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Life with The Libbys | Mom & Baby Favorites | First 6 Months

If you're a mom-to-be, I'm sure you've read all the lists and recommendations. What to register for, what not to, what worked, what didn't. And the truth is - it's all so different for each mom & baby. I found it super overwhelming thinking about all the things we needed. But the truth is - you actually NEED very little but there are a lot of things out there that can make your life a little easier.

I'll break down this post by sections because honestly some things we used every single day the first few weeks home, I haven't touched in months. Babies change and grow so freaking fast so if you're able to borrow/rent/or buy anything second hand I definitely recommend looking into it.

This list is not inclusive of all of the items we use/needed but just some top favorites.

For the Hospital:

  • The biggest thing I wish we brought was a velcro sleep sack. The swaddle blankets at the hospital gave me major anxiety because Grey was constantly breaking out of them and I was worried she would get the blanket around her face. Also - bring more than one just in case they spit up and you need an extra. We discovered the Ollie swaddle a little later in our journey but it is definitely the best one we have used and can grow with baby.

  • Robe and Button Up Pajamas for Mom. Comfy, loose fitting, dark colored was the way to go.

  • Hatch light & sound machine. We got these for the nursery and our bedroom and packed one with us. I'm so glad we did. Especially in mom & baby, the nurses are constantly coming in and out of your room. The white noise and little light help block out some of that so you can get a little rest. I didn't bring one, but maybe consider bringing an eye mask too.

For Sleep:

  • We know it's not for everyone but would 10/10 do the Snoo Rental again. Don't forget extra sheets & sleep sacks.

  • Hatch light (great for nightlight and sound machine)

  • Infant optics monitor + stand (we like that it’s not connected to our phone and has a separate monitor)

  • Kyte baby onesies are superior to all onesies.

  • Ollie to double swaddle in snoo and help with transition.

Breastfeeding / Feeding:

House Products:




  • ALL the frida mom stuff

  • Tucks Pads

  • Tylenol & Ibuprofen (sounds stupid but I didn’t have it on hand)

  • Colace & Miralax (you will thank me later)

  • Lived in my LuluLemon align leggings throughout pregnancy & postpartum. So stretchy and didn’t have to size up.

Other Products & Thoughts:

  • Karrie Locher’s Online Classes - SO helpful for covering all the basics

  • Hatch App to keep track of feedings, diapers, weight etc.

  • We don’t use our bottle drying rack because we just put the pump parts/bottles into the sterilizer after washing

  • I would say the bottle warmer is not a “must have” half the time we just warm up in hot water

  • I think I over “nested” by taking everything out of the packaging. There’s some stuff I didn’t use and now I can’t return. It’s very helpful to have everything set up when you get home from the hospital but just be mindful to only take out things you know you will use.

  • Fold over mittens for the early days.

Again this list is not everything we purchased/used for Baby G but wanted to put together some of favorites because we often get asked a lot and this is an easy resource to send to others. If you have any questions or need any more recommendations from a new mom, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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