When I was pregnant with Caleb, I scoured the Internet for lists of “must have” baby items. I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed as a new mom, but I also didn’t want a lot of excess. I’m definitely not the mom who wanted five different types of pacifiers or three kinds of swaddlers (Caleb didn’t like to be swaddled at all, so I’m doubly glad I didn’t buy a lot of those.). I wanted enough gear that would make our lives easier as we transitioned to a family of five and not things that would barely be used like a diaper genie or wipe warmer.
So what did we use? Here are the 10 items that definitely made our lives easier the first 6 months.
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet – I am so glad we were gifted the HALO Bassinest! Initially, I had grand plans of putting the baby in his crib in the nursery from the first night we were home, but the voice of reason (ahem, my husband) convinced me that getting up multiple times in the night with a newborn was going to be challenging at first. I’m glad I changed my tune. It was nice having Caleb in our room for both the ease and comfort. I found I was able to sleep better with him right beside me. We were originally going to transition him to his room and the crib for nights at six months, but when he started pulling up around five months, we quickly moved him to his nursery. He started napping in his crib around two months, so we didn’t have any trouble with the transition. I highly recommend this HALO Bassinest!
Boppy Newborn Lounger – The Bobby was awesome. I loved being able to put Caleb on this while I got some things done as well as for tummy time. We used this all the time until he started rolling over. Our boys loved having him on the boppy on the floor with them, I loved it for when I was getting ready, and Caleb just really seemed to enjoy his boppy time.
Britax B-Agile/B Safe Travel System – I am so happy with the choice we made on the baby seat/stroller combo. This was the item I was most concerned with. I wanted the safest seat that was also easy to carry and this one definitely fit all the requirements. While it is a little pricier than some travel systems, it is definitely worth it. There’s a one-click system to loaded the seat in the car or the stroller. The stroller is very easy to use, too. I can open it with one hand.
While we obviously use the seat each day, we also use the stroller a lot more than I anticipated. Even though he’s older and we have an umbrella stroller that’s so lightweight, I find that 8/10 times, I still use this stroller. Caleb seems to be more comfortable in it, it has a shade, and I can throw my bag under the stroller.
Tula Baby Carrier – The Tula is just great! When Caleb was little, I used it inside and outside while I played with our big boys. As he’s gotten older, I still use it a good bit. Caleb has ridden hundreds of miles in the Tula whether for long walks down the beach or hiking in the mountains. The carrier is still really comfortable for me and he’s 26 pounds. The waistband is really supportive and my back does not hurt even after hiking two or more hours with him in it.
Angel Care Baby Bath Support – We loved this baby bath tub. I used it from his first bath until he could sit up in the tub well enough for me not to be scared. I loved that I could just put this in the tub instead of having to fill up something separate for him. He has always loved bath time and it was so cute watching him kick his little feet while he was in this.
Baby Einstein Activity Jumper – We used this a lot! This is usually for older kids, but I wanted to go ahead and include it on this list because we started using it as soon as Caleb could sit up really well. His feet couldn’t touch the floor at first (even on the lowest setting), so we put pillows below him. He loved the little red bird on it.
Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer – This bouncer was very useful! Caleb loved being in it. He didn’t seem to be crazy about the vibrate function, but he loved the music. He napped in this some. I used it a lot in the kitchen while cooking or while we ate dinner.
Motorola Digital Baby Monitor with Two Cameras – The monitor we have is out of stock, but this is a similar one. I didn’t really have a preference on a monitor. I knew I wanted a camera, but that was all. Target had a great deal on this one on Black Friday, so I ordered it. We don’t use the dual cameras with Caleb, but our big boys have enjoyed using them when they play spy games! I love that I can speak into the monitor and Caleb can hear it in his room. I also like that I can play music through it. I’ve been really happy with this.
Infantino Play Gym and Fun TeePee – This was a great gift! Caleb’s big brothers enjoy it as much as he does. We used this for tummy time and mobile play at first and now it’s just something fun for him to have for playtime.
Sophie la Girafe – This is the cutest thing ever and Caleb played with and chewed on his all the time!
There you have it: the 10 items that made the first six months easier! I’ll share things we used the rest of his first year later. And if you’re interested in other baby gear that worked well for us like bottles, pacifiers, and clothing, I’m happy to put a post together on those things, too!