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Top Ten Baby Necessities for 3 to 6 Months

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Did you just pop over from my 0-3 Month Necessities List? Welcome! Like babies do, ours is growing up. I’ve compiled for you the product list of our most efficient Baby Necessities that we actually use to be successful {zombie} parents.

So here it is, my pay it forward list to those of you who are in your final trimester, with that new unexpected and totally unnecessary wave of panic that has set in. Here is my tried and true list of top ten things I/we used when our baby grew up a bit. I have provided an Amazon Link to all products for your convenience.

1.    BABY BJöRN Baby Carrier Original – Black: Our Baby- I really liked my Baby K’Tan (see 0-3 Month Baby Post) but he eventually grew out of it. When he was able to move himself around more he could wriggle too loose. This B’Jorn made a huge difference. It has very sturdy mechanisms which are ridiculously EASY to figure out. They even color coded them for you! We also have an Ergo Baby Carrier and it is hard to use. I registered for that one for my husband who uses it to go on more rugged excursions and wears him (our son) on his back. You cannot use the B’Jorn as a back pack.

2.    Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper: Our Baby- He really does like this, but didn’t really start bouncing in it until he was closer to 6 month. We got it for him for Christmas, when he was five months old and he would sit in it, play with all of the toys and spin around in circles looking at everything. He really appreciated the time to be standing up, and not laying down all the time. HE was able to sit up himself by Christmas, but hadn’t quite mastered the balance of it. This helped him get some vertical time when our backs were beat from walking him around!

Caution: They may bounce themselves to sleep! Always watch them at all times when they’re in it! And perhaps give them a workout before nap and bedtime!

 

3.    Baby Einstein – Baby’s First Moves DVD: Our Baby- I really, truly credit this DVD program for his sooner than average (according to our pediatrician) gross motor skill set. I sincerely believe that he learned and was motivated sooner to REACH, and CLAP thanks to watching these. I also saw him roll over and attempt to sit up in the exact ways that the babies do on the program. (now he is 9 months, and crawls like the baby crawling on the DVD) We would let him watch this for the 27 minutes in the evening that we were sort of regrouping and fixing dinner. HE could then watch it again in Spanish. This DVD also loops on “repeat play” so I would just having it running while we were doing his gross motor time so that he could reference it at any point. He was NEVER just left planted in front of the screen unsupervised, EVER. A lot of these DVDs get criticized as being brain washing or just mindless TV, and they aren’t. I actually have an educated opinion on this matter and did a lot of research before diving into the children’s DVD world… My Master’s Degree is in Behavior Management and I wrote my Thesis (Capstone) on “How Multimedia influences the development and conflict resolution strategies of pre-adolescent children.” I did a lot of research on what makes child’s programming “bad” and “good” and have concluded as a parent that the Baby Einstein series is very productive, positive and educational, 100% trustworthy.


4.     Charlie Banana Reusable Diaper All-In-One Set One Size: Our Baby-My husband and I have not ourselves purchased disposable diapers since our son was born (9 months ago) and it is thanks to these little gems… We did not start using them however until he was 3 months old and his digestion was a little more “scheduled” and predictable. I love these diapers because they are an “All-in-One” meaning that they are several things- most, they grow with him with the adjustable leg elastics that let me adjust how tight they seal around his legs. We’re still on Small and he is 9 months. So you can see why we didn’t use them until 3 months, where we were set on XS. They have an insert that you stuff into the pocket which you can double stuff, or place another insert on top. Overall (I’m realizing I’ll have to do a whole diaper post to tell you everything I love about these) the bottom line is that I do laundry three times a week, Mon, Wed, Fri and we aren’t tossing diapers into the landfills. The ONLY time I ever got poop on my hands was when he was less than 3 months and in disposable diapers. The ONLY time he has ever leaked through, or had a blow out was in disposable diapers. We haven’t had to buy diapers in 9 months! Did I say that already? 😉

5.     Motorola Digital 3.5″ Video Baby Monitor: Our Baby- I bet you’re thinking, “Why wasn’t this on the 0-3 Month list?” Well that is because Cash slept in our room, in the bassinet until he was three months old. Granted, we did put him in the crib for naps, and used the monitor to watch him while we were out of the room. Why I love this monitor is because it has night vision, volume control and an intercom. The screen, so that you can see your baby is an obvious benefit. I don’t know how parents do it with just the audio. Every peep he made in the night I was looking at that monitor! It is plugged in by my nightstand so as soon as we transitioned him out of our room into the crib it was like the Truman Show… The Cashman Show!

