It’s been 2 1/2 years since I had a newborn baby, but I remember well those early days, along with the things that helped make life easier during such a big life change. One aspect of having a newborn that I wasn’t expecting was the extreme anxiety I had pretty much Juliet’s entire first year. It might have been postpartum anxiety, and looking back on it now I realize I should have sought help for it. Definitely therapy of some kind. But I didn’t realize what was going on at the time and just powered through it. The anxiety wasn’t really debilitating and I had so much happiness and joy with being a momma for the first time. I really loved it. So the anxiety was something I thought came along with the territory. Only later did I realize that my anxiety was on the extreme side.

I never could have gotten through those first few months (or first couple years actually) without our video monitor. It helped ease my anxiety and while Erik wasn’t a fan of the glare of light coming from the video screen at night, it allowed me to get better sleep and prevented me from going into Juliet’s nursery to check on her every hour.

I know now that my case of anxiety was a bit extreme, but anxious or not, I think having the peace of mind to see your baby when she’s not in the same room of you is invaluable.


I had the opportunity to receive and review this Motorola Video Baby Monitor, I’ve been using it for about a month now and am a huge fan. More details on the benefits of the monitor are below.


Without a video monitor, you can find me peeking into Juliet’s room to check on her while she naps. This drives Erik crazy as he always worries that I will wake her up. When she was a baby, this was definitely the case, but she’s a much heavier sleeper now.


Crystal clear viewing of your little one


newborn must haves use

I put together a list of items I think are must haves for the newborn phase. Of course, this is based on my experience and all babies are different so what worked for me may not work for you. But I have heard these products recommended by many new moms so there is a good chance you will find something on this list that resonates. All of these products would be great additions to your baby registry.

1. Not surprisingly, a video monitor is up there on my top must-haves for newborns. This Motorola Digital Baby Monitor has so many awesome benefits. I had a different brand baby video monitor for Juliet’s first year and a half and it was no where nearly as great as this Motorola. Plus it totally broke after just 18 months, which was a huge bummer.

This Motorola monitor provides super clear sight and sound of your little one. It has two-way communication and a full color LCD screen. Plus, you can remotely pan, tilt and zoom the camera. Another feature I love is the room temperature display to make sure it’s not too hot or cold in the baby’s room.

When our second baby girl is born in January we will be sure to get another camera, this monitor allows for up to 4 cameras and you can scan back and forth between rooms.

2. I love Bambino Land organic swaddling blankets. They are soft (and get softer when you wash) andsuper  versatile. We used them for swaddlers, stroller covers, nursing covers, etc. Juliet still uses them.

3. We are huge fans of Honest products in our house and have been using them since she was about 6 months old. Our favorites are the lotion and shampoo/body wash. You can get the products on their website and they are also carried at Target. We plan to use their diapers for baby #2.

4. The Rock n Play is also in our top must-haves. Juliet slept great in this for about 4 months. We didn’t get one until she was 4 weeks and that night she slept for almost 5 hours straight, which was the longest stint of sleep she’d had by at least a couple hours. We were hooked. The Rock n Play was also a great place for her to lounge when I was in the shower, cooking, etc.

5. I am a huge fan of baby wearing and wore Juliet until she was a little over two years old. The Moby Wrap is perfect for newborns as it allows for super close snuggly wearing. It was our go-to wrap until Juliet was about 5 months. The Moby takes a bit of practice to put on, I had a lactation consultant show me how to tie it and place Juliet in it and after that it was smooth sailing.

6. Pumping helped my milk come in when Juliet was born a bit early at 36 weeks. I pumped every single day for a little over a year. I can’t say I really enjoy pumping (who does?) but it helped me build a freezer stash which was nice. And this particular Medela Freestyle pump is awesome because it is battery chargeable, you don’t have to be plugged in to use it.

What products were your favorite in those early newborn months? Please comment and share.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.