Monday, November 23, 2015

Mommy Monday - Baby Essentials - Month One

Those first few weeks home with baby were extremely overwhelming and confusing.  They were a complete trial and error period, as is almost everyday, but here are ten items that helped us make it through those stressful days and helped us keep some of our sanity.

1. Munchkin Nursery Projector Sound System  - So far we have only used this as a white noise machine. Mairead does not stay asleep very long unless there is white noise on.  We have tried a few different ones and this one was the only one that worked for us. 

2. Boppy Nursing Pillow - I love my boppy.  It really supports my back so I don't need to bend down when nursing.  Also, in months 2 and 3, we used it to prop her up, which she loves.

3. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets - Love these blankets, these were our closest attempts at swaddling, but we loved them as an extra layer over the Halo swaddles and perfect to use a car seat blanket.  They are nice and light so you  can throw them in the diaper bag.

4. Ubbi Diaper Pail - Looks great in the room, keeps the smell contained, and uses regular garbage bags instead of having to pay for special ones.

5. Best Chairs Inc Kersey Swivel Glider Recliner - My husband and my mom can tell you how indecisive I was about purchasing this, but this was the best decision ever.  We chose a different fabric than the one above, and it looks amazing in the nursery.  Also, this chair glides, swivels and reclines.  We have each spent quite a few nights in this chair already and it is super comfortable.  Love it!

6. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle - Swaddling is difficult, especially when every nurse in the hospital showed us a different way to do it "best."  These swaddles are so much easier, just put her inside, zip and use the velcro to wrap baby up and keep them in there.  And my favorite part is that they zip down instead up, making those middle of the night diaper changes much easier!

7. Fisher Price Rock 'n Glide Soother - God Send! She loves the rocking motion of the seat off the base, it helps calm her down and fall asleep.  Only thing that would work for a while.

8. So That's What They're For - Breastfeeding Bible, it has lots of great advice and answered so many of my breastfeeding questions in the first few weeks.

9. Graco Pack 'n Play - This pack 'n play helped us get through those first early days.  I would put baby in the Newborn Napper next to us in the living room after she fell asleep or in the bathroom while I showered.  The mobile kept her pretty occupied for a while. 

10. The Baby Book - My go-to every time I had a simple silly question or couldn't remember how many wet diapers she was supposed to have in a day.

What items did you find as a necessity in those first few weeks? 

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