Good morning and welcome to the second post in my baby must-haves and regrets series. If you missed the first post, you can read that here. That one goes over all of our favorite products from the newborn stage along with what products we regret purchasing. Just like this one. Just a slightly different age category. A lot of the products included in this post and the newborn post definitely go with both age groups. So if there’s a product I absolutely loved in the newborn stage, then chances are I still loved it for this stage as well.
These two posts were the hardest for me to write because I didn’t want them to consist of the same products over and over again. So if you’re expecting a baby then these first two posts are going to be most helpful to you while building your baby registry.
Now before I continue, our favorite products might not be yours and that’s totally fine! Every baby and family is different. I feel like we’ve tried so many products these past (almost) 10 months and after a ton of trial and error, these were the products that worked (or didn’t work) for us. So let’s get to it!
My Top Must-Haves
Velcro Swaddles. These are AMAZING. If you have a baby who likes to move a lot then chances are, a traditional swaddle blanket probably won’t work as well for you. Which is why these are so great! These keep your little one swaddled nice and tight and prevent them from getting loose throughout the night. So it’s a much safer alternative as well.
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DockATot. I was so excited to try out our DockATot and it did not disappoint! This is a great product for naps or even just lounging around the house. It’s very lightweight and portable so it allows you to carry it from room to room with you or even take it with you on the go.
Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock. This is an awesome product for grocery shopping. It connects to any shopping cart takes up so much less space than a car seat. So you can do a full grocery trip without having to wear your little one or manage multiple carts. It also holds up to 50 pounds so if you don’t want to remove your sleeping infant from their infant seat, then you can just set the car seat inside the hammock, strap it in and you’re good to go!
Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather. When babies are itty bitty, it can be challenging to find a nice, safe and easy way to bathe them. For us, the Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather worked super well for us. It’s just this little seat thing that goes right into your bathtub. It’s at a bit of an incline which is perfect for babies at this age because they aren’t typically sitting up or anything like that. So this allowed Allie to just lounge in the tub with a toy while I washed her.
Graco Click Connect Travel System. A travel system makes life so much easier when you have a young baby. It allows you to put your little one in their car seat and easily move it from house to car to stroller without having to take them out of it every single time. This is great for convenience purposes!
Braun Forehead Thermometer. You’ll hear some mixed reviews here, but we love our forehead thermometer. I’m not big on taking rectal temperatures and babies are way too squirmy for under the arms. So this one works super quickly and is much less invasive. We have a temperature reading within 3-5 seconds. So it’s perfect!
The Honest Company Diaper and Wipe Bundle. We loved The Honest Company subscription. This was a huge hit for the first 3 or 4 months of Allie’s life. I did a whole review on this so I won’t go into too much detail here. But the best thing for me was the fact that it shipped to us every 6 weeks so I wasn’t constantly having to run to Target for diapers and wipes. You can set how often you want to receive your box (ours was every 6 weeks) and when that time comes, it’ll automatically ship to you. You receive 6 packs of diapers (46 ct each?) and 4 packs of wipes (72 ct each). This usually lasted us about a month and a half so $80 (?) every 6 weeks wasn’t bad at all to me. And if you have a more difficult recovery period then this works even better for you!
Burt’s Bees Dusting Powder. We used this so much in the first three months. It’s talc free so it’s perfectly safe to use on little ones (just in case that was a concern of yours). We love this product. When babies are little, they tend to spit up a lot. Formula would also dribble down Allie’s face and into her neck and cause a ton of irritation. Her neck would be so red and raw and just horrible at this age. So we started using this dusting powder to soak up the moisture and keep it dry and it’s worked wonders! I absolutely recommend this product!
Pack n Play. When little ones are small, it’s really not necessary to buy a whole crib yet. It’s recommended that babies sleep in the same room (not the same bed) as their parents for the first 6 months which is exactly what we did. Plus, a pack n play can be used for sleeping, travel, and play so you get a ton of use out of it as opposed to a bassinet.
Munchkin Formula Dispenser. If you’re choosing to formula feed, a formula container is super great to have on hand when you’re out of the house. It allows you to fill each compartment with the formula needed to make up to three bottles so you’re all set for 6+ hours depending on how often your little one eats.
ToteSavvy. By 2 months or so, I stopped using our diaper bag (more below) and started using my Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM. Since it’s a big open bag, I decided to buy a ToteSavvy insert by Life In Play to keep it organized and it’s been such a life saver. It comes in multiple sizes and can fit in any size tote bag! With ToteSavvy, there’s no need to buy a traditional diaper bag.
My Top 0-3 Month Regrets
While I had some products I absolutely loved for this stage, I also had some products that were a complete waste of money in my mind. Now not all moms agree with me on these items and that’s totally fine! But for my daughter and our family, these items just didn’t work out for us.
Rock n play. This is something that so many moms highly recommend. We put one on our baby registry and while we did use it a lot in the first month or two, we stopped using it by 3 months. Allie just became uninterested in it and by 3 months and I was really wanting to make sure we were promoting good sleep habits at all times. And a rock n play isn’t a good sleep habit in my book. This goes for swings as well. So nowadays we keep it in a corner and use for when Allie’s having a bottle or something. Other than that, it’s never touched and we won’t be buying one for baby #2 (whenever that may be haha).
Muslin Swaddle Blankets. These just aren’t the best for swaddling when you have a little one who moves a lot. They’re huge and flimsy and really don’t stay in place. To me, it was much more of a hazard than anything because our daughter would wiggle out of it and then get caught up in it while she slept. So we stopped using these for swaddling very quickly.
Bottle Warmer by Munchkin. I know this sounds like an odd one to have on this list, but we seriously stopped warming Allie’s bottles when she was probably 6 or 7 weeks old or so. I hated our bottle warmer so I gave her a bottle at room temperature and she still took it no problem. So I stopped warming them altogether. And honestly, I’m glad we did because I know some babies are suuuuper picky about the temperature of their bottles and it’s just not always doable to have a warm bottle ready for her when we’re out. So it makes life so much easier to just give her a bottle at room temperature.
The Honest Company Diaper Bag. This is another pointless item in my mind. Like any first time parent, I spent hours on YouTube and skimming mommy blogs for the top things you “must have in your diaper bag” and holy moly was that a waste of time. 90% of the items listed are NOT needed for basic outings. And even for extended outings, I really don’t need too much more than what I already have. Babies really don’t need a whole bag’s worth of things. I promise you. So next time, I’ll be skipping a diaper bag altogether.
So there you have it. Those were my must-have’s and regrets for the 0-3 month age group. If you missed the post on newborns, be sure to check that out here. If you like this series then stay tuned for my posts covering 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months.
Tell me! What were your must have’s and regrets for this stage?