Pregnancy & Parenting | Newborn Must-Haves

Now that Rose is (almost!) 6 months (where did the time go?) I wanted to share my product experiences with you!

There is nothing more exciting than getting ready for your first baby (OK, spending time with your baby is more exciting). But with all the information out there on what you need for bringing baby home, it can be overwhelming. There is no better way to figure out what works for you and your baby than trial and error, but that can be both timely and costly. Every baby, mommy, and home situation is different so it would make sense that your list of baby items would be unique. So, I wanted to throw my two cents in there on what worked for me for the first 3 months (and what didn’t work) and give some “must-haves” an honest review. The items on my list are the ones that I couldn’t have survived without!

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Let me know what you think in the comments section – have you tried any of these? Which was your favorite? Share your experiences with all the mommies out there.

I have personally tried all of these items and give them my endorsement – but remember, what works for my Rose might not work for your little one.  Some items in this post were given to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.


For Feeding

Boppy Pillow

This is a classic, tried and true. As tiny and delicate as your baby might be, your arm WILL get tired while feeding them. Or, in the very least, you will be so tired at your 3 am feeding that you just want to rest a bit. This item is also great for when your partner or family members would like to feed the baby – it helps with the proper placement.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro

I was unable to breastfeed, so I knew that I would need something that made formula mixing easy at 3 am. This is like a coffee maker for formula! It was a life-saver, and it continues to be one of my favorite products. It warms, measures, and mixes formula for you in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 oz increments. It is easy to clean and maintain, and so easy to use. My husband’s job is to make the bottles, so it gets him involved in the entire process.

Baby Brezza One-Step Bottle Sterilizer And Dryer

Although new research states that it is unnecessary to sterilize your bottles after each use like they used to, the idea of hand washing each bottle (and feeling comfortable that they were actually clean) had me uneasy. Plus, I didn’t have the time! This tool makes it easy to clean and dry your bottles and pacifiers with the comfort of knowing that they are perfectly sterile, with the touch of a button. All you need is distilled water, and you are ready to go.

Comotomo Baby Slow Flow Bottles

As I said before, I was unable to breastfeed, so I did my research on the most realistic bottle nipples out there. These are perfectly shaped, and have functional vents to prevent baby from swallowing air. Rose latched on right away and she has even started to try and grip the soft silicone sides. These are perfect for preventing nipple confusion as well. Tip: don’t screw on the tops too tight (my husband has a habit of doing that). When I attempt to take the top off to heat up the formula, it creates a suction and it becomes hard for me to take off because the ring itself is a smooth, slick material. The only part of the bottle with a gripping texture is the bottle base, which is a squishy silicone.

Twistshake Anti-Colic Bottles

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These are perfect for when you are on the go, or not at home, and for preventing gas and fussiness. There is a small compartment inside for powdered formula (or a snack) so you can mix with water anytime. Their anti-colic nipples are also amazing – they have a design which prevents any bubbles from getting in the main chamber, which means baby won’t be swallowing air. Their slow flow nipple is slightly “faster” than the Comotomo, so if you baby is used to something slower, be prepared for a little dribble. Once they get used to the different flow, it makes nighttime feeding a breeze. Less burping, less time to eat, which means getting baby (and you) back to sleep as quickly as possible. Additionally, their colors are adorable, and it is fun to mix and match their pieces!

The Honest Company Sensitive Organic Infant Formula

After lots of research, I decided that this would be the formula for us to try. When we were in the hospital, they gave us the pre-mixed Enfamil, which worked out well also. But I knew from the start that I wanted to try this formula with Rose. It is perfect for sensitive tummies, and the organic infant formula is carefully balanced and modeled after breast milk, and meticulously blended using non-GMO, naturally derived ingredients, sourced from trusted organic farms to help ensure quality goodness. Plus, I can bundle my purchase and it is delivered to my door as frequently as I need it.


For Sleeping

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

It is recommended that baby sleeps in the same room with an adult for about 6 months after birth. So, I hardly use her crib yet! I have loved this bassinet over the past 3 months. It keeps her close to me at night, and swings away when I need to sneak away quietly to the bathroom. It is so sturdy (and heavy!) that I don’t have any fears about it tipping over or breaking when I lean on it to take her out. One of my favorite and most-used baby products.

