Preparing for Baby: Newborn Essentials

by jessicaturner on December 29, 2014

The best picks in new baby gear

With my delivery just a week away, we are in big-time baby prep mode in our house. We actually got rid of most of our baby gear after having Adeline, so its been fun considering what I’ll want again this time around, as well as what new products to invest in. I am so excited to use each of these items with our little boy.

Note: Some of these products were sent to our family for review. Links are affiliate links.

Cybex Aton Q carseat: I am sort of obsessed with this car seat. I’ll definitely do a full-review after using it for a few months, but the safety features are far superior to any car seat we have ever owned. It is SO fabulous. Working at a children’s hospital, I have learned a lot about car seat safety, and this car seat is top of the line when it comes to ratings and design.

Love To Dream Swaddle Up: My kids were not big on being swaddled because they always wanted their arms up. I think this might be the perfect solution!

Contours 3-in-1 bassinet
: We didn’t have a bassinet for Elias and Adeline, but now that we live in a two story home, I think it is going to be so handy. I love that it is made of solid wood and has a Moses basket built right in.

Motorola MBP33S Wireless Video Baby Monitor with 2.8-Inch Color LCD, Zoom and Enhanced Two-Way Audio, this is a fantastic monitor. A monitor is another item we didn’t have with Elias and Adeline that I am so excited about. I think it is going to be so helpful.

Medela Electric Breastpump Freestyle Starter Set: As a full-time working mom, a breastpump is a MUST. I loved my Medela pump with Elias and Adeline and plan to use this newer version this time around. The LCD screen is a big change since the pump I had six and a half years ago.

Summer Infant Right Height Tub: This is a definite upgrade from the tub we had and I know I am going to love it. No more leaning over the tub – this one is the perfect height.

Tommee Tippee Bottles – We loved these bottles for Adeline and I am planning to use them again this time around.

Boppy Pillow: If you plan to nurse, a boppy is a must-have. I know we will get lots of use out of this!

What items did you love for your babies?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

becca December 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

The Moby Wrap was a must for our family. We passed up the stroller with baby 2 and 3 and used the Moby instead. We never missed it!

Aden and Anais blankets were a must for us as well – worth the cost completely!

I know it will be a little down the road, but Hyland’s teething tablets and Hyland’s cough syrup are amazing. We even use the syrup on our big boys – 7 and 5. It works in seconds. We see the difference and they do too! It’s homeopathic as well.


jessicaturner December 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

Yes, a moby is something that I did still have. Will definitely use for baby boy. I should have definitely included it on this list. Hoping baby boy will like to be worn. Elias was NOT a fan, but Adeline was.

And I just ordered some Aden and Anais blankets and burpers. Never had these for my other kids, but have heard great things.

We loved Hylands tablets for our kiddos, too!


Rachel December 29, 2014 at 7:50 am

Agreed about the moby wrap and the Aden & Anis blankets. Both have been amazing for us. We also love the bassinest from Halo, as well as their sleep sacks. Lastly, our UppaBaby stroller has proven to be a great investment, able to handle city streets / sidewalks and long distances easily. Best of luck with the new one!


Aimee December 29, 2014 at 8:40 am

Moby wrap and Ergo are my favorites if you like wearing your baby (some of mine hated being worn!)

Sophie teething giraffe is a favorite chew toy!

I got the My Brest Friend pillow for my most recent baby; he’s 9.5 months and I still use it every time I nurse him. The difference between this and the boppy are unbelievable! I still used the heck out of the boppy for the floor, but this pillow is amazing in the support it provides for my neck, back and shoulders!


Angie December 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

Tip for a two story home: get two boppy pillows –one for upstairs and one for downstairs!


jessicaturner December 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

Good idea!


Shana December 29, 2014 at 8:53 am

Great items! My sleepy wrap and ergo carrier were my must have items for baby.

Quick question, will you be featuring the Dayspring after Christmas sale this year?


jessicaturner December 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

Hi Shana, I don’t think I have the time to pull together a post this year, but there is an ad for it on the right sidebar. Just click and it will take you to all the great deals!


jenn ama l December 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

Our second baby girl is just 10 weeks old. I also highly recommend the “My Brest Friend” nursing pillow ( worst name). It is seriously amazing and made those early days of feeding throughout the night much more comfortable.

I love that baby bathtub! My back would love it too. 😉


Shelbie December 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I second the moby wrap, Aden & Anais blankets and Ergo (though I really didn’t start using this until baby was closer to 5/6 months old). And as a fellow mama who is larger busted I can’t say enough about the breast friend nursing pillow. It’s also great for c-section mamas. :) The lactation consultants in the hospital I work in all recommend it. It’s worth every penny. Other than the great ideas already mentioned taking a pacifier and a cute blanket/hat with you for the hospital photos is great to have. I’m so excited to hear about your new baby adventure!! Blessings to you!!


Natalie December 29, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Aden and Anias blankets were by far our favorite blankets for my last two kids. And the rock and play sleeper. My second loved it so muchwe got a additional one for number three. It helped with gas and reflux so much. My third was also a passy girl and she loves her Wubanub!


Natalie December 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

And yay. So close! Good luck sweetie!!!!!


Valerie December 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

My baby is just seven weeks old. It’s hot here, so we needed summer things. Love Aden and anais muslin wraps. Love the rock and play – he sleeps in it for most day naps right in the living room. Just bought that breast pump and it is awesome! I actually use it one side at a time. Much stronger suction and seems faster too. You also get one hand free. I haven’t bought the hands free thing as I only pump once or twice a day.

We just use the medela bottles with the calma teat. It is great! The pump comes with four bottles.

We have that swing too from last time but honestly haven’t used it much this time.

My first baby had that swaddle but she hated it! Must try it on this baby. We love the organic ergo zip up swaddle. He can move his arms and hands around but just not past his neck.

Someone gave me a breastfeeding pillow but it is really thick. I’m wondering now about the my breast friend? Sounds interesting! I’m pretty much exclusively b feeding now after pumping a lot at first.


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