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Our 0-3 Month Baby Essentials (Plus What Sadie Didn’t Like)

Now that Sadie is over four months old, I want to share our favorite (and Sadie’s least favorite, lol) things from her first three months of life!

For being so little, babies sure do have a lot of gear, so I’m going to organize this post into categories. Also, just because we liked/didn’t like some of these items, doesn’t mean they aren’t a great fit for other families.

I just want to share our honest opinions and experiences to hopefully help others or give some ideas! If you’re not into baby stuff, feel free to skip this post. You won’t hurt my feelings 😉 If you have any questions, leave them in the comments or send me an email!

Our 0-3 Month Baby Essentials (Plus what Sadie didn’t like)

Diapering

The best baby diaper essentials

Aldi brand diapers and wipes
Diaper Decor Diaper Pail + refills
Honest Diaper Rash Cream
Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad
Burt’s Bees Changing Pad Covers
Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners
Didn’t like: Pampers sensitive wipes (they gave Sadie a rash) and Honest diapers (they always seemed to leak).

Health

Baby Health Essentials
Baby DDrops (Vitamin D Drops)
Simethicone drops (for gas)
Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer
Babyganics On-The-Go Hand Sanitizer
Safety 1st Healthcare and Grooming Kit
Didn’t like: Any and every brand of pacifiers (Avent Soothies, Nuk, MAM, Wubbanub, etc.), lol.

Play

Baby Play 0-3 Month Essentials

Fisher Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker
Baby Einstein videos on YouTube
Bright Starts Activity Gym
Skip Hop Hedgehog Rattle
Playgro Clip Clop and Clopette Activity Rattles
Infantino Spiral Activity Toy
Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether
Fisher Price Sit-Me Up Floor Seat
Cloud Island Crib Mobile
LeapFrog My Pal Violet
Minnie Mouse Activity Jumper

Travel

The best baby travel essentials

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat
Chicco Keyfit Caddy Frame Stroller
Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Organizer
Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack
Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier
CuddleBug Baby Wrap Carrier
Baby Backseat Mirror

Feeding

Baby nursing and feeding essentials

Boppy Nursing Pillow
Balen Rocking Chair
Goldbug 4-in-1- Nursing Scarf
Burt’s Bees Burp Cloths
Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump
Medela Double Electric Breast Pump
Lansinoh Stay Dry Nursing Pads
Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads
Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags
Honest Organic Nipple Balm
Earth Mama Milkmaid Tea
Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Pack
Ginkana Nursing Hoodie
Liu & Qu Long Sleeve Nursing Top
Didn’t like: Pobibaby nursing cover (too small), all bottles (Dr. Browns, Avent, Lansinoh, Medela, etc.), and me eating spicy or “gassy” foods.

Bath Time

The best baby bath supplies for baby registry

Blooming Bath Lotus Bathtub
Babyganics Night Time Shampoo + Bodywash
Honest Sweet Orange Vanilla Body Lotion
Carter’s Hooded Bath Towels
Cloud Island Wash Cloths

Books

The best baby books

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
From Pea to Pumpkin: A Baby Journal
One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
Goodnight Pittsburgh
Baby Touch and Feel Animals
Llama Llama Nighty Night
Pray to God!: A Book about Prayer
I Prayed For You
Mama Loves You So
Mighty Dads

Sleep

Best baby sleep products

Lollipop Baby Monitor
Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play
Fisher Price Cradle ‘n Swing
SwaddleMe Pod
Halo SleepSack Swaddle
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit
Didn’t like: her crib, regular swaddle blankets, and the pack ‘n play.

Clothes + Laundry

Best baby laundry and clothes

Carters
Cat and Jack
Cloud Island
Old Navy
Closet Dividers
Dreft Stage 1 Detergent
Dreft Instant Stain Remover Pen
Dreft Stain Remover Spray
Monthly Milestone Stickers

Miscellaneous

Baby reading book at library

Going to the library
Screens (phone, tv, etc.) and music
Mavis
Facing out while being held
Driving in the car
Having her car seat swung
Attention of any sort
Being changed
Being walked around
Other kids, especially her cousins Cody, Josiah, Nathan, and Leia.
Coffee (for mom and dad!)
Naps (for the whole family!)

