Hey gals! Sweet baby William is here and we are over the moon. While this is our third babe and I wouldn’t say I’m new to the baby game, we are new to the scene when it comes to baby gear. It’s been close to 5 years years since we have had a newborn and yeesh, things have changed! Navigating the baby market can be totally overwhelming and exhausting, so I thought it would be helpful for all you new moms and moms to be to have some insight into the things that we have been using and loving so far with Baby Will! Also, the goal with Will was so be MINIMAL, there is so much that doesn’t get used which I’ve learned from the prior two so this list is the real deal.
I plan on updating this regularly, but so far, this is our current master list for newborn baby must haves. I also included some mommy must haves too.
These bottles have been the BEST! They are SO easy to clean, I love the soft silicone bottom, and William goes from the breast to the bottle so easily. Highly recommend these if you’re bottle-feeding!
Breastfeeding has been a challenge this go around (more on that later) but this is the best pump I tried!
Spectra S2 on Amazon (the battery powered feature is amazing)
This has been so great! We use it ALL the time when we’re on the first floor. I carry it around with us and plop him in there while we’re eating dinner, doing home school, etc… He’s safe and protected in there, it fits his Snuggle Me perfectly, and a plain mattress pad is included.
The sleeping genie, this is A MUST. It snuggles a newborn PERFECTLY and we have been using it religiously since Day 1. He falls asleep in seconds when we put him in here, and even used it as a co-sleeper before putting him in the Snoo. It gets so much use, can’t recommend it enough.
We love these swaddles! They are the best at keeping him snug as a bug at night and work perfectly when he’s nestled into the Snuggle Me. I feel like between the Ollie, the Snuggle Me, and the Snoo, you’ve hit the magic sleep jackpot.
The SNOO has been a GAME CHANGER. It took a couple of nights for William to get used to it but now he loves it. We put the Snuggle Me Organic inside it and the gentle rotation keeps this kid sleeping for HOURS. He’ll most likely grow out of the Snuggle Me in there soon, but until then, he is as snug as a bug and with the Owlet monitor, I feel safe.
We are loyal users of the DOHM. Have been using this since Brian was a baby and almost seven years later, it’s still going every single night. We have one in each of the kids rooms, and now in our room with William.
We were lucky to have both William’s grandma’s knit him the softest blankets, but this blanket is also so nice! I think it’s the softest one you can buy, Brian used the same one 💙Also, it makes such a nice gift!
We’ve been hanging out in the wrap, he’s so snuggly in there and after you do it a couple times, you get the hang of it. The material is also SO SOFT, and Solly makes the best baby clothes, too!
This might be my favorite purchase for William. It gives me SO much peace of mind during the nights and I swear it helps me sleep better. Both Brian and I have it on our phones and the heart and lung monitoring is so reassuring. It took a couple tries to get the sock right because he was so tiny, but we found if we put a sock over it, it stays in place.
My favorite brands for baby clothes are //
Kissy Kissy (SUPER soft)
We bought this kind of last minute and it’s been working out perfectly. It did come in a bunch of parts but Brian was able to manage it. We bought this piece to add to the top to house the changing pad, too.
Loving this glider, the color we have comes in and out of stock so keep your eyes peeled! (this one is available by the same designer and has amazing reviews!)
Stroller & Car Seat
We’ve been loving our UPPAbaby Mesa car sear and stroller. Since we’re not really running errands these days (#quarantinelife), this has been perfect because we usually just take take long strolls in the bassinet. The kids are normally biking with their dad way ahead and I’m trailing behind slowly with Will. He always snoozes in there and looks SO cute laying down in it with a blanket 🙂
Love this car seat, it’s super light weigh and fits right into the base of the UPPAbaby Vista (above)
My gosh I use this thing every single day, along with my YETI coffee cup. It’s so important to be hydrated when you’re in labor, recovering from surgery, breastfeeding, etc… Ya needs the good big cups to keep your drinks cold!
I love these nursing bras, they are SOOO comfy and affordable!
This was SO nice to have in the hospital, I scooped it off our couch on the way out the door and I’m so glad I grabbed it. Hospital bedding is pretty much the pits so this was so nice to have, and also a soft blanket to cover us up during skin-to-skin.
Wearing this as we speak, it’s THE BEST. Mother’s Day gift anyone?
The aboslute softest pajamas you can get, and the button fronts are PERFECT for when you’re nursing in the middle of the night
This set was PERFECT for the hospital and makes a REALLY nice gift for a new mom!
This eye balm is a must for new moms running on little sleep. I love to use it because it cools down my eyes instantly and brightens them up. Throw on some Tarte shape tape and you’re good to go!
game changing affordable undies for c-section mamas. I have some other more expensive pairs which are equally as amazing! The run pretty small so order one size up for comfort.
I ordered this at the recommendation of so many of you, and have been wearing it during the day, over the hanes panties. I think it’s really helping tighten things up and reduce the swelling!
more products added everyday!