Our Baby’s Must Haves… I came across a blogger the other day and she had written about her daughter’s essential gear and I thought what a great idea!
I did mention briefly what worked for Jaxson but I figured I could list and discuss into detail what we used for Jaxson during his first year.
Our Baby’s Must Haves
Rock n’ Play
- Medela Breast pump
- MAM Pacifiers
- Dr. Brown Special Needs Bottles
- MAM Bottles
- Nose Frida
- Crane Humidifier
- Moby Wrap
- Ergobaby Performance Carrier
- Swaddle Me
- Oatmeal/Rice Cereal
- Saline Drops
- Boppy Pillow
- Up and Up Sensitive Formula
The Rock n Play’s have been recalled due to safety reasons. If you have one please find an alternative.
First and foremost the Rock n’ Play ! This was a LIFE SAFER ! We used it for our first born and we figured ‘ hey, what the heck let’s buy it for our second !’ We didn’t realize at the time that it would definitely benefit us and Jaxson to have that in our house. Jaxson spit up A LOT and had really bad Reflux/GERD so we had to keep him upright frequently.
Another alternative (if you’re looking for breathable and waterproof crib mattress) would be the Newton Baby Crib Mattress:
The boppy pillow was a god send. Jaxson was a potato baby up until he was 14 months when he began army crawling. We used the poppy to plop Jaxson up after feedings or tummy time to strengthen his core.
I had every intentional of nursing Jaxson but it just wasn’t in the cards for me. We went in for a two day wellness check and found that he hadn’t gained anything, he lost a whole pound.
To ensure that he was consuming enough I needed to exclusively pump and write down everything he consumed.
Check with your insurance! Through Tricare I was able to get one free breast pump with a prescription from my midwife!
- Related: My Postpartum Must Haves
Up and Up Sensitive Formula
Since Jaxson had Reflux/GERD we started using the Target brand Sensitive Formula to fortify his bottles. Jaxson was burning way too many calories trying to eat so it was important that we fortified his milk.
Once we introduced the formula and extra calories he started to rack on the pounds! Other families were using Neocate or Nutrimagen formula too for food sensitivities and/or severe Reflux/GERD.
When Jaxson was a month old we had to start thickening his bottles with rice cereal at first. We then switched to oatmeal cereal per Pediatrician recommendation.
I know some families on the Coping with LM page are using thickeners like GelMix to thicken their little’s bottles.
Please consult with your doctor before thickening bottles.
- Related: My Maternity Must Haves
We’ve tried many pacifiers but Jaxson took to the MAM pacifier that we got for free from the Target Registry gift bag. He used this pacifier up until December 2017, he LOVED that thing!
It definitely helped us late at night when he was fussy or fighting sleep.
Dr. Brown Bottles
Jaxson wasn’t taking to the Medela bottles really well so we decided to try the Dr. Brown bottles when we were admitted at the Children’s Hospital. We ended up ordering the special needs bottle / nipple on Amazon.
He did take to these A LITTLE better than the Medela bottles/nipples but was still having trouble consuming 2 ounces of formula within an hour. The magic bottle / nipple was the MAM.
I don’t remember who recommended we try the MAM bottles but I’M GLAD WE DID. We bought one bottle around April 2017 and he was able to consume 2-3 ounces very quickly; we were astonished!
I didn’t want to get our hopes up so we kept washing the same bottle multiple times a day but lo and behold! He was doing well with it so we bought 5-6 more! We still use the same bottles to this day, he refuses sippy cups.
Nose Frida/Saline Drops
Jaxson was sick and congested A LOT in the beginning and made his Laryngomalacia worse. Nose Frida and Saline Drops were our friends, it helped him breathe better when he slept at night.
MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE FILTERS!!!
We used our humidifier a lot too when he was congested, it allowed him to breathe better throughout the night.
Moby Wrap / Ergobaby
THESE ARE SUCH A BIG HELP. Jaxson was and still is a fussy baby and ALWAYS has to be with Mama. When I need to clean or cook and he is fussy I just throw him in one of these and he’s golden. He loves to take off running everywhere so it is nice to have during outings.
I ended up buying the Ergobaby because I can use this up until he’s four-years-old OR 45 lbs which will benefit me in the long run. I bought it like new for $40 and I’m so glad that I did!
We used this a lot in the beginning, he startled a lot in his sleep which kept him up a lot. When we swaddled him with this AND gave him the pacifier he would sleep between 5-7 hours! Man I miss when he slept that good haha. I’m lucky to get 2-3 without him waking up!
My Final Thoughts About Our Baby’s Must Haves
Well these are the items we used A LOT his first year and then some. To date we still use our Ergobaby carrier, MAM bottles, Nose Frida, Crane humidifier, and Boppy pillow (usually for lounging around or drinking his bottles).
I hope this post helps you with your little ones!
Do you have a baby’s must haves list?
Let me know below!