Juna is now 5 weeks old and we’ve got some favorites beyond diapers and onesies that helped us survive the first month. Creating a baby registry is overwhelming, so I hope if you’re expecting this list will help (or, if you need a newborn gift, these are sure winners!). If you have baby favorites of your own please leave a comment. I’d love to know.
1. The first couple weeks we couldn’t set Juna down without her crying, but around week 3 swings became a lifesaver. Each day she’s willing to spend a little more time in her swing. Hallelujah for tear-free showers! We like the mamoRoo from 4Moms and the Cradle ‘N Swing from Fisher Price.
2. Our favorite newborn apps:
Relax Melodies — I like this one because you can combine rain sounds to create ambient noise that is (to me) a little less irritating than white noise. But it has white noise too.
Relax with Andrew Johnson — This app is not for everyone, but if you’re into guided meditation, I find this one helpful for when I’m exhausted but can’t sleep. (Also check out his Pregnancy app.)
Afterlight — I love this one for editing Juna pics.
The Wonder Weeks — a great app for tracking developmental leaps (and for understanding why your happy baby is suddenly so fussy).
3. A baby wrap is my #1 must-have. Not only is babywearing great for developmental reasons, it calms Juna down immediately and leaves our hands free. (I’m also learning how to nurse in my baby wrap. Total game changer.) I love the Solly Wrap and our Boba wrap.
4. If you plan to use bottles, the Tommee Tippee bottle is truly slow flow and good if you need to combine it with breastfeeding. We like the sensitive tummy bottles.
5. The Summer Infant Sleeper has been great for safe cosleeping. It’s lightweight and easy to drag around the house or take on a trip if you need to.
6. Aden and Anais muslin blankets. All day long. These aren’t cheap but are worth every penny.
7. Aden and Anais muslin burpy bibs. Get a bunch! Again, they are not the cheapest bibs or burp cloths, but we adore them.
8. The Ergo baby carrier is easier than the baby wrap to put on in a hurry. I also find it’s better on my back to switch between the wrap and the Ergo instead of using just one all the time. I also like that the Ergo has pockets, which makes it nice for walks.
9. Juna wasn’t terribly interested in this until about week 4, but it’s so much fun to watch her with her Wimmer-Ferguson double feature crib mirror. Mirror on one side (not so interesting, yet) and black and white shapes on the other.
10. Sckoon baby booties. The only thing that will stay on her feet. At least, for a little while.
11. A nursing cover is great for nursing in public or even at home. I like the Dria cover, which doubles as a stroller or car seat cover. You can also make your own if you’re crafty (I’d recommend using a dark fabric or a print to hide lanolin stains. The stripes on the Oslo Dria Cover are perfect!)
12. We held out on a pacifier until Juna was 4 weeks old, but it has been a total lifesaver. The day we gave her a pacifier it was like we got hours of free time again, previously spent soothing our sweet girl with a pinkie finger. Again, hallelujah for tear-free showers and meals.
Not pictured: Two more things we couldn’t live without are the Miracle Blanket for easy swaddling and a good diaper bag (for me, a basic large leather tote we found locally).