At a baby shower I recently attended, I found myself reminded of those newborn days.
Oh, those newborn days…
Before our baby girl arrived I spent hours trying to prepare for this incredibly life-changing event called motherhood – that you can’t fully be prepared for anyways.
Now I’d like to offer my own personal list of top 10 baby items that I used the most during the first 3 months after bringing home baby – without mentioning diapers and wipes.
1. My Brest Friend
The My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow was a life-saver! I highly recommend it. Here are the reasons why:
- Firstly, the pillow clips around your waist so that you’re “wearing” it. The pillow stays on you so you can focus on baby in case he/she unexpectedly vomits, spits up, or has a diaper explosion during a feeding session, all of which can or will happen.
- Secondly, this wrap-around design offers support in the back of the pillow to facilitate good breast-feeding posture.
- Lastly, it has a firm and flat cushion. It gives baby a solid, yet soft, platform to lay on while feeding.
2. Glider Rocker
Where did all these feeding sessions with the handy-dandy Brest Friend take place? The glider rocker. Basically, if I wasn’t sleeping or eating, I was in the glider rocker.
3. Burp Cloths
Until I had a child I never knew the difference between spit up and throw up. The 6-week growth spurt caught me by surprise when I found myself covered in not just spit up, but throw up as well. Evidently it’s around this time that a baby’s digestive system develops and can cause minor amounts of throw up. It was during that time that I was grateful for the Gerber pre-fold cloth diapers. If you want very absorbent burp cloths then look no further!
For the first 2.5 months, baby slept in a bassinet next to our bed. There’s numerous options for sleeping arrangements, but this worked well for us.
5. Swaddle Sleepsacks
Baby spent most of her time in a Halo Sleepsack Swaddle. After all, newborns sleep a lot.
6. Nursing Pads
Should you choose to breastfeed, these are a necessity in those first few months. I’ve recently switched to the washable fabric kind.
7. Changing Table
I remember seeing this on a list of items you won’t need for baby. Many moms say it’s not a necessity. In fact, I almost didn’t put one on my baby registry! However, I’ve used this All. The. Time.
Maybe it’s because I’m a first-time mom, but I don’t know where else I would change her diaper? I didn’t have any other furniture, like a dresser, that we could turn into a makeshift changing station.
8. Travel System
A travel system is nice since the stroller, car seat, and car seat base can be bought as a package deal – definitely a money-saver. I’ve found this to be an indispensable item. I think it speaks for itself.
9. White Noise
Instead of getting a white noise machine, I downloaded a few songs from a rain and water nature sounds CD on iTunes and kept it playing on repeat 24/7. I found that it helped to have a little background noise, not just for baby to sleep, but also for my own shut-eye.
10. The Happiest Baby on the Block
The wisdom and advice that Dr. Karp offers in his years of experience as a Pediatrician is like gold. Watching this DVD with my husband was a MUST and we used the 5 S’s often!
Of course, his suggestions might not work for every baby, but it’s helpful to be prepared with ideas to try.
The list above includes the must-haves, the game-changers.
Here’s a brief list of items that were convenient to have, but don’t fall under the category of must-haves:
- Baby carrier
- Baby monitor (this was nice as we live in a 2-story house)
- Humidifier (especially if baby gets sick)
- Nose Frida
- Diaper Genie
- Carseat canopy
How about you?
What were the items you couldn’t do without in the first few months with your new bundle of joy?