Chase is approaching three weeks old this week. What!?! Time is seriously flying and I am loving every minute with our baby boy. He makes me so darn happy every single day and even though sleep is tough and Chase seems to need something from me every 2.5 seconds (usually breast milk, some rocking or a loving cuddle) there are a few products we’ve turned to time and time again since we brought him home from the hospital that have made caring for a newborn a bit easier.
Below you will find a few of our favorites!
Newborn Baby Favorites
I mentioned this one in my last Things I’m Loving Friday post, but the HALO SleepSack seriously saved us at night. Chase is incredibly wiggly and seems to have the ability to Houdini his way out of even the tightest blanket swaddle, so the SleepSack helped us immensely! It keeps Chase calm at night and the velcro makes swaddling a breeze!
This was, hands down, the most recommended item to me when I asked you guys what I should include on our baby registry. I now understand why! We started using the Rock n’ Play as a place to put Chase down for daytime naps after he was one week old. (People cautioned us against letting him sleep in the Rock n’ Play at night because he could get used to sleeping on an angle which might make it more difficult to transition him to the crib eventually, so we are just using it for short daytime snoozes and rocking time while he’s awake right now.) Chase seems to love the light vibrations and quickly took to the Rock n’ Play, which was wonderful!
I didn’t register for a bassinet but lucked out when my mom gave us the Summer Sleeper that she found on super sale at Marshalls! It has worked perfectly for us as a bassinet in these early weeks of Chase’s life. He sleeps in the Summer Sleeper right beside our bed every night (it is meant for co-sleeping but we use it as a bassinet) and I love having him close by. Chase also seems to really like the light vibration mode and we’ll usually click on the vibrate mode if we put him down and he starts to get fussy. Plus, the Summer Sleeper seems like it would work well for travel sleeping if you had to travel with an infant.
It wasn’t until I met with a lactation consultant that I decided to order a My Brest Friend nursing pillow, but I am so glad I discovered it when Chase was a week old. It offers light support for my back and closes up the hole that the Boppy leaves between me and Chase, which I like a lot! The positioning of this pillow is perfect for nursing and I cannot recommend it enough to those who may be hoping to breastfeed.
Though I prefer the My Brest Friend pillow for nursing, I do still love my Boppy! I will use it to nurse on occasion, but like it most for cuddle time. It supports my arm while still allowing skin-to-skin time with Chase, which is really important to me. The Boppy Newborn Lounger has been fantastic as well and provides a comfortable place to put Chase down that seems to cuddle him up in a way that keeps him more relaxed than he would be if we put him on a flat surface.
Though the SleepSack is our go-to swaddling tool at night, during the day, we’ve been using the lightweight Aden + Anais swaddling blankets for everything from swaddling and cuddling to burp cloths in a pinch when one isn’t handy. I love that these blankets aren’t too heavy because it’s still quite warm in Charlotte and they don’t seem to overheat our baby when we use them during the day.
Butt Paste was one of those products that my mom friends swore by that made me laugh before I had a baby. Now I totally get it! About two weeks after Chase was born, he started to develop a small diaper rash on his tiny hiney and several applications of Butt Paste made it go away in a day or two. Ryan didn’t love the Butt Paste from the tube because it is kind of hard to wash off your hands but fortunately Boudreaux’s makes a spray version as well that he prefers to use when changing Chase. I like both!
My friend Leah recommended registering for two diaper caddies and I am so glad we did because we use both daily! Since Chase isn’t sleeping in the nursery yet, we set up a little changing station for him in our bathroom and the diaper caddy keeps everything organized! We have another well-stocked diaper caddy on hand in our family room for downstairs daytime diaper changes. (We have this caddy upstairs and this caddy downstairs. We wanted something that wasn’t too “baby-ish” for downstairs that would blend into our decor a bit better than most caddies we found and loved the basket look!)
This was a wonderful gift from Kelsie that I absolutely love! I don’t have the need for a giant diaper bag just yet since Chase doesn’t need a ton of stuff at this age, nor are we going that many places right now, but this portable changing station is perfect. It’s small and lightweight and can easily be tossed in a tote or clipped onto the outside of a purse or stroller. It makes changing diapers on the go a breeze!
When I asked friends for car seat recommendations, the only car seat everyone seemed to have and recommend was the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat. When Chicco reached out to me and offered to send me their Bravo travel system, I was so excited since it was already on my radar, so I graciously accepted and we could not be happier with it! Chase seems comfortable in the car seat (he passes out every time we take him in the car!) and I love the way it easily clicks in and out of both the car seat base and the Chicco Bravo stroller. We have been loving our Bravo stroller for daily walks! It is smooth, sturdy and easy to push. Plus, I love the way it holds a ton of stuff since I usually pack the stroller with everything we might need or want while walking outside.
This is another product I mentioned in a Things I’m Loving Friday post, but I have to include it on this list as well because it’s one of my favorite baby-related purchases to date. The salt lamp emits a warm glow that isn’t harsh, making it perfect for quiet nighttime feedings. After Ryan and I struggled with way-too-bright lights during nursing sessions at night, I ordered this lamp from Amazon and it has made a world of difference. I swear it has helped keep Chase calmer during evening feedings (most nights at least!) and it isn’t nearly as intense when we turn it on since you can easily choose the level of brightness thanks to the dimmer switch.
We received a good amount of burp cloths from friends and family and use a bunch for all different reasons every day. My favorite burp cloths have been the Burt’s Bees cloths we received from our friends Eric and Amanda, as they are a bit wider than others and also quite soft! We’ve actually used them as teeny blankets to put over Chase’s legs on a walk when it was a bit breezy but still too warm for a blanket.
My mom brought this one home from Marshalls early last week and it has been fabulous as a downstairs changing station. I think it’s meant for co-sleeping, but we love it as a place to put Chase down to change his diapers! We can easily bring it all over the house since it’s lightweight and the soft, neutral green color doesn’t make it a total eye-sore. Plus, it plays music and womb sounds which Chase seems to enjoy when he’s not super fussy!
Question of the Day
- What were/are some of your newborn baby favorites?
- Was there anything in particular that you used all the time that you felt like made a big difference when caring for your little one?