Today I am linking up with Rebecca at Let Them Eat Cake for My Top 5 Baby Items.
I had to break this up into more than one post since each month is so different for my favorite baby must haves. Next week I'll post my top 5 items for months 3-4. Baby Boy just turned 5 months old, so all of these things are still fresh in my mind and I definitely want to tell you about my faves!
1. Boppy Newborn Lounger
This is something that I just put on my registry on a whim and one of my friends ended up buying it. Thank goodness because I probably never would have bought this and we used it EVERY DAY from the day we brought home Baby Boy till he grew out of it around 2 1/2 months old. When he was really tiny he would sleep on it. As he got older he used it to hang out and lounge. It was a definite part of our baby rotation throughout the day. Loved it! It's one of those things that I would buy even though I could really only use it for 2 months- still worth it!
2. Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym
This was another staple in our baby rotation. I think this playmat really peaked in months 2 and 3, but it was definitely something we used every day after we brought it out. Baby Boy absolutely loved the blue octopus that hangs from this gym. It was his favorite toy for awhile. He also loved the mirror and batting at the toys that hang from the gym.
3. Swaddle blankets
We used swaddle blankets for a long time- till Baby Boy was about 4 months old. He loved being swaddled! The only reason we stopped was because he got really good at rolling over and eventually started rolling over in his swaddle at night and waking up! That's when we had to stop. But I loved the Aden & Anais blankets for swaddling when he was tiny- probably till he was 1 month old. Eventually he started breaking out of those, but I still love the Aden & Anais blankets for tons of other stuff now. Plus, they are lightweight which is great for Florida! As he got bigger we switched to using the Summer Infant SwaddleMe's and they were great until he stopped being swaddled. The SwaddleMe's come in two sizes so that you can use them with your baby for quite awhile.
4. Graco Pack N Play with Newborn Napper
What was so essential about this was the newborn napper. Baby Boy slept in our room in the newborn napper until he was 3 months old- basically until he got too long for it and we had to kick him out to his crib. The newborn napper just cradles the baby perfectly so he feels nice and secure while he's sleeping. And after he grows out of that you got a playpen you can use for a long time.
5. Graco Baby Swing
Now we have 2 baby swings- this one that was given to us by a friend and another swing that I got at a garage sale for $30. This is the one that we used when he was really little. It was great. It swings side to side and is nice and cozy for baby. Again, another staple in our baby rotation. :) Plus, we used this a lot when he would wake up in the night and have trouble going back to sleep right away. He did a lot of napping in this little lifesaver too.
So, that my top 5 for months 1-2 for your new baby. Of course, there were a lot of other things that we used and loved, but these are the ones that really stood out.
What were some of your favorite baby items?