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My favorite baby items for the new mom

michelle k
The list author says: "My baby is almost six weeks old, and this is a list of some items I've found to be very useful/indispensable so far.

Update: baby is almost 5 months old, and I still use most of these items (just not the breast pumps as much because I've become too lazy to pump and store)."
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Gray/White, Mesh
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original, Gray/White, Mesh
"Very easy to put on/take off, keeps baby cool, and has built in head support for baby."
Born Free Sterilizer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Born Free Sterilizer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
My Brest Friend Pillow, Sunburst
My Brest Friend Pillow, Sunburst
"The Boppy pillow is very popular (and I have that too), but this pillow does a much better job supporting baby while breastfeeding.  It also wraps around your body, which is great, because it can be tricky juggling a newborn with no control over his body and a pillow."
Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5" Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5" Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance - Black/Silver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance - Black/Silver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I like this sitter because you can use it right from birth, as baby can "sit" in it without needing to be able to support his head."
aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Oh Boy!, 4-Pack
aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Oh Boy!, 4-Pack
"Great blankets! They keep baby warm, but are light and breathable so baby doesn't get too hot."
Philips AVENT Isis iQ Duo Twin Electronic Breast Pump (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips AVENT Isis iQ Duo Twin Electronic Breast Pump (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I haven't tried the Medela electric pumps, but I do have a Medela manual pump and I like the breast shields on the Philips Avent better.  I think the Philips Avent breast pump works quickly and relatively quietly.  The main con here is the number of pieces that need to be disassembled and washed.  It's manageable, but not super desirable."
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump
"This is good to have just because there are very few parts to assemble/disassemble, and is easily portable."
The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting
The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting
"Not everyone loves this book, but if you like predictability and structure, this is a great book to have.  The author gives detailed routines to follow, based on the age of your baby.  What's important to know is that these are not just arbitrary schedules, but that they're based on normal sleeping/feeding patterns in babies."
aden + anais Muslin Burpy Bib, Jungle Jam, 2 count
aden + anais Muslin Burpy Bib, Jungle Jam, 2 count
Gerber Brand 6 Pack Prefold Birdseye Organic Diaper, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Gerber Brand 6 Pack Prefold Birdseye Organic Diaper, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"These are great for use as burp cloths.  Not as great as the Aden & Anais ones, but much cheaper.  I have 12 of these and still feel like I could use more (there is no way I was going to buy 12 Aden & Anais burp cloths!)."
Philips AVENT BPA Free Bottle Brush, Blue
Philips AVENT BPA Free Bottle Brush, Blue
Born Free Twin Pack Wide Neck Bottles, 5 Ounce (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Born Free Twin Pack Wide Neck Bottles, 5 Ounce (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
PRIMO EuroBath, Pearl White
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
"I bought this for my son when he was about 4 months old - he loves it! He likes moving around, but can't crawl yet so this fits the bill."
Skip Hop Funky Farmyard Activity Mat (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Skip Hop Funky Farmyard Activity Mat (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy
Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy
"Baby loves to play with this. Because of all the rings, it's really easy for him to grab and hold on to."
Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover - Yoko (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover - Yoko (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"If you're nursing, this is a great product. The cover is large enough to cover you up, but not too big that it's unwieldy."