My son is just over a month old, but here is what I found I have liked and disliked so far:
My must haves:
-Boppy pillow (we seriously use this all the time, and my son nurses way better when propped onto it)
-Halo sleepsack. I love this one because his arms can be in or out. He liked being swaddled with blankets over a sack when he was first born, but it is great to have that option with the sleepsack versus the swaddle.
–Bottle warmer. I guess this isn’t a true must have, but I don’t know what I’d do without it. It is so much easier at 2am to take the bottle out of the fridge (it comes with a cooler, but our Dr. Brown bottles are too tall for it), put it in the basket of the warmer, and press the button. We have the First Years bottle warmer, and it is a breeze. If my husband can run it, anyone can, lol.
–Zipper sleepers. Trust me…2am and you’re a zombie. You don’t want to fuss with snaps, especially when you have a child that likes to move his legs like he’s biking the damn Tour De France.
Nice to have:
–Nosefrida snotsucker. Yes, you can use the bulb syringe they give you at the hospital, but honestly it doesn’t do near as good of a job. The Nosefrida seems disgusting, but I ensure you it works super well, and it is sanitary. Plus our son is way less fussy when we use it on him as opposed to the bulb syringe.
-Also, Biogaia drops. Gerber makes some. They are for colic babies, and they truly do work wonders if you have a kid that’s been fed and changed but still likes to scream for 3 hours. He still gtes fussy during a certain time, but it dramatically reduced the amount of time he spent fussing.
–Carseat canopy. A fabric one that just fits onto your carseat. Living in a windy state, it is way more convenient to have this than to fuss with trying to keep a blanket down.
-Also, get a better carseat headrest. My Graco carseat came with one, but his head would slump to the side. I bought a different one from Sears, and it is super soft and keeps his head up so it doesn’t stress his neck out.
Don’t waste your time:
-With socks. My son had big feet but they would always slide off. He hated them.
-Also hats. Everyone was like, “oh you have to have hats because babies get cold.” Yeah, my son hated hates too, and he runs super warm, so hats are a no-go for us.