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Monthly Must-Haves | 3-6 Months

If you’re reading this post, that means your little one is now approaching or in the 3-6 month phase. Or, you are just wildly obsessed with baby things OR maybe it’s just that you actually enjoy reading my blog no matter what the topic. Anyway, this post will capture the top six items I found to be crucial when having Lincoln during the 3-6 month period. I still don’t know why they put together months like that, in huge chunks, because there is such a drastic difference between a three month old and a six month old – but it is what it is. Here we go…

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  1. Johnson + Johnson Hand and Face Wipes – I LOVE these little guys and buy them in bulk! They come in handy with literally anything baby related. They are good for getting boogers, snot, wiping hands and face off, and even can be used as a back up diaper wipe if you run out. They are cheap and absolutely essential.
  2. Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Activity Jumper – My mom bought this for Lincoln when he was three months old. It was PERFECT to have at that time. It comes with a bunch of activities that you can swap in and out, tethers, and a swivel seat for them to rotate (once they figure that out as they get older). It bounces and changes height position four times! Lincoln absolutely loved it and it gave me comfort to know he was safe as I quickly showered.. or did whatever I needed to do.
  3. Chicco Stack 3 in 1 Highchair – This highchair was a gift from a students parents that I had. It wasn’t the one I originally had on my registry – it’s BETTER. This highchair is trendy, cute, and transforms in multiple ways! The back of the seat reclines into several positions and the tray has several clip in positions as well. It comes with a clear tray over the regular tray for easy dishwashing or cleaning. The fabric is easy to wipe down and food/drinks wipe off super nicely! The highchair eventually transforms into a booster seat and you can also detach the highchair portion from its base and strap it onto a regular chair. My only complaint – it is a bit bulky and doesn’t fold up – but other than that we love it!
  4. Ergo 360 Baby Carrier with Infant Insert – This baby carrier was a lifesaver! I had two carriers, a wrap and the Ergo. I could not for the life of me, even with the direction pamphlet and youtube tutorials, figure out how to wear the wrap! It just wasn’t for me and Lincoln looked so uncomfortable in it. I am hoping to master the wrap with our next baby, but the Ergo was all around amazing. Darius LOVED wearing it and actually wore it way more than I did. What’s great about it is that it grows with baby! The infant insert is essential when you have a newborn because it helps prop them up and give them the necessary support. We have ours in the grey color and love it! Only complaint – it’s a bit pricey, and a little difficult to put on (you get used to it) but overall worth it.
  5. Babyganics Shampoo and Body Wash – I posted before about using Babyganics products and we love their stuff so much! I love that harsh chemicals are not used and everything is safe and gentle for baby. We use their shampoo and body wash and found it to be awesome! We love that it has the nice foaming pump and doesn’t burn his eyes when some gets on his face. Also, the best part, is that it doesn’t leave soapy water behind! This equals a nice, quick rinse off for baby! I do wish it had a stronger “baby” smell.
  6. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder – My girlfriend from work got me these and they weren’t even on my registry. I had never even thought about a teething baby. But thank God she knew what she was doing. This is the only type of teether to ever calm down Lincoln. The mesh is safe and gentle for baby to chew on. The latch is baby proof, so there is no way baby is opening the feeder to get to the food. I usually stuff a frozen piece of fruit in there, like a peach, hand it to him and he sucks on it till it’s gone! I also love that it’s practically mess free and doesn’t leave your house sticky! Also, it’s dishwasher safe! WIN!

Looking for must-haves for previous ages? Check out my previous posts…

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Monthly Must-Haves | 0-3 Months

My goal is to get out all of the must-have baby items by age. Some of them aren’t as exciting as others, but I promise that we everything I mention to be a necessity. Included after each item is the link in case you want to shop it for yourself and your little!

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  1. Triple Paste Diaper Rash Ointment – Let’s face it – diaper rash is a pain in the ass (see what I did there?) and your poor little babe will most likely experience this at some point. As a new mom, I figured Desitin was the way to go but I was so wrong. Triple Paste is on the expensive side but it is SO WORTH IT! I am talking diaper rash that clears up in a day, people!
  2. Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym  – This mat was a lifesaver when it came to Lincoln being immobile. For the first several months he didn’t really do much but I felt bad when I wasn’t holding him. The mat allowed him to interact, play, grasp, grab, swat, pull and play with the little animals and toys that dangle from it. The lights and music can be set to a motion sensor so they only go off when your little babe swats or makes movement. Similar here.
  3. Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack (this one is similar) – I know this looks totally ridiculous – and trust me, I thought spending $25 on this sucker was – but I heard it was a necessity and I sure do agree. This drying rack allows for easy placement of ANY bottles or bottle parts. It even comes with cute little accessory pieces (which we have bought) to hang bottle nipples from or whatever! It’s also easy to clean and throw in the dishwasher!
  4. Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Moisturizing Lotion, Lavender and Vanilla – We actually went through quite a few lotions with Lincoln. Some of them didn’t clear up dry skin at all. Then, he got a little patch of eczema on his chest and our daycare provider at the time recommended Aveeno. We have loved it. It’s soft, gentle and I just love the smell. We apply it all over – including his hair and face – and he’s never bothered!
  5. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub  – At first you may think this tub is a little much and I went back and forth about what kind of tub to put on my registry. There were so much cute, smaller ones out there, but I knew those wouldn’t last for the long haul. This tub comes with a sling to place baby in as a newborn. Once they can kind of sit up on their own, there’s a seat insert that helps them to sit up. After that, you can remove the seat and they can sit up in the tub all on their own. The baby can even lay back and there is a little soft head rest for them. The tub even comes with a cute little water strainer toy AND a water bottle (with squirt holes in the lid) which is Darius’ favorite!  He loves to use it to squirt water on Lincoln’s back and to help rinse his head off. This tub is AMAZING!
  6. Babyganics Dish Dazzler Foaming Dish and Bottle Soap –   After coming home from work every day and washing two pumping bottles, pumping parts and then two milk bottles and all the parts to those – I was OVER IT. This foaming dish soap by Babyganics definitely doesn’t make the task easier but I really love the soap. It’s gentle on your hands (trust me, I know) and foams up REALLY well. The most awesome part is it doesn’t leave tons of extra bubbles around (I know because we have also used their baby shampoo with Lincoln) so it makes for easy cleaning and clean up! I also appreciate that their products are safe and not filled with dangerous chemicals!

So there it is! A short list of the things I remember so well and remember using again and again. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to comment below with things you believe are must-haves for your little (or you)!

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Monthly Must-Haves | Newborn

Being a first-time mom, my baby registry was filled with EVERYTHING. I mean, it’s absurd actually how much stuff was on that registry. And granted, a lot of it was put to great use, but there are only a handful of things that I considered a must-have. These items are based off of my personal opinion alone, but, many other moms recommend these items to me as their must-haves as well. So, enjoy!

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  1. Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper – This rock ‘n play was a LIFE SAVER when it came to getting Lincoln to sleep. As a new mom, I figured my baby would love being swaddled and sleep peacefully in his bassinet. WRONG. Lincoln not only hated being swaddled, but his bassinet was so big, he didn’t feel protected. The auto rock ‘n play is the way to go! You can set timers on it, and it plays a variety of music/sleep sounds! He used this sucker for 3 months!
  2. SwaddleMe Slumber Buddies Soother – My mother in law bought this for Lincoln about two months ago and I WISH we had it sooner! This sweet little elephant plays 5 different sounds, has 3 timer options and sets a starry scene on the ceiling with light options of red, blue or green (or it will alternate on its own). It’s much better than a mobile (which we never had) and Lincoln loves staring at the lights on the ceiling!
  3. aden + anais Muslin Swaddle – Lincoln never liked being swaddled, so we didn’t use these sweet blankies as a swaddle. But, they sure did come in handy! Lincoln loved them as a light blankie (he was born in August) and they are super soft and cozy. We also used them to play down on play mats, the rock ‘n play and his swing so in case he were to spit up, we just had to throw the blanket in the washer!
  4. Dr. Brown’s Bottles – From the get-go, Lincoln and I had trouble with breastfeeding. He started on formula as a supplement the day he was born. Thank goodness for Dr. Brown’s bottles! We truly never had an issue with colic or with him being overly gassy. They do have a lot of parts, but we feel they were totally worth it!
  5. Boppy Nursing Pillow + Positioner – This nursing pillow was a lifesaver! We brought it with us to the hospital and it was so nice to have as I adjusted to nursing. I used it constantly once he came home from the hospital to help with feedings, and he enjoyed laying on his side on it tucked against my chest. As he grew older, he would lay down on it and drink a bottle, or lay with his belly on it and do a little tummy time! We just put it away when he turned six months!
  6. Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing – At first, Lincoln hated this swing. But about a week or two into him being a newborn, it became a backup to our rock ‘n play. He loved swinging in the swing with its side-to-side motion. It plays a variety of songs, the mobile moves and you can set the rocking motion to however fast you want it! He still uses it today – at 9 months and 20 pounds!