Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top 10 Items for Newborns :: A Guest Post from Katie

I am thrilled to have Katie from This Is My Life blog share her newborn experience with us today.  I LOVE a good post full of top items to use with baby. I also love hearing about other Moms' intuitions and experiences with popular products, and have learned about so many new items from reading through the advice of other Mommy's! 

Today, Katie is sharing her 'Top 10 Items for Newborn Babies' with us. Gavin and I already have a lot of these items, so I am anxious to find out if we will love them as much as she did!

Hello everyone! My name is Katie and I blog over at This Is My Life and pretty excited to be sharing my Top 10 Favorite items I used with my newborn while Pam is out snuggling baby Gavin.

Being a new mama, I did a lot of research on the best things out there for my daughter, the must-have items, the items to steer clear from, and the items that will help make your life a little easier. I wanted to share my top 10 items that I loved and would recommend to mama-to-be's.
My husband thought this was a waste of money, but Dakota loved it. She used it a lot when she was cutting her first few teeth. Plus, it helps with all of her senses in one way or another.

For the first almost 3 months of Dakota's life, she slept in this. I suffered from Postpartum Anxiety (& couldn't sleep in our room for the first month of D's life) and loved that I could put Dakota in this in any room & she would sleep. In fact, she even still used it up until her 1st birthday to hang out in while I showered. I know at one point there was a recall out there for this particular brand, but the idea of a sleeper/bassinet is what I love most.

As long as you have the matching carseat, your infant seat clicks right into this stroller. It sure makes it a lot easier and faster to transfer baby from the car to the stroller & inside. (And in Minnesota in the winter, getting inside quick is important!)

I love that it can be used as a swing, or just a bouncer. Plus it has a vibrating option for the bouncer that put Dakota right to sleep. 

You can use this one for 3 different stages. The infant stage, then you can take the netting part out and she is still elevated. Then another part where she can sit up. I was sad to see this tub go once she outgrew it. I loved the 3 different stages she could use it for. 

Dakota loved this the first time she tried it, even when she was too little for it. She still loves it, and I haven't even put batteries in it for it to make sound. Plus, it helps Mama be able to get a few things done around the house. Even at 15 months old she can still fit into it if I need/want to keep her contained for a couple of minutes.

Worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY. It may not be the prettiest thing, but it is a life saver. Before registering, we said it was a waste of money and we would use bags. I am glad we decided to buy this because it is really much easier to throw the diaper in there since its right next to our changing table. Dakota has had some stinky diapers & I have yet to smell it coming from the genie.

Lifesaver! I have been in situations where I felt bad putting a stinky diaper in someones garbage, in a public bathroom & these things are so darn handy. The scent is not over bearing, but just enough to cover up the stinkiest of diapers. Plus, just clips on to the outside of the diaper bag. 

This thing kept Dakota entertained for HOURS. There are so many things for baby to grab, and even a little mirror to look at themselves. First time she used it, she was so excited & got so much enjoyment out of it--she fell asleep. I also liked how you can take the arms off of it & they can lay there, or just roll around. The characters on it kept her entertained.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! I love that I can see how she is sleeping whenever I want to. It was a lifesaver once Dakota went into her crib. They have bigger screens, but the 2.8 inch screen is just fine for us. There are so many options with this too, it can play music & has an option for whoever is watching the monitor to talk to the baby. 

So there you have it. My top 10 baby items that are a must for new Mommies. Hope you found it helpful. Stop by This Is My Life and say hi & I would love to hear other items you think are a must that I may have forgotten.


Sarah said...

I'm so glad to see that most of these items are on my registry! I can't wait to see what my baby likes!

Julie said...

I'm not a momma yet but Sophie will be on my list of things to get!

Amanda said...

I will for sure add a Diaper Genie to my registry!

Angela said...

I was debating whether or not we need a jumper, but I'm thinking we do!

Ashley Lee said...

Sophie is a must for sure!

Ashley said...

We have three kids and we found only one of our kids tended to like each item (swing, play mat, bouncer, etc.) If you're on the fence about buying an item, see if you get it for a baby shower, and if not see if a friend will let you borrow or try theirs out for a while before you spend the money! Every baby is different, so you never know :)

Jess Norden said...

Great list!!! I think that the disposable diaper bags are such a forgotten item...I always give them at baby showers and Moms thank me later. ;)

The swing was our LIFE SAVER. Cameron slept in it for awhile and he always loved to watch Baby Einstein in it. Oh, Baby Einstein is on my list of must-haves, especially around 6 mo+.