7 Favorite Items For A New Mom + New Baby
Doona Carseat: This is by far the best item that Brandon and I got. It is SO crazy convenient to not have to constantly travel with a stroller AND an infant car seat. It is super intuitive and easy to use, even for someone who is not savvy like me. Totally worth the extra splurge.
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets: We legit use these for e v e r y t h i n g. The muslin fabric is so soft and cozy, and the size is perfect to wrap up the baby like a burrito. The designs are so adorable and they wash like a dream. We also got these washcloths, but I’ve barely used them because they are so small.
My Brest Friend Pillow: As you guys may have already read, breastfeeding in the early days was a steep learning curve for me. In addition to struggling to get the baby comfortable, I was not comfortable myself. I couldn’t find the right place to sit, how to place the pillows, or how to hold my posture to prevent back + arm pain. I was so worried about the baby just getting on the boob that I didn’t pay attention to much else. However, this pillow was really wonderful once I started using it. I could only use it once the pregnancy bloat faded, so keep that in mind (and don’t lug it to the hospital like I did). I like that it’s flat, so the baby does not fall into the crevice between my stomach and the pillow.
SNOO: The SNOO is a very hotly debated item, mainly because of the steep price tag, and the short use-time (0-6 months). It costs $1200 retail, but often goes on sale and you can also rent it or try to buy one secondhand. Ok, so you’re wondering, what even is a SNOO… It’s a smart sleeper. It rocks the baby to sleep when you put her down, and it rocks them back to sleep in the middle of the night if they wake up. I can’t even express how much time this saves Brandon and I.
So it works like this- I’ve fed the baby, changed the baby, and fed her some more. She’s drowsy, but not asleep. Instead of me having to walk/rock her for another 15-20 minutes, I lay her down in the SNOO. The SNOO will rock her gently if she’s calm, or pick up the pace to “soothe” her, if she’s fussing.
Scenario 2: It’s the middle of the night and the baby wakes herself up soon after eating. Instead of me having to go and pick her up and rock/feed her back to sleep, the SNOO will soothe her with white noise and special vibrations meant to get her back to bed. Of course if the baby is truly upset and screaming, the SNOO will stop and alert you to take the baby. I haven’t had this issue and just take the baby if she fusses for more than 5-10 minutes.
The baby gets clipped into the SNOO with a sleep sack, which is a swaddle that attaches her to the bassinet. This means she can’t roll over onto her side or stomach, which means I don’t have to worry about her safety in the bassinet.
HAPP Diaper Bag: I have gotten so many compliments on this diaper bag, and we use it constantly. It’s spacious and has tons of pockets, so we just keep it packed it up with everything we need. You can wear it as a backpack or a messenger bag, and the inside is very wide, which means I can shove like 20 diapers, wipes, a blanket, an outfit change, and everything I need in there.
Willow Pump: The Willow is a breast pump that is completely wireless, quiet, and mobile. This is revolutionary! You can pump milk while walking around, laying down, making dinner, whatever you want. There are only 2 pieces to clean, and the milk pumps into super convenient disposable bags (again, less sterilizing). The willow app allows me to track how much milk I’m pumping in real time, and has lots of videos and tips as well. I can’t praise this pump enough.
Dock-A-Tot: I love the dock-a-tot because of how easy it to travel with. It’s a small mattress that fits the baby well (no rolling around) and can be plopped down anywhere. We like to keep ours in the car so that when we visit anyone (like my parents house), we don’t have to shlep a bassinet for her.
What are your favorite things for a new babe? Share in the comments below :)