BABY LED WEANING | Beginners Guide

BABY LED WEANING | Beginners Guide

Think your milk devouring little slice of heaven is ready to explore the fabulous world of FOOD?!

You’ve come to the right place!

First off, let me start by saying CONGRATS! You’ve survived the first few months of motherhood, and now you’re preparing for a SUPER EXCITING milestone.

It’s exciting, but it can also be TERRIFYING. The terror comes from the risk of choking. We’re moms. We worry about every little thing that can go wrong. It’s natural.

But don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. I’m going to show you EXACTLY how to approach baby-led weaning:

  • When to start
  • Which foods to use (and ones to avoid)
  • Common food allergies (and how to prevent them)
  • How parents are unknowingly contributing to eating disorders
  • My top product recommendations
  • And most importantly: HOW TO AVOID CHOKING!

WHAT IS BABY LED WEANING?

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Let’s start with the basics. What exactly IS baby-led weaning?!

Baby-led weaning essentially is allowing your baby to feed themselves. Giving them the opportunity to explore age-appropriate foods rather than relying on spoon-feeding them purees.

No, this does not mean you need to give up breastfeeding or formula.

It is simply an addition of complementary foods to their primary diet of breastmilk or formula.

Baby-led weaning is a method of food progression, giving your baby the control and opportunity to learn and develop at their own pace.

This creates a positive and interactive experience for them, allows them to learn proper chewing and swallowing, and SO many more incredible benefits.

WHEN TO START

With my first child, I for some reason had it in my mind that you don’t start introducing solid foods until they are around one year old.

I have no idea where that came from, but that was somehow planted in my brain.

When our pediatrician told us to start at 4 months old, I was shocked!

On average most people start baby-led weaning around 6 months of age, but, you can start as early as 4 months if your baby is ready.

There are certain indicators to look for to ensure your baby is ready. It’s not recommended to start until ALL THREE of these are present.

They are as follows:

  • Your baby needs to be interested. NEVER FORCE YOUR BABY TO EAT. Do they intently watch your food as you move it from your plate to your mouth? Do they reach out to grab your food or fork? They’re interested.
  • They need to have excellent head control. Your baby needs to be able to hold their head up without support. You will be feeding them either in your lap or in a high chair, so be sure you are able to safely do so before you begin.
  • Their tongue thrust reflex should be gone. This happens around the 4-6 month mark. Every baby is different, but this is an important one. If their tongue-thrust reflex is still present their tongue will push out anything that goes into their mouth. Try again in a week or so if this is the case.

If your baby checks all three of those boxes, DING DING DING! You’re ready for baby-led weaning!!!

HOW TO AVOID CHOKING

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Let’s start by understanding the difference between CHOKING and GAGGING.

Chocking means something is stuck in their airway and they are unable to breathe. Scary, I know.

Gagging and coughing up food is their way of learning their limits.

Two very different things.

Choking is often silent and does not involve any coughing. If you notice a baby that is choking, you need to act IMMEDIATELY. Learn EXACTLY how to safely help a choking baby here.

Most first time moms will mistake gagging for chocking and have a mild panic attack (or 12).

Choking and gagging aren’t fun to talk about, but it’s important to know what to expect and have the knowledge and understanding to be able to handle the situation appropriately.

If they only eat pureed foods, they will never have to learn their limits and when given normal food will have no fears swallowing pieces that are too big for them. This will skyrocket the chances of them choking.

Provide them with age-appropriate foods that will give them the opportunity to learn how to safely chew and swallow the correct portions.

BABY LED WEANING FOODS

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Start with foods that are easy for them to mash-up with their gums. Food with soft chunks that are easy to break down teaches them to chew or mash chunks down to sizes that are easy to swallow.

Some of my favorites: (be sure to mash them just enough to leave soft chunks. Don’t puree)

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Sweet potato
  • Cooked Carrots
  • Puffs (these are little cereal-like snacks that help tremendously with hand-eye-coordination and dissolve QUICKLY. The risk of choking is greatly reduced with items that quickly dissolve.)

They WILL gag when they accidentally swallow a piece that’s too big. That is completely normal and it’s their way of learning their limits. Stand nearby and always watch them closely. Be safe, but allow them to learn.

