This list could have easily been called “Things I have told every new mother to buy.”
These 5 things are things that I wore into the ground during the first 3 months of my baby’s life. I couldn’t have done that period of time without them. Well, okay, I could have, but it would have been much, much more difficult.
5 Must-Haves for Baby’s First 3 Months
I hope you enjoy this round up. Let me know if you have anything you can’t live without in the comments below!
The All-Star Award: The Podster
This one gets the All-Star award because I have recommended it to no less than 5 new mothers this year, and I have heard from all of those mothers that they loved it and have purchased it for almost every new mother that they know.
I received The Podster at my baby shower, and I think I squinted at the box, thought something like, “Oh dear, this is quite large,” and then set it to the side.
But this is the absolute perfect place for a new baby to nap, or simply to watch the world drift by (say, while you make yourself lunch). When you set the baby in the center, it is perfectly suspended from the floor and the sides hug gently around that precious little body, making him or her feel secure.
I’ve heard from parents who have babies with acid reflux that this thing is their savior. It may have literally saved our baby during a severe respiratory infection: she could breathe so much better sleeping sitting up.
Technically says they aren’t supposed to sleep in it, but I have yet to hear of a baby who could snuggle into this thing and not drift off.
I rarely say this, but: You. Need. This.
The Meryl Streep Award: Nursing Pillow
I’m giving the nursing pillow this very prestigious Meryl Streep Award because, just like Meryl, you already know that this thing is important and fabulous, and you probably have yet to meet a mother who doesn’t know about it and love it. And, just like Meryl, this thing can’t be honored enough.
I wrote about the nursing pillow in a post about healing from a c-section, and touted its power to lift a heavy baby from a mother’s healing midsection. This thing is crucial for all kinds of postpartum periods, though, whether it was a vaginal birth or what I’ve recently heard is being renamed a belly birth.
Your arms won’t get as tired, your back won’t get as sore. You can nurse for as long as your little one needs to and have a gentler experience for you both.
(Also, how do we feel about the term belly birth?)
The Life-Saver Award: Baby Play Gym
There will come a time when every new mother realizes she wants to set her baby down. Maybe she wants to cook something (I was a hungry new mom, can you tell?), or read a book, or paint her nails or a canvas, or text her friends. In fact, one of my favorite moments was when I was reading a book and watching my baby bat and her play gym. The door was open, and there was a warm summer breeze.
Baby gyms are a fantastic way to have a little me-time because your baby is doing something that you can feel good about. Your baby will be seeing shapes and colors, and eventually practicing skills like reaching for and moving objects. By setting your baby down, you are giving him or her some time to develop and reach milestones.
That is a win-win.
The Tiger Mom Award: Board Books
This gets the Tiger Mom Award because, as you are reading to a thing who can’t even focus its eyes yet, you may find yourself thinking about the bright future you’re setting your baby up for. Harvard, here we come, you may think, as you turn the hard cardboard pages and watch your baby spit up a little.
But you are really doing something great! Building language skills, spending time together and being close, as well as setting up the habit of reading together regularly. You are setting up a lifetime love of reading.
Also, see this round-up of my favorite board books.
This Charlie Harper book was my baby’s first real book that we read, but I always wanted to incorporate some black and white books, which I’ve linked to below.
Black & White Board Book, $5.24
The Divided Award: Zipper pajamas.
When I mentioned to a friend that zipper pajamas are now the only thing we want to use, and are a thing I recommend to every new mom, this friend made a face: this is why zipper pajamas get The Divided Award: it seems parents are split.
Here’s why we love them: when you wake up at 2:30am to fumble with a dirty diaper at a time when your eyes can barely open, when you’re willing yourself to not fully wake up so you don’t have to fight to get back to sleep, a zipper is so easy.
Your alternative are those fussy little snaps. When we first brought her home, we only had snap jammies. And we would wake up in the morning often to find we’d missed some snaps, and did quite a crooked job.
So, why are parents split?
“You have to basically fully undress them to change a diaper!” one friend exclaimed. “With the snaps you can keep their top half dressed.
“You love zipper pajamas now,” said another friend, “but just wait until you zip your baby’s skin in it.”
But I love zipper pajamas, and I’m not ashamed to say it.
Organic Cotton Zipper Pajamas , $18.49
I hope you enjoyed this round-up. These were the most useful things for me in baby’s first three months: they saved me time, energy, and sanity, and I got to save all of that for having fun with my new bundle of joy.
I hope to add other lists as my little one gets older. In the mean time, check out these posts: