Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Newborn Must Haves



Diapers, swaddles, toys, bouncers, car seats, and the list goes on and on. Having a new born takes a lot of planning and preparing. Between what diapers to use or whether your baby is going to be breast fed or formula fed. That is why there are so many baby products on the market today. Every family is different in what is best for them. 

With the baby product market expanding daily mom and dads are sear
ching for opinions on which products are necessities and which ones are a total waste of money.

I have made it thru the newborn stage twice now and think I have found the perfect, but minimalistic list of the MUST HAVES to make life with your newborn easier. 

Keep in mind this is just one momma's opinion. I searched the internet for hours doing research and bought suggested products that others loved and I hated them. It really is just a guessing game on what your new born will need or like. 

Let's get started! 

1) Haakaa Breast Pump.  I had never heard of this miracle contraption until my second pregnancy. This truly makes the breast feeding experience so much more enjoyable. Honestly, I received more milk from this with my let down then I did with my breast pump. It is affordable and such a simple addition to your diaper bag. 

https://www.amazon.com/Bumblebee-Breastfeeding-Breastpump-Silicone-Phthalate/dp/B07F5BL3MN/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=haka+pump&qid=1573148255&sr=8-7

2) Gripe Water. I swore by this my first child and it continues to be a staple with this child as well. It helps with upset tummy, hiccups colic and overall fussiness. 

3) Probiotic Drops. In addition to the gripe water we added in these drops daily with our second. We have had no colic problems and very minimal tummy issues, I would say that this is a must have to keep your new born happy. 

https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Soothe-Baby-Probiotic-Colic/dp/B06XDPGCMN/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1V8ETL2U5UTR&keywords=gerber+probiotic+drops&qid=1573149401&sprefix=gerber+probitic+%2Caps%2C288&sr=8-4

4) Nose Frida. I am not going to lie I was scared of this one when I first purchased it. However, the ones they give you from the hospital disgust me, there is no way to clean it. Gross. This is really easy to use and gives your baby such relief from a stuffy nose. No worries, there is a filter that stops all the gunk. 

5) Rock n' Play. Another item that I swear by. Really any type of swing. However, this one has been my favorite. Both of our girls refused to sleep in the bassinet the first couple months. While many might not approve of letting your new born sleep in a swing I love it. They sleep soundly for almost 7 hours in the swing, making both of us very happy!

6) Doc A Tot. A new addition to this new born season. I purchased ours used as  I was nto sure that they were worth the investment. Well my verdict is while it is a spurge if you can find a used one in good condition it is totally worth it. I love the fact that it is so portable and makes them feel snuggled. 

7) Boppy. This is a no brainer. Not only is this amazing for breast feeding and in my opinion a TOTAL MUST HAVE; it is also an amazing prop for your new born. We love to sit our little girl in this and talk to her. It elevates her just enough and we feel confident walking away. 

8) Zip Sleepers. Game changer for those middle of the night diaper changes. Really any brand will do but having the zipper really makes things so much simpler. You get to the point where you can change the diaper in your sleep. 

9) Water Wipes. I LOVE LOVE these wipes and not sure I will ever use anything else. We were gifted some Huggies and pampers wipes and they are just not the same. I find myself using twice as many wipes for the same job with the other brands. I feel confident that what I am placing on my baby is safe. 

10) Sound Machine. I found this especially useful in the first couple weeks. I had a sound machine with the heart beat option and it was her favorite. Now she likes the lullabies on her swing the best. 
Here is the one I love as it also has a projector feature and is affordable. 


I hope that this list helps you feel a little more prepared for that beautiful new addition. 

xoxo,

Katie

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