They will benefit greatly in the long run and actually have a much lower risk of choking in the future.

Once they become more comfortable with food, try to provide them with an age-appropriate version of whatever the family is eating that day. Spaghetti, chicken enchiladas, cut up steak, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables, whatever!

The goal is to make eating a balanced meal fun and exciting for them. You want them the know exactly how to safely chew, swallow, and enjoy a variety of flavors and textures.

FOODS TO AVOID

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There are some foods that are either not appropriate for their age, are a choking hazard, or are just plain dangerous. It’s recommended to avoid these foods until your pediatrician gives you the OK.

  • Whole Nuts. Very difficult to break down, can have sharp edges, need a full set of teeth to be able to break them down properly. Typically around 5 years old. However, nuts are still a great source of healthy fats. Ground nuts and nut butters are a great way to safely incorporate these foods.
  • Grapes. Very round and slippery. The easiest object to get lodged in their throat. If you do offer grapes, be sure to cut them up small enough to avoid the risk of choking. Or get a grape cutter! Super quick and easy!
  • Honey. Not safe to give until they’re at least 1 year old. Honey is a known source of the bacteria spores that cause infant botulism. It’s rare, but SO scary and not at all worth the risk.
  • Heavily salted foods. Your baby’s kidneys are still maturing and are not capable of processing as much salt as an adult. Try to limit salt intake to less than 1 gram per day.
  • Sugar. Do your best to avoid sugary foods when possible. While developing those little taste buds, it’s best to get them used to healthy vegetables, proteins, low sugar fruits, and other healthy foods. It’s pretty much a guarantee that they will LOVE sugary fruits and other sweet treats. Do your best to train those taste buds to enjoy other healthy food groups BEFORE introducing sugary foods.
  • Pureed foods. As I mentioned above, pureed foods take away the opportunity for your baby to learn. There is nothing for them to do other than swallow. Just like milk. All they have to do is swallow it. Pureed foods aren’t BAD for them. It can be a great snack or a quick and easy way to sneak in some veggies! Relying on ONLY pureed foods is what we want to avoid.

TIP: Breastfed babies might lack some iron compared to formula-fed babies because formula is very iron-rich. Rice cereal are great sources of iron so by all means, use these foods in addition to other foods!

START SLOW

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Their primary source of nutrition will still be milk. Trying different textures and flavors teach them to enjoy a variety of foods, so, later on, they are less likely to become picky eaters.

Start slow and gradually increase the amount of food you offer as your child shows signs of wanting more. By the time they are about 8-9 months old, they should be enjoying a wide variety of different foods about 2-3 times a day.

Introduce the same kind of foods that you eat, such as similar flavors and spices.

In the near future, they should be eating the same meals that you and your family eat, so prepare their taste buds for those flavors!

But don’t give them a bunch of new foods all at once. Space each new food out by about 2-3 days. That way, if your child does have an adverse reaction to that food you will know exactly what caused it.

COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES

As always, only do what you are comfortable with and feel is right for your child. Please consult with your pediatrician for a personalized recommendation before changing anything.

For me personally, it was recommended for us to introduce highly allergenic foods (peanuts, eggs, shellfish, soy, and wheat) early on.

Back in the day, the recommendation was to wait on these foods until the baby was 1-2 years old. Thinking maybe they would be better equipped to handle a severe allergic reaction if it were to occur.

Newer studies show waiting that long does NOT decrease the risk of allergic reactions.

In fact, there are studies that show introducing those items EARLIER actually DECREASES the chance of developing an allergy to those items.

It’s said the longer your body goes without ever experiencing those foods the further it develops without the ability to process those items. Introducing them early on will allow the body to recognize those foods and process them appropriately.

Of course, some allergies are genetic. So if you have a history of severe food allergies in your family, I would be a little more cautious. I’ve heard of moms literally driving to the hospital, parking the car, and giving their child peanut butter for the first time in the parking lot of a hospital. That way if anything were to happen, they were already there! To me, that seems a bit stressful and overkill, but HEY! Do whatever makes you feel comfortable! No judgment here!

