Can you believe sweet little RJ is almost 3 months?! Crazy right?!


I have so many friends that are expecting, so I just knew I had to do a Newborn Must Have’s post as well as a little Parent Must Have’s through two months!

With an adoption, it’s all kinda crazy as we did not even know if we would get a newborn or a 2-year-old, but thanks to all our amazing friends, we were so blessed with almost everything we needed for the first couple months. I will say this, the first month you need so little! You could survive with diapers, blankets and milk! Thanks to modern technology there are all kinds of fun things for our newborns.


Car Seat: This was our first purchase because we had to bring RJ home in one! We went with the Graco SnugRide® Click Connectâ„¢ 35 Infant Car Seat – Tidalwave. So far it has done it’s job and is very easy to use. The only thing is… RJ is not a fan of being in a car seat, but she is getting better.


Clothes: Onesies and Gowns are the most essential, in my opinion, and I also love our sleep sacks!


Glider: We got ours on Craigslist for $25 and it has been one of the best purchases ever! We spend a lot of time in the Glider feeding RJ and reading her books. This photo was taken right before we got Rylee so now the bookshelf is packed with amazing books from friends and family.


Wrap/Carrier – Whether it’s the Boba, Ergo, Baby K’Tan (which I am wearing here) or a homemade sling… baby wearing is a must! I know not every baby loves it, but I am not sure we could have lived without it! The Ergo Baby is great when we are out and about and the Baby K’Tan is nice while I am trying to get things done around the house. The only thing is, I can only wear the K’Tan (and not hubby) as it’s not one size fits all.



The Ergo Baby Hubby can wear it as it adjusts. I also love that she will grow with it and I will be able to wear her on my back as she get’s older. If you can only get one, get the Ergo!



Swaddles: Our favorite are the Summer Infant SwaddleMe blankets (takes the guessing out) and Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddles. Swaddling is so soothing for babies and it really helps them to sleep better as they won’t be jolting themselves awake.


Because RJ was born in the Fall, the HALO SleepSack Swaddle Microfleece – (Newborn) has been so great as a blanket and swaddle!


Professional Newborn Photos: SPEND the money! They will be worth every penny!


Baby Loungers: Oh how I love her Baby Lounger! It is so nice to be able to pick up and move room to room as I shower, tackle clients and much more! We have a swing from a friend, a Fisher Price Baby Bouncer and the Boppy Lounger.


Watch out because your puppy might like the Boppy a little too much.


Bassinet: A friend also let us barrow her Fisher Price Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper until RJ went in her crib. It’s better than any bassinet! I loved that it had an incline for her and it rocked. It’s collapsible as well, although we kept it out all the time. It would be great for travel though!


Coffee: I also suggest large cups for coffee because there won’t be much sleep going on Winking smile


Pacifiers: We went through quite a few different ones, until we found out that RJ loved The First Years 2 Pack GumDrop Newborn Pacifier, I don’t know what it is, but she took to and it really soothes her! Oh and the mittens, well ya they don’t last very long they never stayed on!


Bottle Warmer: Because we were not breast-feeding and RJ would be relying sole on formula we got a bottle warmer as a gift. It’s super easy to use and has been so helpful in the middle of the night when you don’t even want to think about anything! We also really like the Avent bottles for feeding.


For you parents MUFFINS they are such a great easy breakfast and snack! I suggest making a couple batches and freeze them before baby comes! You need your fuel.


Books: I only read one and that is all I plan to read. What to Expect the First Year and I also really like the podcast Pregtastic!


Green MONSTERS: Don’t forget to eat MOMS! Drink your green monster everyday and at least you will know you got in some veggies for the day Winking smile


Bob Revolution Stroller: Ugh, LOOOOOVE this stroller!  Seriously, this is the lightest and best stroller, I JUST GOT IT after two months of struggling with the Greco Jogging stroller (long story). There is a car seat adapter as well that we had to purchase.  It’s so easy to maneuver around in.  I can’t wait to take it out on jogs too. I was walking with RJ at 2 weeks… you got to get out people!


DOWN TIME! Mammas and Dads… soak up those sweet babies. If that means you don’t leave the couch for a couple of days, who cares! Honestly that was the best part of the newborn stage. I loved people coming to us and being a homebody for a bit.




