn-dom, I’ve gathered a list of all the items that were essential in helping me with my newborn baby. I completely understand that what worked well for me may not work for everyone else, and so I would love for you guys to leave a comment below and tell me what your newborn essentials were!

Snuggle Me Organic Infant Lounger

snuggle me organic

For the first two months my husband and I co-slept with Camden on our bed. The Snuggle Me Organic made it easier for us to transport him from our bed to his crib. Let me just add that this is not the recommended use of the lounger by the company, it is meant to be used for day time naps. He took to this lounger right away, and the fact that it is so easily portable made it easy for us to put him to sleep anywhere… The couch, the coffee table, grandparent’s houses, even the crib! I also think that the “snug” fit made him feel more secure, especially being that he was born a month early.

Boppy Nursing Pillow

Boppy nursing pillow

This pillow saved us for multiple reasons. The most obvious reason would be nursing. When he was still so small it was easier to nurse (as well as bottle feed) him with a little extra propping. The second and less conventional reason why this pillow was a lifesaver is because Camden got bronchiolitis when he was about 6 weeks old and needed to be constantly elevated. Even when he was asleep! So we switched out the Snuggle Me lounger for the Boppy pillow and he surprisingly slept up to 5 hours propped up in that pillow. Best buy ever and the covers are super cute! We got the North Park cover with the pillow, but there are also cheaper options as well.

Sleep Sacks

Sleep sack

Next up on my list of newborn essentials are sleep sacks. Up until Camden got sick we would swaddle him in a muslin blanket for naps and bedtime. When he got bronchiolitis it was impossible to swaddle him and lay him upright comfortably (also he never liked having his arms swaddled anyway). So we started putting him in sleep sacks that my mom’s friend handed down to us. They’re warm and fleece (perfect for a baby born in winter!) and they zip the legs up in a sack while still having arm sleeves. These sleep sacks really helped Cam in establishing bedtime. Turning down the lights and putting him in his sleep sack meant it was time for bed! He also still loved sleeping in them when we started putting him in his crib (around 3 months) up until he started to roll around in his sleep. We ended up buying this one from Amazon in size 0-3 months. There are also sleeveless options as well.

Gerber’s Diaper Cloths

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Guys, if there is one thing you decide you should get from my list, please let it be this one. Purchasing all of those cute but expensive burp cloths and bibs are not worth it (unless you want to take adorable pictures with them). These Gerber diaper cloths come in a pack of 5 for only $8.99 at Target. I bought two packs of them to use as burp cloths and now I only really need to wash them once a week. You can also use them as an emergency diaper if you needed to (their actual functionality). I also put them down under the baby when he slept and ate, and if he had a spit up or diaper leak anything underneath him stayed clean! It has saved me so much laundry doing. The best thing about it is you wont feel bad throwing one away if it does get covered in anything you don’t want to take the time to scrub out because they’re plain and super affordable.

Taggies Elephant Security Blanket

Taggies

It was a very sentimental moment for me when I bought this elephant to be Camden’s first toy. I pictured him grabbing at the tags and snuggling with the blanket. It warms my heart so much now to see how much he loves this blanket/toy. We always put it with him in the car-seat and have even lovingly named it Ellie. It is absolutely adorable watching him hug his elephant during his naps. Maybe it was partially me putting it out there in the universe or willing it to happen, but it is so satisfying seeing how much Cam loves this blanket. This is the one that we bought for Cam, but there are many other options out there. The best thing about this product is that it is aged 0+ months so you can give it to your baby right from the start!

Honorable Mention: Boba Classic 4GS

Boba

So I’m cheating a little bit here because I technically didn’t get this until Cam was four months old, but if there was one thing I wished I had from the beginning it would be the Boba Classic 4GS. I didn’t do as much baby wearing in the first three months, but once I got this I wear him practically every day. When I put him in the Boba he takes great long naps and I get to go outside and get some walking done! I even recently figured out nursing in this thing which is another plus. It is kinda pricey, but so worth it. If there is one piece of advice I can give you it would be to join the Boba Love Community’s private Facebook group so that you can get notified when they’re having their huge sales (which is how I bought mine). The only down-side of this is that you have a more limited selection so when I purchased mine I got the very last style they had left of their sale by the time I found out about it.

So that’s it for my list of #newbornessentials! Let me know in the comments what your essentials were. If you would like me to make a list of “mom” essentials, let me know!

*This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

We Have a Five Month Old!

5 month old

If there is one thing that having a five month old has made me realize, it is that time is most definitely fleeting. Just a month ago Camden left the amazing and very short newborn stage, and in only one month he is going to be half a year old! What?? As I’m sure many other mothers can attest to, I am quickly finding out that the first year of your child’s life is a constant sequence of mastering one stage just in time to start tackling the next one.

5 months old

At his last check-up Cam was 26 1/2″ long and 17.5 lbs. Since he was born a month early the doctor was really impressed with his size. He is already wearing 9 month clothing! It cracks me and his dad up because everyone talked about how tiny he was until he was about a month old, and now everyone can’t stop noticing how big he is.

tummy time

In the last month Camden has gotten so much more animated with his toys and with people. He has been smiling for a while, but in the last couple weeks he has started laughing out loud…especially for his Dad. He loves playing with his ball and play gym toys, and he is starting to learn how to push buttons on his musical toys. He is finally getting better at doing longer stretches of tummy time, but he still won’t roll over from his tummy to his back. He can, however, roll from his back to his front and gets stuck and frustrated. He also sits up now and can hold himself for about half a minute!

play gym, tummy time

Camden has started to look a little more interested in food, but he isn’t eating yet. At his 4-month check-up our doctor told us to try introducing foods once he looked interested in our plates and so we have tried to put avocado and baby rice cereal as well as cantaloupe in front of him. He tried to suck the juice from the fruit, but he spits the food out still. But his new skill is that he can now hold his own newborn sized bottle!

bottle feeding

The craziest part of this stage in his life is that I can tell he is not that far off from doing so many more things like standing up, crawling, and starting to make out words. He has officially said MAMA (yay!), just mostly when he’s upset…but still! I’ve been trying to teach him some baby sign-language, but he mostly just looks at me like I’m crazy. I cannot wait to look back at this post in a month or two and see the huge strides he has made. Remember to document mamas! If you don’t it will just become a big blur.

Leave a comment below of what skills your LOs made by the time they were five months old! Also let me know what topics you would like to see from me in upcoming weeks.