1) Halo Swaddle Sleepsack
Our baby girls LOVES this swaddle and we tried a few other types and this one wins the "got most sleep when used award." She has been a pretty decent sleeper from the beginning and started sleeping through the night by the time she was two months old, and consistently by three months old, even moving from bassinet to her crib. What's great about these swaddles is that once she is able to rollover, we can still use them as sleep sacks. (Which may be soon unfortunately!) They also have a muslin version which we use now since it's summer time and a bit warm.
2) Gas Drops
Most babies are pretty gassy in the first few weeks or months as their digestive systems are figuring stuff out, even breastfeed babies who typically have less of these issues. This was no different for our little girl, we had a few difficult nights struggling with her discomfort. These drops were a miracle, they helped her sleep a few extra hours. We used these several times a day until she was about a month old.
3) Solly Wrap
I didn't go into having a child thinking I'd be an attachment parent, I still don't think I am, my baby isn't even sleeping in our room anymore. But, I LOVED this wrap!! And baby V does too, still. As a newborn, she would sleep in this wrap and I could move around and get some thing done as needed. This is a product made in the USA and it's very good quality. You can use it until your baby reaches 25 lbs, it's easy to pack in a diaper bag, helps with bonding, and reduces baby crying. Totally true, baby V NEVER cries in her Solly.
4) Tummy Time Gym
5) Pampers Baby Dry Diapers
Balmax again? Yes I'm apparently obsessed and I'm not sure why you never read about this on the Mommy blogs, but my baby has NEVER had diaper rash. Ever. As soon as she gets a little red down there, we wipe this one, and presto, it's gone. Can't argue with family, my parents used this, and it still works amazing.
7) Breast Pump + Accessories
Milkies Freeze Kit - perfect for freezer storage
Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector - catches the extra when you're feeding
Infantino Freezer Sleeve - good extra storage
Extra Pump Parts - just in case!
UpSpring Milkscreen Testers - because sometimes it's fun to have some wine and this gives you peace of mind
Pump 2 Nurse "Purse" for Breast Pump Parts - perfect for storage and travelling with your pump
Car Adapter for Pump -
8) Baby Connect App
9) Baby Sparks App
This is my second favorite app. This app gives a lot of detail about your baby's developmental framework by month. I say framework because every baby meets milestones at their own pace. That being said, this app gives you a "schedule" or list of activities and cognitive playtime choice to help engage your baby each day. It can be hard when you have a newborn knowing how to give them fun and meaningful playtime. This app gives you so many ideas of how to entertain and stimulate them based on these milestones
10) Uppababy Vista Bassinet/Stroller
Mesa Car seat which we also have. You can get adapter kits to work with other carseats as well. This system also comes with bug and rain shields for the stroller and bassinet. The stroller itself has a large basket which is helpful when it comes to grocery shopping or regular shopping, you don't need an extra cart. The clip-in system is so easy it makes changing seats a breeze. So many times when the baby was still sleeping in the bassinet in the morning my husband would un-click her from the bassinet stand right into the stroller and go walking with her and the dog. Same deal with the carseat. I will say the stroller is not super compact, but the wheels come off and I can then easily fit this into my smaller car. Since the bassinet unclicks, we were able to carry it all over the house which helped our baby get used to sleeping on her back which she didn't take to immediately. I really can't say enough good things about this system. Since this is costly, if you think of it as an investment it helps. The quality is amazing and this system adapts if you have a second or third child.