Though I usually cover Montessori topics only, I also get lots of questions about favorite baby products. Here is a roundup of my favorite products for the early days with a baby (excluding Montessori materials, which I have already discussed in previous posts, and will talk about more soon). By no means would I call these “essentials”, but they have been very useful with each of our babies.
K’tan carrier - This was my most used item with D, and now with S too. I find this carrier really easy to use and wear, and love the various wearing options it provides for your baby’s different stages. I put S in this carrier when we are out and about, and at home when I need two hands and he doesn’t want to rest in his bassinet or on the floor. He is content being close to me, and I love the snuggles!
Ergo carrier - Though I primarily use the K’tan, this is our favorite carrier for hiking or longer walks. It fits both my husband and I well. It’s extremely comfortable and distributes the weight evenly across your body. You can use it from birth with the newborn insert too.
Cosleeper - Though we have the Halo bassinet handed down from a friend, I found with both babies that when I am nursing through the night, it’s easiest in the earliest stages to use a cosleeper. With this cosleeper, S can sleep right next to me, but without fear of rolling on him or him rolling into a pillow, etc. I also like that it is slightly inclined, helping with any reflux. I will keep him in either this or the Halo until I move him to the floor bed, sometime between 4-6 months.
Ollie swaddle - We tried so many swaddles with D, but used this one from the start with S and it’s by far my favorite. It’s worth the cost because unlike others, one size fits all. It is super easy to put on, and it doesn’t ride up over their mouth. Once they are rolling, you can secure it under their armpits so they can have free arms and hands too, while still feeling snug and swaddled. S sleeps so much better at night when he’s swaddled in his Ollie.
Topponcino - This is another item we use multiple times a day, for S to rest on and gaze at his mobiles from. When he lies on his back here, he is completely unrestricted in his movements. He is free to stretch his arms and legs, suck on his fingers, and turn his head side to side. The topponcino also provides a safe way for D to hold him in her lap.
Boppy - This definitely makes nursing more comfortable, and my posture is better when using it. Though I’ll be honest, I use it much less this time around because I’m often nursing S on the go now that I have a toddler to keep up with! Though I don’t like to prop up S, when supervised, I will occasionally use the Boppy for an extra cushion when he’s alert but fussy on his back, or for assisted tummy time.
Hatch sound machine/nightlight - We have one of these in D’s room, and now one for S too. It functions as both a noise machine and a nightlight, as well as a time-to-rise toddler clock. You can adjust brightness, sound type, volume, and color from your phone, which is useful for nights like the 4th of July when I wanted to turn the white noise up remotely to drown out the loud fireworks!
UppaBaby stroller - This is a splurge, and was a gift to us, but I am so happy with this double stroller. There are so many customizations to this stroller, but our favorite is the toddler (rumble) seat with bassinet below. We can also easily pop in our UppaBaby carseat. It is perfect for outings and walks to the park and in the city, when the diaper bag is full and I need a break from wearing baby. It even does well on our bumpy neighborhood roads.
Travel sound machine - I think the Hatch may have just come out with a portable version, but we use this one when we are on the go and can’t plug in a sound machine. It really helps with sleep when your baby (like ours) sleeps best with white noise. It also plays lullaby music.
Como Tomo bottles - Though I breastfeed S, sometimes it’s nice to have the freedom to pump and give a bottle (and for my husband to be able to feed him). These are by far my favorite bottle for new babies, as they mimic a breast in shape and feel. Both my babies have preferred these bottles to others.
Magnetic Me Footies - In terms of clothing, these are hands down the best for quick changes. My friend passed a few down to me for S, and I love them, especially for nighttime diaper changes. No snaps, no zippers, just magnets. Such a great invention.
Kickee Footies - These are my favorite comfy PJs - made from bamboo. D still wears Kickee pajamas to bed. They are nice and thin for summertime too, and come in really fun patterns and colors! They are available with footies or without, and with zippers or snaps.
Newborn Gowns - These are my other favorite for nighttime. The gowns make diaper changes a breeze! The brand Monica and Andy also make super-soft gowns, like the scooter one S is wearing below.
Aden & Anais burpy bibs - You can never have too many burp cloths, and these are my absolute favorite. Not only are they super soft and come in fun patterns, but they can later be used as a wrap-around bib when baby starts solids! I also love Aden & Anais swaddle blankets.
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