The interwebs and googles are filled with millions of blog posts stating exactly what I'm claiming today-- here are the necessities for life with a newborn. I've put together this list with as much honesty as I can with the hope that it will be a help to those of you facing motherhood for the very first time. These things were helpful to me. It doesn't mean that if they aren't helpful to you something is wrong with you. Or me. (wink) But these things, most of them, have been the most helpful items for me with all three of my babies and if I can be of help to a new-to-motherhood woman, well, that's what I want to do. This list is obviously not exhaustive, as I've thought of another thing or two while just writing this paragraph. And so, if you have anything to add to the list that has been helpful to you and your newborn, please do so in the comment section. And allllll the mamas will thank you! And, don't forget to enter the generous giveaway made possible by 4moms! Such a good one!
S l e e p i n g
moses basket (I ordered this one, removed the gingham, and added several layers of cotton batting to the mattress pad.) This basket has form and function. Take it with you upstairs, downstairs, or to the shower. It's light and it's safe. And it's pretty. Did I already mention that? (wink) // Milk + Honey Down Sleep Sack -- to lay your baby down, knowing that she is safe and warm, this is worth every single penny. This product is beautifully made and is such an essential in my book. Granted, I did not have this product with my boys and they are alive and well, but a recent, very close to home incident left me searching for an answer concerning safety for my baby while she sleeps. Mamas, put this on your wish list. // Lavender Essential Oil -- it's the perfect thing to wind down to after a long day of mothering. But, fair warning, your husband will scoot over to kiss you goodnight, stop, look at you half crazed and say, "did you put some smell good stuff behind your ears?" And you'll want to answer him back with a smarty pants comment but you'll already be half asleep! (wink)
N u r s i n g
My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow -- yikes on the name, but man, this pillow is tops. In reality, it probably truly has been my best friend in the having-a-newborn department. Nursing my little ones has been so comfortable and easy with this pillow. (My chiropractor recommends this product as well.) When Graeme was a newborn, I tried propping him up with a bed pillow and then also tried a boppy but neither were as effective, supportive, and comfortable as this nursing pillow. // Lansinoh Lanolin -- I know this item can be controversial, especially for first time mamas-to-be. But, please let me tell you, you sometimes must put your baby's needs ahead of your own preferences. Of course coconut oil is wonderful and all natural and probably my first choice. But when you are cracked and bleeding and the sole provider for your baby's nutrients, you must think outside of the box of all natural preferences. And that's where this product comes in. And, if you are concerned, simply wipe yourself off with a warm washcloth right before nursing your little one. Also of note, ask your nurse before leaving the hospital for an antibiotic cream for nursing. I brought some home after delivering Wren and did indeed have to use it a couple of times. It worked miraculously fast, as in from one feeding to the next. I was grateful because I literally wouldn't have been able to nurse Wren, without passing on blood to her, if it hadn't been for the antibiotic cream. (I also want to encourage any first time mamas out there with this-- I experienced absolutely no pain or set backs with nursing my first baby. I only faced painful nursing with Job and Wren. I am over here wishing you a pain-free experience, that is for sure!)
T h e T i m e s I n B e t w e e n
Natursutten pacifier, order the two pack! Because, inevitably, one will get lost in the middle of the night when you dare not turn on the light and you need to find it right! away! I have to admit, I completely ordered this pacifier for the look. But come to find out? It's Wren's jam. Happy mama and happy baby. // Nose Frida -- I can't say enough good things about this product. When our oldest son was hospitalized with double RSV/pneumonia at the age of eighteen months, the Nose Frida literally saved my sanity and maybe even his life. It is extremely gentle yet effective, much more effective than the typical bulb style syringe. Also, the cleanliness factor compared to that of the bulb syringe is something to note with a capital N. // I hesitated to add the Snap-n-Go stroller to this list because I equally love my Ergo. But in thinking back over the last four months, I think it definitely has earned a spot on this list. With my boys, I owned the Chicco stroller that was part of the car seat set. It was so bulky that I literally used the stroller all of five times in four years. The Snap-n-Go is so light and easy. I would highly recommend it to you. Also, check your local resale shops. Brand new, these strollers are in the $100 range but I snagged mine for $25. Just be sure, if you are buying a specific brand of Snap-n-go that is not matching your brand of car seat, that the stroller is compatible! // Ergo Baby Carrier -- I am sensing an expensive trend here in some of these items that I am suggesting. But, it is true-- we get what we pay for and the Ergo is no different. It will be worth every single penny you spend, in my opinion. I have worn my babies for hours at a time without back pain. It is wonderful! // Aiden + Anais swaddlers -- I have owned the same pack of Aiden + Anais swaddlers since Graeme was born. I really love these because they are light enough to use as burp cloths yet heavy enough to cover the baby if you need. They're light and they breathe and they can even be used as a nursing cover if needed. The fact that they are still running strong after three babes is a true testament to their quality. // 4moms mamaRoo -- my little Wren Margaret takes her afternoon nap in her mamaRoo every.single.day. And she loves it. This, too, is worth every single penny. And the 2015 model, that I'm giving away today!, is so spankin' sharp looking. Sleek and modern and I love that. I love the black interface and the fact that, if I wanted!, I could even operate the mamaRoo from my iPhone. Amazing! (One of my favorite features is the reclining seat. I can lay Wren all the way down or leave her sitting up a bit to watch her brothers. I also love the white noise machine that is built in to the mamaRoo.) Friends and readers, put this mamaRoo on your wish list. You will not regret it!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Sarah Ortega for winning the 4moms mamaRoo! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post with your contact information. A winner will be selected and contacted on Monday, January 26th. An additional entry can be earned by sharing this post on Facebook or Twitter but please acknowledge that in your comment. Happy entering!