Watson is now six weeks old and I can’t believe it. Actually, he’ll be seven weeks in a few days! I felt like the first month was a little bit of a blur—just trying to figure out this whole parenthood business and being sleep deprived and all. But even though I wasn’t in my sharpest mind the whole time, one thing is crystal clear—there are certain baby things I couldn’t have been without during that first month, so I thought I’d share those things for you expectant mommas who are making lists of what to stock up on before baby arrives. None of these are going to be groundbreaking must-haves, but just the things I was most thankful to have in those first weeks!
1. SWADDLE BLANKETS
I felt like the ten swaddle blankets I had ready for Watson were going to be a liiittle excessive, ha! But let me tell you, swaddle blankets are little gems! We get a new one out of the drawer every night to wrap him up like a little burrito. Then the next day, I’ll use that same swaddle to cover him up during short naps, to wipe spit up, to cover the carseat/stroller, or whatever other purpose I can find for it before tossing it in the laundry that evening and grabbing a new fresh one for bedtime. Sometimes we even go through two in one day… it’s the best multi-purpose baby item we have! So no, ten was not too much at all. My favorite ones for actual swaddling are the Solly Swaddle Set. They are soft, big, and stretchy, so they really wrap baby up well. I’m also a huge fan of our Buttermilk Babies swaddles because of the adorable prints. Also love Modern Burlap and this four pack by Willow Beans (they are nice and thin for summer, and oh so soft)!
And don’t judge any swaddle techniques above… we had just wrapped him up loosely for a morning nap in this photo!
Watson sleeps in one every night because he just seems to get too hot with footie pajamas and a swaddle. But we do love the long sleeve ones for keeping his arms warm at night when they escape out of the swaddle (like they do every night!). Ones with short sleeves are awesome too. We use these from Gap, but we also have ones by Carters that you can find at TJ Maxx for a steal. We have about six long sleeve onesies and three short sleeve ones and use them all! I also keep one or two in my diaper bag in case we have a diaper blowout and his good outfit gets dirty. And this happens quite a bit ….especially in his good outfits, of course.
3. ROCK ‘N PLAY
4. BOPPY PILLOW //
So, this photo shows both of these things—and this is exactly what our life looked like within those first few weeks! First the Rock ‘n Play. It’s so wonderful because it supports a newborn baby’s head, so he is way more comfortable in this than in anything else. It’s great to have a go-to sleeper chair like this to put baby down in when you need your hands free for something. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without this… Whenever we lay on the couch at night to watch a show, we usually set Watson down in the Rock ‘n Play and he snoozes while we have some moments to ourselves. It’s also great because he often gets congested after he eats, so this keeps him propped up if I’m not holding him up myself.
And the Boppy Pillow… if you plan on breastfeeding, then you will need this! There are lots of similar pillows to this that I’ve heard are even better, but I really love this one. And the adorable cover from Etsy doesn’t hurt.
5. DOCK-A-TOT DELUXE
The Dock-A-Tot keeps baby snug by mimicking a womb-like feeling. Watson sleeps in his every night… it fits perfectly in his cradle. I don’t think it’s recommended to go directly in a crib or cradle, but he is a strong baby and is already close to rolling over, so I love that there is absolutely no way he can roll over while in this. Gives me peace of mind. It’s also totally portable, so we take it all over the house! For naps on our bed, in the bathroom while I shower, etc.
6. CHANGING TABLE + GOODIES
A good station for changing diapers is key. Set up a basket full of changing supplies elsewhere in the house, too, and you’ll be thankful you did! My favorite diapers are by the Honest Company because they are free of chlorine, fragrance, dyes, lotions, etc. And they are so stinking cute. They run a little small, though! Watson was 7lbs 8 ounces when he left the hospital and he was already in size 1. The newborns weren’t high enough on his bottom. He’s about 10 or 11 pounds now and we are still in size 1 though.
We love, love Water Wipes. They stay super wet and the best part? They are 99.9% water! So no irritation from fragrances or toxic chemicals. Because of this, I feel better about wiping his face with it when he has crusties on there or when anything else needs a good wipe down. Goodness knows you go through a lot of wipes with a baby! Watson has gone through the 720 count box in his 6 weeks of life!
7. STROLLER TRAVEL SYSTEM
A stroller has been vital to me in that first month because you just HAVE to get out of the house to stay sane. We chose the Uppababy Cruz stroller and Mesa infant carrier because of their compatibility—they snap together with no adapters! Considering the fact that I lose everything, this was huge for me because I don’t have to worry about losing a carseat adapter somewhere. We were stuck on the Uppababy Vista stroller up until my 9th month of pregnancy when I chose the Cruz instead for it’s more compact size (for getting around stores and other tight places) and because the more I thought about it, the less we needed the bassinet that comes with the Vista. I figured Watson would be in the infant carrier most of the time while he would be small enough to fit in the bassinet anyway. I’m sure I would have LOVED the Vista had we got it, but since the Cruz was a few hundred dollars less expensive, I have really been happy with our decision! It gives me “room” to buy a jogging stroller now! 😉
9. SAFE SKINCARE FOR BABY
Babies are much more vulnerable to the bad effects of chemicals than we are. Many baby shampoos and lotions are formulated with “fragrance,” which is a simple word used to disguise tons of ingredients like phthalates and synthetic musks that are linked to hormone disruption. The FDA does not require that the ingredients in “fragrance” be disclosed, so there’s no telling what’s in there—scary! It’s so important for me to know exactly what ingredients I’m putting on Watson’s body.
On the flip side, this Beautycounter Baby Bundle is exceptionally good! (We also love our baby washes and lotions from Honest and Weleda.) I wish the wash were in a pump, but that’s my only complaint. Otherwise, it’s gentle, effective, and oh so safe. I lather the oil all on Watson’s skin after a bath and it soaks right in (not greasy at all). The balm is great on rough skin!
10. BOUNCER SEAT
We traveled around in Watson’s first month so having a travel-friendly seat was vital —meaning, one that is lightweight, can fold up compact, and no plugs or batteries required. And since you can’t hold your baby all the time, it’s nice to have a couple different seat options for setting him down for play or sleep—or as needed for yourself. I love this Baby Bjorn Bouncer because it folds up as thin as can be, it’s light for toting around the house, and it’s developed with pediatricians to support baby’s back and head in the right ways. There’s also a toy bar accessory that goes on the top. That paired with the bouncing movements are great for motor development skills!
What else did we love and use? Well, definitely a sound machine every night (we use the Dohm). MAM Start pacifiers have been our favorites because they’re small and lightweight, so they don’t fall out of Watson’s mouth as easily as others. Lots of books! My sweet friends that hosted my shower had the guests each bring a book instead of a card, so we loaded up on some great ones. Socks for baby’s feet, although I haven’t been able to find ones that stay on yet. At least one soft, plush blanket! A camera for taking a million bazillion photos. Lots of water for momma if you’re nursing! You will NEVER be so thirsty. Glow Baby app is great for tracking feedings… I just started doing that at the end of his first month and it has really been helpful. And lastly… a good show to binge watch and comfy clothes!
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