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 Haveâ€™s post as well as a little Parent Must Haveâ€™s through two months!
With an adoption, itâ€™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 SnugRideÂ® Click Connectâ„¢ 35 Infant Car Seat â€“ Tidalwave. So far it has done itâ€™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.
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 â€“ Whether itâ€™s the Boba, Ergo, Baby Kâ€™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 Kâ€™Tan is nice while I am trying to get things done around the house. The only thing is, I can only wear the Kâ€™Tan (and not hubby) as itâ€™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 getâ€™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 wonâ€™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 â€˜nâ€™ Play Sleeper until RJ went in her crib. Itâ€™s better than any bassinet! I loved that it had an incline for her and it rocked. Itâ€™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 wonâ€™t be much sleep going on
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 donâ€™t know what it is, but she took to and it really soothes her! Oh and the mittens, well ya they donâ€™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. Itâ€™s super easy to use and has been so helpful in the middle of the night when you donâ€™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.
Green MONSTERS: Donâ€™t forget to eat MOMS! Drink your green monster everyday and at least you will know you got in some veggies for the day
Bob Revolution Stroller: Ugh, LOOOOOVE this stroller!Â 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.Â It’s so easy to maneuver around in.Â 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 donâ€™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.
ENJOY EVERY LITTLE MINUTE!
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 RJâ€™s roomâ€¦ promise they are coming!
Moms, Dads… what did I forget?