Do your research and make a decision based on what you feel is right for your little one.

DON’T CREATE EATING DISORDERS

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I know this sounds harsh. We’re moms that want what’s best for our children.

We would never do anything to harm them, so the thought of US possibly being the cause of an eating disorder is HORRIFYING.

Studies show that classic strategies used to get your child to eat more: “You can’t leave the table until you finish your dinner” “Come on sweetie, just one more bite!” “If you finish the rest, I’ll give you a treat!” are actually teaching our kids to keep eating even when they’re not hungry. It’s teaching them to overeat. It’s telling them that no matter what your body is telling you, always finish what is in front of you.

Also, our obsession with tying food to any happy or sad moment in our lives needs to stop.

Having a bad day honey? Let’s go get some ice cream, that will make you feel better!” “You got straight A’s?! Let’s go celebrate with some cake!”

It almost comes second nature to say these things. Which shows what a significant impact it can have on our lives.

Of course, they don’t all end in an eating disorder, but it certainly can. And even if it doesn’t, these aren’t healthy eating habits to teach our sweet babies.

Let’s be better.

Here are some tips on teaching healthy eating habits from the start:

YOU DECIDE THE FOOD AND THE FREQUENCY. THEY DECIDE HOW MUCH TO EAT.

This is HUGE in raising a healthy child.

It is very important to allow our children to stop eating when they are full.

If they are hungry, they will eat. Trust me. They will not starve!

Forcing our kids to keep eating and always incentivizing “one more bite” has been linked to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

It has also been linked to obesity and emotional eating. Never incentivize eating more than they need.

That being said, kids can be very manipulative, especially when they get older. This is why it’s very important to start early with these lessons.

Later down the road when they want to skip dinner, and then they complain about being hungry at 9 pm you’re going to have to be very firm in a cut off time for the kitchen.

Kitchen is closed after 8 pm” is a good rule to have, but be prepared for a little heartbreak in the beginning. A crying child telling you they are starving will be difficult to say no to.

However, after a few days of this (if it comes to that) they will quickly learn that they should be eating at dinner time. You must stick to your guns on this one for their benefit in the long run.

It will be hard, but parenting is hard. We deal with a lot of difficult situations for the betterment of our child. Stay strong!

BENEFITS OF BABY LED WEANING

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There are so many wonderful benefits to baby-led weaning.

  • Teaching healthy and empowering eating habits will have an enormous impact on your child’s life.
  • Improving hand-eye coordination from an early age
  • Decreasing the chances of having a picky eater
  • Significantly lowering the risk of choking by allowing your child to learn how to safely chew and swallow from the start
  • Developing their taste buds to enjoying a variety of different flavors, textures, and smells.
  • Allowing them to have a fun and interactive food experience
  • Creating amazing memories around the dinner table together as a family

I could literally go on forever, but I won’t! I’ll stop blabbing now and get into the good stuff. My favorite product recommendations for this super fun milestone!

There’s nothing I love more than reading up on a new milestone, zooming over to Amazon, and buying everything I want need to be prepared! 😆

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SILICONE BIBS

If baby-led weaning is anything, it’s MESSY! The messier the better in their eyes. Skip those annoying fabric bibs that catch NOTHING and have to be washed after every use. I love these silicone bibs because they have a little trough that catches a TON of the mess, and they’re SO SIMPLE to wipe clean!

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STOKKE TRIPP TRAPP HIGH CHAIR

With my first, I didn’t feel it was necessary to splurge on a nice high chair. And to be honest, it isn’t COMPLETELY necessary. However, a good one can last years through several different children. I also didn’t realize what an eyesore high chairs can be! A big clunky plastic beast literally could not be more annoying to have around. The Stokke is SO much easier on the eyes, it’s super simple to wipe clean, it’s excellent quality, and grows with them! TOTALLY worth the price in my opinion.

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UTENSILS

I’ll never forget the ridiculous assortment of random spoons we had at one point. They were either TINY and couldn’t hold more than a single drop of food, or they were HUMONGOUS and literally couldn’t even fit in their mouths. 🤣 So when I found these babies, I stocked up and haven’t looked back since! I have the matching FORKS and SPOONS.

