I actually registered for many of the items I have based on other people's experience or recommendations, and I've been very happy for the most part with everything I have. So I wanted to return the favor and tell some of my favorite product recommendations. I decided to make this a Top 10 for the newborn stage, as my little one is only 9.5 weeks old, and I am sure some things will be retired and new things brought out as she gets a little older.
***Just a forewarning: I am a very thrifty person, but I am not a cheap person. I will spend more money for better quality things that will last, especially when I hope to use things I own for multiple children, God willing. So some of these items are not cheap, but I have found them to be of superior quality.
1) Aden+Anais Swaddle Blankets
Did I mention yet how much I love these?
2) Aden+Anais Burpy Bibs
3) Aden+Anais Easy Swaddle
These are 100% muslin again and very soft. What I like about them is they are not too hot compared to regular cotton swaddles (we have one of those too), so she can still wear pajamas under it. I also like that it snaps shut instead of velcro, because she cannot get it loose.
4) Seventh Generation Baby Wipes
5) A Good Stroller
6) Fisher Price Swing
Victoria is a finicky sleeper, and naps were a chronic issue. When we could get her take one, she would wake up after a short time just as cranky as before. Then we realized that the swing soothed her, and she would actually nap in her swing for hours. I fought it, not wanting her to get used to the swinging motion to nap, but I've since given in. She naps often in her swing, or we use it to extend her naps when she wakes up too soon, and it has been a gift from God. We will work on getting her out of her swing for naps soon, but in the meantime we are happy she is getting sleep.
She also loves being in her swing! I took this today after she woke up. She was cooing at her reflection in the little mirror on the swing's mobile (and notice her Aden+ swaddle blanket? #1)
This particular monitor can scan between 4 cameras, which is great if you have more than one child. It also makes it possible for me to respond to her cries and movements without potentially waking her up by entering the room. Newborns make tons of noises when they sleep. In fact, my little one just cried out right now. One look at the camera and I can see she is still fast asleep. If I had only an audio monitor, I would probably feel the need to go into her room and THAT would wake her up.
This has been especially useful for me since we have had to move Victoria into her own room much earlier than I anticipated. She is such a light sleeper and would wake up at the slightest movement or noise. Now that she is in her own room, I feel so comfortable being able to see her and check on her without disturbing her sleep.
8) Arm's Reach Co-sleeper
I already have my eyes out for a second-hand one for our next baby.
9) Norwex Baby Cloths
Love of Norwex, which allows you to clean your home with only water and microfiber. These baby cloths are so soft and allow you to clean your baby with only water. I hate looking at the ingredients of baby washes and seeing all sorts of unpronounceable chemicals going onto my baby's skin. No-tears really means your baby's tear ducts are being numbed with a numbing agent. I just love that these cloths allow me to bathe Victoria without anything but water. They are also great for keeping in the diaper bag for clean-ups on the go.
Definitely a "bang for your buck" kind of product.
So how about you? What is one of your "Top 10" products for a newborn? I have others I love, but these 10 are definitely my favorite.