In the last four months A went from baby to full-blown, running, talking toddler. In that time her preferences changed a lot.
When she was about 6 months old, she decided she didn’t love pacifiers, but now we have to put about five in her crib every night.
Right after A started walking, we moved to a new house with stairs. We tried several baby gates without luck, so instead we have focused on monitoring her and teaching her how to properly and safely go up and down stairs.
More Baby Proofing:
- The tupperware cabinet is her most favorite kitchen cabinet. Her second is the pots and pans.
- Bubbles. There is nothing that makes her calm down as fast as blowing some bubbles. Bonus: if you blow bubbles in the kitchen, it can count as mopping the floor!
- Boxes empty cardboard boxes of all sizes and shapes.
- Desitin This is the only thing that cleared up a particularly recent rough diaper rash. Don’t worry about the scent, you get used to it!
- Baking soda baths. When her diaper rash started getting out of control, we started giving her a bath with about a tablespoon of baking soda in it, which seemed to help. The only catch is remembering there is baking soda in the bath and not using bath water to rinse her hair!
- Trend Lab Gray Fleece CribWrap Wide Rail Cover for Crib Front/Back, Gray with teeth came a lot of chewing. A enjoyed chewing on her crib rails. Before that became an issue, I got these and they were worth every penny.
- We have one of the two needed (one for each car) Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat, Coda car seats, as A is starting to be too tall for the bucket seats.
Things A has outgrown or is quickly growing out of:
A lot has changed in just a few months. Baby A is now super mobile and thisclose to walking. With all those changes, our list of musts has changed too. The basics are still super important and we still use most of those every day. But in addition to the previous list, we have baby-proofed the house (and are working on house proofing the baby!), updated her wardrobe and learned a lot.
More Baby Proofing:
- Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System It helps to have an extra blender since we make most of her food.
- Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count A really doesn’t understand how these work yet but I’m sure she’ll get a hang of it eventually.
- Nuby Garden Fresh Freezer Tray with Lid (Colors may vary) These make freezing homemade baby food a breeze. I can’t imagine making our own food without them!
- NUK Freezer Tray ditto above
- OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers – Green see above again
- Spuni BPA-Free Feeding Spoon in Neon & Playful Pink specifically designed for breast-feeding babies these spoons are great and a bit less messy than the traditional spoons!
- Sage Spoonfuls Spoonfuls Big Batch Storage Set – 4 oz – 12 ct These are wonderful for mixing flavors and for the block created by the Nuby and the Nuk freezer trays.
- Gerber Graduates Soft-Bite Infant Spoons in Assorted Colors, 2-count These are A’s preferred spoons now. Mostly because she likes chewing on the metal ends, which I’m sure feels great on her gums!
- Soft Bib 2 Pack (Blue/Blue) These are a must with all the rice puff she’s been eating lately!
- aden + anais Muslin Burpy Bib, Jungle Jam, 2 count we used to use these as burp rags, now we use them as bibs. They’re great because she just pulls off these: Neat Solutions 8 Pack Multi-Color Solid Knit Terry Feeder Bib, Girl . But the snap means the aden + anais ones actually stay on!
- Plum Organics Baby Food Variety Pack of Fruits and Veggies 2nd Foods with Article by K. Jergenson We use these for school and to keep as an emergency snack in the diaper bag. They actually taste like real food, I promise!
- Nuby No-Spill Super Spout Grip N’ Sip, Red and Blue, 4 Plus Months, 2 Count We have these and fill them with water so A can get used to drinking from them.
- Most of our recipes come from Start Fresh: Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating by Tyler Florence. Plus, I don’t have to fake liking the food if I make it.
- Some of our other recipes from: Bébé Gourmet: 100 French-Inspired Baby Food Recipes For Raising an Adventurous Eater We anticipate using this more and more as she gets older.
- Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle She loves these! The next toys we buy will be a set of wooden blocks!
- Random ball she pulled into the cart at Babies R Us
- Books we could swim in books. A has a bookshelf in her room that is nearly brimming with books. Board books for now and some chapter books for later. She is getting more and more interested in reading as she gets older.
- We love the rash guard from Hanna Anderson for A’s swimming lessons. It’s great for the swim diapers and great for keeping ahold of a wiggly baby!
- Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System, White This has replaced our on the go version except at school. We just needed something that wasn’t going to eat batteries every couple of days. This one plugs in. She is really ambivalent about the projector though.
Things A has outgrown or is quickly growing out of:
Swaddles – as soon as she could roll over we stopped using these. We tried the wearable blankets, but A wasn’t in to them. She now sleeps with a lovie and a very light blanket in her crib. Yes, she can roll over. yes, she can pull it away from her face. Yes, we check on her regularly throughout the night. Yes, she is still getting up a couple of times a night to nurse.
Nursing pillows – A just doesn’t like them anymore. Which means less work for me, so I’m all for it.
Play mat– pretty much as soon as A could roll over and crawl away, she became super uninterested in her playmat.
Jumper/Exersaucer – She tolerates this still for short periods of time, but actually prefers her pack and play because she can pull up to standing and can move around.
Pacifiers – she can take them or leave them except at nap time and bed time. Sometimes she just doesn’t want them at all.
A few friends are super excited to welcome their new additions and have requested I share my list. Six months in with A and I can absolutely tell you what we’ve used and what we haven’t. So without further ado, the must have list is below followed by my specific recommendations.