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GRIPPER PLATE

Babies just LOVE flipping full plates of food on the ground. Avoid the mess and frustration with gripper plates! They literally suction to the table and its genius. Whoever invented these: THANK YOU.

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SNACK CUPS

Just like the plate situation, if you give a bowl of snacks to a baby/toddler consider it gone. It will be dumped out faster than you could even imagine. Once again, avoid the mess with this SPILL PROOF heaven sent snack cup. These are non-negotiable. Period.

The journey of introducing solid foods is a fun, exciting, and terrifying time, yet an extremely important and impactful one. Try to have fun and enjoy the learning process! Thank you so much for reading, and good luck!!!

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The ULTIMATE list of MUST HAVE baby items (for new moms)

The ULTIMATE list of MUST HAVE baby items (for new moms)

Preparing for a new baby can be really stressful. 

There are SO many products out there, it is impossible to know when to save, when to splurge, what is necessary, and what is a waste of money!

 It’s also really tough to put together a quality baby registry when you have no idea what you want or need. 

Which is why I created this list, to help you save time and money when stocking up on your baby items! Forget the hours of research, avoid learning by trial and error, because I’ve done it all for you!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the new mom life 🙂

Swaddle

Halo Sleep Sack

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If there is only one thing you buy on this entire list, it should be this one. 

I’ve tried swaddle blankets, velcro swaddles, but this one blows the others out of the water.

Swaddling is so important in the early stages for making your little one feel safe and secure. 

A good swaddle could be the difference between a fussy baby and actual sleep. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Pack ‘N Play

Graco Pack ‘N Play

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Pack ‘N Plays are so versatile. You can use them throughout many different stages as a portable crib, a playpen, or even a bassinet. 

I couldn’t bring myself to buy a separate bassinet that would only be used for a couple months. 

Multi-use items are the way to go, and this one is amazing! It’s also super easy to pack up and bring with you anywhere!

Swing

Fisher-Price Swing

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A swing comes in handy when you need a break from holding the baby. 

Sometimes (most of the time) laying them somewhere flat or stationary doesn’t do the trick for a squirmy baby. 

This swing has saved my arms (and sanity) on several occasions. You can adjust the speed of the swing, and it even has soothing music options.

Plain Onesies

Gerber Grow With Me Bundle

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Babies grow extremely fast. You blink and they go from newborn clothes to 3 months, & before you know it they’re in 6 months clothing. 

The trend continues for the first year & as cute as all the baby clothes are, my go-to was a plain white onesie. 

I got the cute outfits for taking pictures and going out etc. but babies have blow- outs and spit up situations on the regular. 

You end up changing their outfit upwards of 3 times a day! Why waste your money on that many outfits when they grow out of them SO FAST?! 

Also, the white onesies are much easier to bleach & get stains out of, because there will be stains. Lots of stains.

Monthly Stickers

Monthly Milestone Stickers (Girl)  /  Monthly Milestone Stickers (Boy)

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Speaking of growing up fast, these are a must! 

Without these stickers as a reminder to document their growth each month, I would have missed the gradual changes they go through. 

I set a reminder in my phone to take a picture in the same location each month, and at 1 year I put them all together. 

I was SO glad I did this because it is such a special keepsake!

Vitamin D Drops

Baby D Drops

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At a pretty early stage, your pediatrician will recommend giving your baby Vitamin D drops as a supplement. 

These are the ones that worked best for us. Super easy to use, you only need a few drops and it never upset their stomach.

Pacifier

Wubba Nub Pacifier

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Neither of my kids really took to pacifiers. 

We tried all different shapes and sizes but they were just never really interested. 

You would think this is a good thing, which I guess it is in the long run…but when you have a fussy baby that wants to suck even after being fed, a paci can be a lifesaver. 

Even though my kids didn’t get attached to pacifiers, they still both loved their Wubba Nub. 

It was the only one they would occasionally use. 

They have a cute stuffed animal attached, which helps weigh it down and prevent it from constantly falling out.

Bath Tub

AngelCare Baby Bath

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We tried a few different styles of tubs and found this one to be our favorite. 

It just so happens to be the most affordable too! Score! 

