The first three months of being new parents have definitely been a learning experience. Every day we learn something new. Joey and I are truly enjoying this new journey we are on. These are some of the things Ava really loved during her first three months. I wanted to share them with you and where you can buy them because your baby just might love them too!
These things are amazing! Especially for those who have such a hard time doing a good tight swaddle. We didn't use these until we got home from the hospital but I definitely recommend packing one in your hospital bag! While we were at the hospital we spent many hours throughout the night trying to make a "good" swaddle that Ava would stay in. It was our first time ever swaddling and we weren't very successful. The nurses often came in and helped us. Having one of these at the hospital would have saved us A LOT of trouble and frustration. Ava has also slept for about 10 hours a night straight through without waking up since she was about 4 weeks old. I truly believe that is because we used this Swaddleme Sleep Sack. Once she reached 3 months we started to slowly transitioned her out of it (which I highly recommend), by leaving one arm out for a few weeks and then eventually both arms. She still sleeps through the night (knock on wood).
Ava LOVES this thing! It is perfect for her to just lounge in, nap in, and we use it for her bottle feedings. We keep it on the couch between Joey and I. We literally use this everyday, several times a day.
This is another one of Ava's favorites. It keeps her entertained. She loves looking at herself in the mirror and kicking the piano with her little feet.
These are amazing. We don't really use them for swaddling. Instead, we just use them as regular blankets and at times a burp cloth. I know that sounds crazy but we have one of these everywhere. You can at least find one in our living room, nursery, car, and diaper bag. So when we can't find a burp cloth we just grab one of these. I like that they are soft and thin so she can cuddle with them but still not get too hot.
Having bottles around even if you are breastfeeding is always nice. After the first two weeks I pumped so my husband could give Ava a bottle for one of the feedings. This allowed me to rest and Ava to get use to taking a bottle. I recommend having more than one brand of bottles on hand. You never know which type of nipple your baby will like. Ava ended up liking the Dr. Brown's Wide Neck Bottles. We tried AVENT first but she didn't like those. Giving her a bottle early helped me rest for one of the feedings and made it easier to ween her from breastfeeding when needed.
It is NEVER too early to start reading to your children. I read to Ava when she was in the womb. This is one of my favorite books so far. Every mother needs this book to read to their children.
Just like the bottles I recommend having more than one brand of pacifiers to try with your baby. It took Ava a week or so before she figured out which one she liked. Her preference changed daily. Finally she ended up liking the NUK pacifiers. If you are breastfeeding I recommend holding off on the pacifiers for the first two weeks.
This sleeper is awesome. It rocks on its own and plays music. You can turn the volume down so you can't hear the music if needed. We used this in our bedroom for Ava to sleep in until we transitioned her to her crib. Now we keep in in the living room and sometimes she will take a nap in it or just lay in it and hang out.
I love this brand of mobiles. They are inexpensive and they have some really cute mobiles. The one we got for Ava is called Home Sweet Home. I might even get another one to hang over her changing table.
Diapers are obviously a must. We received a lot of diapers from our baby showers so we have add the chance to try a lot of different brands, and when it comes to free I will take any diaper brand. However, when we have to buy them I prefer Pampers Swaddlers. Soon we are going to try the Sam's Club Brand or Target's Brand of diapers. I have heard those are good too and a little cheaper.
I was able to breast feed for about two months and then we had to start giving her formula. My milk didn't have enough fat in it and just wasn't filling her up. I will say she became a completely different baby on formula. She became a much, much happier baby!