Ok friends, I by NO means claim to be a pro at this “mommy” thing yet, but its funny how quickly I picked up exactly what needed to be done, how to do it, and the best gear for the job at hand. I did a ton of research on different products during my pregnancy. I really tried to prepare myself when it came to what we were going to “need” for our little one and what would be considered “fluff” stuff. I know there are dozens of posts out there with gear ranging from a completely minimalistic approach to fully stocked nurseries. I like to think we are somewhere in the middle. So… if you are looking for a good mix, here are a few month one newborn favorites that I would consider must-haves, nice-to-haves, and splurges!!!
I started my breakdown with “Month One” because we successfully survived the first 4 weeks with Reagan without any major hiccups. I’ve included links for all the items in the cheapest places I could find them. *NOTE – I did a TON of research when it came to finding the best-quality and cheapest prices on ALL of our baby gear. I HIGHLY recommend starting a Target Baby Registry! I also found that Target and Amazon often have the cheapest prices when it comes to baby supplies and gear. I compared them with Babies R’ Us, Diapers.com, Costco, and Walmart and was surprised/excited to learn that they really do have the best deals. ENJOY and let me know if you have any questions! Again, not an expert, but I will give my honest opinion and thoughts on the products we use on a daily basis. I found that reading about other mommies and their experiences was SOOOOOO incredibly helpful in preparing for my first baby.
Breast Pump – This one is an absolute “must have” in my book. If you’ve read some of my previous posts you know we intended to do breastfeeding for as long as possible and then supplement with pumped breast milk. Well, long story short, things didn’t really work out that way and we ended up doing exclusive pumping. It works for us but I wouldn’t have survived without my amazing Medela InStyle Advanced Breast Pump. I did quite a bit of research on the different models available and concluded that this is one of the best ones on the market. There are definitely some cheaper models available and some pretty spendy ones also. I love that the Medela is durable and its motor will last for thousands of pumping sessions. We considered it to be an investment for multiple babies down the road. And the quality is fantastic for the money you’re spending on it. I opted for the tote bag option and am sooooooo glad I did. Easy access, easy maneuverability, and a quit motor for night sessions were all the features I was looking for in my pump and the Medela has all of them. I am very HAPPY with my pump and consider it to be a “must have” item for sure even if you’re not exclusively pumping like me! I bought mine at Target HERE but it is also available at Amazon for a great price HERE.
Avent Soothie Pacifiers – Pacifiers are another “must have” in my opinion and our use of a pacifier started by accident. Originally we received advice from our lactation consultant, while still in the hospital, to not use a pacifier as they can sometimes cause nipple confusion. So…like many NEW and completely unaware parents we decided to take her advice and forgo the use of a pacifier. Well, like most brand new babies, Miss Reagan did great for our first night in the hospital but really let us have it during night two, which also happened to be our first night home with her. She was crying and screaming and no matter what we attempted to do, she was inconsolable. After the fact, I hear that this is actual quite common because babies finally realize they are not in their mommy’s tummy anymore. In the wee hours of the morning, my fantastic mother-in-law came into our bedroom and offered up some help by using a pacifier. We tried it and she immediately calmed down, thank the Lord, and soon fell into a peaceful sleep. We haven’t looked back and LOVE using a pacifier to soothe and calm her. She has NO nipple or bottle confusion and truly does great with a pacifier. Originally, I started using Natursutten Pacifiers because they were all the rage, all natural, organic blah blah blah. You know the drill with this mommy stuff. Honest opinion, I was super unimpressed and so was Reagan. She hated these pacifiers and at $9 a pop I won’t use them again. We had received a WubbaNub Pacifier as a gift and Reagan immediately took to this type of pacifier. The shape is similar to the type of bottle nipple we use so I think the consistency helps calm her. I immediately went out and bought some Avent Soothie Pacifiers and completely LOVE THEM!!!!! I of course bought the purple and pink ones but the Avent Soothies in teal are also a favorite because they match Reagan’s nursery.
Swaddle Blankets – If you’ve ever been on Pinterest or a Mommy website you’ve probably read about swaddle blankets. Well when we first started talking about having a baby I had absolutely NO idea what a freakin’ swaddle was. No clue what that meant or why you would need one. How quickly things change once you become a parent. Swaddling is probably one of the most amazing and necessary skills we could have learned as new parents. Swaddling up our little Reagan girl was a complete game changer. She instantly becomes quiet. She does turn her head a lot while swaddled because she is so curious about everything happening around her, but overall being swaddled is so calming to her. She loves it and so do we. We received these Aden+Anais Swaddles as a baby gift and just loved them. I love that they have a bit of texture to them so they really stay in place and the little Miss can’t break free. I also purchased some Little Remi Swaddles and we really love them too. While browsing Target.com I completely fell in love with these butterfly and ladybug Aden+Anais Swaddles. So cute!
