Baby Products That Got Me Through the First 6 Months

by This is Carrie on May 23, 2011

The Baby is officially six months old today.  My, how time flies.

I am of the belief that babies don’t need much stuff.  Anyone who has seen our nursery can attest to that.  Wait, what nursery? Exactly.
But, there are a few things I can’t imagine living without:

1. Sound Machine - I don’t know why it took me until my fourth child to invest in a sound machine.  This little machine works wonders.  Like most new babies, Our Baby loved falling asleep on mommy or daddy’s chest, so he naturally loves falling asleep to the “white noise” sound of a heartbeat.  The brand doesn’t matter much (we have this one from HomeMedics).

2. Aden & Anais Muslin Blankets – These blankets are worth every penny.  I’ve seen knock-offs but none are as nice or as large as the real deal.  These blankets serve as my all-in-one nursing cover, spit up rag, swaddling wrap & changing pad.  I just grab a fresh one every morning, stuff it into my bag and go.  They are big enough to keep swaddling far longer than most blankets and are so lightweight & thin, they don’t take up any space in your bag and are wonderful for discreet nursing in hot weather.  I really can’t speak any higher of these simple, yet brilliant blankets, epecially the bamboo ones. Yummy.

3. Triple Paste – After four kids, I’ve tried every baby butt cream on the market and Triple paste is where I’ve landed.  I don’t know why it works better than anything else for clearing up diaper rash on my babies, but it does.

4. Baby Hammock – We bought our first baby hammock for Pumpkin when she was brand new….and colicky…and wouldn’t sleep….at all.  A $350 hanging Amby Baby bed seemed like our last option.  When we saw that Dr Sears endorsed it for colicky babies, we were sold.  She slept in it for almost 8 months and it was worth every penny.  But, in 2009, there was a recall of the Amby bed and the US company ended up going out of business.  Without the proper replacement parts, our old hammock bed was deemed too dangerous for use this time around.  Luckily, we found another company making a similar bed and snatched it up for the new baby.  He loves it.

5. Mother’s Milk Tea – I’ve always struggled with my milk supply.  This fourth time around, I’ve been extra diligent about drinking Mother’s Milk tea every morning and The Baby has been my best nurser yet.  He’s even got the cute little roly-poly baby thighs to prove it.

6. Baby Gowns- All my babies practically live in gowns for the first month of their lives.  Day to night and night to day, gowns are comfortable and make it super easy for middle of the night diaper changes.  I don’t find “real” clothes woth fussing over until  babies are older.  And of course I love the custom ones made from old, t-shirts.  (find the tutorial HERE)

**I was not compensated by any company to write about these products.  They are truely my favorite baby things. **

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Jayna Rae May 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

That sound machine is a household favorite. Each of our boys have one.

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carey May 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for this post. I’ve been looking for those blankets, ever since I saw one at the park and couldn’t remember the name because I didn’t think I’d have reason to at the time (boy was I wrong! ;) )

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Beth May 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

I am intrigued by those blankets as well. Worth the price, you say? Maybe I will have to get some for #3.

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jessica Blood May 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

You have to sell me that onesie, after your little man grows out of it. We LOVE Star Wars!!!

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Chewbacca Reply:

Or Star *Trek*, you mean?

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TracyKM May 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Sound machines are awesome! I’d also add, in the first 6 months–fleece pouch and/or knit wrap, and a ring sling, and a mei tai….each one has it’s best times to use, but certainly a knit wrap for newborns.

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Christy May 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I just got a sound machine and I like it (small house, noisy husband). I’m due with #2 soon, and if he’s even half as colicky as #1, I’m so buying that hammock swing. Thanks for sharing.

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