We made it! Rhona is officially three months which means she’s technically not a newborn anymore! In a short amount of time, I’ve quickly learned what the essentials are around here. Before we had her, I researched day in and day out about the latest and greatest on the market. It was one of the fun ways we got to prep for her, and I love knowing the what and why of the products I’m buying. One of the biggest blessings during my pregnancy was that I got to journey alongside my sister, who was 3 weeks further along. It was THE BEST. Even though it’s my first and her third, it was a really special time for us. Together we sought out to find and research all things baby. Funny thing is, we never read into sleep training, which looking back, was not our brightest idea. To sift through the best of the best, here are my go-to sites for product reviews and registry help: Babylist, The Bump, Peace Love Organic Mom, The Gentle Nursery, and magicbeans. Most of these items were chosen because they fit our lifestyle, aesthetic, and they take up minimal storage space. Working with our cozy place, any baby items that could serve multiple purposes were a win in my book.
Bassinet // We have the Guava Family Lotus Bassinet + Travel Crib. We love that the Lotus Bassinet can be moved anywhere around the house and we’ve taken advantage of it by moving it numerous times, sometimes a couple times a day. We’re a little crazy though so you might get it and do the normal thing by keeping it bedside.
Infant Car Seat // In the beginning, we were leaning towards just getting the convertible car seat with an infant insert so we could get more use out of it but I’m so grateful we got this infant car seat by Maxi-Cosi. It’s SO lightweight, easy to clean, and attaches to our stroller.
Stroller // We knew wanted a full size, all-terrain stroller. Here is the one we have and love by Nuna, but in a different color. There’s a newer version of this stroller with an all black frame and very chic leather handles, which my sister has! The fabric on this stroller is also Oek0-Tex certified, which basically means it has been rigorously tested to be safe for her skin. Whichever stroller you choose, I’d recommend to find one that you can push with one hand. For us that was a non-negotiable.
Crib + Mattress // There are sooo many good options for both but we ended up getting the Ikea Sniglar Crib and the Newton Baby Crib Mattress. We didn’t buy the crib until recently because we knew she’d be in the bassinet until then and wanted the option to move her in and out of our room. Originally we were going to go with the Babyletto Lolly, which is still an amazing crib. My sister has the Mercer and loves it. They’re Greenguard Certified, uses non-toxic finishes, and come with the conversion kits. The Sniglar was my runner-up to the Lolly but because it’s currently sold out til next year, or so I hear. It’s solid beechwood, comes with a toddler conversion bar, good-looking, and there isn’t a finish on it so that made me love it even more. Then, I saw the Newton Mattress on IG and after learning it was breathable, COMPLETELY washable, had been awarded a handful of praise worthy certifications (including the Greenguard), I was won.
Baby Monitor // We got the Nest Camera a few weeks after Rhona was born. We loved that we could watch her from any device, that I could choose to only hear sound or just watch the live stream without it, and we can use it as a seurity camera when we no longer use it for Rho.
Diaper Pail // I didn’t register for one, but I ended up purchasing one a month before Ro arrived and we’ve used it every day since she has been home. A true essential. The one we have is stainless steel so it keeps all the stench in. You can also use any trash bag in this one – no tailor-made bags needed!
Changing Pad // Another thing I didn’t register for, because I thought I’d just change her with our Gathre mat anywhere in the house. A mama friend recommended one and I decided to go for it. If I was buying one, I knew it had to be wipeable because… who wants more laundry? These were the three options we chose from: Bumbo, Keekaroo Peanut, and the Leander Matty. We ended up going with the Bumbo because it was the only one that would actually fit on top of her dresser and the price point was great. We now keep the Gathre changing mat in the diaper bag.
Swaddles // Rho has been a professional at breaking out of her swaddle since day one. In the hospital, she’d always manage to get an arm out no matter how tight we swaddled her. The three swaddles that worked best for us and didn’t bunch up at her face in the middle of the night were the Ergobaby Swaddler, the Woombie and the Love To Dream Swaddle. We used the Ergobaby one until she grew out of it then moved her to the Woombie. This was a game-changer. When she got a little older, we put her into the Love To Dream swaddle so she can have her arms up for soothing. Now that she’s a roller, we have her in this sleepsack from Ergobaby.
White Noise // Currently, we use a fan for white noise in Rhona’s room. I like that it helps circulate the air in there because it can get pretty stuffy during the daytime when it’s not on. When it starts to get cooler, I’ve heard lots of moms swear by the Dohm White Noise Machine so I think that’ll be something we get later on.
Bath Tub // Rho’s cord fell off exactly 2 weeks after she was born but before that, we gave her sponge baths on the Bumbo. The Puj is so easy to use and we plan on taking it with us for traveling. We got ours in this convenient kit that came with a hooded bath towel.
Bouncer // I can’t say enough good things about our Babybjorn bouncer. Rhona absolutely loves this thing and I love that it gets her off her back. Whenever she got it dirty, I slipped it off and threw it in the wash. SO easy. When she gets older, I can turn the slip over and make it a toddler chair for her. It was coincidentally one of the first big purchases I made for her. Did I mention that it folds flat? Win, win, win.
Baby Carriers // We started with the Solly Wrap and Ergobaby Adapt. Walks in the wrap became part of our daily routine since she loved to take naps in it. It’s not for everyone – it’s literally one long piece of fabric and you have to have the patience to put it on. It does get quicker the more you use it, that’s for sure! Ian wasn’t crazy about the wrap but loves the Ergobaby. We chose the Adapt because it didn’t need an infant insert and it seemed to fit the best on him when we tried some on at a baby expo we went to earlier this year. I did end up getting a Wildbird Ring Sling but it honestly hasn’t been my favorite, to wear or to carry Rho in. I read it needs to be ‘broken in’ but I have maybe used it three times since buying it so we may have to wait until Rhona’s a little bigger.
Bottles & Drying Accessories // Boon drying accessories. Any and all of them are awesome. We have the white Lawn drying racks and the Sprig. We were planning to use the Comotomo bottles because we thought it’d be an easy transition between the bottle and nursing, but because she had so many tummy issues as a newborn, we used these Dr. Brown’s glass bottles from the moment we introduced the bottle at home. They’re glass and feel really great, my only complaint is that there are lots of parts to clean.
Sleep Training // Since Rhona was three weeks old, we started implementing the Babywise sleep training method. Thanks to my mother-in-law, as soon as she put Rho on Babywise, she was suddenly a different baby! I think the schedule brought her security and the comfort of knowing that when she woke up, she was fed and had some waketime before going back down for a nap – the EWS cycle. It was really tough to stay consistent and it’s definitely not for every one, so my opinion is to find the right sleep training method or combine different training styles for your baby. Some moms have given me these two resources as a guide to help us through this process as well, since the book can get a little confusing. They’re called the Chronicles of a Babywise Mom and Mama’s Organized Chaos. Thankfully, Rhona has responded great to this method, which made it a really positive experience for us – sleeping through the night since 7 weeks old! We’re at a place where we know her better so we can be much more flexible by going off her cues, but still sticking to a general schedule for feedings and naps. Here is the version of the book that I have.
Baby Tracking App // Okay not to add another thing but this app is something I use every single day. We track all her diapers and feedings here and we can sync it up on any device, so if Ian is ever unsure of when her last feed was, he can look it up on his phone!