Once you make it to about 2 to 3 months old, you will start to notice some radical changes in your newborn (hold on… this will continue for 18 years I am told). Instead of doing nothing but eating, sleeping, and pooping, your son or daughter will start to notice the world around them… and mostly that is you! However, by 6 months old that world will include pretty much anything their eyes, ears, and other senses can take in. As a new Mom, your life will also be changing.
I think that these items will certainly come in handy starting at 2 to 3 months old. I know they were lifesavers for me!
1. Boogie Wipes. Boogie Wipes are indispensable in our house. Even at almost 2 years old, we use them for many kid clean up projects. They are soft, saline wipes (no alcohol) and come in a convenient package. I always buy 3 or 4 packs at a time and have one at the kitchen table, one in the diaper bag, one in the car, and one in my purse.
2. A video baby monitor. So, I am not going to lie. This is a splurge. It has paid for itself many times over though in the form of sleep I was able to get not worrying that Sweet Pea would stop breathing in the middle of the night. Co-sleeping was not an option for us. Apart from the fact that Sweet Pea is definitely not a snuggler (I could not even nurse her lying down), once I went back to work, it became super important to get as much sleep as possible. Sweet Pea slept in a bassinet next to me until she was 2 months old. When she transitioned to the crib, I think I would have shaved 5 years off my life worrying about SIDS or some other horrible infant dilemma. We invested in an ‘Angelcare video, movement, and sound monitor.’ Not only could you see and hear everything that went on in the crib, but it tracked Sweet Pea’s breathing. You could actually see proof of breathe on the monitor and if she stopped moving for more than 5 seconds, an alarm would sound. This was a pretty nice investment in piece of mind.
3. Sophie the Giraffe. Sophie really is the perfect first toy for Baby. She is soft, bendable, easy to put in the mouth, is a great teething toy, and she squeaks. Sweet Pea developed a great relationship with Sophie that lasted at least through her first birthday.
4. Baby Einstein videos. I know, I know. No screen time for kids under the age of two. Don’t tar and feather me yet. Sometimes Mom needs a break. You know, to take a shower, go to the bathroom, fix dinner. Sweet Pea was not (and is still not) a docile child. I could not just plop her in a swing and expect her to entertain herself for 15 minutes. Noooo way! She demanded entertainment every minute she was awake. Ha! Enter Baby Einstein, aka- my lifesaver. We did not use them incessantly, but those videos stimulated Lilly, entertained her, and allowed us a few moments of sanity. Sweet Pea’s favorites were Animals Around Me and World of Rhythms. Used for entertainment only and as a treat, they are really cute, featuring puppets, songs, and other children and babies.
5. Doctor Brown’s Bottle Warmer. Ok, I know… another minor splurge. We used this when I nursed Sweet Pea and after we transitioned to formula. The nice thing about it is it was babysitter and husband proof. You just set the timer, plop the bottle in, and when the alarm sounds, you take the bottle out without worrying that it is too hot.
6. Bumbo Seat. This is such a handy little seat. You can put it right on the counter so you can interact with Baby while you fix dinner. There is a tray that comes with it. Additionally, I found that it helps build up the core muscles, which it good for future sitting, etc… This is a great little seat.
7. Floor Gym. Someone gave us the ‘Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym’ and we loved it, but I think any floor gym would be fine. I loved that you could attach toys on it that Baby could manipulate, swat at, etc… There were lights and music that entertained, and it was a great place for tummy time. I will say though that most gyms do not come with a big brother black lab. That was just an added bonus.
So, those are my top picks.
What are yours?
Thanks for reading!