This one is sturdy enough to keep them supported, soft enough for them to be comfortable, insanely easy to clean and even has a little hook to hang it up when you’re done!

Car Mirror

Sonilove Baby Car Mirror

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A car mirror is a great way to keep your baby entertained during car rides. 

There’s nothing worse than a crying baby while driving, but this mirror is usually enough to keep them happy and distracted. 

Also, I loved being able to see their face through my rear view mirror to make sure they were okay.

Nasal Aspirator

The Nose Frida

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Okay, so my kids never really got sick as newborns. 

Even as babies, I think maybe once? 

I never found this necessary for babies, unless you have one that is constantly sick. 

This did, however, come in very handy for us a little later down the road when they got a stuffy nose or were congested. 

The bulb syringes they give you at the hospital are basically worthless (not to mention impossible to clean). 

The concept of the Nose Frida is pretty terrifying, but rest assured you will NOT get any mucus in your mouth, I promise! 

It really does work better than anything else.

Diaper Bag

Pottery Barn Classic Diaper Bag

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I love this diaper bag for so many reasons! 

I wanted a cute bag that was unisex so my husband wouldn’t be embarrassed carrying it. 

I wanted one large enough to hold all of our stuff, not just the babies, and I wanted it to be durable and easy to wash. 

This one checks all the boxes! Plus, you can even get it monogrammed!

Sound Machine

Hatch Baby Rest  /  Homedics Sound Machine

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A sound machine is a no-brainer if you want your baby to be able to sleep through noise. 

I did not want to have to tip-toe around my house while the baby is sleeping. 

It is also very soothing for babies because it mimics the sounds they heard in utero. 

I love the Hatch for everyday use. 

It doubles as a nightlight & can be controlled through an app on my phone. 

We also use a more basic and affordable one that we bring whenever we travel. Both work great!

Stroller

B.O.B. Revolution

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This stroller is so amazing! It is heavy duty and extremely durable, but it handles like a dream. 

I can literally push this thing with one pinky finger. 

I also love the adjustable handlebar, because as a taller person it is rare that I find one high enough. 

With lower handlebars, I literally am hunched over while pushing., which is a nightmare.

Car Seat

Graco SnugRide Click Connect

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Having a click-in car seat is an absolute necessity. 

Babies sleep a ton, & the thought of having to wake them up every time you go in and out of the car or stroller is terrifying. 

It also makes it easier when using multiple cars, because you can just buy an additional base rather than a separate car seat for every car. 

It also has an adapter for the B.O.B. stroller where you can just click it in.

Nursing/Car Seat Cover

Milk Snob Car Seat Canopy

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Another multi-purpose item! Yes! 

This nursing cover doubles as a car seat canopy. 

It is incredibly soft, stretchy, easily machine washable and so handy! 

It’s wonderful to shield your little one from the sun, crowds of people and also works great as a nursing cover!

Stroller Hook

The Original Mommy Hook

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This hook is awesome on your stroller for carrying your purse, shopping bags, groceries, you name it!

Crib

Graco 5-in-1 convertible crib

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I think it’s pretty obvious that you will need a crib. 

However, if you can get a quality convertible crib it will save you from having to buy a toddler bed down the road! 

Graco is a great brand, and this crib is pretty amazing.

Crib Sheets

AmazonBasics Fitted Crib Sheet

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Soft and comfortable crib sheets are harder to find than you think! 

These ones are the perfect shade of light blue or navy blue, have a ton of other colors to choose from, and are INCREDIBLY soft! 

Oh, and they are dirt cheap. WINNING!

Diapers

DiaperDabbler.com

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There are so many different kinds of diapers to choose from, and everyone has a different preference! 

I truly feel that it varies from kid to kid. 

You really need to just test out different kinds and find out which ones work best for your child. 

That is why the diaper dabbler is so AMAZING! 

You get a variety pack of all different brands that range from eco-friendly to store brand, etc. 

You get an affordable pack of different brands to help you test out which one works best for you. Absolutely GENIUS!

Sleepers

Carters Sleep & Play

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Zip-up sleepers are key. Nobody wants to be buttoning a million buttons in the middle of the night, only to realize that you missed one and have to start all over. 

