I've decided to kick things off by starting at the beginning.
|Barker's Nursery Before He Came Home|
With the exception of when we traveled for the holidays, Barker hung out in here quite a bit those first few months. It kept him happy and out of the way of the dog. Also, as great place to keep him contained but able to look around while Mommy tried to get things done around the house. Naturally, he took most of his naps in the swing until we transitioned to the crib at 3 months.
Most people probably do not have a hammock, but I highly recommend one like ours that hangs from the ceiling. Ours is outside while we are in FL, but I think I'll want it inside if we every move up North. I've read that a lot of Moms use excercise balls to bounce their babies and get them to calm down. The hammock was my go to spot. The way you sit in it, it becomes nearly impossible for baby to fall out. It's a perfect swing/rocker, and a good little change of pace. We still love our hammock time, especially for reading. =)
The swaddle was the perfect thing to keep Barker warm and cozy as he slept in his bare bed. It also kept him from waving an arm and waking himself up. As he got older he started to sleep with his arms out, and now he has a sleep sack. But I think it is the perfect cozy clue that it is time for sleeping, and I like that it keeps him warm like a blanket.
5. Diaper Bag/Purse combo
8.Video Baby Monitor
7. Nursing Tank Tops
When you're nursing a newborn every 2-3hours for 30minutes+ at a time, comfort and ease is key.
Honorable Mentions: boppie, burp cloths (Barker spit up a LOT), pacifiers, changing table liners, mittens, baby play mat/floor gym
And of course, tons of diapers, wipes, and love. =)