I hope you’re doing fabulously today! My beautiful son Jake turned two months old recently, and so I wanted to share my 20 favorite baby products that I cannot IMAGINE getting through those first two months without!
No matter whether you’re looking for some baby registry inspiration; or gift shopping for another expectant mommy in your life, this list of products are all things that I use (practically) every day!
FYI: I am not sponsored by any of these brands or products, they are just a selection of items that I either received as a gift or bought myself, and feel are worth sharing with you!with you!
However, I am using affiliated links, so if you buy something through one of my links, I do get a commission, just FYI
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Anyway, let’s get on with this list of my favorite 20 baby products that helped me survive my first 2 months as a mom!
So, I was a big fan of swaddling before my son was even born, and I was determined to get HIM to love swaddling as my first step toward setting up good habits for sleep training.
Personally, I knew early on that I wasn’t going to bother learning how to swaddle Jake in a traditional blanket. I decided this based on the anxiety of my own ineptitude that I would do it incorrectly and, therefore, put my son in danger.
However, I received several of the “easy swaddles” during my shower (the kind that lets you slip them into a “leg-pocket” and fold the pieces of fabric across their body- all of which affixed with velcro).
These swaddles worked fine in the beginning, and while they did help Jake calm down, it wasn’t long before he was fighting me to get his arms down at his sides- as well as him becoming strong enough to break the swaddle just enough that I was worried he was going to strangle himself.
While browsing Amazon, I came across the Love To Dream Swaddle, and after reading the rave reviews on the swaddle, I decided to give it a try and see if Jakey would like it.
Needless to say, he DID. He was much less fussy when being swaddled because he could keep his little arms arm by his face, while still getting to enjoy the “swaddled” feeling that helps him sleep!
Yet another product I discussed in my Breastfeeding post, but these flexible flange attachments were fantastic when I was learning how to pump because they’re comfortable. They also have a great seal, which helps prevent leakage.
If you have a Medela pump, I super and strongly suggest giving these a try. They’re so much more comfortable than the rigid plastic flanges that come with your pump.
Okay, this is more of a “mommy” product, but you can’t feed your baby without a proper nursing top, and I LOVE THESE.
The fabric is really high quality, they fit very nicely, and they make me feel nicely covered when I want to be. They come in lots of patterns and colors, I’ve already ordered two sets (so far), and I am most likely going to ordering more.
I also mentioned this in my “My Tips For Recovering From A C-Section Without Losing Your Mind” post. Honestly, I think they are a fantastic investment regardless of HOW you deliver your baby.
They’re flattering and excellent for helping shrink your uterus back to it’s proper size. It also helps you feel more comfortable physically, so I definitely recommend them as part of your postpartum arsenal!
As with many of the mommy products that I’ve used, the Windi was recommended by another mommy a few weeks before Jake turned 2 months old. Windi is a gas bubble reliever for babies, that, while a bit gross in theory, works INCREDIBLY WELL.
Jake has tended to be a pretty gassy baby, and it makes him fussy as hell, and he usually can’t stand being put down. I tried to figure out what could be causing his discomfort in my diet.
And though I have yet to identify any specific cause, the Windi has been such an excellent tool in helping relieve Jake’s gas and help him relax.
It’s not the most glamorous procedure, but it’s super easy, super safe, and it works so well at relieving gas that I cannot recommend it enough!
6 Side-Sleeper Bassinet
So, if you co-sleep, this probably won’t be a necessity for you. Still, it might even be worth your consideration for when you decide to transition baby out of your bed/room.
My little bassinet was a hand-me-down from a wonderful friend, and it has been very helpful to have Jake right next to me, while still giving him the independence that works for our family!
I also intend to use it when it comes time to transition him into his own room because maybe it’ll help him be more comfortable with the change in sleeping arrangements.
7 Zip-Up Pajamas
I’ve said since Jake was born that, whenever anyone I know is having a kid from now on, at least one of my gifts will be just… dozens of zip-up Pajama onesies. Like, Screw regular onesies, and you can fight me about it.
Zip up Onesies have been the easiest thing to put on my son. They make everything easier.
Especially with Jake having been born in colder weather, I can’t really leave him without pants and socks… which are just a pain in the ass to keep on with a wiggly behbeh.
With zip-up PJ onesies, your troubles are over!
Just in case you aren’t sure what the fuck I’m talking about, here’s a link!
8 White Noise Machine
You want your kid to sleep better, and by extension, YOU sleep better? Then you need a noise machine. The best brand for your baby is up to you, but they’re super integral to helping your kid fall asleep and stay that way for as long as their little body needs!
This is the noise machine I have, and I love it. I love how small it is. It has tons of different sound settings, as well as an adorable little star-light projection!
9 Breast Milk Teas & Supplements
I’m not going to go into detail about any specific breast milk production supplements, but you can read about the milk supply supplements that I used here in my “Breastfeeding Truths & Tips I Wish I had Known About” post.
As a note: always make sure that you consult your doctor before taking any supplements, as there can be side-effects that you should be aware of.
Okay, so I know that cleaning and organizing is the last thing you have time for in those first few months… but if you’re anything like me, clutter causes you anxiety, and sometimes it’s worth setting aside a bit of time in your day to put some stuff in order.
These simple little organizer baskets have been AMAZING. I bought two, and I can store all of his bottles and baby feeding-related accessories neatly on my counter.
You do have to put them together, but they’re very easy, and they look nice, too.
11 Diaper Genie
No doubt you have heard of the Diaper Genie, but I’m still gonna mention it because it’s awesome. I actually received two because of a registry error, but it’s been awesome having one upstairs and one downstairs.
