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Our Newborn Favorites

You know the saying "it takes a village"? Well, I think when it comes to raising a baby, the saying is referring to the people you will need in your life and also all of the ACCESSORIES that are needed too!

Babies may not be able to speak, but they definitely have little personalities and strong preferences in some situations. Here are some of the items that have become favorites in our little casita.

Newborn Favorites


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Aden + Anais Bamboo Swaddle Blankets
The key word here is bamboo.
A+A has other non-bamboo muslin blankets that are available at places like Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, and Target. These regular muslin blankets are awesome -- we have four and we use them daily! But the bamboo swaddle version is even softer and a lot more luxurious feeling on baby's skin. You can get a 3-pack in the above design, Pyara, for $40 (here). This is the very blanket that I wrapped around Camille to bring her home from the hospital. I'd recommend the regular muslin blankets for swaddling and the bamboo version for snuggling. :)

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Waterproof Changing Pad Mats
Get these. Trust me. I have such a cute gold polka-dotted changing pad cover and I hated putting a waterproof terrycloth mat on top of it, but here's the fact ... Camille likes to tee-tee while she is getting her diaper changed. If it happens on this waterproof mat, I just pull it out from under her, toss it in the wash, and replace it with a new one. And the gold polka-dot changing pad cover stays cutely in place. These are a necessity! You can get a 3-pack of these for $12.99 (here). Give these as part of a baby shower gift and you will really show that you know what a mama needs!

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Nuk Pacifier
We were hoping to hold out until one month before introducing the pacifier, but after 2.5 weeks, it became a necessity for us. I can honestly say we have no regrets! We use it sparingly and it has helped Camille to self-soothe so well. She didn't care for the first or second options I gave her (Soothies or Nuby version) but took right to the Nuk.

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Cute Burp Cloths
It took me a while to get used to the idea of getting mine dirty, but I'm over that now. I ordered a three pack from Sewing Dreams & Notions on Etsy. These are the ones I went with. The quality is great and they are so soft! (I also have a 5-pack of plain cloth diapers that we also use as burp cloths from Target, but it's nice to have "pretty" ones as well.)
Girl Burp Cloths - Floral- Set of 3 - Pink Blue Yellow Cream

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White Noise App
I have a free version downloaded on my iPhone and iPad. When Camille is napping or fussy, it's nice to be able to whip out the phone, stick it in her carseat or bassinet, and watch her drift off to sleep.

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Kissy Kissy Layette
The Kissy Kissy line of infant clothing is so incredibly soft and well-made. Fair warning, it is priced to reflect that. I've honestly purchased dresses for myself that are less expensive than a KK onesie. I have picked up all of Camille's KK clothes on sale at boutiques or at consignment stores. Because the quality is so high, they last through repeated washings, and if buying on consignment, just check and make sure they are stain-free. She has such cute and soft pieces, and I just love knowing that that cozy fabric is right next to her baby skin.

Some favorites are this footie ($38), this nautical outfit ($44), and this terry pool cover-up ($36).


Lastly, I really recommend the Baby Log app. I use this daily to track our feedings (and while I don't use it any more for tracking diapers, it was really handy within the first two weeks for that feature). I downloaded the free version to make sure it was a good one but it will only last so long as a free app before you are prompted to pay to continue using it.

Here's the deal -- if you go that route, using it free first and then paying for it -- you end up with a new app on your phone and it doesn't merge over your data from the free version. So, being that it is only a few dollars, if I had to do it all over again, I'd just download the paid version of the app from the start. It's easy to manage and has really been a lifesaver for charting feedings.

These are just a few of the items that we have really loved in the past three weeks. I'd love to hear your two cents!

21 comments:

  1. Having a sound machine with ocean waves was a life saver for us in the early months. M wouldn't take to the paci so hearing those ocean waves was the one and only thing that seemed to do the trick in calming her down. Good luck, mama!

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  2. Having a sound machine with ocean waves was a life saver for us in the early months. M wouldn't take to the paci so hearing those ocean waves was the one and only thing that seemed to do the trick in calming her down. Good luck, mama!

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  3. Having a sound machine with ocean waves was a life saver for us in the early months. M wouldn't take to the paci so hearing those ocean waves was the one and only thing that seemed to do the trick in calming her down. Good luck, mama!

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  4. Having a sound machine with ocean waves was a life saver for us in the early months. M wouldn't take to the paci so hearing those ocean waves was the one and only thing that seemed to do the trick in calming her down. Good luck, mama!

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  5. great picks! pinning this for the future! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. I had never heard of that app! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Such a great list! Everything is great for baby shower gifts too. I love getting people something they will really use, instead of just something pretty.

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  8. Ahhh I told you those changing pad liners would be life-savers!! :) And I looooooove the Kissy Kissy stuff!!! Good picks girl! :)

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  9. Isn't it incredible the amount of things your truly NEED for these babies??? It blows my mind. It looks like you have all the essentials covered and you will find more things along the way. So glad ya'll are loving these first few weeks!!!xox

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  10. I did a similar post today and we have a couple of the same things featured! The bamboo blankets are the BEST.

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  11. My best friend with the twins is swearing by some Anais and Aden burp cloth/bibs as well. We still love our sound machine. Are you using your breast friend?

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  12. Just wait, the baby stuff multiples and gets more obnoxious haha!! We love the nuk pacifiers- they are a lifesaver at our house even at 11 months.

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  13. From being a nanny in college I am a firm believer in white noise. Essential to drowning out other noises in the house! I also have downloaded an app similar to baby log called baby feed. Eek I cannot believe I am going to be using it in two in half short months!

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  14. Love this post! this WILL come in handy to me someday (hopefully sooner rather than later ;))

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  15. hey!!! what kind of changing pad do you have? love these tips! keep them coming! hope you and sweet pea are doing great! :)

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  16. I just love Aden + Anais. Cutest blankets. I could not agree more about the white noise app! And I know what you mean about the waterproof pad and getting the pretty burp cloths dirty, but yes, you get over it really quickly!

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  17. Oh yes, all of these are very important! Black out shades, video monitor, and Halo sleepsack swaddles were essentials for us. Those sleepsacks were great at keeping Freddy snuggled up tight when he started to be able to wiggle his swaddle loose. And Kissy Kissy gowns were maybe our #1 fave. So easy and I agree with you - the price is worth it. The cheap stuff that we have doesn't wash well, isn't soft, and a lot of the snaps or zippers are terrible. I'd rather have a few nice things that wash well (and have to do laundry a little more often) than a bunch of cheap stuff.

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  18. I learned a neat trick from Ellie's birth mom when changing diapers, lay the clean on down and then place baby on top with dirty diaper still on. Then open up the diap and clean like normal. The new diap is ready to go and if precious little decides to go during changing the new diaper is there to soak it up! Life saver in our house!!

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  20. They have some quite amazing baby things these days. Would have killed for a white noise app when my kids were babies.

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  21. Those bamboo swaddles really are the best! Just got some bamboo burp cloths too!. Love! And we are obsessed with the white noise app-couldn't live without it.

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