Favorite Baby Products for the First 3 Months

Liv is three months this week! Wow it seems like it was just yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital.

Being the new parents that we are, there are a few products that have helped to make the transition a little easier. I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite finds.

Best Baby Tools First Three Months

Clockwise from top:

1. Jeep Car Seat Carrier & Bob Revolution: While it’s definitely not necessary to have two strollers, we’ve found that our quick snap-and-go stroller is a dream for trips to the grocery store and other errands (easy to fold and our Graco Snugride carseat fits right in), while our Bob Revolution is great as a walking and park stroller (we use it ALL the time!).

2. Baby Wise & Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: These two books have been our everyday resource for introducing a new baby into our lives, and vice versa. The tips on schedules (we keep a pretty relaxed but somewhat regular schedule) and sleep training are invaluable – Liv began sleeping through the night at 8 weeks (the a few exceptions here and there…).

3. First Friends & Wubbanub: The newborn soothie pacifier is amazing – but it’s a lifesaver when attached to the Wubbanub or First Friend! These, along with the above books, can be credited for Liv’s sleeping patterns. When she spits out or drops her paci, the stuffed animal on her chest keeps it within reach to grab again! It’s a-mazing.

Wubbanub

A little demo in how both the First Friend and Wubbanub works. When Liv falls asleep in one of her sleepsacks with her paci, I like to keep a very thin blanket over her pacifier (rather than swaddling it directly into her sleepslack which could be dangerous) so that when she spits it out and wakes up again, there it is! Of course you don’t need the blanket on top to help begin the self-soothing process, but I find it can help.

4. Moby Wrap: We’ve taken Olivia everywhere in the Moby Wrap – from playing in the snow to walking the streets of New Orleans while on vacation to sporting events to shopping around town. She loves it and it’s so very comfortable for Mom and babe.

Hint: It can be tough running errands with a baby that you have to take in and out of a carseat at each stop – I wear the Moby while driving – without her in it, of course – so that when we stop I can slip her right into the Moby at each errand. It beats carrying a heavy carseat everywhere.

Black Moby Wrap

5. Arms Reach Cosleeper: Liv sleeps right next to our bed in her cosleeper. It’s wonderfully convenient to not have to get up out of bed in the middle of the night to nurse and it’s nice to safely ‘co-sleep’ during her first few months. We use the risers now (not shown in picture below) to bring the cosleeper up even with our bed.

Cosleeper

6. Total Baby iPhone App: This app keeps my life in order – well, my life so far as Liv’s schedule goes. It tracks when she eats, on which side, for how long, etc. It also includes cool tools such as sleep tracking and diaper counting. By checking my phone I can predict when she’ll be ready for her next nap and if she’s crying because it’s time to eat or time to sleep.

7. Boppy: I love my boppy nursing pillow! I wish that I had one in every room because it makes nursing so easy with its wrap around shape.

8. Udder Cover: Speaking of making nursing easier, my Udder Cover is big and breezy and super convenient for nursing on the go. I use it almost everyday and because of its light material (the actual pattern I own is linked in the name) I don’t worry about it being too warm for Liv beneath the cover. The boning around the top of the cover is a hands-free way to keep an eye on her.

9. Rockabye Baby, U2: You won’t mind listening to the same lullaby cd again and again when it’s a rendition of Coldplay, Bob Marley or U2. In fact you’ll look forward to hitting play each time you rock baby. Another great lullaby source? Looping Lullabies – check the site out to hear a few soothing samples.

10. Halo Sleepsack: We have several sleepsacks to rotate throughout the week but one of our favorites is this version by Halo. Because Liv was born in the winter, and because blankets can be dangerous, this super cozy sleepsack both swaddles and keeps her warm all night long. I don’t worry about a blanket covering her face and her arms don’t wake her up when they’re snuggled by her side.

And there you have it! I hope it’s helpful for all of you mom’s-to-be, current mommies, aunts, grandmas, etc!

And just for fun, a little video of Liv singing at three months old:

Ahhh, too cute. She just learned that her little voice has pitch and that she can control it.

If you have any favorite products or tips of your own, feel free to share!

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Comments

  1. Morgan says

    Hi Stef, I agree on the Moby – it really takes a while to get the hang of! But once you do, it’s the BEST.

    ~Morgan

  2. says

    I have a lot of these items and agree! I do have the Moby wrap and found I didn’t use it very much because it was so cumbersome to put on. When I have my next one, I will have to keep in mind to put it on before I go somewhere! Halo sleepsacks are great and I love the U2 baby CD and so did Lincoln!

  3. Morgan says

    PartyMom,
    That’s an excellent suggestion on the stuffed animal! I bet it will help make the transition much smoother, I didn’t think about that.

    ~ Morgan

  4. says

    I agree with so many of these must-haves. The stroller system (we used Graco), the co-sleeper and the boppy were some of my faves. T is small enough that I used the Boppy to nurse until T was over 11 months old. Looks like Liv is small enough for that longevity too. I so wish I’d known about the First Friends. I wonder if it also helps transition babies from self soothing by pacifier to stuffed animal. Just a thought.

  5. says

    Thanks, Morgan! I remembered you saying how much you like the Wubbanub, so I ordered one for Emme last week! (Jill had mentioned it being disruptive when Emme lost her paci, so this seems to help and she likes it so far!)

  6. says

    Love this Morgan! I absolutely agree and the Total Baby App is life changing :)
    I also love the book ‘Raising Baby Green’. that Liv has one heck of an amazing Mama!

  7. says

    Thanks, Alana!

    Heidi, the moby wrap is great, I highly recommend it.

    Aubree, congrats!! Look forward to hearing about the little one.

    ~Morgan

  8. says

    How cute is she!!! I love the picture of her sporting the little lamb paci in the hat. Thanks for the reminder on the must haves, I am due in October.

  9. says

    Ooh, I can’t think of any baby products that I loved. I think it was more a case of “Oh! Now I know what to look out for!” Like our carseat: cute but really heavy and hard to buckle. I’ve learned so much! However, that Moby wrap looks awesome. I am definitely getting something like that whenver baby #2 comes along!

  10. says

    Thanks for stopping by Taylor Made Home and leaving such a sweet comment. Your little girl is so cute! Love this post…gives me lots of great products to be looking for whenever we are blessed with baby #2. :)

  11. says

    Oh Morgan, this video is priceless – she is too cute for words!!! Isn’t it crazy how quickly the first few months fly by after baby comes? Such a special time.
    Thank you so much for yet another very informative post…this Grandma needs all the info she can get!! (Everything has completely changed since my kids were babes!)
    Thanks again,
    Janelle

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