DockAtot Deluxe Stage 1 Docking Sleeper Station (also here)

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I recently bought this after Rose was about 2 months. Max and I wanted to try a little co-sleeping, but wanted to be sure to keep her safe and secure. It is working out really well so far, and if we need to move her she is easily transferred to her bassinet (it fits inside the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper) or wherever we want without waking her up. However, this is not something I would recommend if you are a heavy sleeper, or if you toss and turn a lot in bed – baby will definitely wake up!

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle

Nested Bean provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

After the first month or so, baby becomes a little less sleepy and much more active. This also means that it may become a bit harder to put baby to sleep. Rocking, swinging, singing, and swaddling are all great techniques – nothing beats a parent’s loving touch and attention. However, I was having an easy enough time getting Rose to sleep with these techniques, but a harder time KEEPING her asleep. That’s when I tried this unique swaddle. The Zen Swaddle simulates the pressure from your touch with lightly weighted pads on their chest and sides. Rose definitely slept longer and is currently sleeping 6-8 hours at night wearing this swaddle (2-4 months old)!

For Health

Owlet Baby Monitor

This – although it is not listed first – is my number one recommended product for new parents, hands down. Read all about the benefits and science here, and then go buy one here. Thank me later when you are relieved at the fact that you know with absolute certainty your baby is alive, breathing, and safe.

Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

This should be the gold standard for nasal suckers – why would they bother making them any other way? Throw away the one they give you at the hospital and get one of these handy tools. Easy to clean, great to use, and you can see exactly what you are getting!

The Honest Company Baby DHA

If you haven’t gotten the hint that I really like The Honest Company products, their mission, and what they have to offer, then you probably haven’t been reading. Check out the page for this product and read the science behind it.

Fridababy FeverFrida Thermonitor Baby Thermometer

This, like the Owlet, is amazing. Forget checking your baby’s temperature after they get their shots every hour. Stick this monitor under baby’s arm and watch from your phone how their temperature rises and falls. Even set alerts for when the temp gets too high and it’s time for Tylenol, and track their dosage for medications. This is perfect for kids of any age, and OK for sensitive baby skin.

For Diapering

The Honest Company Diapers and Wipes

The Honest Company Soothing Baby Bottom Wash

The Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal Pail

The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray

For Bathing

The Honest Company Honest Healing Balm

4moms Infant Tub

Otteroo

Clothing Brands I LOVE

Carter’s

Rosie Pope

Victoria Kids

Little Poppy Co.

Baby Gear

Philips AVENT Pacifier

WubbaNub™ Pacifier Toy (also here)

I wish you could buy these in bulk – I keep 3 on constant rotation, and throw them in the washing machine when they need it. Rose loves gripping these and reaching for her pacifier whenever she needs it, which helps with her independence, self soothing techniques, and dexterity.

NüRoo Pocket

NuRoo provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

My favorite baby wearing product. It promotes skin-to-skin bonding so, yes, it is a shirt that you wear, so probably not convenient for moms on the go. It is perfect for around the house, snuggling, and those early newborn days when you want some freedom of movement but want that close contact with baby. The fabric is oh-so-soft and wicks moisture, too.

4moms mamaRoo

My husband calls this the ultimate parenting hack. Baby crying? Baby won’t sleep? Need a moment to yourself? Enter the mamaRoo. Easy to clean, too.

UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat (also here)

UPPAbaby Vista Stroller with Bassinet (also here)

The fact that I chose this stroller/car seat combo is my proudest mommy product brag: it is totally awesome. Not only does it fit multiple children, it is easy to use (and install), and has enough space on the bottom to do an entire grocery shopping trip. As soon as baby #2 is expected, I’m going to buy another rumble seat to match! This is my definite stroller of choice.

The Cocoon Co. Anywhere Swaddle

The Cocoon Co. provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Rose loved to be swaddles when she was a newborn, and it continued on as she got older, so I jumped at the opportunity to use this swaddle. It fits inside any car seat so you don’t have to worry about baby getting too cold, or wiggling out of a tucked blanket.

 

Soon, I will be reviewing more products and must-haves for Rose at 3-6 months, so check back on The Miami Rose.

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