Some of you may know, but many of you may not, the reason I’ve been lagging on my blog is that I have been soaking up all the love from my beautiful baby girl, Azza. She is the light of our lives and we are so thankful for her.
Becoming a mother has been the greatest gift, and playing with her and adoring her for the better part of the last year has been the best. Not without its challenges though, I assure you. But through those first months, there were some helpful products that I have relied on and I am here to share them with you!
Here are my ten *must have* newborn – six-month essentials…as of June 2017!
These flat fold cloth diapers have been the best burp cloths ever! They are soft, launder well, and are cheap! We got two packs of them and have a few of them stashed throughout our house. In those early months of spit ups and messes, they always came in handy and I never had to worry about running out – because as bad as it got, we never got through 20 before laundry day! They are indispensable and my top pick of any baby item!
Meet, Ollie the Elephant. Ollie is a member of our family and one of Azza’s favorite toys. He’s been a constant companion since she was a newborn. There are lots of Wubbanubs on the market, but we like Ollie in particular because he is long and bendy, and when she was little she was able to hold him in her mouth without much effort. Her naptime buddy is here to stay! Er…until she loses him and I have to buy a backup. 🙂
3. Bathtime Essentials = Puj Tub + Skip Hop Waterfall Rinser
These two bath time pals made bathing our 6.5-pound baby less scary. We were able to bathe her in the bathroom sink for the first five months. We would fill a bucket up with water from the tub and use the yellow part of the waterfall rinser against her forehead while cleaning her head to make sure she did not get water in her eyes.
Now, we’ve switched her over to the big girl tub and she loves it. We also installed a shower head that has a sprayer coming out of it that makes bathtime much easier.
My favorite compliment I got when Azza was just born was how great she smelled. All newborns smell great – but this slightly floral scent was intoxicating. I love associating smells with particular vacations, events, and now with Azza’s newborn phase.
Besides the scent, I also really loved this body lotion because it is not overly greasy, absorbs quickly, and Azza has beautiful soft skin (thankfully) at a time when her dad and I both had eczema when we were her age. I’m hoping she’ll bypass all that. 🙂
5. Wooden Pacifier Clip
Surprisingly, my most used pacifier clip is also my most neutral. I have ones with flowers, bows, pink – everything standard baby girl. But my most used pacifier clip, and the one I have attached to Sophie’s legs is a neutral one that goes with everything. I have two, one I use for Sophie and another one I use for any other teething toy she loves at the moment! This way she won’t happily toss Sophie out of the stroller one day and me not notice.
I got mine off of Etsy and it has been great!
6. Dock A Tot
The Dock A Tot has been a great sleeping aid for Azza during her first six months. She is a tall baby and has since grown out of it, but it was the perfect solution for us while nursing. I felt good knowing she had her own spot all the while keeping her at arm’s length. The Dock A Tot also hugs Azza so she doesn’t move a lot while sleeping. We swaddled her for the two months but she absolutely hated it, so we had to stop. I attribute the Dock A Tot for keeping her sound asleep post-swaddling!
Don’t let the name fool you, these socks are anything but foolish. These socks have been the cutest adornment to any of Azza’s outfits. I may have gone a little crazy with how many I got, but I love how they dress up any boring outfit. She wasn’t able to wear them until she was almost a month and a half as they run big for newborns, but it was worth the wait to get her in them! I have most every color you can imagine, and enjoy dressing her up daily, and her matching socks are no-doubt a part of that routine!
I hunted high and low for a diaper bag that I liked. I tried to use an insert for my LV neverfull and that never stayed organized nor was it ever easy to lug around with a newborn and all that they require. I tried designer diaper bags because I wanted to be *that* mom. And then I tried a Be Right Back from JuJuBe. Not the fanciest brand, but everything is well thought out, functional, and machine washable. I didn’t really care too much about the machine washable part until two days in having this backpack when someone spilled ice cream all over my bag and I didn’t freak out but merely wiped it off. No problem!
I love this style bag so much that I now own it in four prints. Now that’s a problem!
We got this for Azza when she was four months old and she has been loving using it every day ever since. It was great for her to use before we got her a jumperoo because it doesn’t have a jumping element to it, so it is better for her legs, and the many sounds and activities keep her very entertained. Every now and then I will get a new toy and add it to the table. I also like that it is a neutral color and it will grow with her.
I can’t wait to pull up a little chair to this and color with her. In due time! I am enjoying her current babble stage right now and love every minute of it.
And last, but certainly not least, the NoseFrida. This thing has saved the day (and night) on countless occasions. It is the medical item that my husband and I reach for the most and even though Azza protests, it is the thing that brings her the most relief.
Yes, you are literally sucking up your baby’s snot. No, it doesn’t get in your mouth (that’s what the filter is for). But nothing will give you angst like knowing your baby is having trouble breathing or knowing they are not comfortable. Whoever invented this, thank you.
Well there you have it! These are my top 10 must-have items for a newborn – 6-month old. It has been a beautiful journey and I can’t wait for it to continue.
With love and kisses,
Azza and Mama