As a first time parent, shopping for baby products can be SO overwhelming. There are so many different options and everyone you know has their opinion on which products are the best. Personally, I read and watched tons of reviews, and ultimately just chose the products that I thought would be best for our family.
But, now that my husband and I have been parents for about 4.5 months, we’ve definitely found some favorite products that have helped us get through these first few months. In this post I’m going to share some of our favorites, as well as a few that I really wanted to love, but that just haven’t worked for us like I thought they would. I’ll try to link as many products as I can, but if you have any questions, just let me know!
Love to Dream Swaddle – Hendrix has been breaking out of blanket swaddles since day one. He liked to have his body swaddled, but he’s always wanted to have his hands up by his head. So at first we just swaddled him in a blanket but let him keep his arms out, and that worked fine, until he discovered that he has hands and arms. Once he made this discovery, he was constantly throwing his arms around and hitting himself in the face, which kept waking him up. So we switched to the Love to Dream Swaddle, and he loved it. It allowed him to have his arms up by his head like he likes them, and still have his body swaddled. He wore it for naps and bed time, and as soon as we put him in it, he knew it was time to sleep and almost immediately calmed down. We recently had to stop using this because he is now rolling and I wanted him to be in something safer that gives him more mobility with his arms, but I definitely recommend this swaddle if you have a new baby that loves to have their arms up while sleeping!
Lou Lou & Company Swaddle Blankets – These are the softest, most snuggly swaddle blankets ever! Even though we switched Hendrix to the Love to Dream swaddle pretty early on, we did swaddle him in a blanket for a while at the beginning, and these were our go to blankets every time. I love how soft and stretchy they are, which is perfect for getting baby wrapped up nice and tight, but still leaving them comfortable and able to move a bit. Even though we don’t swaddle anymore now, we still use these blankets all the time in his car seat because they’re so soft and light weight. Another reason I love them is because they have SO MANY color and print options for both boys and girls, so you’ll definitely be able to find that perfect color that you’re looking for! They also carry top knot hats, no scratch mittens, knotted gowns, the cutest little top and bottom sets, and tons more!
Project Nursery Sound Machine – There are so many sound machine options out there, and some of them are so expensive, but this one is extremely affordable and I love all the things that it does. It has several different soothing sounds to choose from, the option to set a timer for the sounds, a night light with three different levels of brightness, the option to connect to blue tooth to play your own sound or music, and a projector with three different discs if your baby needs a visual to help soothe them. Hendrix loves the ocean wave sound, and I love that it’s quick and easy to operate when we’re up in the middle of the night!
Electric Nail File – Obviously baby finger and toenails are itty bitty, and I got so scared every time I tried to trim them with the baby clippers because I was so afraid I was going to pinch him. So we bought an electric nail file, and it has been a game changer. I’ll be honest, it’s still difficult to trim his nails (especially his toenails) but it’s just because he is constantly moving and I can’t get him to hold still long enough to get it done! I’ve found that it’s easiest to do while he’s napping, and I just try my hardest not to wake him up. The one we got is also rechargeable, which is super convenient since we don’t ever have to mess with replacing the batteries. I definitely recommend skipping the clippers and just going for the electric file!
Activity Gym / Play Mat – A soft place for baby to play is definitely a must. Obviously a blanket on the floor and a few toys will do, but in our experience, an activity gym with toys hanging overhead is much more entertaining for baby. We got this super cute tropical themed one, and Hendrix loves it. It has several different toys that can be removed and moved around as well as the monkey hanging from the middle that plays music (which is Hendrix’s favorite part.) The toys can also be attached to the mini boppy style pillow that comes with it, and then hung on the car seat for on the go entertainment!
Bouncy Seat – We originally purchased a 2 in 1 gliding swing / rocker, thinking that would work instead of buying both a swing and a bouncy seat. One less piece of baby gear cluttering up the house, ya know? Hendrix likes it ok, but his grandma got him an actual bouncy seat for Christmas, and he absolutely loves it. He kicks and kicks and hits the toys and smiles and squeals a ton when he’s in it. This seat has even helped us to be able to eat a few meals without one of us having to eat one handed because we’re holding him with the other! I definitely recommend some sort of bouncy chair because it’s an easy way for babies to entertain themselves a little bit if you have a few things you need to get done! I couldn’t find our exact one, but the one I linked is very similar.
Ubbi Diaper Pail – When I was pregnant, a trash can designed specifically for diapers was one of the things that kept popping up on lists of things that are nice to have, but you don’t really need. But honestly, I can’t imagine not having it. I don’t know if you’ve ever smelled a trash can full of dirty diapers, but let me tell you, it is not a pleasant smell. The Ubbi locks the smell in so well and keeps Hendrix’s room smelling nice and fresh, and not like dirty diapers. You can use any regular trash bag in it, which means you don’t have to spend extra money buying special bags to put in it. It also has a lock on the lid, so when Hendrix gets a little older and a little more mobile, we’ll be able to make sure he can’t get into it. Plus it comes in several different colors so you should definitely be able to find one to match your nursery!
Wanted to love, but don’t
Snuggle Me Organic – This was literally the first thing I bought when I found out I was pregnant, and unfortunately, I wish I hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product, Hendrix just doesn’t like it. I think the reason he’s not a fan is just because he wants to be held all. the. time. and when he’s not being held, he doesn’t like to be laying flat on his back. He prefers to be propped up or at an angle so he can see what’s going on around him. I haven’t tried it in a while, so maybe now that he’s a little bigger and spending more time laying down while he plays, he might like it better, so maybe I will try it again soon.
Solly Baby Wrap – This is another item that I was so excited to have and was just SURE that I was going to use it all the time, but it just hasn’t worked for us. I can NEVER seem to get it on right, and every time I try to put him in it, he locks his entire body out straight and refuses to bend his knees so that I can get him in the correct position. I have tried so many times, watched tons of tutorial videos, and even reached out to the company for advice, but literally nothing has worked for us. Every single time I try to put him in it we just end up with him screaming and crying and me beyond frustrated. I’m still trying to find some sort of carrier or wrap that works for us, but so far I haven’t had much luck!
Magic Merlin Sleep Suit – We bought this when we were getting close to being ready to transition out of the Love to Dream Swaddle. We had read so much about how people’s babies were finally sleeping through the night when they started wearing it, so we were so hopeful that it would work for us too. Unfortunately though, he didn’t seem to like it and would get mad every time we put him in it. He also likes to lift both his legs up and slam them down in his crib, and he did that worse and more while wearing this than he does with anything else. He seemed so uncomfortable in it, and he definitely wasn’t sleeping any better, so our time of him wearing this was very short lived.
One thing that’s for sure, babies are picky. They all have their own preferences, and you just never know what they are going to like until they are here! If you guys have good or bad thoughts on any of these products, let me know! I want to hear your experiences!