ETA: Of course, I began compiling this list when our little one was around 4 months old. I’ll add a few things at the end which we’ve used from month 5-6. Also, I enjoyed reading these lists to gather ideas about what our baby may like. Figure out what works best for you and your baby!
We believe in swaddling, and our baby loves it! (In fact, we are trying to transition away from using it now and it is not fun!) We tried swaddling ourselves, and this Woombie is a great purchase. Easy to zip up and stretch enough for him to move around. Well worth trying for those babies who like to swaddle.
We use ours for going out of town, and we plan on using as a play pen when E gets older. I know some people who use their quite a bit more than us, but I think it will get more use down the road.
Noise machine (old alarm clock): Our E man likes white noise (plus it helps to drown out the rest of the noise in the house). There are many available for sale; but, we just happened to find a setting we liked on our old alarm clock.
Humidifier: When E was about 2 months old, he got a bad cold and this really helped with congestion. We will use it frequently if he looks like he’s getting sick. Good, useful purchase.
Don’t Leave Home Without It! Our doctor gave us two of these, and I scoffed, thinking “why would I need these things?” Well lesson learned on our first trip out of town and E man needed his nose cleared at 2 a.m. Seriously, I keep one in his bag at all times.
Boppy :I would recommend every new mom get a Boppy (whether or not for breastfeeding). It is such a great little pillow that the baby can use as a head prop or tummy time. Great buy for most babies.
Doughnut: Not sure what the real name of the “Doughnut,” but made by the same company as Boppy. We really got our money’s worth out of this. It is like a little lounger pillow and our 6 mo. old still fits on it. He actually takes naps in it (with my supervision) and loves lounging on it. (Our baby actually outgrew Bumbo pretty quickly, so we use the Doughnut and put the Boppy on it as a little baby recliner – he loves it when we are all hanging out at the house).
Jumperoo: Would have paid ten times as much for this. Our baby LOVES the bouncer and will bounce till his heart’s content. When he was too short for it, we just put a few books underneath. We ordered it when he was about 3.5 months old and has been using it ever since. We can tell he’s ready to be mobile on his own and is close to outgrowing it.
Fisher Price Swing: No bueno for our baby. He didn’t like swings OR vibrating chairs at all (hence, why we were thrilled with the bouncer). I see many great reviews and I think it is just one of those things that parents will have to wait and see if their baby likes it.
Burp Cloths: We were given a few monogrammed burp clothes as gifts, and boy – do we ever use them! Keep a pile close by because they are necessary for spit up and drool!
Stroller: My husband did the research for the car seat and found this popular Chicco System. We got the car seat, base, and stroller. We really love all the pieces, thus far. (We know that we will have to change his car seat once he outgrows.) He loves his “bucket” and we would take it with us to restaurants, etc, and he often falls asleep in it. He is just now at the point now where we use the stroller by itself (without the bucket). It IS bulky (for throwing in and out of the car) and doesn’t have a lot of bottom storage space when the bucket is in. However, we are still really pleased with it all. We may look into a BOB down the road, but for now, this suits all of our needs.
Baby Bjorn: Our favorite carrier, by far. He would often go to sleep in it while I did household chores and fixed dinner. Easy to snap and go!
Wish we would have purchased: This is the Fisher Price Lamb swing, I believe. We were given two swings, neither of which did our baby like to be in. I read so many reviews of this swing and really wished we had had it the first two months based on the great reviews!