Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Dozen Newborn Must-Haves

Now that Evangeline is two weeks old, I thought I'd share with you a few of the products that helped us get through those first days.  A lot of moms have their list of must-haves, and this is mine! I hope all you expectant moms find it helpful.  Those of you who already have little ones, did you find these same items indispensable? Anything you would add?

1. Miracle Blanket. A friend gave us one of these because their child hated it, but for us it's been indispensable! We swaddle Evie only for sleeping, and she sleeps so much better when she's all snuggled up in the miracle blanket.

2. Medela Pump In Style Breast Pump.  Any breastfeeding moms planning to go back to work, or leave baby for an evening out should definitely invest in a good breast pump.  This one is pricey, but it's been so helpful for me.  I've been pumping since the day we got home from the hospital to make sure Evie will have enough for when I go back to work.

3. Onesies.  Friends and family love to buy baby girls the sweetest little outfits, and while we love those for church and any time we go out, nothing beats onesies for hanging around the house.  And now with Evie guzzling milk every hour, we change onesies two or three times a day anyway.  I'd recommend having both newborn and 0-3 month sizes on hand.  For the first two weeks, newborn size onesies were the only thing that fit her tiny 6 lb. body!

4. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets.  These are one of the most used baby gifts I received.  They are very big, but super thin, so they're great for Arizona summers.  They work really well for throwing over the car seat so the sun doesn't get in her eyes, swaddling, etc.  We love them!

5. Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter. Awkward name, great product!  Breastfeeding moms, I really recommend getting this product and applying it after every.single.feeding. Don't skip applying this after a feeding and your nipples won't feel like they were attacked by tiny razor blades.

6. Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea.  This tea is supposed to help with milk production.  I don't know if it actually works, but I drank it the morning Evie was born, and have had a cup or two every day since, and I never had any issues with my milk production.  I like the taste, too!

7. Hats. Nothing fancy needed here...we just used the hats the hospital gave us.  New babies lose so much of their heat through their heads, so we kept a hat on Evie when sleeping. They're super cute too!

8. Gripe water. The first night Evie had painful gas, I was nearly in tears.  Kemi's mom made us Nigerian food for dinner, AND friends brought us Thai food! It didn't occur to me that eating spicy food might affect my breastmilk.  I sent Kemi and his mom to the drugstore for gripe water, and five minutes after taking it, Evie was sound asleep.  I'd recommend new moms have some on hand, just in case!

9. Boppy Newborn Lounger. A friend lent us this, and for the first two weeks, this was the only place Evie would sleep besides in our arms.

10. Infant socks. Nothing fancy, but baby feet get cold fast, so we almost always have Evie in socks.

11. Boppy Nursing Pillow. The first few days, it's hard to breastfeed without pillows piled up under you.  It doesn't even really have to be a special nursing pillow, just any pillows.

12. Gowns.  We got these from Baby Gap and love them.  They have built in mittens to cover baby's hands for sleeping. Newborn nails are so thin and sharp, and they grab their face all the time.  It's so nice to have a gown for late-night diaper changes, instead of messing with a bunch of snaps on the onesies.

That's it! Hopefully all you expectant moms find this list helpful!

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