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newborn favorites for baby + mom

my baby bear, parks james, turned one month on monday, february 15. in honor of the newborn stage, i am sharing my favorites for baby + mom today. there are so many baby items and everyone has their own preferences; however, i thought i would share the ones that we loved most. 
ryan and rose pacifier clips: i found this brand on instagram and love their beautiful options! i feel like we could not live without a clip at this point {we have and it's constant picking up the bink off the floor!} these are perfect.  
blankets & beyond swaddles: parks fell in love with these almost immediately. they are warm, soft, and keep his little hands in so well. we received one as a gift and then i purchased two {they are very reasonable - around $12.99 at marshall's/home goods/amazon} 
the lawn: this drying rack is a must for bottles, nipples, and pacifiers! 
mama roo by 4moms: the mama roo is fantastic! it moves, sways, makes sounds and doesn't take up a lot of space in a room. there are a lot of options for baby and they can all be controlled through an app on your phone! {gone are the days of running over to the swing to crank it!} 
solly baby wrap: it's no secret this week that i am in love with our solly baby wrap! i can't recommend it enough. it is so easy to put on and baby boy loves it so much. i have worn him every day since sunday. i feel like i can get so much done around the house and it was a life-saver at the doctor's office. {the carseat is so heavy- esp. with my incision}
natursutten pacifier: we tried a few different pacifiers but this is by far his favorite! it's designed to be as natural as possible/good for breastfed babies 

bear suit: there are a lot of shops that sell these. my mom and i found parks' over thanksgiving at kohl's and he loves it! it's the perfect warm/cozy suit for a winter babe. plus, people can't get enough of it when we go out- it's just so cute. 

rock n' play: parks loves to take naps in the rock n' play {our pediatrician does not recommend that babies sleep in it overnight- i am so glad i asked because i had no idea!} he loves how it is contoured {again super comforting and cozy for him} and it plays music/rocks at different levels. 

boudreaux's butt paste: this paste is wonderful! it seemed to clear things up so much faster than other brands

milk snob carseat cover: my sister gave us this cover and we love it! it's super adorable and he loves having it over him. the black and white is designed to help with eye coordination and helps to stimulate brain function. we are so grateful that he loves his carseat and traveling so far.

zutano booties: we received these from rachel of little blue sailboat and they are fabulous! they are super cute, warm, and don't fall off! the perfect bootie for a winter baby 

bathtub by 4moms: this tub rocks!! i researched so many and am so glad that we chose this one! it allows clean water in/dirty water out and has a sensor for the temperature {green is good and red is too hot} ideal for first time parents like us! 

aden + anais swaddle blankets: you can't have enough of these! they are light-weight, super adorable, and perfect for skin to skin time 

our moses basket is another favorite!! 
milkmaid goods: their nursing ponchos come in gorgeous patterns and can be used as a nursing cover, carseat cover, cart cover, and scarf. they also sell cute swaddle sets- so reasonable and again, love the prints! 

mustela stretch mark recovery serum: i love this serum for stretch marks - it's already working so well. plus, the light floral smell is lovely 

medela pump in style advanced pump: your insurance should cover a pump and this one has been wonderful... it's super easy to use and to clean!

lululemon backpack: we have a diaper bag/some totes i love to use for baby items, but found pretty early on that a backpack is the way to go! i found one on sale at lululemon and it's been amazing. {esp. for places like the mall where you are walking around and not in one place} the one i found has so many awesome compartments and even a wet bag for diapers 

camelbak water bottle: like i have mentioned before, i loved having this in the hospital and have loved it after as well. i am trying to get in as much water as possible and this has been the best way! {esp. when both hands are full}

ugg slippers: i received these for christmas and have literally lived in them! definitely my favorite slippers ever- ideal for these chilly months at home with baby boy 

trader joe's coconut oil: i was a big believer before and am now more than ever! it works for almost anything- esp. for nursing. i have tried a few other products and this has been the best! 

my brest friend pillow: if you plan to breastfeed, buy this!!! you will thank me later- i promise. 

healthy sleep habits, happy child: several friends recommended this book and i think it's my favorite so far! i will hopefully do a post soon with more detail but am loving it so far. 
nursing tanks: old navy and gap both have some great ones {for reasonable prices} but you are going to want to purchase several before baby comes 
fresh flowers: mr. monaco has brought home a few bouquets {along with some generous friends} and they have helped cheer up the rooms in our home - along with burning candles. so soothing

lavender: speaking of soothing, lavender oil is my go-to! i used it during labor and have used it almost every night since. my parents also bought me some l'occitane lavender shower gel, bath salts, lotion, and a candle-which have all been so wonderful as well {such a great gift to send to a new mom!}
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54 comments:

  1. Oh the winter blues I do struggle with. However tomorrow through Sunday we are to have high temperatures in the 70's and sunshine so outside we go and that will certainly help with the winter blues that are so real. Thanks so much.

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    1. Sounds wonderful! Thank you for entering!

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    1. I ordered this after you posted and we love it as well! Thank you so much

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  3. Thank you so much for this list! We just registered last weekend and now I think I have some revisions to make! :) I would love to win your giveaway so I can start babywearing in May when my baby arrives.

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    1. You are so welcome! :) Best wishes and thank you for entering!

