Having a newborn is a tough time for most parents. Especially if you’re a first time parent. There are so many products on the market these days, it’s hard to know what you actually need and can get away without.
As you all know, I love being prepared. Which meant I went a little crazy when building my registry and preparing for Lucy. I registered for multiples of things (carriers, nursing covers and diaper bags) because I couldn’t decide which things would be best for our baby. I was comfortable and felt prepared when Lucy arrived, but looking back I now can see I could have lived without a lot of those things I thought I needed.
However, there were a lot of things that I couldn’t have lived without during those first few months. When you’re in the thick of it, it’s always nice to know you’re fully prepared and ready for anything. Here are some of the things we clung to dearly when Lucy was a newborn:
My Boba Wrap was such a lifesaver in those first few months. She was a bit colicky, so wearing her around the house was usually my only means of silence. We got several carriers and wraps, but the Boba Wrap was my favorite for that newborn time.
The Boppy Pillow is a staple for every new mom’s registry. Not only does it make feeding time easier for you, but it can also transition into a tummy time and sitting pillow as well. We still use ours, 10 months later! Such a good investment!!
The Baby Brezza Formula Maker is pretty ridiculous if you ask me, but I’ve heard from a few moms that they couldn’t live without it. If you choose to not nurse, or aren’t able to, this could save you a lot of time when it comes to preparing bottles.
Milkscreen Alcohol Test Strips are a breastfeeding mom’s best friend! If you’re like me and like to have a glass of wine (or two) some nights, then these test strips are a must have! They’re so easy to use and really take all the guessing work out of deciding if you’re okay to nurse or not. Just saturate the pad, wait 2 minutes, then see if the pad has changed colors or not. (Déjà vu??) If it has, then wait an hour or two to nurse.
Sometimes you can’t always find a quiet place away from everyone to nurse, so having a cover can help make things a little less awkward. I choose one from Nursing Time because I loved the fall colors (Lucy was born in October so it was perfect for the season) and I liked that it doubled as a scarf when not using it as a cover.
The Baby shusher sounds ridiculous, but trust me, it’s a life saver! Most newborns love white noise and calming sounds. The “shhhh” sound has always been a comforting sound for them and most parents will spend hours “shhhing” to calm their baby. This handy little device makes the “shhhing” sound for you, so you don’t have to. It’s got a timer with 2 different settings, 15 or 30 minutes, and adjustable volume so you always have enough “shhhing” power. Studies have shown that babies gravitate towards the males voice for this kind of sound, so naturally the shusher is a soothing, male voice.
The Wubbanub Pacifier buddies are the best. I’m sure you’ve seen these cute little guys around, and little ones just love them! I like them because they’re easier to keep track of and Lucy loves the kitty attached to it. Lucy wouldn’t take this specific type of pacifier the first few months, so don’t buy a whole bunch of them without testing them out on your little one first.
Zutano Booties are little booties that actually stay on your little one’s feet!! We got so many adorable shoes as gifts for Lucy, but sadly we couldn’t really wear any of them because Lucy would just kick them all off and we ended up loosing several shoes. This meant Lucy pretty much lived in her Zutano booties for the first 6 months. They’re soft, durable and machine washable.
Every parent learns how to swaddle, but not everyone learns to do it well. (This girl!) I personally loved the velcro and button swaddles, but the Woombie was by far the best. It was a bit on the expensive side, but it’s super soft, snug and SAFE! What more can you ask for!?
If you prefer the regular swaddles, or just want to have a few on hand anyway, our favorite brand is Little Unicorn. They have the cutest designs and they’re always super soft and cuddly. I love the unique designs they come up with.
The Dockatot is essential if you plan to co-sleep with your newborn. It reinvents the womb and creates a nice, cozy space for baby to sleep next to you in bed. The sides make it safe for baby and creates a little micro-climate to keep them comfortable all night. It can also help make the transition into their crib a little bit easier when the time comes.
The MamaRoo is a swing that’s designed to move just like mom. Not only does it bounce up and down but it also sways side to side, just like you would when soothing your baby. There are so many different, awesome swings, but this is the one I’ve heard most about. (Tip: try looking on Craigslist or other local sites to find it used if you can. Most parents only use swings for a few months, so there is usually a lot on the market!)
The Be on the Sea Activity Mat was one of my favorite things we got on the registry. Lucy spent a lot of time on this adorable little mat those first few months. I liked this one because it’s soft and comfortable cotton mat was perfect for Lucy to practice tummy time. The mat has numerous different textures and features, such as octopus and jelly fish tentacles, a squeezer in the middle and even a fun, little mirror hidden under the turtle. The mat itself is so entertaining, you don’t even need any other toys for tummy time. (They even have a matching Sea Life Tummy Time Toy which is a perfect addition for your activity mat!)
The Zoli Nail Trimmer was very useful in those first few months, and even now. Baby’s nails grow super fast, so you’re always trying to keep them trimmed and filed so they don’t scratch themselves. Nail clippers or scissors can be a little nerve wrecking with a newborn, so this a nice alternative.
Lucy loves bath time and I love using our Honest Shampoo & Body wash and Honest Bubble Bath. It’s all natural, with no harsh chemicals and I love the Apricot Kisses and Lavender scents! They also have several other delicious scents and even a new scent free option.
For the times when you’re baby has diaper rash, use this nifty BabyBum Diaper Cream Applicator for their delicate little bums! And if you’ve got a boy, then you know the real fear of being peed on. Even Lucy’s got me a couple times, but boys are so much worse. I watched my aunt get peed on twice in a row by her grandson. No thank you. Get your pee-wee-teepees and never get peed on again.
Of course I could go on for days about newborn products and must haves, but I won’t. If you’ve got these few things and lots of love, I trust you’ll be okay. What were some of the things you felt you couldn’t have survived those newborn months without? What would you have done differently now looking back? I love hearing from you! Like, comment and share!