If you have/have had babies, what were your/your baby’s favorite and least favorite things from the first three months?

14 Weeks As A Mom

Sadie is officially 14 weeks old. A little more than a quarter of a year. How?! I last posted my thoughts on being a mom at the six week mark, and I’m back eight weeks later with more thoughts.

Loving Sadie is easy. Being a parent is (sometimes) hard. It’s a rewarding experience.

I still don’t feel like a mom. I feel like Sadie’s mom when someone besides me is holding her and she cries until she’s back in my arms. But feeling like an actual mom (<– whatever that means)? Not really!

I adore holding her soft little hands and her smile is my favorite.

Holding baby hand

I’m totally dreading ever having to discipline her. She’s just so cute, innocent, and sweet that I can’t imagine that day I have to enforce rules and boundaries with her.

I really enjoy connecting with other parents. It kind of feels like a club 🙂

I’m learning to trust my instinct, but at the same time I have no idea what I’m doing.

It’s so much fun to see Sadie discover the world around her. Her joy brings me joy.

Three month old baby in jumper

Not knowing what to expect is hard. Every single day, I wake up not knowing what the day will bring. I’m sure we’ll settle into a routine as Sadie grows, but this type-A planner chick struggles with the unknown.

I’m learning to go with the flow. Along with my last point about not knowing what to expect, I’m learning that it’s much easier if I just surrender to what the day brings. When I try to force XYZ to happen, it just results in stress. It’s so much more freeing to say, “Well, I’d like to fold laundry and get groceries today, but I might be feeding Sadie all day because she’s going through a growth spurt and that’s okay.” I have to remind myself what’s most important and realize everything else can wait.

Being a family is so cool. I don’t know how else to put it. I love hanging out with Jimmy, Sadie, and the pets. I still can’t believe it’s all real sometimes. It feels like such a great blessing and responsibility from God. It’s very, very humbling!

Husband and wife kissing and holding baby family photo

In the first weeks of motherhood, I felt absolutely consumed by caring for our sweet girl. I thought I’d never get to do things like blog, watercolor, or bake again. The weight of caring for a baby felt (and still feels) heavy, but I am finding time here and there to enjoy my hobbies and passions. Taking time to do things the “old me” used to do feels so wonderful.

Breastfeeding is amazing and hard. Before I had Sadie, I decided I wouldn’t put pressure on myself to breastfeed if it didn’t work out. It turned out that Sadie didn’t give me a choice (she snubs bottles!), and I’m kind of glad. It has been such a journey and learning curve, but it’s also incredibly special and rewarding.

I have no idea what I’d do without help from Jimmy, our families, and church family.

Showering, getting dressed, and getting out every day does wonders for my sanity. I think Sadie likes the change of scenery, too.

Baby in stroller with cocker spaniel dog walking beside

Some days are productive and others are just… not, lol.

Life will never be the same, and it’s always changing. Some things are becoming easier and some are becoming harder. It will always be that way. What an adventure.

It’s easy to worry about Sadie’s development but I’m going to let her be a baby. I see so many videos, products, posts, etc. about baby development, milestones, and more. I could be teaching her Spanish or taking her to music lessons, but I think a baby should be a baby. She’ll develop just fine whether or not I speak Spanish to her.

Our pets continue to impress us with how they’ve accepted Sadie. Lola is indifferent to her, Mavis loves her, and Malcolm thinks she’s his baby. I can’t wait to see how their relationships develop as Sadie grows.

Cocker spaniel dog and baby laying together

Mom shaming is a thing. I’ve been scolded twice in public for not having a hat on Sadie. Yikes.

Surrender has been my word since having Sadie. I need to surrender my plans, surrender to this new journey, and surrender to all God is doing in my life.

Jimmy is so competent with Sadie. No one soothes Sadie like her daddy does. Jimmy is also amazing at helping me. He comes home after eight or nine hours at work and dives right into family life with us and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Dad with baby girl in nursery

I want to give Sadie the whole world. Of course I know what she needs most is love and to know the Lord, and I don’t want her to become spoiled, but I want to give her the best life possible.

I feel God refining me. He is teaching me patience, selflessness, and surrender. In turn, He has given me the gift of our daughter, joy, and so much thankfulness!