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Can you believe your baby is already 3-months-old?! Where has the time gone? Just yesterday you were taking him home from the hospital at only a few days old!
Being a mom finally doesn’t feel all that odd to you anymore. You think you’ve got it all figured out, and then it hits you! Your kid is growing! He’s learning all new skills that you have to nurture and encourage! There’s all these new products you need to buy! Well, no worries, Mom! I have a list of all the necessary things you need now that your little is 3 months!
(Click here to read my list of 20 Newborn Must-Haves in 2020.)
1. Pacifiers and Bottles
It’s time to throw out all of your baby’s pacis and bottle nipples! There are a number of reasons for this including hygiene and development in your little one.
You should throw out a pacifier as soon as you notice any damage, but manufacturers recommend going ahead and replacing them by 2 months just to be safe. If your baby is still using the same pacis since he was a newborn, it’s time to throw them out if you haven’t by now — It’s okay! I haven’t either! Oops! Your pacifier may also not be age appropriate for your little one anymore. While some pacifier packages say 0-6 months, some packages specifically say 0-3 months. It’s time to go through your pacis and look for 0-6 month or 3+ month pacifiers.
My son loves his WubbaNubs, so I am planning to cut off the pacifier part and and throw them away, then sew up the holes on the stuffed animals and keep them for when he is old enough to play with them. I will be replacing these with new WubbaNubs. Even though some of the WubbaNubs are listed on Amazon as 0-3 months, the WubbaNub manufacturer says they are recommended for 0-6 months. There is no new model of WubbaNub you need to get now that your baby is moving on up! You will, however, need to buy the next size up (3+ months) of the Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier 2-pack or 6-pack if you don’t want your little to have the WubbaNub unsupervised in their crib to avoid the risk of suffocation.
It is also time to buy new bottle nipples. Developmentally, your child is getting ready for a medium flow nipple; packages will be marked “3-6 months.” Throw away all bottle nipples that he has used. You should not save these for a future child. They could already be damaged or close to cracking which could be a hygiene or colic issue for a future baby.
You can either toss the bottles that go with the used nipples, or keep them for back-up, but you should go ahead and buy the next size up. Three-month-olds drink about 5-7 oz of formula per feeding, and the bottles you are using now probably only hold 5 oz.
My son’s favorite bottles are Medela — a high quality, popular brand. It took him a few weeks to get used to them, but his other favorite brand, Parent’s Choice (a very affordable brand), only has slow flow and fast flow.
2. High Chair
Can you believe it? Your little one will be sitting up and eating baby food next month! To do that, you will need a high chair. You will want to go ahead and buy one during month three so when you get the go-ahead from your pediatrician, you and your baby will be ready for action — gross, mashed green pea spitting action.
There are 3 main types of high chairs — the traditional high chair, the clamp-on-seat that connects to the side of a table, and the booster seat high chair; the one you choose depends on your preferences and house/storage size.
As my family lives in a pretty small house, we decided it would be the best fit for us to get a foldable traditional high chair. Our chairs are too short for a booster seat to be comfortable for us to feed my son, Joshua and the idea of my squirmy little one hanging off the side of a table just didn’t sit well with me.
We chose the Graco Table2Table Fold 7-in-1 High Chair for our “tiny home.” I was very impressed with the Graco brand when we bought our stroller, so I knew this was a brand I could trust. I love any product that grows with your child (money I don’t have to spend later). This high chair turns into a booster seat, a seat with a table, and a toddler youth chair. Also, you can sit your toddler in the toddler chair and baby in the booster seat at the same time. My favorite part? It’s foldable! You can easily store it away when it’s not in use. (It comes in three different colors that range from $139-169, so make sure you click on the three color options to choose the best price/color combo for you!)
If you haven’t already, you should soon be seeing signs of your little one trying to sit up on her own. Before you know it, she will hate laying back in her bouncer, crib, or swing and will need something supportive to help her get a better look at the world.
Boppys are recommended to help your infant strengthen her back and neck muscles.
The Boppy is great to start using as soon as your baby first starts trying to sit up. You can prop her up or let her lean back on the Boppy. The pillow is thick and tall enough to make up for your little’s lack of core strength and will help her build it.
The Boppy comes in dozens of different designs, and the covers can be easily removed to be washed in the washing machine (my favorite aspect, of course), so I would recommend buying at least one extra Bobby case so you can still use the Boppy when one cover is in the wash.
4. Sleep Sacks
Around 3-6 months, your baby will be ready to transition out of a swaddle. If your baby can roll over on his own, get completely out of the swaddle, or has started getting very frustrated with the swaddle, it’s time to transition!
