It feels like its been a lot longer than 17 months since Penelope was born, and I still remember feeling completely lost when it came to buying baby things. I knew I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on things we wouldn’t use or didn’t need, but I had no idea what that stuff was. So after a year and a bit we are now out of the newborn stage and into the toddler life. I feel like I now have the knowledge to give you an honest list of newborn things your going to want and actually use.
After 17 months of life with a baby, I can give you a few tips:
Beluga Baby – This carrier is my personal favourite and the one thing I would consider a necessity. I used this religiously from the time she was born until recently when she started refusing to be held anymore. I would be able to put her in the carrier and have two free hands to cook, clean or get other household tasks done during that time (especially if your baby is a bit colicky, sometimes baby wearing is the best comfort).
Barefoot Dreams Blanket – This blanket was made infamous by the Kardashian and now every blogger is raving about it. I hate joining in on trends, fads or whatever this is but I recently bought one and it seriously is the softest thing I have ever felt. I want another one because its the only blanket we use, and it is WAY softer than the other baby blankets I had for P.
Nose Frieda– “The booger sucker” was my nightmare before I had kids. Bodily functions always freaked me out, but somehow when you become a mom that totally changes. I don’t even flinch changing a dirty diaper, let alone sucking boogers out of my congested baby! Its way better than the ball thing I used to have as a kid, and as much as they hate it the Nose Frieda actually works.
Snoo Smart Sleeper – !! Beware this is expensive!! And as much as I wouldn’t consider this a necessity, the thought of a magical sleeper that puts your baby to sleep in minutes sounds so appealing. The Snoo is designed to replicate the movements babies feel in the womb, it rocks them to sleep and keeps them asleep! Doesn’t that sound heavenly during those first few sleep deprived weeks.
Braun Thermometer – I wanted so bad to believe that all thermometers were created the same, so I bought a dollar store one. Until Penelope got sick and I could feel she was burning up but getting a consistent reading on the cheap thermometer was useless. I learnt my lesson and bought this one by Braun, which takes an accurate reading within seconds.
Boon Bottles – This was my most linked item, and it was always because people would see in my stories that Penelope at a very young age was feeding herself with a bottle instead of someone holding it for her. The reason was because it was easy for her tiny hands to grab on to.
Ryan & Rose Paci – They are called “Binks” in our home, and Penelope always was good about taking them as a newborn. I know some babies don’t take one, but for those who do this is a really great product and I had to include it. The Paci’s are teether as well, so its like your getting two things for the price of one. Plus all their products are made with the safest materials and thats what I want for my child.
Medela Breast Pump – I was so nieve to think I could go without a breast pump, I thought I could save money by not buying one or that breast feeding would come easy (major eye roll). I had to pump almost immediately within the first few days because Penelope had Jaundice and was kept in the hospital a few extra days. However it proved to be one of the best purchases to this day.
Blooming Bath Lotus – Washing a newborn was one of the scariest things I ever did, I was so afraid to break her and for some reason every bath tub was made out of hard plastic! I saw someone share about the lotus baths and knew we needed one. It was so easy to clean and soft, I felt a million times better washing her after that.
Owlette Moniter – When your pregnant for the first time you worry about everything! I remember telling myself that if I could just make it to the end of the pregnancy and she is born that I will stop worrying. Ha! That is the exact opposite of what actually happened. I ended up worrying more, and using the Owlette gave me a piece of mind at night time. It monitored our baby’s oxygen levels and would tell us anytime it dropped beyond a certain level. Knowing that she was safe was everything at the time.
Lollipop Camera – I just think this is so cute, compact and pretty. The video can be watched on your phone and there are so many different settings on it. I also wanted something that fit the aesthetic of the room not distracted you from its actual design.