Aiden is now three weeks old! When I was pregnant, I researched what items were necessary for him and which ones weren’t. It’s a very overwhelming process let me tell ya. I hadn’t really been around newborns before, so I was pretty clueless as to what was needed. David and I are fairly minimalistic people, so we didn’t want to buy a ton of stuff that was just going to sit there or duplicate items. With all that said, here are the items I couldn’t have lived without!
This little pillow is so nice to be able to put the baby down when you are sitting on the couch or floor. Aiden loves laying in it too. There are hundreds of devices made to put the baby in when you aren’t holding him or her, but this one is simple, inexpensive, comfortable for them and they can still be right next to you. IT’S NOT MADE FOR SLEEPING IN.
Let’s face it – breastfeeding is awkward at first. The positioning of the baby isn’t the most natural thing (or at least for me it wasn’t). I found myself in some uncomfortable positions in order to get the baby his milk. I learned at the lactation consultant that babies aren’t supposed to be laying flat on their sides when feeding, but this pillow can wedge wherever needed and provide a world more comfort for both mom and baby. I highly suggest getting either one of these or My Brest Friend.
We actually don’t have any of these articles of clothing in his size, but man, I wish we did. I absolutely hate the snappy buttons on baby clothes. The onesies that only have the three buttons at the crouch area are fine, but the ones that you have to button up for the entire thing are very annoying I find. Zipper clothes are much better, but Magnificent baby clothing is made with magnets in them. I have a few outfits in bigger sizes and I can’t wait to wear them. I heard about this brand on the Today’s Show back in the early days of my pregnancy. Just a word of advice from me: don’t buy the outfits that have buttons all the way up!
4. Halo Sleepsack.
Aiden wears this every.single.night to bed. I had bought a couple of them before he was born in various sizes, but the hospital actually gave us a fleece one in newborn size. They are warm and they have velcro that the swaddle part sticks to. I think swaddling is little bit hard and I am a freak and worry endlessly about SIDS and him suffocating on excess fabric. I find this to be the safest way to have them sleep. Aiden really likes it too… They also say that since the leg and feet area is loose, it prevents hip dysplasia which is a worry with swaddling too much.
My mom researched sleepers for a long time and ended up finding this one and it has been perfect. We knew we wanted Aiden within arms length of us for a while after he was born. (They say that’s the safest place for them to be at this age). This sleeper is portable as well, so we drag it all over the house. I like it because it’s at an incline which makes me feel better about him spitting up and SIDS again. It folds up really easily as well.
I used this religiously for about the first 2 weeks and then more sporadically after that to prevent sore and cracked nipples. I never got cracked nipples (this far) which I’m so thankful for! I also used coconut oil in the shower. Coconut oil is anti-fungal so it can prevent thrush too. You don’t just have to use it in the shower either.
These really don’t need an explanation, but trust me, once your milk comes in, you’re going to want something!
8. Breastfeeding/Bathroom App.
I’m not going to lie turning on the app every time Aiden went to the bathroom or needed to be fed was ultra annoying. This is where moms need three hands during feedings. With that said, there is no way you are going to remember all of this especially during the first couple of weeks. If there is a problem, this is the first thing the doctor is going to ask as well, so it’s best to know as accurately as possible how much your baby is eating and how many times per day he/she goes pee and poop. I don’t use it anymore because I kind of know his schedule, but at the beginning, it’s a necessity to write it down.
8. Water Bottle.
You’ll never have been so thirst in your life if you breastfeed. I’m not kidding, I drink so much water and I can’t get enough. Water helps your breast milk come in and be sufficient and helps you heal from labor and delivery among lots of other benefits of drinking water. Take it from me, you’ll feel like crap if you don’t drink enough.
There are obviously other things like diapers, wipes, pacifiers (if you so choose), bottles (if you so choose), blankets, baby-wearing devices and lots of other things that babies need/can use depending on lifestyles.
I have the Moby Wrap and Ergo Baby that I plan on using much more of in the upcoming weeks, so I would suggest those too. I have used the Ergo Baby and I love it. It’s simple and effective. The Moby Wrap is difficult to put on and I haven’t mastered how to use it yet, but I’ve heard great things about it too. We’ll be working on that this week!
What were necessities for you and your baby!?