Favorite Finds

You’re pregnant! Yay! If you’re like me, the first thing you’re thinking about is shopping for your new bundle.  This page is dedicated to all of the things I couldn’t live without during pregnancy and after Miss Bea was born.  As she gets older, I’ll also recommend toys and books she really enjoys.  If you have any recommendations, please feel free to add it in the comments section!

Pregnancy Items

snoogle

Snoogle Body Pillow

Breastfeeding Items

Medela Hydrogel Pads are very soothing on sore nipples.

Medela Hydrogel Pads are very soothing on sore nipples.

0-3 Months

At 0-3 months old, your baby doesn’t really interact so much. He or she is just taking everything in.  Learning through observation.  He or she may begin to start grasping objects around the 3 month mark.  Following are some toys and products we found helpful during this newborn phase.

Wubbanub

We introduced a pacifier at 3 weeks.  This wubbanub was great for keeping the binkie in the baby’s mouth, as well as easy to catch when it falls out of her mouth.

We introduced a pacifier at 3 weeks. This wubbanub was great for keeping the binkie in the baby’s mouth, as well as easy to catch when it falls out of her mouth.

Nosefrida

The nosefrida seems gross, but it’s awesome at removing boogies from your baby’s nose.  I was paranoid about SIDS and this eased my mind that she was breathing well at night.

The nosefrida seems gross, but it’s awesome at removing boogies from your baby’s nose. I was paranoid about SIDS and this eased my mind that she was breathing well at night.

Fisher Price “My Little Snugabunny Bouncer”

This bouncer is so comfy for your baby. My Bea loved to look out the french doors to the yard and observe nature.  The mobile is removable, although I do wish it swung back to make it a bit easier to get the baby in and out.

This bouncer is so comfy for your baby. My Bea loved to look out the french doors to the yard and observe nature. The mobile is removable, although I do wish it swung back to make it a bit easier to get the baby in and out.

Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymni Activity Gym

Babies love the hanging (removable!) animals, the crinkly noises, and the mirror.  I removed the bars for tummy time.  It also very easily folds up to store (I put it behind the sofa when not in use).

Babies love the hanging (removable!) animals, the crinkly noises, and the mirror. I removed the bars for tummy time. It also very easily folds up to store (I put it behind the sofa when not in use).

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

My baby LOVES this toy.  At around 3 months, it was the first “real” toy she seemed to respond to.  Now, at 10 1/2 months old, it is STILL her favorite, and we bring it everywhere.  It never fails to distract her during a melt down.  If you buy only one toy for your baby this is it.  Seriously.

My baby LOVES this toy. At around 3 months, it was the first “real” toy she seemed to respond to. Now, at 10 1/2 months old, it is STILL her favorite, and we bring it everywhere. It never fails to distract her during a melt down. If you buy only one toy for your baby this is it. Seriously.

Some Kind of Soft Ring Rattle

Once baby can grasp an object, a soft ring rattle is great to help them find and learn control over their hands.

Once baby can grasp an object, a soft ring rattle is great to help them find and learn control over their hands.

myBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector

I know. Everyone else seems to love the Sleep Sheep.  I hated it. I don’t like fluffy things in the crib (again with the SIDS), and to make matters worse, it cut out after 45 minutes, just when the baby’s sleep cycle was ending.  I needed something that wouldn’t turn off. I don’t use the lullabys or the projector on this, just the ocean sounds, and we love it.

I know. Everyone else seems to love the Sleep Sheep. I hated it. I don’t like fluffy things in the crib (again with the SIDS), and to make matters worse, it cut out after 45 minutes, just when the baby’s sleep cycle was ending. I needed something that wouldn’t turn off. I don’t use the lullabys or the projector on this, just the ocean sounds, and we love it.

GroEgg Room Thermometer (or some other room thermometer)

Did I mention my SIDS obsession? This helped me feel better about keeping the room a comfortable temperature.  Some video monitors have a thermometer on the screen, that would have worked too.

Did I mention my SIDS obsession? This helped me feel better about keeping the room a comfortable temperature. Some video monitors have a thermometer on the screen, that would have worked too.

Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle Blanket

I loved the sleep sack swaddle.  I kept her in a long sleeve cotton sleeper, and a fleece swaddle sleep sack when she was sleeping.  The velcro on these is awesome. Swaddling helps reduce SIDS risk, and there are no loose blankets.

I loved the sleep sack swaddle. I kept her in a long sleeve cotton sleep and play, and a fleece swaddle sleep sack when she was sleeping. The velcro on these is awesome. Swaddling helps reduce SIDS risk, and there are no loose blankets.

Carter’s Sleep and Play

Bea lived in these one piece outfits for the first month at least.  They are just so comfy, and easy to do diaper changes in.

Bea lived in these one piece outfits for the first month at least. They are just so comfy, and easy to do diaper changes in.

Carter’s Side Snap T-Shirts and Onesies

While the umbilical cord is still there, I loved these side snap t-shirts (also in long-sleeved).  As the baby gets older, I prefer the onesies that snap in the bottom. But Carter’s is definitely the best brand in these, they are just so soft and wash really well.  They are also very true to size.