- crib mattress
- Changing pad
- 3-4 fitted crib sheets
- Sleep Sack (we have a few to try out and see what works best try out a few and see below for my specific suggestions)
- Ultimate Crib Sheet/Quick Zip Crib Sheet from Clouds and Stars/ Summer Infant Ultimate Crib Sheet (read the reviews see what might work best for you). These can go over the fitted sheet to make late night messes easier
- waterproof mattress pad (you want two)
- carbon monoxide detector specifically for baby’s room
- 6 t shirts (side snap)
- 4-6 sleepers/sleep and play
- 1 sweater
- 3 hats
- 1 snowsuit/bunting for a winter baby (honestly, we just got a Car Seat Canopy)
- 3 sets of washcloths and towels
- 6 onesies (you’ll likely get these as gifts! and for the first two months A would not wear them)
- 6 pants
- 4 pairs of socks
- 6 receiving and/or swaddling blankets
- diaper pail (or a trash can with a lid)
- Baby bath (there are a million kinds out there so pick one that will work for you)
- feeding pillow
- car seat – find one that will fit in your car and not make your front passenger have no leg room. I have a corolla so this was a bit more difficult than I imagined. A very smart friend suggested getting two bases so that the car seat could automatically go in either car. Then getting two rear to forward facing when she’s big enough.
- diaper bag or tote bag for baby stuff and nursing stuff. You can go as fancy as you want.
- Some sort of play mat
- pack and play and/or rock and play sleeper
Now for the specifics of what we specifically loved and what we hardly used:
Clothes and Sleep essentials
- Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover, Moby
- Spasilk 10 pack Soft Terry Washcloth, Yellow (also great as spit rags!)
- Neat Solutions 3 Pack Printed Hooded Towel Set, Colors May Vary We use these as more than just bath towels
- Baby Aspen Baby “Let the Fin Begin” Blue Terry Shark Robe, Blue, 0-9 months This was just super fun and made bath time also fun
- NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator You might think this is gross, but I assure you it is totally worth it. Promise.
- Braun Forehead Thermometer This is now our family’s go to thermometer.
- Yes To Baby Carrots Shampoo/Body Wash, 10-Fluid Ounce We just like how this one smells and how gentle it is on A’s skin
- Yes To Baby Carrots Face and Nose Wipes, 30 Count (Pack of 2) These boogie wipes seem to be a tad more gentle than the regular boogie wipes and A prefers them
- Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Diaper Rash and Dry Skin Protectant, 14 Ounce one jar has lasted us almost six months and we use it nightly on A as a massage lotion and when she has the beginnings of a diaper rash. It’s also wonderful on my hands from all the hand washing!
- Munchkin Ducky Hot Safety Bath Not only does this tell me at a quick glance if the water is hot or not but it also is a great toy for A to chase around the tub (with my help of course!)
- Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set, 5 Ounce, 3 Count
- OXO Tot On-the-Go Travel Drying Rack with Bottle Brush- Green
- My Brest Friend Original Pillow, Fireworks Worth the extra investment. This made a huge difference when A was smaller and we still use it five months later
- Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, Colors May Vary I can’t imagine cleaning our bottles without this
- Medela Breast Milk Storage Solution Great for freezing and making sure we have enough for school and home
- Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags, 5 Count I can’t imagine returning to work without this LIFESAVER
- Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 100 Count
- NurSit Basic Nursing Pillow, Dots Print (This is a Boppy knock off) We love the BrestFriend for actually nursing, but this is great to help A practice sitting and when I’m feeling lazy
- Simple Wishes D Lite Hands Free Breastpump Bra, Soft Pink, X-Small to Large trust me when I tell you no other pumping bra compares. Buy at least two.
- aden + anais Muslin Burpy Bib, Jungle Jam, 2 count and Gerber Organic Birdseye Prefold Cloth Diaper, 5 Count While we love these, truthfully we just use hand towels and washcloths as spit and burp rags.
- Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag , Deluxe Charcoal This diaper bag is cute enough to be a satchel and has enough pockets that blow outs don’t mix with clean clothes.
- Infantino Go Ga Ga Deluxe Twist & Fold Gym (Manufacturer’s Suggested Age: Newborn and Up) We have used this practically every day since A was a month old. She still likes it five months later!
- Fisher-Price Link-a-Doos 20 Link Pack we added these to A’s playmat (above) and it really helped make it easier for her to play with and kept her attention longer
- Infantino Sash Mei Tai Carrier, Black/Gray I LOVE this carrier. I liked the Moby when A was smaller, but now that she is bigger, I like the ease of use of the Mei Tai.
- Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair, Stripes A loves this high chair. We love this high chair. It fits under our table which is an added bonus!
- Ingenuity Washable Playard With Dream Centre, Shiloh Because A loved the Rock n Play so much we didn’t use the infant napper on this, but I know lots of mom friends who were in LOVE with it. However, A does love the playard part and I love the adjustable height options.
- The First Years Ignite Stroller, Pop of Teal (Discontinued by Manufacturer) This stroller is discontinued but it is amazing. There are several that are similar and you will want an umbrella type stroller for when baby is a bit bigger.
- Vulli So’Pure Teether, Sophie the Giraffe There’s also an elephant but even though A is only pre-teething she LOVES this
- Neat Solutions 8 Pack Multi-Color Solid Knit Terry Feeder Bib, Girl These bibs were cheap and useful for spit ups. We don’t mind that we can’t find half of them anymore
- Delicates Laundry Bags, Premium Quality I actually just picked up a few of these at Target. It’s great for all the velcro things that A has (bibs, swaddles, etc.) and for keeping the teensy tiny baby socks wrangled
- Baby Einstein Jumper Neighborhood Friends Once A could hold her head up and was able to sit up assisted, we started using this with a pillow under her feet. Now her feet touch the floor and she LOVES playing in it.
Babyproofing and Safety
Things we use occasionally or for a very limited time
Things we thought we would use more but actually didn’t (mostly because A let us know what her preferences were early on)