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It certainly can be overwhelming bringing a baby into the world and navigating life during the newborn stage. While the hormones, post-delivery recovery, and complete life changing event of having a baby, the newborn stage can definitely bring its challenges. On the other hand, the newborn stage can also bring so many heart-fulfilling moments. As well as, an overload of joy as the newborn snuggles are something heavenly. Therefore, to help you survive the newborn stage and make the most of this season, sharing the best baby items to make your life easier during this crazy time!
This list is full of the things we considered to be the best baby items during the newborn stage. Now, I get it completely. Lists can have the tendency to be overwhelming and make you feel like you need all the things to solve your problems. My intention here is simple. To help you ease into life with your bundle of joy with a little more ease and less stress. Therefore, these items are some of our favorites for navigating the newborn stage. Just a few essential items to make this stage of life a little easier, and a lot more enjoyable! And if you are looking for a more in depth review of your baby registry must-haves, you can find that here!
One of the more frustrating moments for my husband and I during the newborn stage was trying to tackle the swaddle. Therefore, it was essential for us to use a swaddle that not only was easy to assemble, but also something that could provide a safe and secure sleep for our son. As soon as I tried the Halo SleepSack for the first time, I was sold. These swaddles were game changer for us and our son sleeping through naps and nighttime as a newborn. Plus, they have a great transitional feature for when the time comes to move away from the swaddle once baby can roll over. The Halo SleepSack Swaddle is most definitely a best baby item that was completely game-changing for us and our family!
Okay, the second item on the best baby item round up is an absolute must-have if you have a little one under the age of one. This one product is a complete game changer and will allow you to feel incredible freedom while navigating life with a baby. The portable bottle warmer by Baby Brew’s allows you to warm up baby’s bottle (breastmilk or formula) completely on the go without having to plug into an outlet. This bottle warmer can be charged a head of time and holds a strong charge to allow you to quickly warm up baby’s bottle with ease while on the go.
This portable bottle warmer was used weekly in our home. It especially was convenient as we navigated life on the go with baby through traveling, dining out, or visiting our favorite local brewery. Additionally, while out running errands or shopping at Target, with Baby Brew’s portable bottle warmer, it is so quick and easy to warm up baby’s bottle in a moment’s notice. Plus, with adapters for different bottle brands and types, you can be assured that baby will be happy to be fed with the convenience of this portable bottle warmer! Additionally, you can use code GRACEFULANDFREE15 to save on your purchase of the bottle warmer!
The next essential baby item for your survival of the newborn stage is a baby carrier. Now, we had quite the few that I would rotate and figure out which one I loved and baby loved best! Babywearing is essential for navigating the newborn stage. I personally love the Solly Baby wrap (especially for the early newborn days) and the Ergobaby Omni Dream Carrier.
With a babycarrier, you are able to get your hands back to do the things you need to do. As well as, feel a little bit of freedom, all while maintaining close connection with baby. Additionally, your little one will feel comfort and security as they are nestled up close to your chest. A babycarrier is essential to navigating the newborn stage.
Another best baby item to utilize while raising your little one is a Snuggle Me lounger. This item is absolutely necessary as it is the best place to let little one lounge. Especially during the newborn age when little one sleeps so often. I would lay the Snuggle Me lounger on my bed as I would do laundry. This is such a fun and cozy place for little one to feel comfort. Interestingly enough, my son, now as a toddler, recently pulled out his infant snuggle me lounger. Now, he sits on it in his room to read his books and I find it so precious and heart warming.
Additionally, another essential baby product is the Hatch sound machine and night light. What is so great about this sound machine is that it can be controlled from an app on your phone. Which is great as it allows for you to easily adjust the lighting and the sound as necessary, without having to walk into baby’s room. Especially if you are in the process of trying to get them to fall asleep! The Hatch sound machine + night light is a perfect addition to your baby essential needs.
Okay, another essential here is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer. This is such a great baby gear item as it is ergonomically designed to support baby and their growing body in the safest and healthiest way possible. Additionally, this baby bouncer is light weight, super easy to transport from room to room. Can also be easily transported for travel. This was our go to spot for little one to sit and bounce in while cooking and eating dinner! Plus, you can easily bounce it with the small tap of your foot if baby is still too small for the bounce to not happen on its own. Making the Baby Bjorn Baby Bouncer an essential baby gear for surviving the newborn age!
Finally, the last on the list for essential baby products to help you navigate the newborn stage is the Lovevery Play Kits. This is such a fun way to naturally integrate play with your newborn. It can be challenging, especially as you try to navigate learning all the new things as a new parent, to be sure you are doing all the things that your little one needs. That includes playtime. Well, Lovevery makes it so simple and easy to integrate play through their age and developmentally appropriate play toys. Plus, each play kit comes with its own guide to share with you best ways to play and interact with your little one!
I hope this guide was helpful to you as you navigate the newborn stage. A quick reminder to you. You are incredible and an amazing mother. You are exactly who your baby needs you to be! So be incredibly proud of all that you have accomplished and the new life you brought into this world. You are doing an incredible job! Wishing you all the best!