Guys, I’ll be honest… The 0-3 month stage was HARD for us. River was a relatively easy newborn, as far as newborns go, that is. However, his gassy tummy just continued getting worse and worse as the weeks went by. He cried A LOT. We tried everything that Google, other mamas, and my husband and I could think of, without much relief. Meanwhile, I was also dealing with milk oversupply issues, which, granted, is better than under supply issues, but still can be very painful and hard to manage. So my list of 0-3 month essentials will also include some lifesaver products for us, that may not necessarily apply to you and your baby.
Hopefully, you’ve already read my list of newborn essentials. If not, stop right now and check it out really quick. This 0-3 month list is in addition to what was already listed for newborns because we still used all of those things quite often.
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1. Hanes Baby Socks
Somehow we ended up with sooo many different brands of baby socks. However, the only ones that actually stayed on River’s feet are Hanes ankle grip socks. I wish they had more neutral color options, but regardless, they are amazing for chubby baby feet.
2. Baby Carrier
The Boba wrap was great for when River was really little and sleeping pretty much all the time, like months 1 & 2. However, once he got a little bigger, I preferred the Infantino carrier. I LOVE how secure and cozy he feels in the Boba, but there is so much material to work with, and it can be a pain. We mostly just use the Infantino carrier, especially now that he’s older and likes to look around.
Regardless of which carrier is more your style, I think you definitely need one or the other. I use ours mostly for shopping or when we go to the stock shows to watch my little brother and sister show pigs. It’s so nice to be able to have both hands free, but still be able to hold your baby.
ALSO, I love how baby wearing is a kind of a passive aggressive way to say “don’t touch my baby” in public. Strangers are a little less apt to come touch a baby when their sitting right up next to your boobs, HA!
3. Teething Rings
Although River wasn’t officially teething in months 0-3, he still played with teething rings alllll the time. I especially liked these linkable teething rings because they were easier for him to grasp (and not drop every 2 seconds). Now that he’s older, he can handle the big circular teething rings better, but he was constantly dropping them in the first few months.
4. The Windi
One word: LIFESAVER. If I could recommend one product to any parent of a gassy baby, it would be this. Sadly, I’ve found that not a lot of parents know about this incredible God-send product. The Windi, looks like a little train whistle. You lubricate the smaller end with vaseline, insert it into your baby’s bum (don’t worry, you can’t hurt them with it), and watch the magic happen. It literally releases the pent up air in your baby’s belly within seconds. You’ll definitely want to have a diaper underneath your baby’s bum though because with the release of gas, usually comes poo as well.
I’ve mentioned before that we struggled sooo much with River’s gassy tummy in the beginning, without hardly any relief. We tried Milecon gas drops, Young Living TummyGize oil, Mommy Bliss probiotics, peppermint water, peppermint oil, bicycling his legs, tummy massage, eliminating dairy from my diet… everything we could think of. We were planning our entire day around his gassy belly. I felt so helpless to him during that time.
Eventually we figured out the root cause of his gas and are now able to prevent it, but before that, the Windi was 1 of 2 lifesaving products for us. Even now that we’ve figured out the root cause, we still turn to the Windi at even the slightest sign of a gassy tummy. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
5. Gripe Water
And last, but definitely not least – Gripe water. While it doesn’t work as fast as the Windi, it is still very effective. We relied on gripe water when we were out of the house, when the mess of using the Windi wasn’t very convenient. It amazes me how you can literally hear the gas bubbles working their way down as they swallow the gripe water. It also makes me sad because it sounds so painful. I have no idea how one little body can produce as much gas as River’s did. Poor baby…
Gripe water is also great for getting rid of the hiccups!
Welp, that’s it!
That’s my list of essential 0-3 month products. I don’t think we would have survived months 0-3 without a few of these things.
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