- Sound machine: For sharing a room with your little one and all their wild noises in the beginning, and for helping to drown out all the other sounds in your home for them (there are many great ones out there, we just went with a simple one that we still use today).
- Velcro swaddles: Especially appreciated during those late-night diaper changes, these are easy to use and adjust to different swaddle styles as your baby grows.
- Baby Bjorn bouncer with attachment: Because sometimes you need to use the toilet or prep a meal.
- Ergo 360 carrier: Easily fits mom or dad, is machine-washable, and offers great support on the hips rather than putting weight on your shoulders.
- Lovies!: A strong recommendation for a minimum of 3, but even better to buy like 6 of the same style. One or two will get lost, and having an attachment to a lovie is a great way to help them transition away from the pacifier and soothe themselves from ~3months to 6+ years old.
Pro tip: Regularly cycle through them all to let each get equally loved and worn in. Take it from me, once a few are worn in, they’ll know the difference between the OGs and a new replacement..and they will not be into the replacements…
- Keekeroo Peanut Changing Pad: Pricy but super useful... you can just wipe it down when he pees all over it mid-diaper change (yes, this will happen all the time!) instead of having a pad with a cover that you need to launder every time it gets dirty.
- Microwave sterilizer + Boon drying rack So easy to sterilize all your pump parts, pacifiers and bottles in 2 minutes in the microwave... such a time saver. And the drying rack to always have a place where all your clean bottles/parts live and are at arms reach.
- Baby Ktan: Newborns love to be strapped to you the first few weeks. I preferred the Ktan because you didn't have to figure out tricky/time consuming wraps, you just slip the baby in and go.
- Pumping bra: pump both sides hands free so you can do other things while pumping. Pro tip: if you don’t want to buy one, cut 2 slits into an old sports bra… ta-da!
- Puj Tub: instead of having a bulky baby tub, we used this to wash in the sink for the first few months, stores flat/folds up, also good to take travelling.
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