Boppy Nursing Pillow – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Boppy Nursing Pillow. A hands-down “must have” for anyone!!! It is the number one baby gift for showers and it can be used for everything! We use it multiple times a day and are almost ready to buy another one for my office just to have around as a spare! We use it for naps, tummy time, lounging around, playtime, and for feeding! It is meant to be used as a nursing pillow but we love it for everything. As long as baby is being supervised it is a great hands-free aid for new moms who are still recovering from labor and as a comfortable place for baby to chill in while other “non-baby” life stuff happens. If you haven’t received one as a gift then please go out and buy one today! Your life as a new parent will be so much easier. You can thank me later! I recommend the Bare Naked Boppy Pillow because I really wanted to make my own covers but there are some really cute ones available. For little girls I love the Pink Dots Cover and for little boys the Blue Dots Cover. Since we didn’t know what our baby’s gender was I needed to have all my basis covered!!!!
“NICE TO HAVES”
Boon Lawn Bottle Drying Rack – This product is so cute and so functional…definitely “nice-to-have.” My husband hates clutter of any kind and I knew we were going to need something simple to contain all the hundreds of thousands of bottle and pumping parts that are endlessly floating around our kitchen. Voila… the Boon Lawn Drying Rack is the answer. I could’ve easily got a cheap-looking plastic drying rack but I love the way this one looks in our kitchen and it is great for containing all the tiny parts and pieces of everything. Having this also helped us establish a “bottle station” for all our feeding supplies and now we have our go-to spot when its time for Miss Reagan to eat.
Aquaphor Diaper Cream – I am so thankful that I had this Aquaphor Diaper Cream on hand in our first few weeks as parents. One thing I had read about but was hoping to avoid was the dreaded diaper rash. We had a few weeks of some pretty acidic poops and we first tried Triple Paste but found that the zinc oxide in it irritated Reagan’s bottom even more. Next we tried the Aquaphor brand and it was fantastic. Her little bottom cleared up within hours.
Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer – We received the Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer as a baby gift and I must say…it is definitely “nice-to-have.” I originally heard about this product from my sister who has twin boys. She recommended it because no one wants a nice, quiet, sleepy baby to wake up from an ice-cold wet wipe being put on their ass during a 3am feeding. That just sounds absolutely awful. Definitely not a “must-have” but this really helps to keep things flowing smoothly during the midnight feeding sessions. I am so thankful that we have this product. They make one that has just the Wipe Warmer and one that has a Mist Wipe Warmer feature that is just awesome.
Babyganics Hand Sanitizers – I have completely fallen in love with the Babyganics brand. We have numerous products from their line and are so happy with ALL of them. As far as hand sanitizers go, this is a total splurge because hand sanitizers are pretty basic. I really loved the convenience of the mini bottles and have them in our diaper bag, my purse, and the car for quick access. The bottle pump was great for the hospital when visitors came and we love having a bottle next to our changing table for a quick cleanup after a messy blowout. The refill packs are convenient and really cut down on the overall price of this product. I know once Reagan becomes mobile and starts to get into everything I will be so thankful to have these on hand.
Johnson & Johnson Hand and Face Wipes – I had read reviews about how awesome these wipes are but I must admit that I was quite skeptical at first. There are so many baby products on the market that are absolute garbage and i’ve already had my fair share of regretful purchases. This one surprised me. I almost put them in my “must haves” because I love this product that much. It is still a splurge because they are a little spendy, but these babies are so amazing for cleaning up baby spit-up and baby boogers. My husband often says, “just use a regular wipe OR why not a burp cloth?” Yes, I could use these items, but the Johnson & Johnson Hand and Face Wipes SMELL SOOOOOOOO GOOD! They have the freshest smell and I want to kiss Miss Reagan’s cheeks all the time because she smells so sweet.
Lansinoh Soothie Gel Pads – Ahhhhh the comfort of having something cool and soothing on your poor, cracked, overworked and bleeding tatas. The joys of nursing your brand new baby. I wasn’t prepared for the “pain” that nursing can bring and these Lansinoh Soothie Gel Pads were an absolute godsend. They are crazy expensive but well worth the money if you want to splurge on yourself. I bought THIS 4-PACK and tried my best to take care of them so they would last longer. After nursing for the first few weeks your poor boobies will be so tired and these are AMAZING!!! I also used their TheraPearl Hot/Cold Pack and Lansinoh Lanolin and was so grateful for them. I recommend the 3-pack because I kept lanolin everywhere around our house and was constantly putting it on. You really can’t have enough of the stuff. My tatas LOVED IT!!!!
Medela Hydrogel Pads – These are very similar to the Soothie Pads above but I received a whole stack of them FREE from our lactation consultant. They were great to have on hand once my soothies were all gone. Medela Hydrogel Pads will give you the same cooling sensation along with protecting and shielding your nipples from any further irritation. I really love both products. I felt like the soothies stayed on better compared to the hydrogels BUT the hydrogels are a little larger for better coverage.
I hope this is helpful to any first time mommy’s out there. Learning to balance life with a newborn is much harder than I originally thought and it takes lots of patience and the right “tools” to get through the day-to-day grind with your new little bundle of love. I found all these items to be so incredibly helpful and even now in month 3, we still use most of these products daily.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help. Us Mommas gotta stick together!
xo xo Friends,