Archive for 'Newborn Necessities'
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nurse, I am just a mom and a newborn photographer who has learned a lot of things a long the way. The items below are just some of my favorite newborn items.
One thing I know for sure is that there is no ONE way to raise a baby or a child. You have to find what works for you and your family. Being a Mom is HARD WORK and we should all be there to support one another. No matter how you choose to raise your family.
::Stepping off my soapbox::
With out further ado, here are some of my favorite baby items! Don’t see your favorite item listed? Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section!
Medela Freestyle Breast Pump: If you KNOW that you will be nursing/pumping for an extended period of time, this beauty is worth the pennies. If you aren’t sure, you can always RENT a pump from the hospital. They are all sterilized and cleaned and you are provided with new personal parts that will touch the milk. Cheaper than making a $300 investment if you are not sure what route you will be taking to feed your baby.
Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads: Ahh, relief.
AVENT Bottles : My favorite bottles so far. And I have tried LOTS….
Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags: Holds more than the Medela Bags and cheaper too. Win-Win situation.
Bottle Warmer: Fast, Easy, and Effective. I don’t know what I did before I owned this because once my kiddos were on bottles it got used 4-5 times a day.
MIlk Storage Organizer: Judge me all you want, but this little baby is possibly my favorite baby gadget. Organizes all the bags of milk inyour freezer, oldest to newest and freezes them flat and evenly. Seriously, LOVE.
Medela Quick Steam Bags: Great for sterilizing all those little bottle parts in the middle of the night!
Drying Rack: Compact and does the trick
Feeding Bib: I LOVE this big – Genius! Why didn’t I think of this? There is an absorbent pad that soaks up all the milk that dribbles down their chubby cheeks and double chins.
Angel Care 3-in-1 Monitor: Expensive? Yes. Worth it? YES! Or you can do like me and buy the video monitor and the angel care monitor separately, spend more money and have a cluttered night stand.
Moms On Call: Can’t tell you how much I have loved this program. I LOVE how specific they are, I am a Type A kind of girl, so I love the structure. Not for everyone, all moms have to find what works best for them, but am a huge fan of Moms On Call!
White Noise Machine: The cheaper ones work too, but this had the most pleasing sound to me. It was worth the money considering I listen to 2 of them through the monitors all night, every night.
Miracle Swaddle Blanket: Even baby Houdini will have a hard time getting out of this one.
Changing Pad: This one is awesome, has 3 “bumper” sides to help keep wiggly babies in place and mine is still thick and plush after 2 years of use.
Diapees & Wipees Bags: I love the waterproof ones. I keep a loaded bag in my car, in my purse and in the diaper bag at all times. You don’t want to be caught with out those things! Oh, and isn’t that baby ADORABLE on their website??? wink, wink
Foaming Hand Sanitizer: ’nuff said
Aquaphor: For almost everything
Humidifier: You’re gonna need it.
Nasal Mist Spray: This is much easier to get up their tiny little nostrils than a Saline drip bottle. More effective too, in my opinion. I used this almost every night in the beginning when their little noses are so stuffy from the birthing process.
If you’re brave……THIS really does work amazingly well.
If you’re not so brave….THIS aspirator works great too.
Gripe Water: Don’t ask me how it works, but gets rid of their BAD case of hiccups FAST! And Every time. It’s all-natural magic.
Thermometer: I have never found the forehead or ear thermometers to be very reliable
Baby 411: Easy and concise book to use with lots of information!
Styleberry Log: LOVE. Once again, my Type A is showing, but especially during the first few sleep deprived weeks of being a mom, this really helps to record and illustrate your baby’s eating, sleeping and pooping patterns – which lets face it, is all they do.
ON THE GO
Gerber First Essentials Pacifiers: My FAVORITE pacifier….the ONLY pacifier that my daughter could keep in her mouth. And trust me, I think I bought almost every pacifier out there.
Stroller Hooks: Great for holding your diaper bag, purse or shopping bags
Sling: I didn’t use this all that much with my first baby, but with the second I was quickly running out of hands to hold on to car seats, bags, and run-a-way toddlers. I LOVE this sling. The sholder part is padded, it is adjustable, and it is beautiful. Has saved me more times than I can count!
Baby/Car Mirror: So you can check in on your
screaming sleeping baby.