Yes, this is because I’m lazy… but I accept myself.
But anyway, while your new baby’s poop is not going to really smell much during the first couple of months, but the moment you start introducing real foods, that’s gonna change REAL QUICK, and the last thing you’re going to want is your kitchen smelling like actual shit!
Now, I know that there are other versions of this same type of product, but I’ve only used the Diaper Genie, so I can’t rightfully vouch for them personally!
If you HAVE used one of the other diaper collector cans, feel free to give your thoughts in the comments below!
Now, I’m just referring to Medela because that is the brand of breast pump I use, but I have no doubt you can find sets of extra milk collectors(and lids) for your brand of the breast pump.
Now, I think bags are great too, but I only use those for freezing because they save space. Also, the more milk collector cups you have, the less washing you gotta do.
(again… very lazy)
Now, pumping is a less than… glamorous part of your routine as a mom, but a necessary one if you’re feeding your baby breastmilk.
Honestly, I find it insanely annoying, and a bit depressing, to have to skulk off and hideaway as you hook yourself up like a cow to a machine and pump.
I happened across the Freemie Cup attachment for my Medela pump while browsing social media, and if you can’t afford one of those new-fangled portable breast pumps like the “Willow,” the Freemie attachments are a great alternative.
They slip right into your bra, and while you might look a little funny, they’re definitely more discreet and make it very possible that you can hang with your friends without feeling exposed! Also, the cups hold a whopping EIGHT OUNCES each, so you can pump to E without needing to stress!
Now, as far as I know, they do not have attachments for all breast pumps, but if you do happen to find that your pump is compatible, give them a try!
14 Cold Humidifier
Excellent not just for keeping baby from getting dried out and congested, but also a GREAT noisemaker!
The brand I have is Vicks, and there’s not much more to say about it than that!
Here’s the humidifier I have, and so far it’s been awesome!
The only thing I don’t really like about it is the very bright blue light it emits when turned on.
As famous as the Diaper Genie, the Owlet Sock is probably a baby product that you have heard of. It was THE main thing, if nothing else, I wanted for my baby, and it’s been an excellent anxiety reliever!
The sock goes on easily, and the camera’s 1080p resolution is so insane that I can actually SEE him breathing on it. It’s just awesome.
I would say the only thing I don’t like is that it can be a bit annoying if the sock gets knocked off center- or if the wifi goes down. Otherwise, I can’t say enough good things about it.
Also, it is obviously sickeningly expensive, and we were only able to have one because my mom was kind enough to purchase one for us.
While I haven’t used it, there is an alternative product called the Snuza that’s a bit more reasonably priced, that a friend of mine says she loves for her little one!
Babies need to be held. A lot. Mommies LOVE to hold their babies. A LOT.
Unfortunately, sometimes moms need to do things with her hands. Sadly, even though we can grow OTHER PEOPLE’S hands, we can’t grow a second set of our own.
Therefore, mammas choose to wear their babies. Now, I’ve tried the traditional baby carrier, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m a very short little mom, or it’s just the nature of the traditional baby carrier, but I honestly really didn’t like it too much.
I found it difficult to get on, and cumbersome- even a bit claustrophobic for me- and for Jake. I happened to get lucky in Target one afternoon and happened across one of the fabric baby wraps and decided to give it a try.
Dude, what a much more pleasant experience. Not to mention, you and your baby get to cuddle much more closely this way.
It takes a couple of tries to get the hang of how to wrap and insert baby, but once you do, I genuinely don’t think there’s a comparison. I don’t feel at all like Jake isn’t safe and secure, and it’s a BILLION TIMES more comfortable and easy to do daily tasks in.
Moral of the story: wear your baby.
I can’t say good things about the Cortina CX by Chicco. It’s so lovely to be able to just click the car seat into the stroller without having to wrestle Jake in and out of it (which he HATES).
You may find a car seat and stroller that you like better, but I love this one. The only thing that is kind of weird is how the stroller folds up, but that’s about it.
Yep, the good ole’ weird grass-like drying rack that you’ve probably seen an expectant mom receive at every baby shower you have attended in the past 5 years.
There’s a reason for that.
As silly and as simple as this drying rack is, it’s awesome, and I use it all-day/every day.
They have tons of different styles and sizes, so you can definitely find one that will fit in your kitchen. I even saw on Amazon that they come in more colors than just green, so you don’t have to worry about the intense and vibrant green color clashing with your kitchen decor!
I talked about these in my “Breastfeeding Truths & Tips I Wish I had Known About” post. Even though I transitioned into an exclusive pumper, these little nipple shields were a HUGE help in getting Jake to nurse during the first couple of weeks! They’re super comfortable, straightforward to use, and make breastfeeding wa-a-a-y more comfortable!
They’re also pretty easy to clean and travel with, so I think they’re pretty great!
This might seem somewhat out of place on this list, but breastfeeding/ pumping is so dehydrating and exhausting on your body. You also need a ton of water just to keep your supply up, and so having a good water bottle is essential.
I’m a big Contigo fan, and this water bottle is great not just because of its capacity options, but it’s straw and comfortable mouthpiece. It just makes drinking water easy, and it helps you keep track of your intake.
I usually try to fill it up at least two to three times, and it’s just a really helpful water bottle.
We’ve Come To the End
Hopefully, this list of faves has given you a few new accessories to make your day a little easier. We all mom different, so if you have a favorite baby product that I haven’t mentioned, say something in the comments below!
L2Mom is about moms coming together to share stories and tips, after all!
I hope you have an incredible rest of your day, and I’ll see ya next week!
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