So, what’s next for your bundle of joy?
You can either transition to a Sleep Sack or straight into pajamas.
The Halo SleepSack will have the familiar warmth of the swaddle, but your baby’s arms will be free in case he rolls over in his sleep. Halo even makes sleep sacks that wrap snug around your little’s torso to help him feel even more like he is still in the swaddle. The National Sleep Foundation says your baby should be in a SleepSack until he turns 1.
5. Baby Food or Food Processor
Pretty soon, you are going to get the go ahead from your pediatrician to start letting your baby eat baby food — this should be a very interesting experience! If you have not already made the decision about whether or not you want to buy baby food or make your own, you should probably make that decision now.
If you do plan on buying baby food, I encourage you to research the best brands. This will be the first manufactured food (unless your baby has been drinking formula) that will go into your little one’s body. They are not used to manufactured foods like we are, so it is best to make sure you are putting quality, safe, and natural products into your child. There are some great, reputable organic baby food brands out there!
Plum Organics, a certified organic non-GMO brand, was ranked the #1 baby puree in 2020. The Stage 1 Plum Organics (what your baby will start out with) has only 1 ingredient, fruit! It has no artificial preservatives or sweeteners and is unsalted — not to mention kosher. You can buy an 8-pack with 4 different flavors, a 9-pack with 3 different flavors, or an 18-pack with 3 different flavors. The packaging is BPA free which is always a plus for our littles (and for ourselves). And if you’re really into the environment you will be happy to hear that the packaging is recyclable.
If you’re still wanting to be in charge of every ingredient that goes into your little one’s mouth — like this control freak mama right here! — and you have a farmer’s market in the area (or a green thumb), then you have the option of making your own baby food. This really excites me as a mom because I feel like I am nurturing my child in every way possible! I get to change him, cuddle him, love him, and now I get to make his food!
We have the Magic Bullet Baby Bullet food processor for making Joshua’s baby food. I love that it comes with tons of accessories including a mixing bowl, a spatula, separate containers for the refrigerator and freezer which have rotating caps to mark the date, and a recipe book that tells you how to introduce new foods and gives suggestions of which foods to try based on your child’s developmental level! I just love products that manufacturers obviously put parents first when they were creating it, and this is one of those products!
6. 3 Month+ Toys/Teething Toys/Activity Mat
Your baby probably hasn’t shown much interest for toys in the last three months, but that will change before you know it! It’s time to pull out those 3 month toys you got from your baby shower!
Provide your little with some toys that double as teethers as she could very well be sprouting teeth soon. Teething can start anywhere from 2-6 months, but both my son and I started showing early signs of teething at just 1-month-old, so get those teething toys as soon as possible because you don’t want to need them and not have them! Make sure you have teethers that you can freeze and the ones that don’t have to be frozen. Sometimes my son likes the frozen ones and sometimes he doesn’t; babies are pretty persnickety!
You’re baby will be working on learning some important skills this month, so look for toys that light up, make noises, and have bright colors to encourage your baby to reach, grab, put things in her mouth, and practicing rolling and sitting up.
It’s also a wonderful idea to purchase an activity mat! These generally come with colorful, noise-making toys and will help your baby love tummy-time! They also fold up easily for storage, so if you don’t have a lot of room for toys, an activity mat could be an alternative to a bucket full of toys.
The new trend is water mats! It’s just like an activity mat, except it has water in it! Instead of your baby laying on her back to play, she is laying on her tummy moving objects around inside the mat. Unlike an activity mat that generally has the toys above her, this mat encourages crawling and helps her use muscles she wouldn’t be using while laying on her back. They also tend to be more affordable than activity mats.
7. Activity Center
Pretty soon, your sweetheart will be holding up his head on his own (around 4 months), and when he does, it’s time to upgrade to an activity center! I know my son is more than ready to get out of his bouncer and have some activities to do! Activity centers come in every kind of variety you could imagine — bouncing, spinning, wobbling, stationary — the options are endless! Your choice in activity center ultimately comes down to space in your home, how much you’re willing to pay, and the kind of activities you think you little will enjoy the most. You’ve been around him for 3 months now, you have some idea of what toys and activities he likes and doesn’t like.
Time sure has flown since you brought your baby home! I know you’re looking back and thinking how far you have come as a mother and how much your baby has learned in just 3 short months! I pray this next chapter of your infant’s life goes as smoothly as it can, and, in the trying moments, you stop and take the time to appreciate how small and precious this gift is.
You’ve got this, Mom!