Best Items for a Happy Perfect Baby
Top 10 baby items that make life with a newborn an absolute breeze.
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Just when you think you know it all, life throws in a baby that puts you to the test.
Being the oldest of 8 kids I assumed I knew everything there was to know about raising a baby. Like what bottle led to less colic, the correct way to swaddle a newborn, and the secret “A La Ru Ru” Mexican lullaby Tia sings to put the baby to sleep.
But we all know that no baby is the same. 4 kids later though, I’ve come up with a pretty solid list of things that will turn any fussy newborn into a happy camper.
Here are my favorite baby items that make for a happy – perfect baby.
- baby wrap
Currently 2 of my wraps are handmade and the other is a moby wrap. You can click this video to learn how to make your own!
After our 2nd child was about a year old is when a friend of mine introduced me to this lovely thang. But by that time it was too late so once our 3rd infant came along, I was sprung and she basically lived in my wrap until the day she learned to crawl.
- large muslin swaddle blankets
These are the best because they are breathable, stretchy, and snug all at the same time.
Not all muslin swaddles are created the same either! Some are scratchy and some are waaay too thin.
I found these bamboo muslin swaddles to be just the right amount of soft, silky, and stretchy. Amazon’s basic swaddles are also a good choice.
The only pacifier I use now are the 0-3 months green avent vanilla scented or the regular 0-3 months dark green ones.
These colors are the softest variations for this brand which means you won’t suffer from sore nips if you are breastfeeding and your baby is more likely to accept this binki.
There seems to be a lot of hate around babies with pacifiers but I am definitely pro paci. For one, babies have a natural desire to suckle and the use of pacifiers have been shown to reduce the chances of SIDS by 90%! read more about that here.
- frida snot sucker
I can imagine the queasy look on your face now because that sounds absolutely disgusting. I felt the same way until I got a closer look at it.
The snot never touches you because there is barrier to make sure it stays in the tube.
This gadget is really a God sent item when you have a newborn with the sniffles. It’s heart wrenching to see your child struggle to get a full deep breath because their nasal is clogged up
The Frida Snot Sucker will get it cleared up in seconds.
- a heavy blanket
A heavy blanket helps comfort baby during nap or sleep time because that little bit of weight makes him feel secure and loved.
For this we use a crocheted blanket that grandma makes but you can get a custom blanket made from this cute shop, Turtley Tangled. I have personally made purchases from her before and they are always flawless.
This organic cotton knitted blanket from Earthloop is the one Baby Forest uses when his crocheted blanky is in the wash.
- britax convertible carseat
In 2018 we learned about the high infant fatality rates with babies in newborn-carrier car seats. Ever since then we ditched the newborn-carriers and only use the britax convertible carseat. It has enough padding so baby is comfy and is the only carseat you’ll need from newborn (even premie) up to 8 years old but has a shelf life of 10 years.
- automatic manual breastpump
This is only if you are nursing your baby.
The Bumble Bee Breast Pump has helped me keep up milk supply by leaps and bounds.
You just attach it to whatever side you are not feeding on and it pulls milk out which also makes your body think it needs to produce more. I’m never worried if my baby is getting enough milk because this helps me keep an excess amount on demand.
Attach it once and let it do the rest. The option with this stopper is definitely recommended to avoid crying over spilled milk 😉
Any bib will do but here are the ones I use currently.
Keeping a bib on baby while he’s being burped helps keep any spit up from getting onto his clothing and stuck inbetween those baby neck rolls. Meaning less times being changed and less time the baby needs to be bothered.
- black and white baby toys
These are my current favorite because they are soft, squishy, have high contrasting colors, and make a light tinkling noise.
You don’t need to have a lot of toys around for your newborn but having 1 or 2 visually stimulating ones are great for brain development.
It also keeps them entertained for a few more minutes so you can do some of the other things on your list.
- zip up sleepers
Sleepers that zip up are such a game changer because it makes getting the baby dressed and undressed a cinch.
I keep 5 – 7 of these in each size until the baby is either potty trained or out of 3T clothes.
We use the warm Carters sleepers during the cold months and these 100% organic cotton sleepers from Burt’s Bees when it starts getting a bit warmer.
SHOP THIS POST
- BABY WRAP
- SWADDLE BLANKETS
- FRIDA SNOT SUCKER
- BABY BLANKET
- BRITAX CONVERTIBLE CARSEAT
- BREAST PUMP
- BABY TOYS
- ZIP UP SLEEPERS: Burt’s Bees & Carter’s