How has it already been 8 weeks since Baby A was born?! How is it already almost May?! I have a feeling this year is going to fly by, because the last two months seem to have done that already.

Today I thought I’d share with you some things that we have been loving for baby the past 8 weeks.  While I was pregnant, I loved these lists.  Obviously every baby and situation is different, but I loved reading through these to figure out what to put on my registry, and what things worked for other people. So, in no particular order, here are some of our favorites. (Full disclosure: none of this is sponsored and none of these companies know who I am.  I just wanted to share the products we are loving.  The links below are Amazon affiliate links so I get a few pennies if you buy through those links)

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

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These come in many different varieties.  Ours is the “Diamond Ice” colorway shown above.  We love ours to nap in during the day. (We have a pack and play set up in our room for sleeping at night)  It is really lightweight and folds up easily for storage and portability.  It also has a vibrate function which was very helpful in the early days for keeping her asleep once we put her down.  Added bonus: For the times that you are sleep deprived and feel like you just can’t move another inch, it is very easy to set this within legs reach of wherever you are sitting and easily tap it with your foot to make it rock.

Boon Grass Drying Rack

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I’ll be honest, I registered for this because I thought it looked cool, not because I thought we needed a separate drying rack for our baby feeding related things. However, once we started using it, it proved to be really useful.  We have the Grass drying rack as well as two of the Twig and one of the Stem accessories.  All of the different sizes and spaces actually work really well with all of the bottle and breast pump parts that we use on a daily basis.  With the accessories it can hold a whole lot of parts in a pretty small space.

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle

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I didn’t do much research into bottles other than reading several lists like these, and other blogs of people who have recently had babies. When I was finishing off my registry, I figured I would pick up some bottles just in case.  I went to Target, and was kind of shocked at how many different brands/varieties of bottles there are!  Dr. Brown’s was a brand that I remembered hearing good things about, so I decided to pick up some of those.  I know that different babies have different bottle preferences, so I feel pretty lucky that Baby A liked the Dr. Brown’s bottles right away.  These bottles also claim to help reduce colic, spit up, burping, and gas.  Since we’ve only ever used these bottles I don’t really have anything to compare them to, but we haven’t had many issues with any of those problems, so maybe using those bottles has helped!

SmartNoggin Noggin Stik Developmental Light Rattle

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So, I was hesitant to buy this.  It doesn’t look cute (I don’t think), it isn’t cheap, and uh, it’s just a plastic rattle, right? Well apparently all of the awards that this little rattle has gotten are well worth it because this thing is great.  I don’t know if it is the face drawn on, or the light, or the high contrast patterns that makes it so interesting to her, but this thing does wonders to calm Baby A.  If she is getting cranky, holding it in front of her face gets her attention, I swear she could stare at that thing for hours sometimes.

Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Activity Gym

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I know there are a billion different activity gyms out there, but we love this one.  I think it looks cute, there are lots of different places to hang things, and it is a good size.  Right now Baby A just loves to lay on her back and look at the hanging animals – with the occasional tummy time attempt – but it is large enough that she could roll around a little bit on it, too.

aden + anais Burpy Bib

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These are the best.  They look nice, and they are super functional.  They are also a good size so they are easy to just throw over your shoulder to burp without worrying much about exactly where it lands.  There are cotton and bamboo versions, and while they are both good, the cotton versions are the best.  They are a lot thicker and more absorbent than the bamboo.  I also like that they have snaps so they can be used as bibs when baby gets bigger.

These are just a few of our favorites, and I’m sure they will change as baby changes so stay tuned for more favorites posts! If you have a little one, I’d love to know your favorites, too!