We’ve made it to three weeks with our little guy! That’s right, we’ve survived three full weeks as parents of TWO kids, which feels like a pretty big win. Every day I get a shower and feed the kids feels like a win actually. Not to be dramatic because Theo has been very kind to us, but I forgot all about this newborn stage. Sleeping, eating, pooping and random crying that sounds like the world is ending. I don’t care how well your little one sleeps, there is nothing easy about waking up every few hours to nurse when all you want to do is sleep. And when you do finally fall asleep a rambunctious toddler is ready to start her day and promptly throws her bowl of breakfast across the room while the other one is attached to your bosom making clean-up virtually impossible. Fun times. Luckily, my little Cinderella has become quite handy with a paper towel as I demand she clean up her own messes. If I have to have two kids in diapers at once at least I can train one of them to clean up after herself (when she wants to listen, that is). I feel like I’m rambling. Am I rambling? Sleep deprivation will do that to you. So let’s move on.

With Black Friday coming up I’d thought I’d share a handful of our favorite things for newborns in hopes that you can snag a few at decent prices online this week. Unless you’re that crazy nut who gets up at 3 a.m. to stand in line outside your favorite store, then you certainly don’t need my help, though perhaps you should first invest in some caffeine and body armor. Some of these are new items while others are repeats from my baby registry essentials list, which means two years later and with our second babe we still love these products and recommend them.

So here you go!newborn essentialsWool Baby Blanket by Fine Little Day. My sister bought us this wool blanket as a gift for Theo because he pretty much has nothing new of his own and was in need of warmth. I am in love. It’s incredibly soft and I love the design. For some reason I’ve been drawn to monochrome stuff lately. That Scandinavian style that gets me every time. (seen here)

Kimono-Style Bodysuits. I just recently discovered H&M’s kids section and have since bought a ton of stuff for both kids. I’m really impressed with everything, including the price, and especially love the wrap bodysuits for Theo. When these babies are tiny and you don’t want to pull clothes over their heads the kimono styles are great. H&M has a large collection in a variety of colors for both boys and girls. I went with a bunch of them in size 2-4 months and they’re a little big on my nine-pounder, which is good because he should be able to wear them for at least a few more weeks! (He’s already starting to outgrow things!) I also bought some pants and hoodies and zip-up sweaters and I’m happy with everything.

Mary Meyer Bestever Baby Mat. We used this mat for Isla and she loved to cozy up and snuggle on it. We now use it every day for Theo, too. I put it on the couch or the floor as a way to keep him cozy and warm as he naps or hangs out with us. I even travel with it.

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. We used a hand-me-down with Isla, as in the bassinet Chris’ dad slept in as a baby! It was beautiful and wooden and in great shape, but required a bumper, which is a huge no-no. I was a nervous wreck having Isla in there and also it was hard for me to use in the middle of the night after my C-section. It was deep and too low for our bed, so I couldn’t just reach over and grab her in the middle of night; I had to actually get out of bed. I know that sounds like such a small complaint, but when you are recovering from a C-section simple things like lifting a baby’s weight, climbing in and out of bed or even just bending over the side of the bed are painful and sometimes impossible. This swivel sleeper by Halo has been amazing so far. The height is adjustable, the sides are mesh so the baby won’t suffocate, the wall lowers when I lean on it so I can easily grab Theo from bed and, just as the name implies, it swivels 360 degrees so I can bring the baby closer to me or turn the bassinet in any direction without moving from my bed. This thing is a game-changer. It has some other features, like a nightlight, nursing timer and the ability to play sounds and vibrate, but we haven’t used any of those. At least not yet. I’m a firm believer that babies should learn to self soothe and fall asleep without that kind of assistance at bedtime. I’m a little more lenient at nap time, hence the mamaROO, though sometimes I put Theo in there and don’t turn it on! So anyway. Big thumbs up for the Halo Bassinest.

Natursutten Pacifier. I predict we’re going to have another thumb sucker on our hands, but in the meantime we needed some sort of pacifier for soothing. Theo hates the Avent Soothies we had for Isla. Come to think of it, she hated them, too. So I bought these Natursutten all natural pacifiers that are supposed to be great for nursing babies. S0 far so good. He’s still hit or miss with it, but much prefers this one over the others. If he finally finds his thumb, all the better.

Zutano Fleece Booties. Hands down the best booties out there. Socks are the worse. THE WORST. If someone tells you they found socks that stay on baby feet they are lying! Or they glued them on and I don’t really recommend that. These are so warm for winter and never ever fall off. Theo has skinny little feet with long finger-like toes (sorry, buddy, you inherited those from me) and the size 3 months fit him perfectly. I will be buying them in a variety of sizes as he grows. (seen on Theo here)

Solly Baby Wrap Carrier. If you don’t know how much I love this thing you must be new to my blog and Instagram. I LOVE my Solly Wrap. Love Love Love. I even pretty much forced my sister to buy one after I saw how uncomfortable she and her new daughter were in the Moby. I’m happy to say she’s a convert. The wrapping part is intimidating at first. I was frustrated the first few times, but the tutorial videos are great and once I got the hang of it I was addicted. I wore Isla in our Solly until I got pregnant with Theo and could no longer bear her weight on my back and belly. Get a Solly. Seriously. Just do it.

4Moms mamaROO + infant insert. The cadillac of baby swings. We love this thing. We bought it for Isla after she was born because she wasn’t a fan of the hand-me-down vibrating seat we got from a friend of a friend and because I refused to set up a stationary swing in our small townhouse. Our goal was to have the bare minimum of baby stuff so this all-in-one bouncer, swing, car, soother, whatever you want to call it fit the bill. Plus it’s not heavy so it’s easy to transport from room-to-room. Sleeping or awake, our little guy loves it. He’ll chill in there while we feed Isla breakfast or eat dinner and he naps in there sometimes, too.  And while I don’t always go for the extras, the infant insert is key. My only complaint: my toddler won’t stop stealing her brother’s pacifier, turning on the mamROO and climbing in! Little bugger. (seen here)

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  • Reply Kate November 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

    What do you think the difference is between the Moby and Solly wrap? I have the Moby and rarely used it with my daughter, trying to decide if I should invest in another wrap or if it would just be another waste of money.

    • Reply Risa Page November 24, 2015 at 10:38 am

      I confess I’ve never tried the Moby, though I’ve seen and held it. It’s my understanding that the thicker material used for the Moby is 1. heavy and hot, 2. bulky both for carrying in a bag and when wearing, and, most importantly, 3. doesn’t have much give or stretch, which makes it hard to get the fit just right and requires lots of rewrapping and readjusting.

      With the Solly, the material is really lightweight and stretchy. You’ll get hot using it in summer, of course, just from the baby’s body heat, but it’s really breathable. And since it’s stretchy you can put it on snug and tight and then stretch it around the baby. Then when you take it off to wear it again it isn’t stretched out at all; it bounces right back. I’m still using the same one I used with Isla and it’s in perfect condition. Once I got the hang of wrapping it I found it to be really easy to get it on just right and get the baby in there perfectly. Plus, there’s a little pocket at the end of it so you can fold the whole thing up in there and travel with it.

      I hope that helps!

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