Every single newborn session I hear the comments “Where did you get that??“ or “We need to buy that!“ And that’s where this post comes into place! In the last 9 years I have had my fair share of testing newborn products and finding the best deals!
Here is a list of my favorite unique items that you should consider purchasing!
1. The BABY SHUSHER!
If you have had your newborn photographed at my studio you already know what this is! This is the one key to a successful sleeping baby! It takes the “shushhhh shushhhh” you would probably repeat over and over again, and packs it into this unique device. You can also adjust the volume and attach to your car seat when on the go!
PROS: Perfect for travel! I swear by this thing! It runs off of a few AA batteries and in the last 6 years I have only had to replace them once. Its one of those items you can trust.
CONS: The only con I have is that it times out. There are two settings: 15 to 30-minute timer. Perhaps this would be enough for at home, but for studio I tend to just reset it a few times during the session.
2. CHANGING TABLE LINER PADS!
Mom of boys here! Yep they always pee as soon as you take that diaper off! When my kids were younger we would literally replace the changing table cover on a daily basis. Who knew they made these liners! (or am I the only one who lives under a rock?) These are not just for boys! I have these at the studio and they have been a life saver for those blow outs from both genders! I highly recommend purchasing these!
PROS: I think they speak for themselves! Being fabric they are also wonderful to place over you travel pad. Those plastic things get cold! MACHINE WASHABLE & DURABLE USE. Hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin
CONS: I never realized these existed until after my kids were out of diapers.
3. BABY WRAPS
Swaddling is the art of snugly wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. It can keep your baby from being disturbed by her own startle reflex, and it can help her stay warm and toasty for the first few days of life until her internal thermostat kicks in. It may even help to calm your baby.
Lets talk wraps! Yes the infamous swaddle! “HOW DO YOU DO IT?” Let me first start off by saying forget the receiving blankets! The type of fabric you need has to stretch!
We offer the newborn wraps at our studio so there is no need to buy any for your session. But for showing purposes I have included the top two images of the girls in these specific wraps found on amazon. I cant go home with you to help you wrap your newborn, but I can give you some amazing product links and teach you at your session how to do it! Just ask!
4. Munchkin Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Pad
Yes laddies, a vibrator! Vibrations help baby to fall asleep – perfect for bedtime, naptime, or to calm a fussy baby. How many of us stand there swinging the car-seat to sooth the baby? Im guilty! Although I enjoy the free arm work out, it gets to be to much. I highly recommend this product! No more dreading long red lights, traffic stops, constant holding! Truly, you will love this!
PROS: The pad easily slips under a crib mattress or bassinet and creates gentle, soothing vibrations to help lull baby to sleep. The convenient portable design even allows you to soothe on the go.
CONS: Although its cord-free, the batteries provide 24+ hours of soothing vibrations. The batteries wont last long. Buy rechargeable batteries!
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5. THE PACIFIER
The PACIFIER! You might already have these amazing mute buttons on your list, but I want to make sure you like really really really have them on your list! These things tend to to run away from you. I like to imagine them as “forkey” from Toy Story – you know the part where he keeps disappearing into the trash.. same concept. You turn around – its gone? Keep a pack in your glove box! Hide them in that stroller pocket you never use! Better yet get an animal attached to it and never dig around your new bundle of (screaming their head off) joy carseat again!
BUY IN BUNDLES! BUY IN BULK! YOU WONT REGRET IT!
I love hearing all the adorable names families use for their baby’s pacifiers!
20 ADORABLE (and out there) PACIFIER NICKNAMES
- Fee Fee
- Nuk / Nookie
- Pip / Pippy
- Soo Soo
What does your family call yours?!