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  4. I think I need to get a Solly Wrap for baby girl. I had a Moby Wrap with Max and used it once and didn't care for it; it was so thick (too hot for a summer babe and an always hot mama!) and difficult to put on. I googled "solly vs. moby wrap" the other day and one blogger loves the Solly more due to its lightweight nature. I also scored a Baby Bjorn at Once Upon a Child, still in the box, unused, for $40, and I used that a lot when Max was a bit bigger, but I wasn't a huge fan of that one either. It got pretty uncomfortable after a while with such a chunk of a babe...Max was in the 95th percentile for most of his first year for weight and height! And I'm so glad you love the Zutano booties! I've already stored Max's old ones in baby girl's bins, and I have plans to get more girly ones once she arrives! Have a great weekend love!

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    1. I love it so much!! I would def. buy one or two! The patterns are adorable!! haha and those booties- I was so sad when he grew out of them! SO PERFECT!!! you are so generous! So excited for baby girl

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  5. I just got the Rockaroo for my daughter and I love it! She sleeps so much better now!

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    1. I love it! Thank you for entering!!

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    1. Thank you for entering! I will be hosting a few more giveaways soon! You are so sweet and supportive and it means so much to me!

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  7. I miss the newborn stage!! My son lived in our Solly the first month. Aden and anais truly are the best swaddles EVER!! Great giveaway!!

    www.writingmotherfashionista.com

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    1. I am starting to miss it already... as he approached three months. I am too sentimental sometimes for this job! haha - and I love those swaddles!! Thank you so much for entering

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  8. I'm going to reference this post while I work on my registry (so overwhelming!!). Lately, I have been craving 1/2 caf Iced Caramel Macchiatos. I also love Iced Soy Chais.

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    1. try to enjoy the process and not stress {I know it's hard! but remember you can return almost anything!} I have more to add now that he's almost 12 weeks. hoping to post soon! praying for a healthy pregnancy for you- still SO EXCITED!!! xo ps: i love iced caramel macchiatos

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  9. What a great list of items! I’ll definitely need a wrap of some kind as it’s been on my mind. We have the Baby Bjorn and I think that will work well, but the cloth wraps just look so comfortable.

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    1. so glad you won, girl! and so glad you're loving it!!! xo

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  10. I'm not a mom, but I love the style you have with all of you favorite products! So cute!!
    ~Mattie
    www.mattiesmakings.com

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    1. thank you SO much! you are so sweet! hope you're well

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  11. I don't have kids, but I have seen that lawn drying rack multiple times!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. it's awesome! thank you for stopping in and hope you're well!

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  12. I love anything safe and healthy( :

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  13. I really love my co-sleeper. It's perfect for a newborn. I can watch my baby sleep as I fall asleep and don't need to get out of the bed to feed or change the baby. I have everything right there with me.

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    1. I might look into one for baby #2- I have heard great things! Thank you so much!!

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  14. I love cosleeping and love my carrier.

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    1. I am def. going to look into the co-sleeper for our next babe! Thank you so much, Sarah!

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  15. Thank you for sharing! I have most of these things or have them on my registry so it makes me feel better to know that I will be prepared and I will actually use them! love you 💗

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    1. You are so welcome! Love you so much and can't wait for baby Stella!!! xo

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  16. My baby wrap was also essential! So versatile and a life changer.

    I also loved my bear suit in all kinds of sizes, living in canada with the snow suit safety and car seats a bear suit is perfect for wearing in winter, spring, fall, summer camping, you name it!

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    1. Yes! Cheers to bear suits and baby wraps!! LOVE.

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  17. I love Aden Anais swaddles.....just SO versatile, they are worth it!

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  18. I love the mamaRoo infant seat. It's a lifesaver!

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    1. Agree! He loves it so much! Thank you for entering, Rachel!

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  19. My favorite item ever for baby is the zippadeezip. It was on Shark Tank so I ordered one and it was a game changer!! Once my son started busting out of his swaddles and sleepsacks he went to this and started sleeping through the night. Can't say enough good things about these!! Also, to beat the winter blues I take vitamin D which seems to help a bit.

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    1. I tried that and he loves it! THANK YOU!!!

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  20. I won a mamaroo before my 1st baby was born!! My husband called it the "robot rocker" because it's so futuristic looking :) I only wish it would have lasted longer than 3 months when he grew out of it

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    1. So fun!! and haha it really is! esp. since you can control it from an app on your phone! lol

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  21. the breast pump for sure! was able to let the husband do late night feedings when necessary.

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    1. haha - I have a love/hate relationship with mine!! thank you for entering!

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  22. We had to invest in some velcro swaddles--they are the only thing she stays in...also baby girl loves to be warm so we also had to get an infant heater for her room (it has a sensor that attaches to her crib to regulate the temp!)

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    1. Yes!! I love velcro swaddles and that's good to know! I haven't thought of that- thank you!

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  23. I absolutely love baby wraps!! I think they are so helpful, and definitely an essential.

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    1. Totally agree! Can't live without ours now! So in love with Solly!!!

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  24. I love White Chocolate Mochas! They are so yummy, especially with whipped cream on top!

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    1. Yum!!! Thank you so much for entering and hope you're well!

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  25. My favorite product for mom and baby is my carrier.
    Thank You for the great giveaway

    Fiona N

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    1. Yes! I love ours, too! So essentials for getting things done and for going out and about! Thank you for entering!!

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  26. I love Cuski swandoodles! They are amazingly soft, the huge size is great to continue swaddling long past other brands, large enough to be a toddler and preschooler blanket well past other brands... I just can't say enough good things. They are now my go-to baby gift!

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    1. Awesome! I can't wait to check these out :) Thank you

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  27. I never even knew the lawn existed and I absolutely love the idea of it, thanks for sharing!

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