newborn essentials

I was planning on waiting until Hudson was out of the newborn phase to share our tried and true, but so many of you have requested this post so I’m going to share what we are really loving so far!

H is 8 weeks old and the below are some of our must-haves:

Comotomo Bottles | We have a few different kinds of bottles but these are my favorite.  They have fewer pieces to clean and fit into our bottle warmer perfectly.

MAM Pacifiers | My SIL said babies “choose” a pacifier.  We have all these cute ones that I’ve tried to get H to like and nope, he like these glow-in-the-dark ones.  We continually go back to them, so he has indeed, chosen.

Burp Cloths | We have been given so many adorable burp cloths, but I continually reach for these.  They are so soft and the perfect size.

Boon Bath Tub | Hudson has always liked baths and I credit this tub.  He is able to sit up in a comfortable position without slipping.  And as my mom once said, “be careful… wet babies are very slippery!”  It sounds ridiculous… but they are.

Doona Stroller | Wow wow wow.  Where do I begin?  This single piece stroller/car seat combo is incredible.  It’s small and compact, making running errands as simple as possible.  Hudson also is known to take some of his naps in it because he loves how cozy it is.

Baby Shusher | People told me to get this and I thought it was so dumb and a waste of money.  Fast-forward a month into H’s existence and I bought it.  I was wrong – it’s actually the best.  I always take it with me in case of a public meltdown when the sound machine isn’t nearby.  It helps calm him in fussy fits… it is in fact, the greatest.

Lounger | We use this lounger every single day.  On the bed, on the sofa, in a bassinet for a short nap, Hudson loves this thing.  Honestly I wish they made it in my size.

Pampers Diapers | We have tried a few different kinds and Pampers is the best by far.  Less blowouts, the line that shows if the diaper is wet or not… they are just the most functional.  This was a recommendation by a friend with twins (and OBGYN!), and she’s right.  After enough outfit changes, we use the Baby-Dry diapers.

Amazon Baby Wipes | On that note, we have also tried lots of wipes and these are our favorite – also recommended by a mom friend.

Keekaroo Peanut Changer | A gift from my manager, this changing pad rules.  If there are any accidents, you just wipe it down and move on.

Socks | I love how soft these are.  For a splurge, these are also amazing!

Fleece Halo Swaddle | The hospital we had Hudson in actually let us go home with this one and I feel like he sleeps more soundly in it because it’s so warm.  I don’t mess with DIY swaddling.  Stick with the zip up or velcro.  Know thyself.

Taking Cara Babies | I have Moms on Call and 12 Hours by 12 Weeks, but the Taking Cara Babies course has by far been the piece that has given us the biggest results.  After taking this course, I instantly felt like I could pick up on cues from Hudson.  Worth the time and money, 100x over.

These are my favorites so far for 0-3 months!  Let me know if you have any must-haves that weren’t on this list.  I’d love to hear.  Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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18 thoughts on “Favorite Newborn Products & Why

  1. Thank you! I’m due May 4th and just updated a couple items on my registry. Always love your honesty and appreciate it even more with baby stuff now like swaddling! He’s adorable. God Bless!

  2. My son also loves the MAM pacifiers! I think the shape is easier to hold in their mouths, because ones that were straighter would fall right out. He’s 15 months now and they’re still his favorite thing. We only let him have them in the crib but he dives right for it when he goes down to sleep. It’s actually really cute and not sure how well take them away!

  3. You are a Mom after my own heart, all Prime and all reasonable. I about died laughing at the “know thyself” in regards to swaddling.. sure they’re cute, but who has the time (or the mental capacity for what is essentially a math equation) to make a baby burrito? Motherhood looks great on you, and thank you so much for all of the recs. You have been my pregnancy go-to blogger!

  4. The tote insert for the diaper bag (I know I have the same one as you but for the life of me I can’t remember the name) is so convenient. If you want to change bags from a tote to a backpack you can just pull out the insert and put it in the new bag. Also, the Ergo baby carrier. I wish I got the 360° one but that saved me the first few weeks when the baby wouldn’t let me put him down but I needed to move.

  5. My son also loves the MAM pacifiers. I have given up being instagram chic on the pacifier front. He loves them and there is no taking them away. Great list! As a mom with a 4 month old, I love following this parenting adventure with you!

  6. great recap!! and so true on baby chooses the paci. we so pushed the cute ones but no luck. tho the glowinthedark ones sound amazing for doing the paci hunt at night!! followed takingcarababies on insta. wish i had just taken the course. it does sound like a game changer!

  7. Love these recs! I just found out we are expecting and I need your advice, so keep it coming! I love how you have woven Hudson into your life and work, but still remain true to yourself. I’m hoping I can be a mom like you!

  8. Hi Kathleen! We have a 6.5 week old, and I’m dying to get the snuggle me organic bc I know she will just melt in it. Do you know if you need to also order a cover for it? I just want the natural one. Love following along on this journey with you! You make me feel less like I’m I’m going crazy on the reg lol.

  9. Thank you so much for this! I can’t tell you how helpful it is, especially with how overwhelming it is to pick products when there are so many options. I was wondering what your feelings are about the 4moms mamaroo? I’ve seen such mixed reviews, people either hate it or love it; and for the price tag, I really want to be sure!

    1. We like ours! Unfortunately there’s no way to be 100% sure as every kid is different. So any kids toy or swing is going to be a little bit of a gamble.

  10. Hey! Are y’all doing a baby book? I cannot find one I like. I need to get on this because this kid is almost 8 weeks old haha

    1. We are! My mom scoured eBay to find us the ones we grew up with (they’re old school and hard to find). I agree – so many baby books out there are not cute. It’s hard!

  11. Taking Cara Babies is amazing and has made me feel so much more confident!
    When did you introduce bottles? Are you pumping and breast feeding? I have a 4 week old and am anxious to get a little help/breather in the feeding department.

    1. I would recommend connecting with your local lactation specialist who can help you figure out what’s going to work best for you two!

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