I want to preface this post by saying that these “must-haves” aren’t of course must-haves. They are simply items that make caring for a child easier. All a baby needs is love, food, clothing, a place to sleep, and a car seat. A crib and stroller would be next on the list. Anyway, these are fun must-haves that Xander has enjoyed throughout months 0-6. We feel incredibly blessed that most of these items were gifted to us – so thank you family and friends!
Details: We received a nipple shield in the hospital and Xander used it for almost 4.5 months. There is worry that when using it your milk supply can decrease but this was never an issue for us. It really helped our breastfeeding relationship and I’m so thankful there are products like that to help! We started using the Moby Wrap around three weeks old. He would snuggle in their for naps, I would use it during grocery shopping, and we would go for walks with him in there. This was a wrap that mostly I used and not John. The Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets are so soft and you are able to get the baby super snug. Definitely a great gift to gift if you know someone who is expecting. The Boppy Pillow was so helpful for me because Xander didn’t like the side lying nursing position – it was more difficult when using the shield. The bathtub was super helpful since he was so tiny. It made us feel more secure in washing him and not feeling like he was slipping away.
Glad We Had:
- Pack n Play (for changing table and elevated sleeping area)
- Video Monitor <– pretty close to ours if not the exact one
- LED Night Lights (for our bedroom and nursery)
- Infantino Play Mat
- 2-in-1 Swing / Seat
Details: We keep the Pack n Play in the living room and we are so happy to have it. The changing table is a nice feature and naps can occur in the elevated sleeping area. (Thanks for the gift, Ellen!) I put the video monitor on the glad we had list for 0-3 months simply because we didn’t really need it until he was 8 weeks old and in his crib. For the first 5 weeks of life, Xander slept on our chests and from week 5-8 he slept in the swing. The swing simply makes the list glad we had list because Xander used it for those 3 weeks, other than that, the swing/seat is one of the most unused items we have. Maybe our next baby will like it. I love the Infantino Play Mat. One of the very last babies I nannied for in Cleveland had this mat and I immediate new that would be the one we wanted for our baby. It folds away so nicely and is easy to clean. Lastly, the LED night lights are super helpful for when dealing with the constant wake ups and trips between our bedroom and nursery. Definitely consider adding a night light to your registry if you are pregnant.
- Baby Mobile
- White Noise Machine
Details: I suppose we barely used socks since Xander was born in March and the weather was nice and warm for these ages. I feel bad that we didn’t need them because we somehow managed to receive a ton of socks as presents (I guess because they’re just so cute and little?) The mobile and white noise machine make the barely used list as well because neither item seemed to aid Xander in his nighttime routine, so using them didn’t really become a habit.
- Boppy Pillow
- Nipple Shield (until 4.5 months)
- Pack n Play (for elevated sleeping area until 5.5 months)
- Hats / Onesies / Sleep Sacks
- Video Monitor
- Infantino Play Mat
Details: I’ve already discussed some of these items in the 0-3 section, so I won’t go into as great of detail. Boppy and nipple shield were both still essential, video monitor became essential since he started sleeping in crib in nursery. I should point out the video monitor is rather awesome. John selected it and not only can you see the baby, but you can control the mounted part of the monitor with the non-mounted part: moving the angles of which you see the baby, playing lullabies, and you can even talk to the baby through it. Next, the play mat became essential since Xander started rolling back to belly at 3.5 months! He loved pulling at the toys and moving himself all around. Naps in the pack n play are awesome until he reached the weight limit for the elevated sleeping area and sleep sacks were essential for bed time since we stopped the swaddled at 3.5 months due to his rolling. The star of Xander’s essential list goes to the WubbaNub. We received one (thanks Sara!) right around 3 months and it quickly became Xander’s soothie. Even when he doesn’t suck on the paci, he likes to hold the foot of the animal. He loved it so much that Sara got him a second one around 5.5 months. We have a frog and lamb and one stays upstairs and one stays downstairs. We only let him suck on the paci when he’s in the car or when he’s going to sleep.
Glad We Had:
- Johnny Jump Up (purchased ~4.5 months)
- Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station aka “his stand up toy” (purchased ~
- Baby Bjorn <– too lazy to figure out which one we have
- White Noise Machine
Details: The Johnny Jump Up is amazing. It makes the glad we had list instead of the essential list because it is his upstairs toy and not used as often. That said, when he does play in it he loves it. I really we had a place for it on the main level but the door ways in our townhouse just don’t work. Still a great purchase for babies who love to stand. Speaking of standing, Xander’s love for it, it why we bought the Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Station. Similar, to an exerisaucer, but the baby does around the activity station instead of in it. If I were writing this right now (Xander = 7.5 months) it would hands down be on the essential list, but for months 3-6 it’s in the glad we had list. (Seriously, I can’t wait to show you a video of him running around the activity stations… it’s ridiculous in an awesome way). We are also glad we had the Baby Bjorn…especially John, however, we both agree that we should have done a little more research and found a carrier that also goes on our backs. Lastly, we started to use the white noise machine more regularly, but I think Xander could really take it or leave it (plus, it drives me nuts hearing it through the monitor).
- Socks and shoes
Details: Again, socks and shoes weren’t necessary because it is so warm out. Note to those buying presents for expecting or new moms: think about how old the baby will be during seasons. We received some very cute clothing that only got worn 1-2x because it wasn’t the appropriate season for the age of our child. Of course we’re keeping it for the next child, but just something to consider. And the second item that makes the 3-6 month barely used list is the Bumbo. It was helpful for keeping Xander stationary while showering, but we just never really needed to use it. Plus, he started sitting on his own at 5.5 months, so the Bumbo has been retired for awhile now.
- Swaddle Blankets (for the use of swaddling)
- Baby Mobile
Details: We still use the swaddle blankets but not for swaddling. They now function as a blanket in the car seat/during naps or a light blanket to throw over my shoulder while nursing, depending on where we are. The baby mobile has also officially been taken off the crib and replaced with this projector mobile thing. It plays music and project animals onto the ceiling for the baby to look at (which is pretty cool), but Xander could really take it or leave it. We thought it would make his eyes tired and help him sleep, but we use it more for when we need to buy ourselves a few more minutes.
Wished We Had:
- Cup holder for the stroller
Details: We started using the jogging stroller during the 3-6 month time frame and a cup holder would be really nice. It’s definitely not essential since the basket underneath the stroller is fine, but a feature that would be helpful nonetheless.
I know this was long but I’ve been meaning to write this for ages! I hope it helps you figure out what items may be good to add to your registry or give as a gift! Let me know if you have any questions and I hope to have two posts next time (6-9 and 9-12) instead of just 6-12. We’ll see what ends up happening!
What item(s) did your babies enjoy during the ages of 0-6 months?