After surviving month one of postpartum baby life, months two and three seem to run together. You’re hopefully out of the initial infant haze and starting to figure things out a bit. Plus there seems to be a developmental shift between weeks 4-5 that starts to ease the process. Month one can be incredibly difficult, especially for new parents, because parenthood can be a shock to the system. It also takes time to adjust to this new human / resident in your home. Hopefully my list of Month one baby products helped to alleviate some of the stress, especially on what you need on day one of coming home from the hospital.
MONTHS TWO & THREE
Once you turn the corner of month one, these are my favorite products for the baby for months two and three:
PRODUCTS FOR BABY
- Stroller: at this time, you’re hopefully getting out of the house more so a stroller is necessary. We went with the UPPABaby Travel management system for both our car seat and stroller. I love the functionality and design. Not only is it a beautifully made stroller, it can grow with your family. It can hold a car seat and a toddler at the same time, which is great if you’re planning on having more than one child. One less stroller to purchase was good enough reason for me!
- Doona: I do not own this but I am also seriously considering biting the bullet and getting a Doona car seat. It looks so light and nimble. It has amazing reviews and I’ve heard other moms are obsessed with it. You can’t beat the convenience and ease of not having to lug a huge stroller with you wherever you go. These days, collapsing and resetting up my stroller every time I leave the house has been such a pain [yes, first world problems as usual over here, but still. 😭 ] Anyway, I do not have the Doona but I’m thinking of getting one for travel and for errands when I just need something easy.
- Baby carrier: we have this one and both my husband and I love it. I use it on walks with the baby while my toddler goes on dad’s shoulders or walks on his own.
- Scissors: one nurse at the hospital told me not to trim my baby’s nails until 6 weeks. Their skin is still attached to their nails until this point, so there’s risk of cutting their little skin. I held off until then and just used little mittens because she was scratching herself without them. Then, when I was ready to attempt this terrifying task, I used these scissors. I personally prefer scissors for babies instead of clippers because I think they’re easier to maneuver but it’s whatever you feel most comfortable with.
- Booties: if you have your baby in the winter, you’ll want to keep their feet warm when you leave the house. These have been all the rage these days and I just bought my infant her second pair!
- Burp cloths [plus a favorite baby gift!]: we use these standard burp cloths every day and they work great. We were also gifted these from Designer Dribbles when my son was born and they were one of my favorite gifts! So practical, personal and beautiful! I still use them to this day with my daughter and they are my favorite gift to give to new mamas.
- Muslin blankets: technically, Aden + Anais labels these as swaddles, but I use these as blankets and mats. These are great to put on your registry as you’ll get so much usage out of them. I use them at the doctor’s office as a mat to lay the baby on, as a blanket, as a mat on the couch for tummy time, and I’ve even used them as a burp cloth when I’ve forgotten to pack one. I don’t leave the house without one of these in my diaper bag!
- Pump: I’m terrible about pumping. I just don’t like doing it and it takes me a while to work up the discipline to get going with it. In fact, my baby is a little over 3 months and I have sworn to myself that I’m starting to my pump this week! It really is such a way to free yourself to be able to go run an errand without worrying about leaving the baby. I use this pump by Medela. It’s a great option because the pump itself is inside the backpack, so you can wear it, pump and cook dinner all at the same time. Maximum efficiency is always a win in my book! Side note: make sure and call your insurance company when you get pregnant because you should be able to get one for free.
- Bottles: Once you start pumping, you have to have bottles in place. My son used these so I plan on using the same ones with my daughter. Hopefully she will like them too! [I used the 2 oz version when he was younger and then migrated to the larger ones.]
- Bottle sterilizer: This is by no means a ‘must-buy.’ You can sanitize your bottles by boiling them per their instructions and be just fine. But, when I was a first time mom, I was a bit more high strung than I am now and I used it on all of my son’s bottles. I’ll probably run my daughter’s bottles through it as well before I start using them. It gives me the peace of mind that everything’s as clean as possible.
- Milk Warmer: This is also not a necessity but I’ve enjoyed its convenience, so including it on the list. You can warm up your baby’s bottle in a bowl of hot water if you don’t want to purchase one more baby item. But it’s convenient to just plunk the bottle in, wait a few minutes and be done. I still use it to this day for my son’s milk.
PRODUCTS FOR MAMA
Hopefully, you’ll be able to get out of the house a bit more at this point. In addition to what I wrote about for month one, you’ll want to purchase some postpartum clothes. Don’t worry that you might not be back at your pre-baby weight at this point. I didn’t know how long it took to lose the baby weight, especially after my first. I just assumed you popped him out and then one month later you’re back to normal. Ha! Little did I know that it takes 9 months to gain the weight, and it can take that long or longer to lose it. So be patient with yourself. In the meantime, get a few staple pieces that take you out of your pajamas and make you feel a little bit more like yourself. I have loved these:
- High-waisted jeans: currently on sale for $71. The price-point is lower than that of designer jeans [if that’s what you usually wear], so it makes buying clothes that are not your pre-baby size a little easier to stomach.
- Nursing sweater: I have loved this one. I pair it with yoga pants or jeans and it looks great. It’s so cozy too!
Do y’all have any ‘fourth trimester’ baby gear that you love? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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