Baby Monitor and Sound Machine: We love our Belkin baby monitor! We can watch her on our iPhones, iPad and even on our computers. It makes it so convenient that we can watch her when we are not home… however… The actual app itself is horrible. Make it better guys!

RJ also has her sound machine which plays a heartbeat, ocean waves and even what it would sound like in her mommy’s tummy. I think the sound really helps her sleep better.


Well these are the essentials, but I have a whole other post on things that we just love having!


I know I owe you some family update post and a tour of RJ’s room… promise they are coming!

Moms, Dads… what did I forget?


18 responses to “Newborn Must Haves”

  1. Love the jogging strollers! I can’t imagine not having ours. You probably already know this, but as it came as a surprise to me, I thought I’d mention it: it’s not recommended to jog with babies until they can hold their heads up and sit up on their own. It has to due with the neck strength and their ability to be easily injured from any shaking in the stroller.

    Congrats on your sweet girl!

  2. I am so happy for you guys! !!! I haven’t looked at your blog in probably 6 months, I just had my baby 4 months ago. I have been following you for years. Babies are the best!
    How is jogging with her? Are you able to do long runs? We just did a thanksgiving 5k. I get nervous to go any longer with him.

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    Denise G.

    I’m glad I’ve come across your blog. We’re expecting our first in early February. There is a really great deal on the Rock N Play at Target right now where I could get it for $36. I’m wondering if I should pick it up in case we don’t end up with the Pack N Play we registered for.

    And it turns out we’re neighbors. (I’m about 20 minutes west of Redlands).

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      Denise G.

      P.S. Your daughter is adorable.

  4. ohhh my.. she’s so cute and adorable.. Wishing you all the best, good health always to your whole family. #kangaArticles

  5. DEFINITELY the ergo!! I love it.

  6. GumDrop paci’s were the ones our hospital used to give out (they only use them for surgeries now, they don’t send them home with you) so that’s what we bought, and B has loved them. We tried another brand but he hated it!

  7. I *need* to know where you found the little organizers for the onesies? That is a great idea!

  8. Once my daughter was able to break free from the swaddle the miracle blanket saved us, then the best invention ever…the magic Merlin sleep suit. She slept in it like a dream until she was nearly 7 months old!
    I love the pictures, you are such an adorable family!

  9. We adore our BOB stroller! We camp a lot and it has survived many hikes. We, also, have a daughter with Spina Bifida and we use it for her when she’s too tired to walk. She can walk for short distances but nothing long. We know that the stroller won’t work great for forever and eventually we’ll need a wheelchair for her for long distances but until then we appreciate that the BOB can fit a 32lb 6.5 yr old (yeah, she’s uber tiny).

  10. I have a 5 week old and we LOVE zippered pjs. They are so much easier when changing a squirmy baby at 2 am.

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    Amy Ramos

    Too bad there was not an option to pin this post so I can remember it when the time comes! Great info!

  12. She is growing so fast!!!

  13. I totally agree with you on the sleepsacks, the Rock n Play, the swing, and the coffee! We have a Baby Bjorn instead of an Ergo, but for our next, I might look into one. The only thing I don’t like about the Bjorn is that it doesn’t have the waist support, but the Ergo does. We didn’t get professional newborn pics – we waited until 3 months, but I agree that they are so worth it! Hubby doesn’t *completely* agree so we’re waiting until a year to get more done. Rylee is such a doll!

  14. LOVE this! I have pretty much all the same stuff ready for Miss Peyton (still have to order my Ergo but I have a ring sling that I bought on Etsy to baby wear at the beginning)… Also love the muffin tip! I’ve been freezing meals but haven’t done any breakfast items – great idea! 🙂

  15. love this and am totally book marking! thanks for sharing! 🙂 🙂 xo

  16. Wow love this!! I don’t have kids yet but so much good information for one day when I finally do! I have heard great things about the BOB revolution jogging stroller – it will be a MUST have on my list one day!

  17. You are a lifesaver!! I think this post was meant for me today. xoxo Can’t wait to chat Friday my friend!