As a first time mom I was so overwhelmed when we first brought our baby home.
My husband and I received many wonderful baby gifts (i.e. boppies (5 to be exact lol), diapers, co-sleeper, swaddlers) of which we are grateful for, but there are 5 items I really wish I had from Day 1. We bought these 5 items after weeks/months of trial and error in efforts to calm/soothe baby and ourselves. These may not help everyone, but they were life/ sleep/ sanity savers for us so thought I would share.
- Dr. Brown's Bottles
My breast milk did not come in for 3 weeks, so we supplemented until it did and still do. Our LO had a bad case of colic and after trying numerous bottles and formula combinations, Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottles along with Earth's Best Organic, Sensitivity Infant Formula with Iron remedied our situation (sigh of relief :)). The pic above is for the glass bottles, but we bought both these and the BPA free plastic set.
- Baby Swing
After having a C-section and a terrible hemorrhoid situation (TMI I know), it was very painful to sit up to rock my baby. Even after I healed, I had a stage 5-clinger baby who would scream every time I put him down. After 1 month I decided to try a swing and my baby loved it. It was the best money I spent on any one-baby item. Now at 5 months it’s become a soother when nothing else will console him.
- Breast Pump Car Adaptor/Charger
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, must have been pregnancy brain :). My husband and I would go to drive in movie theatres for date nights since it allowed us to bring the baby. However, since my milk supply was low and I had to exclusively pump, we only had enough to be out of the house for 4 hours. With this adapter I can pump right in the car, allowing us to be out all day if we please.
Since I was pumping in the middle of night I would bring cups of ice upstairs to keep my milk cold, but this cooler comes with bottles and a contoured ice pack that keeps milk cold for around 11 hours. Good for those late nights and travel. I love this thing.
I’m usually not a procrastinator, but for some reason I couldn’t bring myself to set up the nursery before the baby’s arrival. I planned to have him sleep in our Halo co-sleeper so I wasn’t pressed to finish it I guess. At 4 months we transitioned the baby into his nursery and at that point I decided to buy the glider. I absolutely love this chair. It’s so much easier to rock him to sleep and pump during the night.
Those are my top 5 must haves that I wish I had Day 1 with baby. Feel free to use the hyperlinks above for more product details. I hope this was helpful. 🙂
Any others you would recommend?
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