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Many months ago, when I first began this blog, I wrote a post about newborn must-haves. I stand my by choices. In case you missed this post on the old blog, read below. I'll be adding to the list on Wednesday so tay tuned!
6 Items for the First 3 Months
Swaddling Blankets. Lots of them! I started off with a handful and now have over a dozen. I don’t mean the cozy decorative ones that you can’t even use according to many reliable sources (including the Mayo Clinic) because “Bare is Best.”
I found myself using the swaddling blankets for way more than just swaddling and blanketing- supervised and in an angled sleeper. When I didn’t have a burp cloth handy, I used the swaddling blanket. When I forgot the changing pad that is supposed to be kept in the diaper bag, I laid down a swaddling blanket. When I spilled my coffee in the car, for the 100th time, I cleaned it with a swaddle.
Most of these blankets are soft, absorbent and easily laundered. They are compact enough to keep in various places around the house and cars.
Aiden & Anais. These are la crème de la crème of baby swaddles. They are a bit pricey but are totally worth it. They come in a variety of fabrics (classic muslin, organic cotton, bamboo, Merino wool). I have the classic muslin variety and they hold up like a champ.
A Bedside Sleeper. You do not need to invest in an expensive bassinet. One affordable option recommended to me by a fellow new mom is the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play sleeper. Thanks to the slight angle of the sleeper, it is ideal for all babies including those with reflux. The Rock n’ Play easily folds flat so it is convenient for travel, far more so than the popular pack n’ play.
I only used a sleeper for the first three months so I didn’t want to spend a chunk of money on a bedside sleeper. At between $40- $60, this was a great option.
Good Bubbas. I was warned pre-Madeline that finding the right bottle for your baby can be a game of trial and error. I didn’t find this to be true. I did my research about the best bottles and came up with Dr. Brown’s (2nd to Tomee Tippee). As soon as I began supplementing, Madeline took to Dr. Brown. They refer to themselves as “simply the best baby bottle” for good reason.
Dr. Brown’s come in 3 sizes (Mads started with the 4oz and graduated to the 8oz at about 4mo.), wide neck, glass and in 3 colors. They also have varying nipple sizes to accommodate your baby's drinking speed. At 9 months, Mads is using the #3 nipple.
Even if you think you will solely breastfeed for a while, have a box of bottles on hand just in case. Sometimes Mother Nature has a different agenda.
Nipple Care. Obviously this is specific to your feeding preferences. I found that the most helpful products while attempting to breastfeed were the Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads and a Medela Contact Nipple Shield. These products allowed me to work through the pain and aggravation that can be breastfeeding. The gel pads can be stored in the freezer and used after each breastfeeding to reduce pain and tenderness. I suggest purchasing a couple sets so they are always cold. I wrote a post about the nipple shields during the time I was using them. Check that review out here.
Onesies. Lots and lots of onesies. You will probably receive tons of adorable outfits and no doubt you will find an excuse to put your baby in them. But there is nothing more convenient than a onesie.
Save the cute outfits for when you have visitors or are going in public. Otherwise, onesies are the way to go. If your little nugget is anything like mine, there will be days she/ he will go through 4, 5 or more outfits. Drool and poop stink!
Some of my favorites come from the Gap but if your kid goes through them like mine, I'd suggest loading up on Gerber or Carter's. They pack them in 5-packs for a reason!
A swing. Some people will argue this one. But I have convinced many first-time and even second and third-timers of the value of a good swing.
Yes, babies were raised for thousands of years without the help of a swing. This being said, mothers were carrying their babies a lot more. (I also recommend a good carrier- click here for my recommendations and here to read even more about my favorite, the Moby Wrap) For those of you that want a few free minutes or that want to double an activity piece with a sleeper, get a good swing. Rather than have the pack n’ play or the bassinet in the living room along with a bouncer or swing, simply find a good swing in which the baby can nap comfortably.
Hubs and I put the baby to sleep in her Rockaroo swing every night after her last feeding. This way we feel like we are getting more time with her as he and I spend some quality time alone. She generally sleeps for an hour or two before we move her up to her crib where she spends the rest of the night.
A lot of swings have mobiles or singing/light up devices that capture baby’s attention. When baby isn’t sleeping in the swing it may soothe or at the very least, entertain.
As you all know, I am obsessed with 4MOMS. Since I first reviewed their swing, they have expanded the line. The multi-function Mama-roo is now the price of the Rocka-roo a year ago. It is so worth the $200. I promise. The Mama-roo not only rocks but plays music, attaches to your iPod/iPhone, vibrates and even has a car mode (simulates a car ride).
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I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!