I put together the Lake Jane Baby Essentials Guide after Theo was born and I still get emails about it three years later. I’m so glad that it proved useful to many of you, including some of my close girlfriends. Like me, they felt overwhelmed the minute they set foot in a Babies r’ Us and I wanted to simplify the shopping process. I thought it would be fun to revisit the guide now that I have baby #2 (Click on this link for full list of sources).
I am happy to report that we are still using just about everything newborn-related on this list. Currently, in the newborn phase, the items we’re using the most (read: daily) are the Dwell Studio muslin swaddle blankets (#7 on the list), the Miracle Blanket (#6), the SpaBaby tub (#10), the Medela Swing pump (#18) and Quick Clean bags (#22), and the Grass Countertop Drying Rack (#23). Of course we still love the Mico Car Seat (#4) and City Mini Stroller (#2). They have gotten a TON of use (with our first born and our friends’ baby too) and are still in great condition. I still adore Souris Verte products and I think that their diaper rash cream is one of the best out there. I am just having a hard time finding it in any store!
So what would I change or add to this list? For starters, I think I underestimated how many newborn size onesies one needs. We have a lot of 0-3 month old stuff over here but not enough Newborn size clothing. I didn’t want to buy very much with Theo because I figured they wouldn’t last long but the bottom line is that you need the small stuff in the first month or so. We had to run out and buy more shortly after Van’s arrival. My new favourites are those without the pesky tiny buttons that no one can do up properly in the wee hours of the morning. A footed newborn size onesie with zipper is definitely my preference. I love the ones from Baby Gap (but I only buy them on sale – sign up for the newsletter to get a head’s up on deals).
I would add the Baby K’tan carrier, particularly for the newborn phase. Although I am a big fan of the Ergo, I find the Baby K’tan lighter and less bulky. It’s perfect for carrying a tiny little newborn babe. It’s also easier to clean and feels like a t-shirt.
MORE NURSING TOPS AND BRAS. Again, I totally forgot that I own like 2 nursing tops and I am finding myself alternating between the two as Mike does load after load of laundry. Target made some pretty amazing nursing tanks and I am cursing myself for not stocking up before they abandoned Canada. I still adore my Mom’Zelle ones though but they are on the pricey side.
// What are your newborn/baby essentials? I’d love to hear about your must-have items!