While the umbilical cord is still there, I loved these side snap t-shirts (also in long-sleeved). As the baby gets older, I prefer the onesies that snap in the bottom. But Carter’s is definitely the best brand in these, they are just so soft and wash really well. They are also very true to size.

3-6 Months

At this age, your baby is starting to respond to you! She smiles at you, is able to grasp objects, may tolerate longer periods of tummy time, and starts to roll over, and possibly even crawl!! There is so much going on during this period.  Your baby is probably better about taking 2 or 3 naps during the day, and if your lucky, sleeping for longer periods at night.  I liked to expose Bea to lots of sensory experiences during this time, and starting to introduce cause/effect relationships.  These were some of our favorite things during this time:

Swaddle Strap

Bea outgrew the sleepsack swaddles, and broke through the swaddleme blankets.  It was at that point summer, and warmer, and I was afraid of her overheating (my SIDS paranoia again), so we used this until I was ready to wean her from swaddling (when she started to show signs of being close to rolling over, about 4 1/2 months for us). I loved this because it kept her legs out and nice and cool, and the velcro did what it was supposed to do.

Bea outgrew the sleepsack swaddles, and broke through the swaddleme blankets. It was at that point summer, and warmer, and I was afraid of her overheating (my SIDS paranoia again), so we used this until I was ready to wean her from swaddling (when she started to show signs of being close to rolling over, about 4 1/2 months for us). I loved this because it kept her legs out and nice and cool, and the velcro did what it was supposed to do.

Baby Einstein Bendy Ball

Bea likes this ball because she can grab it easily, and it makes a rattle noise.

Bea likes this ball because she can grab it easily, and it makes a rattle noise.

Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano

This is supposed to be tied onto their crib, but I tied it onto the legs of the coffee table. I laid her on her lambskin or other mat and let her kick at it. She loved it!

This is supposed to be tied onto their crib, but I tied it onto the legs of the coffee table. I laid her on her lambskin or other mat and let her kick at it. She loved it!

Sensory Scarves

We got ours at Gymboree, but these sheer scarves are great for playing peek-a-boo, running over the baby’s face and body, and even sticking in an old wipes box to pull out.

We got ours at Gymboree, but these sheer scarves are great for playing peek-a-boo, running over the baby’s face and body, and even sticking in an old wipes box to pull out.

Rain Stick

Bea loves this rainstick. The noise is so fun, and she loves watching the little balls fall down.

Bea loves this rainstick. The noise is so fun, and she loves watching the little balls fall down.

Sheepskin

This is great for laying a baby on. She loved feeling it on her feet, and rolling around on it in just her diaper.  We still use it to lay on for a story.

This is great for laying a baby on. She loved feeling it on her feet, and rolling around on it in just her diaper. We still use it to lay on for a story.

Lift The Flap/Touch And Feel Books

Anything by Karen Katz, The “Biscuit Pet and Play” series, “Pat the Zoo”, and “Where is Spot?” Are our favorites. We still read them all the time, and as baby gets older, she knows where to look for the missing item.  So engaging!

Anything by Karen Katz, The “Biscuit Pet and Play” series, “Pat the Zoo”, and “Where is Spot?” Are our favorites. We still read them all the time, and as baby gets older, she knows where to look for the missing item. So engaging!

6-9 Months

Wow! Can you believe how much your baby has grown!! She is now most likely crawling around, getting into everything (especially the dog’s toys!) and is dabbling into the world of solid foods.  At this stage, baby still enjoys many of her old toys, but is more interested in moving around and exploring her world.  Take the time to walk around with your baby showing her things around the house, and naming them.  Let her flip the light switch to see what happens.  Separation anxiety creeps its ugly head in at this time; games of peekaboo help her learn you’re still there even when she can’t see you.

Play Yard

For those times you have to take a shower, or cook dinner and baby needs to be contained to be safe, this is a great play yard.  It is very sturdy, and nice and big for her to practice crawling and pulling herself up.

For those times you have to take a shower, or cook dinner and baby needs to be contained to be safe, this is a great play yard. It is very sturdy, and nice and big for her to practice crawling and pulling herself up.

Baby Tambourines

Babies love making music with tambourine such as these.

Babies love making music with tambourine such as these.

Farm Faces

She LOVES this book.  It’s so fun to play peek-a-boo with, as well as to learn her animals and sounds.  Highly recommend.

She LOVES this book. It’s so fun to play peek-a-boo with, as well as to learn her animals and sounds. Highly recommend.

Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair

For now, this is the best high chair for us.  We are able to sacrifice an existing dining chair for it. The cushion is machine washable, and the tray is very easy to clean and get on and off.  Really great value. Not to say we won’t be upgrading to a stokke at some point ;)

For now, this is the best high chair for us. We are able to sacrifice an existing dining chair for it. The cushion is machine washable, and the tray is very easy to clean and get on and off. Really great value. Not to say we won’t be upgrading to a stokke at some point 😉

Munchkin Food Mill

 

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