5 Baby Things I Couldn’t Live Without

It’s been 6 wonderful months since we brought home our bundle of joy, and we have learned so much about parenting, adjusting to new schedules and learning Ry’s likes and dislikes through trial and error. Although she is continuing to grow so fast and experiencing new milestones, as seen in my Weekend of Firsts post, I’ve realized that there were a few essentials that I could not survive without in these past 6 months.
So, I decided to share with you the top 5 things I couldn’t live without in the first six months of parenting and why I chose them.
1. Swing. Ever since she was a few weeks old, nothing calms her or puts her to sleep better than her swing. It may be because she was so used to movement from when she was in my belly, but it always does the trick to calm her down and a great place for her to fall asleep. I remember texting my best friend Lauren, who gave us the swing at my baby shower, just to thank her profusely for getting it for us!
So happy in her swing!

So happy in her swing!

Her favorite spot at daycare.

2. Bouncer. Try getting ready for anything with a newborn – 6 month old who can’t sit up on their own yet and you’ll have a hard time doing anything to keep them happy while you get things done. This portable bouncer went with us everywhere. In the kitchen while cooking dinner, in the bathroom as I got ready and on every road trip we took to our parents’ houses. She loves to see where we are, so having the ability to prop her up so she is not laying flat- especially after eating – anywhere we had to go, was a necessity.

rylee, winston, bouncer

3. Nipple Shield. I swore by this thing! It saved me from giving up on breast feeding in the early weeks. I had so much trouble with the pain of breastfeeding and getting her to latch correctly, that I almost gave up on it until our pediatrician suggested using a nipple shield. It was pain free, Rylee was getting the benefits of breastmilk and it gave me the encouragement to keep going. Rylee has since transitioned to latching without the shield, which is extremely convenient, but if I had to continue using it in order for her to breastfeed I would have no problem with that at all. It is amazing and everyone should know about this thing!

Nipple Shield

Medela Nipple Shield

4. Breast Pump. If you are planning to go back to work and still breastfeed after giving birth, a breast pump is a necessity! I know that they are expensive at the store, but what most people don’t know, is that most insurance companies will provide you with one, completely covered. I learned this in one of my parenting classes before having Ry and was in complete disbelief. When I called my insurance company to inquire about this, it was as easy as giving them my delivery date and the pump was in the mail that day! breast pump

5. Brett’s Tablet/Bubbles/Anything that lights up and plays music. As Rylee continued to grow and become more aware of her surroundings, sometimes, not even the swing could calm her down. If we were ready for bed, but Rylee was a little bored or not quite there yet, nothing would put her to sleep like Bubbles, the name of her light up musical sea horse below. She works a majority of the time, but in severe cases, we need the power of Brett’s tablet to play gummy bear nursery rhymes until her eyes flutter closed. We are still using this technique to calm her down when nothing else works, and it is amazing.


So, although there are a ton of other things I use on a day to day basis, I summed up the ones that I believe made a huge difference in our lives with a new baby.

What are/were your top necessities in your first 6 months with baby? Would love to hear from you!

Leave a comment in the section below! Would love to hear from you and feature your suggestions in my next post as well!

2 Comments on 5 Baby Things I Couldn’t Live Without

  1. Lenore Meyers
    February 2, 2014 at 8:35 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks I know what to get for my best friends daughters baby shower.

    • Jane
      February 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Yay! Glad that I could help!


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