I had it as loud as it could go and I could hear him breathing. Since, as you moms know, you always end up getting up in the middle of the night just because you want to make sure he is breathing… at least that was me. He has been sleeping excellent, and through the night, but I never did! I would wake up every time that monitor would time-out and cut off the sound of his breathing or the light from it… I would push the screen button and fall back asleep knowing he was breathing, and then up again 2 hours later to check… Been doing that for 9 months now… maybe it’s just me? Regardless. I love this monitor because I can have it anywhere in the house while he is napping, and even take it with me outside when I’m gardening, etc. I can talk to him through the speaker if he wakes up in the middle of the night and doesn’t need immediate attention and could probably soothe himself back down. If I went in there he would really wake up…. You must get this monitor!

6.     Bright Baby Touch and Feel Board Books: Awesome, really any touch and feel books are the way to start. HE has learned how to turn pages, treat books with respect, use his index finger to point and probably a lot of other useful skills that wouldn’t have been learned solely from me reading these books to him. With these he can sit in my lap and turn the pages while we read.

7. Munchkin Fun Ice® Chewy Teether – 2pk: Our Baby- Honestly, 3 months is all about teething, and managing their pain L Cash really did well with the teething toys that go in the freezer because they soothed his gums. One of the challenging things that I found out as a parent is that there are no teething toys shaped “just right” for them. They are all rings that they can’t get their whole mouth around. With these he could stick the fingers in his mouth and get a longer contact point than just the two small contacts a ring can do at once. He is still using these over any other teething gimmicks we have tried!

 

 
8.    Fisher-Price Animal Krackers Rinsin Fun Tub: Our Baby- This isn’t exactly what I would call a “cheap” tub, but it has fewer bells and whistles than others I have seen. I few things that went wrong with it were that the mesh swing thingy the newborns use would make his sit so that he was exactly swished on his genitals, making it very difficult to reach and clean him down under there. I had to keep lifting him up (not advisable with a wet newborn) to get under there. Then also it didn’t fit in our sink. I now have it in our big bath tub but I have to get down on my knees and bend over at bath time. I highly recommend baths in the sink as long as you can to preserve your back!
 
9.   Babies R Us Orby Activity Walker: Our Baby- I know that walkers get a really bad reputation now days, primarily for safety and that children will get themselves into dangerous positions in a walker. Yes, that is true if you don’t watch them! I think that the assumption is that most parents put their kids in a walker and then go do chores, or something else like they are on break because the kid is entertained… I can see how that is completely stupid parenting! That is NOT what a walker is for. We do not just let him roam around the house with a new curiosity about mobility and let him explore on his own with no supervision. Our use of a walker is best compared to that of a treadmill. It is purely a piece of exercise equipment that you do your reps in and get off. While working out you use extreme caution and a structured plan for your time. Cash is in the walker between 5:30 and 6:00 doing “sprints” up our hallway or playing hide and seek with us. BOTH parents are watching him while in the walker at all times. He learns how to switch directions and maneuver his weight with respect to propulsion as well as mechanics for walking, which we know too can be incorrectly shaped in a walking carriage. We walk him around endlessly without the walker too. But the walker provides for a fast paced exercise that we could not provide him yet walking him by his hands. He then is really tired and has been sleeping through the night since.
 
10.  So’Pure Sophie Giraffe Teething Ring: Our Baby- Like I stated above with the freezer teething toys, it was very difficult to find any toy that was the right size. Ideally, a baby would just chew on your finger all day, but as we all know, those aren’t clean nor does it feel that great once they do have teeth. So the problem being two part, size for them to hold on to and get far enough in their mouths to satisfy back teething, and texture, firm but not too squishy or hard, like a finger. Both are solved (at least better than any other toy I can find) with this Sophie small giraffe. Cash has both this and the big Sophie because he can get the big Sophie’s legs back to his back teeth. Overall, I think this chew toy is one of the best options for the new teether. If a bunch of teething toys was laid out in front of my son, he would grab this.

 

 
       Well there you have it, my top 10 Necessities for a 3-6-Month-old. This is my humble attempt to pay it forward. If you are awake in the middle of the night (or morning) reading this, I feel for you, it is okay to go lay in the refrigerator door because you’re overheated, do it, I won’t tell! I hope you find this reassuring and helpful. Best of luck and check back in for my 6 to 9 Month list!

Review my 0-3 Month List HERE
Prepare for your 9th Month Nesting HERE
and stock your freezer for that first week home HERE
and don’t forget to Pack your Hospital Bag!
 
 

 


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