Wednesday is a always a great day around these parts because its Real Mom Wednesday! Up today we have a new mama to a sweet and cuddly little lady who has a list full of awesome, awesome baby products that make new parents lives easier. A big shout out to Hayley for being a wise and savvy new mama – enjoy her super helpful list and if you have some baby products you can’t live without, please share them with us! These posts are so helpful and we all love hearing what works. All details, here, any questions, email me!
Hi! My name is Hayley, and I am a new mommy to an eight-week-old beautiful baby girl, Elena! We live in suburban Tennessee in a 1700 square foot home. I work at home in the insurance field. My husband and I are first time parents, and I am a shopping queen. I took to the internet as soon as I saw two lines, researching baby gear inside and out. I wanted to have everything on hand when the baby arrived to make caring for her as easy as possible, knowing that it would be daunting no matter what. I feel confident that these items are absolute MUST HAVES for any new parents:
1. Summer Infant SwaddleMe and Halo SleepSack Swaddles – While we were in the hospital, we were provided with a Halo sleepsack swaddle. Our first night in the hospital, I did not swaddle Elena. She would wake every single time I tried to lie her in the crib/bassinet beside me. I was SO tired, and it was horrible. The second night, I swaddled her up tight in the Halo swaddle, and she slept like a dream. My husband could not believe it when he woke up having had seven straight hours of sleep. Elena didn’t stay asleep that whole time, but I was able to hear her rustling around, nurse her, and put her right back down. I had collected a variety of swaddles at home. For the first few weeks, I would have to change Elena’s diaper several times during the night so the Halo Swaddles worked best since I could just unzip the bottom. Now that she is a bit older and does not require over night diaper changes, I prefer the Summer Infant swaddles because they are less fabric and make an even tighter swaddle.
2. NoseFrida – I had read wonderful things about this little contraption online and decided to register for it. I was surprised when someone actually bought it for us, and the gift giver even said she hesitated. I mean, who wants to suck snot out of a baby’s nose?! Low and behold, about three days after we got home from the hospital, I was nursing Elena; every few seconds she would pull back and scream. It was horrible because my nipples were sore and cracked (as they tend to be in the beginning). Elena was crying; I was crying. My husband was consoling us and noticed that she sounded stuffed up so we decided to try to Nose Frida. My husband took over. I will just say something big and green came right out of her nose. The bulb provided by the hospital didn’t help at all, but the Nose Frida got it out in seconds. Although Elena screamed during the process, as soon as it was out, she was perfectly content. We now use the Nose Frida several nights a week before bed.
3. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads – So, let’s be honest. Being a new mom is TOUGH. I am eight weeks in and milk supply has not regulated so if I go to sleep without nursing pads secured in place, I wake up soaked. The sheets are wet. It’s awful especially when running low on sleep and showers! These pads have worked great and come in a big box of 100. The trick is remembering to put them back in after night time (half-asleep) nursing sessions!
4. Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit – I just happened to pick this up at the store a few days before I went into labor not knowing how beneficial it would be. So far, we have used the saline drops, gas drops, and gripe water. The saline drops are used in her nose before we use the Nose Frida. She really likes the taste of the gas drops, and they can soothe her when she is over tired sometimes. She is not very gassy so I can’t really speak to how they work for that. Elena gets hiccups at least once a day, and they tend to upset her. A couple of squirts of gripe water always knocks them out.
5. 4Moms Mamaroo – The Mamaroo is just about the only place Elena is happy to be by herself at this point. It is a life saver when I am trying to cook or get things done. She is also totally entranced by the mobile and has just started to coo and swat at it.
6. Ergobaby Carrier with newborn insert – Elena just wants to be held constantly. She is not happy to sit in her car seat or stroller when we are out and about. If I load her into her Ergo though, she will pass out and stay asleep for hours at a time no matter how distracting the environment may be. Also, wearing her is one of the only things that allows me to get regular tasks done in the house on a lot of days. It is really a life saver and so easy to use.
7. aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets – I know these appear on just about every single must have list, but they’re there for a reason. They are extremely versatile. I like to tie the opposing corners together and use it for a nursing cover when guests are over or even in public. It is thin enough for the 90 plus degree weather and the designs are beautiful. They make a nice loose swaddle and are big enough to serve as a car seat cover.
8. Boppy – Since I am a work at home mom, Elena spends a lot of her day on my lap while I work. The Boppy allows me to prop her on my nap where she is content to nap and nurse for long stretches of time.
9. Yoga/Exercise Ball – This thing is the holy grail. If nothing else works to calm her down, holding her and bouncing on the yoga ball works every single time. I don’t know why, and it hurts my back after a while, but it always works.
10. Angelcare Bath Support – A baby bathtub was one of the things I was told not to register for. Multiple people told me I could just support Elena’s head and wash her in the sink. We did that for the first seven weeks, but it wasn’t easy. As she started to pack on the baby fat, it was difficult to get up under her chin/neck folds with one hand so we purchased this. It fits right into our kitchen sink, and Elena adores it. Bath time is now a wonderful time for the whole family. We get smiles and coos, and it really calms her down so the husband and I can eat dinner with no crying while she drifts peacefully to sleep.
11. ICloud Photo Sharing Stream – We live at least an hour away from all of our family. Most are even further than that. I post daily photos and videos to the cloud and every one who loves Elena enjoys the updates immensely. If it gets to about eight PM on any given day, and I haven’t posted an update, the grandparents are texting me about it!