Now that my little man is three months old, he definitely isn't a "newborn" anymore.... Getting so so big! So I wanted to share with you, from my personal experience, what our top 10 newborn must haves were. Except for numbers 1 & 2, these are in no particular order :)
1. Infant Car Seat : Chicco Keyfit 30 - You can get by with minimum for a little baby if needed. But the one thing you must have is the car seat, for obvious reasons. It is also the item that I researched the most to find the safest one out there. So when we went to pick out the carseat, the safety ratings were pretty much the only thing that mattered. There were several car seats in the same calibar as the Chicco KeyFit 30, but this is the one we felt the most comfortable with. It always was on top on all ratings and got the highest reviews. V loves his carseat... it's very comfortable for him and not too heavy for Mama to carry.
2. Baby Movement Monitor : Snuza Halo - Previously known as the "Hero", the Snuza Halo is heaven sent. All moms, especially 1st time mommies, are worried about SIDS... Prior to baby, my hubby and I always said we would be those parents who never got sleep because we would be so worried if the baby was still sleeping. WRONG. The Snuza gives us a peace of mind every time we put him down at night. It is very small, less than two inches long, and just clips right on to baby's diaper (against the tummy). If baby stops breathing for 15 seconds, the Snuza vibrates to stimulate the baby. If movement is not detected after 5 more seconds, the alarm goes off. You would definitely wake up... it is not quite! It was worked so great and we have had zero false alarms! The only reason we know it truly works (since it has never alramed us at night thank God) is because if we forget to turn it off when we do a diaper change, the alarm goes off. It's a little pricey at $100 but worth every single penny. (Video monitors are great but since V slept in our room the first few months we didn't need to use it yet.)
3. Fisher-Price Rock n' Play Sleeper - This little rocker is amazing. We used this the first several weeks instead of the mini-crib (#6) for V to sleep in at night. And we still use it daily for him to sleep in during his naps for just to hang out in when he is awake. The baby lays at an incline which is great for babies with reflux while they sleep and great for babies when they are awake so they can see more than if they were flat on their backs. Just a little push and it rocks back and forth gently. Perfect for in the middle of the night when V would stir, I would just have to reach out of the bed and rock it a bit and he would fall back asleep. It's very plush and makes them feel "craddled" which I think plays a huge part in how well V sleeps in it. It is very light-weight and folds up so easy. We take it upstairs and downstairs daily and it's no big deal at all. It also holds up to 25lbs so V will be in for a while. When we go sleep at my parents or go out of town, this is all we need instead of bringing the big pack n' play... so conveinent!
4. Pacifier : WubbaNub - We are very lucky that V likes pacifiers. He usually only takes it when he is tired or just ate but it always helps soothe him. Invest in WubbaNub's! V loves his "wubbie", as well call it. It has the Soothie brand pacifier, attached to the cutest little stuffed animals. The animals help keep the pacifier in their mouth and then when they get older, they can hold onto it too. And since the stuffed animal is decent size, it's almost impossible to loose, or let's say... it's easier to find :)
5. Stroller : Baby Jogger City Select - I can't say enought good things about the City Select. We love it! This was my second most researched item... Strollers are expensive and we wanted to make sure we got one that was safe, a smooth ride for baby, durable and could also accomodate a growing family. We bought the bassinet kit to use while V is too small for the regular stroller seat. He loves it and the look of it is so nice! It is very easy to open and fold, which was important for this little mama. This stroller is a "single" but you can easily add a second seat to it. With thinking of baby #2 in the next year or two, we went ahead and bought the second seat already. There are 16 different ways you can setup with the stroller with the second seat. And it is still the same width and length of a single stroller, not like those wide double strollers. Whether you just have one baby or are planning for more, this is my recommendation!
To note: The UPPAbaby Vista Stroller came in a close second. I liked it because it is a little smaller and lighter and I like the overall look of it more. It has the second seat option but you only have one position option versus the 16 with the City Select. Also, I am doing lots of walking with the stroller and the City Select wheels are more durable than the UPPA. Lastly, the UPPA is a little more expensive so the City Select was the winner for us.