These two things I love for the car seat. The cover is great because not only does it keep him warm, but it keeps people from getting too close or touching him. It has been on his seat since the hospital and we haven't taken it off. The sheep attaches to the car seat and plays calming sounds. It puts him right to sleep.
These are the things I love for feeding. My Breast Friend pillow is the best thing ever made. It is so much better than the Boppy for feeding. It gives me back support and offers a straight shelf for Logan to rest on instead of the curved top of the Boppy, which doesn't support him. We are having Logan take one bottle a day, and he seems to really like the Dr. Brown's wide neck bottles. He hasn't had any trouble going between breast and bottle. I like the wide neck, because it really makes him open his mouth like when on the breast.
These four items are our essential sleeping items. Since Logan has been napping in his crib, we have been using this awesome color day and night video monitor. It is so awesome to be able to look at him and get peace of mind that everything is okay. It's so cool that it even works at night in the dark. The next two items kind of go together. Logan loves to be swaddled! He has a hard time falling asleep if he is not swaddled because he wiggles and wakes himself up. These swaddles are great because you can get them swaddled very quickly and it keeps their arms down so they can't break free of the swaddle. When we put him down, we use the sleep positioner. Not only is it for safety, to keep him on his back and in the middle of the crib or bassinet, but it also keeps him snug. I am so paranoid about SIDS, and this helps insure that he stays on his back...Remember..."Back to Sleep".
These last to things are great during the occasional times that Logan gets fussy. The hospital started us on these pacifiers, which can only be ordered from Australia! Logan loves them. I bought several different kinds before he was born, and he won't take them. He has to have his Gumdrop paci. The second thing that works like a charm when he is fussy is the sling. It is also really helpful for Mommy because I can still hold him very close to me, but it allows me to have two free hands.