Zippers are the way to go. Trust me. Carters is my favorite brand for these, affordable and high quality.

Changing Table

Wayfair Delta 6-drawer dresser  /  Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

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My favorite is the Wayfair Delta. It is extremely high quality, perfect height and very durable. 

The more affordable version we also enjoyed was using an Ikea dresser and turning it into a changing table. 

It was also the perfect height and has very large drawers. Both are quality options.

Changing Pad

Keekaroo Peanut Changer

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This changing pad is the best of the best. It is a firm foam-like material that is soft and comfortable without needing a changing pad cover. 

This makes it extremely easy to clean with a simple wipe down, rather than having to constantly be washing a fabric changing pad cover. 

Definitely worth it.

Diaper Caddy

Baby Diaper Caddy Organizer

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A diaper caddy is great to have on your changing table to hold all of the diaper changing essentials.

 It can also be used on the go, easy to grab and have everything you need in one place. Great for bringing in the car or even on trips. 

It’s also really cute and looks great on your changing table.

Nail Clippers

Summer Infant Nail Clipper Set

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Baby nails grow extremely fast! In the beginning, they’re so thin you can just peel them off. 

Soon after you will need to trim them though. These ones are safe and easy to use.

Crib Bumper

BreathableBaby Mesh Crib Bumper

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Crib bumpers are not safe if you’re using the old school kind. DO NOT use a regular crib bumper. 

It is linked to SIDS and does not allow proper air flow. I do, however, recommend a mesh crib bumper. These are safe. 

It only took one time where I heard my daughter screaming bloody murder as I rushed in and saw her poor little leg stuck in between the panels of her crib. 

That second I purchased this mesh crib bumper on Amazon & never looked back.

Bottles

Dr. Browns Option Bottle

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Bottles are obviously an important item, and these are by far my favorite. 

They have a vent system that reduces gas and helps with digestion.

 A gassy baby is a fussy baby, so avoiding this as much as possible is key!

Bottle Warmer

Dr. Browns Deluxe Bottle Warmer

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Initially, I didn’t think this would be necessary. 

That changed quickly after a few middle-of-the-night trips to the kitchen half asleep struggling to heat up a bottle to the right temperature without using a microwave. 

I quickly realized the bottle warmer was completely necessary.

Bottle Drying Rack

Boon Grass Drying Rack

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As a new mom, you will be cleaning bottles left and right. 

Sometimes I feel like I am cleaning bottles all day long. With this, comes the need for a drying rack of course! 

This one is super cute and works like a charm!

Bottle Brush

Dr. Browns Bottle Brush Cleaner

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Speaking of cleaning bottles all day, this bottle brush makes it much easier to do so! 

It is made specifically for these bottles and makes cleaning bottles a breeze.

Wipes

Kirkland Brand Baby Wipes

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Wipes. Another no-brainer. We have tried a ton of different kinds and ended up using the Kirkland Brand.

There are a few brands that are terrible, and a ton that are great!

These are great, they don’t break apart (*cough* Huggies *cough*) and are very affordable.

Tylenol

Infants Tylenol Oral Suspension

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Once your baby starts cutting teeth, this stuff will be your best friend. 

This works wonders on helping them with the pain. 

It’s also nice to have after vaccines in case they develop a fever or have any pain at the injection site. 

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a baby in pain, so be sure to stock up on this stuff!! (And obviously follow the advice of your pediatrician for dosage.)

Gas Drops

Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops

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Early on, their digestive tracts are not fully developed. 

They are not as efficient at processing and digesting and in turn, will have gas. 

Depending on their moms diet and the amount of air they take in during feedings, that can range from a little gas up to severe painful gas. 

These drops are amazing, and start working within minutes! I always have some on hand just in case!

Thermometer

Metene Forehead and Ear Thermometer

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A thermometer is an absolute essential, but let’s be real. 

No sick baby is letting you put a thermometer under their tongue, in their armpit or worse. 

Save yourself the battle and use a forehead thermometer. 

They work great and can even be used while they’re sleeping for those nights when you need to keep a close eye on them without waking them up.

Diaper Rash Cream

Desitin Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Paste

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