These are items we’ve found useful in raising Luke.

  • We’ve had good experience with these – no leakage in 6 months
Kitchen items
  • Spoons for feeding solid foods
  • Containers for freezing pre-prepared baby foods
  • Bib keeps baby clean
Teething Toys
  • Teeth come in about 5-6 months
  • Chewing on hard rings helps relieve pain
More Teething-Useful Toys
  • Not primarily for teething but the baby can use these for teething comfort
Exercise equipment
  • These can help the baby learn to walk
  • Placing the music keypad under the bumper jumper makes it more stimulating for the baby
  • Safe and comfortable places for the baby to sit, lie, or rest
Play Equipment
  • It’s helpful to have multiple play stations and move the baby between them to avoid boredom
Clothing – Sleep Sacks
  • These are most useful at night
Clothing – Day Use
  • These are cotton, comfortable to wear and easy to put on and off
Diaper Changing
  • Washable changing cloth is a good surface for diaper changing
  • Vaseline on diaper and baby powder on the baby’s bottom can help prevent diaper rash
Wash Cloths & Swaddle Blankets
  • Wash cloths clean drool or spilled milk
  • Swaddle blankets are light all-purpose coverings and play cloths
Feeding – bottles and nipples
  • NUK bottles are light and easy to hold
  • NUK nipples have a ventilation hole that helps prevent gas; change from slow to medium to fast flow as baby grows
  • Avent bottles accept NUK nipples
Bottle and nipple cleaning
  • We use bottles no more than 8 hours, then wash in hot water and soap, then boil to sterilize them
  • Drying rack is very convenient
  • Favored commercial formulas: Enfamil Newborn, Similac Advance, Gerber Gentle Good Start
  • We alternate formulas
  • Vitamins A, D, and C are crucial for infant growth and are probably too low in both formula and most mothers’ milk
  • For formula only, vinegar (for acetic acid) and fish sauce (for nucleotides) can help make up for deficient levels of oligosaccharides (fiber for gut bacteria)
  • Designed by age — 0-6 months and 6-18 months
Car Seat & Stroller; Carrier
  • Car seat is essential first purchase to bring baby home from hospital
  • Convenient to be able to mount car seat on stroller – in this case, a jogging stroller
  • BabyBjorn carrier has worked well for us
  • Luke loves to bathe
  • Virtually no drowning risk, comfortable and fun to play in
Flooring/Mat (educational)
  • A soft durable mat on which to sit; removable letters and numbers to play with
Educational Toys
  • Learn physical coordination and other early age skills
Musical Instruments
  • For musical toddlers
  • We recommend minimalist shoes at all ages
Board books
  • Physical play toys as well as introductions to reading

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  1. I am so confused why you are promoting formula use. If you had to use formula with your son (not familiar with the circumstances), I’m so surprised that you used run-of-the-mill formula and not home-made or at least organic. I feel like you’re just trying to sell stuff from your Amazon link!

    • Just to add, I am a big fan, but am totally giving the side eye at this!

    • Hi Heather,

      Breast milk is better, but not everyone can produce enough. It’s not easy to make your own, and not necessarily as good – the WAPF formula for instance has too much protein, which is hard to avoid in food-based formulas. These are the best commercial formulas we could find, in terms of mimicking the composition of breast milk, which is what we are after.

  2. H Paul,
    With having your new baby who by this time must have started solid foods, would you mind sharing your babies weaning diet please. What foods you introduced to him first etc..
    Would love to hear how you implement phd in babies 🙂

    • Hi Claire,

      Great idea for a blog post, we’ll do that.

      Best, Paul

      • Paul, when doing the blog post on baby weaning, any chance you could address wheat/gluten please. Apparently there is a study/ies showing that if tiny amounts of gluten are given to babies at the right time it could help them be more resilient to the negative effects of gluten later in life. I would have thought that gluten should be the last food introduced if at all but based on this study I heard via Dr Tom O’Bryan perhaps small exposure could be useful?

  3. Wonderful! thank you.

  4. Can you please explain why you don’t recommend an organic formula? I thought these brands contained harmful chemicals and the negatives of non-organic dairy… Thanks!

  5. Is there a reason to specifically use rice vinegar, as apposed to another kind, e.g. ACV? Also, how much do you recommend?

  6. Jeannie Manthe

    You already have the perfect healthy diet for your son = mother’s milk. Formula wreaks havoc to one’s gut. If not mother’s own milk, then donor milk. Formula use is not w/o risk. And, if there is an issue with supply, contact a knowledgeable ICBLC to help. There are many undiagnosed issues with baby or mom that can greatly impact supply. Keep searching for the person who can help you. There are many!

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