Congrats, Mamas! You’ve survived the fourth trimester of postpartum pains and raging hormones and frozen casseroles. In my book, here’s where we start to have some fun, yes? (Hint: Speaking of fun, tune into the very end of this post for an amazing giveaway I just know you’ll enjoy!)

For me, the three-month mark was an incredible milestone. My daughter was interacting more (while my breasts were leaking less!) – smiling and cooing and charming the pants off her father and me. It also meant, however, that she was suddenly so mobile, rolling and lifting and reaching and – eventually at six months – crawling. Eek!

Suddenly my essential toolkit just wasn’t going to cut it. I needed reinforcements – and fast. Lucky for you, I’ve been documenting my purchases regularly, noting which products made my baby squeal with delight and what made her chubby toes curl with disgust. And now that I’m on the other side of the 3-6 month stage, I’m happy to report to you an updated guide: The Essential Toolkit For First-Time Mothers: The 3-6 Month Baby Edition. Like my previous post, each product will include a few different options, because, like their mamas, every baby is different! (Note: Any asterisk* is a product or brand I use – and love! – in my own home.)

Happy shopping, and give that sweet baby of yours a squeeze for me! (And don’t forget to stick around for a surprise giveaway at the bottom of this post!):




1. Seating

Now that your baby’s no longer a newborn, why not gift him/her with a bit of independence – their own seat? Bouncers are a great way to keep baby happy and occupied while you’re cooking dinner, folding laundry or answering emails.
What To Try: BABYBJÖRN Babysitter Balance ($199.95) or bloom Coco Lounger* ($200)




2. Criboeufrheacribbirch

Your baby has probably already outgrown his/her bassinet, but if not, it might be time for your little one to transition to a crib and start to develop a sleep schedule that works for the whole family.

What To Try: Oeuf* Rhea Crib ($670) or Stokke Sleepi Crib ($800) or bloom Papa Crib ($700)






3. Bath Tub

Gone are the days of sponge baths in the kitchen sink; once your baby can sit up and reach out, bath time can get a bit more tricky!
What To Try: The Puj Tub* ($44.99) or boon Naked Collapsible Bathtub ($60)








4. Swaddle Blankets


Swaddling blankets are the great multitasking product of babyhood, transitioning from swaddles to playmats to stroller blankets to burp cloths and even nursing covers!

What To Try: Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddles* ($49.95) or Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Swaddling Blanket ($38) or Swaddle Designs Swaddle Duo ($38)






5. Stroller
If your baby is already sitting up, stroller rides just got infinitely more fun! Now might be a great time to switch out your travel system for a stroller that lets your baby face outward and explore the sights and sounds this big world has to offer.

What To Try: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller ($349.99) or UPPAbaby 2013 G-Luxe Stoller ($229.99) or phil and teds Navigator Stroller ($499.99)





6. Mobile

Whether you’re attempting to soothe an infant to sleep or are looking for a distraction for the baby who loves to fight diaper changes, mobiles are great nursery staples to rely on.
What To Try: Flensted Balloon Mobile ($48) or Petit Collage* Up in the Air Bamboo Mobile ($66)




7. Bibs

Whenever you choose to start introducing solids to your baby, bibs are a must-have for those messy little fingers!

What To Try: Aden and Anais Bamboo Burpy Bib* ($12.95) or DwellStudio* Bib & Burp Set ($35)





8. Activity Toys


For stroller rides and car seats, a hanging activity toy is a helpful distraction while you’re focused on getting from  A to B.
What To Try: miYim Organic Bug Stroller Toy* ($11) or Skip Hop Hug & Hide Activity Toy* ($18)






9. Sleep Sacks

When you’re ready to transition from swaddling (or if your baby is starting to break free / roll over), sleep sacks are a wonderful alternative to keep baby tucked in at night for a cozy (and hopefully long!) slumber.

What To Try: Aden and Anais Classic Muslin Sleep Sack* ($32) or Swaddle Designs Wearable Blankets ($32) or Skip Hop Wearable Blankets ($30)






10. Baby Carrier

Quite possibly the most essential item in any new mama toolkit – whatever your baby’s age – is the baby carrier. Perfect for walks, outings, errands and even around-the-house tasks, the baby carrier has been my most-used item for every stage thus far. And today, you lucky things, we’re giving away one of the best baby carriers around – the BABYBJÖRN Miracle Carrier (valued at $189.95!). The adjustable design, ergonomic waist belt and gentle cotton is a life-saving solution for busy mamas and happy babies. (Even better – it grows with your child, so you can face your baby in as a newborn and out as an older baby! Genius.) Simply comment to enter the giveaway below; winner will be drawn via on Wednesday, April 24. Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS TO Anna K – you are our winner via! 

Anna K Says: I wish I had the Bjorn carrier with our first, a must for our second baby!

  Please contact us at to claim your prize. 




Erin LoechnerAbout the Author: Erin Loechner began blogging (or web logging / online journaling, if you will) top ten lists and childhood stories in 2001 as a college freshman. Although her love for the medium hasn’t changed, the subject matter has evolved into a small corner of the Internet she uses to collect curiosities and display her findings accordingly. She can be found blogging at Design for Mankind and Design for MiniKind.




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