Baby girl is almost 6 months old now so I’ve decided its time to post some newborn recommendations. These items are pretty much things I really liked that I didn’t see on most other posts. These things might not be for everyone but they were really helpful for me.
These recommendations are in no particular order:
1. Receiving blankets:
I really like the aden® by aden + anais® Muslin swaddleplus® Blankets because they are large and breathable. I used these for everything. I would fold it up and put it under her head. I used it as a blanket. I used it as a cover when I was breast feeding her. I keep an extra one in my diaper bag just in case and we have some on each floor of our house. I love them!
2. Rock n Play:
I slept so much better when baby girl was born because of the Rock ‘n Play. We kept it on either Josh’s or my side of the bed at various points of her life and it was awesome. When baby girl was a month old we started giving her a paci and so often in the night she would drop it. I could just lean over put it in and rock her a bit to sleep and we were golden. During this time I did tend to go to sleep at the same time she did. I could put her in it fully awake when I went to bed and she’d just fall asleep with me. I will note that my baby is just a sleeper so this may not be the same experience for everyone. Also the link/image below is on the exact rock n play I have because mine is older and was given to me by my sister.
I love the SwaddleMe swaddles for when they are young! We ended up using the swaddle in the Rock ‘n Play and I think that really helped her sleep longer. When we moved her to the crib at 3 months we stopped using the swaddles but thats for another post! For us the small/meduim swaddles were sufficient but our daughter is also on the smaller side.
4. Boob pads/Nursing tank top:
I’m grouping these together but I love them for different reasons. I had a huge leaking problem once my milk came in. Once I leaked through the boob pads twice between feeds and I was feeding her every 2 hours. They also have Disposable Nursing Pads which I ended up using at night with the reusable ones because I was leaking so much. During the day I mostly opted for the reusable ones so I didn’t feel as wasteful. I also love having nursing tank tops. Sometimes I just hang out around the house in them when its hot. Its really nice for if I’m going to be feeding her around other people because then I’m not showing as much skin. If I wear it under a regular shirt and then just lift up my shirt to feed her it works really well. The only downside is in the summer when its really hot I get extra sweaty from wearing two shirts.
5. Comfy Chair:
When baby girl was really little some of her feedings would last forever like an hour. In her nursery we had Ikea Poang Chair which works okay. But honestly in the 0-3 month stage I wish I had a better chair in her room for night time feedings. At that point she was just general not great at feedings which didn’t help. Now at 5 months I can feed her in the same chair and it’s fine but those feedings are generally short only 5-15 minutes.
6. Small Blanket for car seat:
If you have a baby born during the colder months I highly recommend a small blanket for in the car seat. My aunt made us two and they are about 14 in by 19 in. I typically would fold them in half and they were the perfect size to cover her but not too big.
You’ve probably heard this before but we love our swings. We actually have two. One upstairs in the den and one downstairs in the family room. I do recommend having something in any room your going to be spending any time in for two reason. First its nice to have a safe place to put them down if you need to do something quick. Second if they happen to fall asleep in your arms I’ve found it easier to transfer her somewhere close to finish her snooze then to have to take her upstairs to her crib or something. If you don’t want two swings thats fine but I do recommend something. At least one of them has the vibrating and music option but we never used either of them.
8. Changing table everywhere:
For people who only have one floor this is not necessary but I wanted to have a changing table on both floors of our house. Now you might say thats super expensive but one we got from my sister (my brother-in-law made it) and the other I bought from someone at work for like $50 so it wasn’t so bad. I like having the full changing table in both places because there is room for baby storage but honestly just having a designated place to change them is probably fine. Also which might be excessive is that I got two Baby Trend Diaper Champ Deluxe to go by each of the diaper pails. I didn’t really want to put dirty diapers straight in our regular trash so I just went ahead and got two.
You might find that some of these newborn recommendations are helpful for you or have other ones you just love. Leave a comment for your newborn recommendation I may have forgotten one that I actually love!
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