My newborn must haves…Part 2 the Wants

After going over the Needs yesterday, here is the Fun Stuff. This is a list of some of my favorite little “extras”. 
They aren’t essentials, but can make your life with a newborn much easier!
What to expect book series
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What to Expect Books – The First Year
You might have read the When You’re Expecting one during your pregnancy, and the second one is just as good at explaining what’s going on with your new baby. It’s like the Google Search of Parenting.
Also check out the website…WhatToExpect.com
baby scalp scrubber
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Scalp Scrubbie
Here’s another item you might be able to swipe from the hospital, and if you don’t you’re really missing out. This is perfect for washing baby hair, and even helps remove cradle cap.  Every parent I know who has one of these scrubbers has told me that they used it until it broke in half. And then they used the pieces!  But if your hospital doesn’t provide one, you can always get them on amazon here or here.
Summer infant swaddler
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Swaddlers

Not all babies like them, and they can be a little controversial, but we couldn’t live without them in our house. The trouble is finding the one that keeps your baby contained and safe. The last time we used the style pictured above, but it wasn’t exactly escape proof. This time I decided to make my own,and it has been working wonders for us so far. If you’d like to give it a try, check out my peanut swaddler tutorial.

Granola babies ring sling
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Sling/Carrier
If you’re on your second child, or just have a baby who constantly wants to be held, this can be a life saver!
I recently made a ring sling (like the one pictured above) and having Corbin in it is the only way that I can grocery shop without either bringing my husband, or pushing 2 carts!  Just keep in mind that these things can take lots of practice before you can really use them with ease. I was seriously bawling the first time I tried to use our sling, but now it is much easier. (Let’s just blame all the crying on hormones!)

I also have a Moby Wrap that we used when Reli was born, and while it might work fine for older babies, I had a tough time getting it tight enough to hold a newborn properly. Plus you have to put it on before you leave the house so it doesn’t drag in the dirt, and you could possibly sweat to death while wearing it. Some people swear by them though, and there are so many different carrier/sling options, that it really is a personal choice.

Fissher Price sleep n' play rocker
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Sleep ‘n Play Rocker
I wish so much that I had known about this when Reli was born. Corbin probably spent about 80% of the first month living in this rocker, and it has been wonderful! We have a very short bed (like a foot off the ground), and I just pull this up along side me at night. I don’t have to get out of bed for feedings, and it is so easy to rock him to sleep while I’m still laying down. I pretty much just push it from room to room all day as I do chores around the house. We’ve even taken it to friend’s houses for play dates, and it is so much simpler than hauling a bouncy chair or pack n play.
little lamb cradle n' swing
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My Little Lamb Cradle ‘n Swing
This was my splurge when we had Reli, and we used it almost every day because she was one of those babies that needs to be held or rocked constantly. So far we’ve only used it a handful of times with Corbin. He likes it, and has taken a few naps in it, but I don’t NEED to use it with him. I really think this one depends on the baby, but we did like this model. It’s definitely a heck of a lot better than the old school crank swings!
(I was the older sibling, and spent WAY too much time turning that stupid crank! lol)

Soothe and glow seahorse
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Soothe & Glow Seahorse
This was the first baby item I bought when I found out I was pregnant, and it is awesome! We actually own 2 of them now. Reli is now 2 1/2 and has used her’s every night since she was born! When she was a baby I remember memorizing the song order so that I could be ready to restart it as soon as it ended. Back then the 5 minutes of music didn’t seem long enough. It was across the room in the pack n play, which is no fun in the middle of the night. Now that we have it right next to the bed in the rocker, restarting it is much easier, and I love him even more.
Nikon D3100 camera
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Camera
It doesn’t matter if you have a fancy one or not. Just keep it handy, because people aren’t kidding when they say babies grow up too fast. Enjoy this sweet little newborn time, and document it as much as you can.
The terrible twos are just around the corner!

Did I forget anything?
Leave a comment letting me know what your must have newborn item is.
I don’t want to be missing out on something amazing!

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10 thoughts on “My newborn must haves…Part 2 the Wants

  1. The Rock and Play is the best invention EVER! We bought it for our third kid and she slept in it until she was 6 months old. We buy it for all our friends for their showers.

    1. I'm so glad to hear that we'll be able to use this that long. I was worried we'd reach so kind of weight limit before I was ready to give it up! This is definitely one of those products that you know was invented by a Mom. 😀

  2. Thanks for the list! It's fun to see what works well for different families. My baby is NOT a swaddler. His arms were up around his face from the minute they put him in the bassinet at the hospital. The sleep sacks are great to keep him warm enough, but let him have his arms where he wants them. I'm glad I waited til he was born to make swaddling blankets, etc. 🙂

  3. Wow, swaddling is controversial? Ay ya yai! What isn't controversial these days. My kids LOVED being swaddled. Actually trying to slowly get my 9 month old out of the habit! And I never knew about scalp scrubbies. Both kids had cradle cap bad and I never pick it out of my 9 mth old daughter cause her hair comes out with it!!!

  4. The Rock n Play has been a lifesaver around here, too!! When we bought it, I wondered why we had never heard about it before?! Hands down the best piece of baby equipment EVER!

  5. Yep, yep! I have to agree with most of those! The Sleep & Play was amazing and I loved it. I was so sad to "retire" it when he started trying to roll over in it and I was afraid he was going to fall out. The swaddlers are also life savers for any parent who wants to sleep. We started using them at about 7 weeks and are still trying to get any life out of the last one that still fits!

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