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I’m finally sitting down to share with you all the products that were necessities (or just nice to have) since having a baby! Guys…there is SO much I didn’t know. Thank the Lord for wonderful friends that sent gifts and for some great companies that sent me products I didn’t even know I needed!
So the first one isn’t a necessity, per se, but I love it so I have to share Mila’s milestone blanket (pictured above). You can pick one up here, or they have another style (here) which is more gender-neutral – and it’s actually on sale right now! They are from Olive & Emma Co. I was given one for free when the company first started out and I honestly love it! I didn’t think I would even use something like this, but it is a perfect way to document baby’s changes as they grow. It’s also surprisingly high quality & comes with a free wreath to mark each month!
How cute is she?? The next thing is a definite necessity, and I would never have known this if it hadn’t been for a sweet mom friend of mine sending me a pack of them. Nursing pads. Or more specifically, gel nursing pads! My friend sent me these and they literally saved my poor nipples for the first couple weeks of breastfeeding. Mamas, if you have a newborn or are planning on breastfeeding when you do, do yourself a solid and grab a pack…or two. You won’t regret it. I even stuck them in the freezer in between uses to maximize the soothing potential (haha). I also had some regular nursing pads to use once my nipples got used to breastfeeding. My favorites by far are from Bamboobies! I have a pair of their ultra thin (the heart shaped ones) and a pair of their overnight ones. This is the exact package I got…and I love them. They’re beyond soft – and I wouldn’t want anything less against such delicate skin. I would also recommend a nursing cream of some sort (I have Bamboobies’ version, which is all organic!) because although breast milk also helps with sore nipples, I found the cream was an added layer of protection.
Obviously another important thing to have is a good quality stroller and carseat or travel system (I have this one) AND a good diaper bag! I absolutely love my diaper bag. It’s not too big but holds everything I need with extra room. Plus its a neutral color so it goes with anything. Also – I am just adding this as I look at this photo – Burp cloths!! Here are the ones I got. I use them for literally anything and everything and definitely recommend having at least this many on hand.
Swaddles!! She slept so soundly in swaddles for the first two months. I did finally decided to stop swaddling her during the day though, because she likes to have the freedom of movement. This is the Swado Swaddle. They are not available on Amazon yet, but you can purchase one from the company website. These swaddles are amazing! They hold tightly (even my little kicker couldn’t get out) and are completely SILENT. No velcro, zippers, etc, so you can change diapers or feed without waking baby! Mila is a pretty light sleeper but I was able to completely undo the swaddle without waking her up. I recommend getting one just to see the high-tech fabric they used to create this “silent velcro” type thing they have going on. It’s pretty incredible.
A good nursing bra and a good nursing cover! One of my favorite nursing bras is this sleep nursing bra from The Dairy Fairy! I also found that Motherhood Maternity made some nice (and affordable) ones for day-to-day use. The nursing cover pictured here is from Bamboobes. I linked the cover but could not find this exact color. I also love my floral 5-in-1 nursing cover & car seat cover (pictured below) and it is still available on Amazon! I use this pretty much any time I nurse in public haha.
Oh my goodness, I can’t say enough positive things about this wrap. Yes, it might be a bit more work than some other baby carriers, but once you get the hang of it, the tying thing is a breeze. It is so much cozier than other baby carriers and Mila just really loves it. This photo was from when she was 2 weeks old! (already seems like so long ago…) You can order yourself one here – and I definitely recommend it. Especially if you’re like me and decide to travel with your little one! I wrote a post on my first time traveling with her that you can read, if you’re so inclined. I carried her around in the summer heat in it for two hours without sweating! The material is literally magic haha – I even got compliments on it from the lady who patted me down at the airport.
The obvious ones: Baby monitor, pacifiers, cute baby clothes, baby blankets, crib/bassinet, baby shampoo/thermometer, etc...
Nipple shields - I used these for the first week or so because I have flat nipples. It really helped with getting her latched so she could eat. Eventually I didn't need it anymore but it was very helpful at first and I wouldn't have known it existed except that my amazing midwife went out and actually bought them for me before I left the birthing center!
Dry shampoo! (For those 3...or more.. days that you go without washing your hair)
Concealer - This one is self explanatory, haha.
Nursing tanks/camisoles - I use these almost asmuch as I use the nursing bras. They are just so easy to throw on under a jacket. I have several from Lamaze that I love dearly! Of course it is just as important to have other nursing-friendly clothes.
Milk storage bags - These are the ones I have. I had an oversupply in the beginning and had to use regular zip-lock bags until these came. I don't recommend doing that haha...not only did they leak, but they do not provide sufficient protection for your breast-milk in the freezer.
Baby bottles - But not just any bottles...I HIGHLY recommend these specific ones. I was using some glass bottles with nipples that came with my pump for the times when I would have someone else feed her, but one night she decided she just would not take the bottle anymore. I tried some others and this is the only one she will take. The nipple is wider and softer and I believe one of the best on the market for breastfed babies.
A baby sleeper of some sort - This is the one I have, and It was perfect for her to nap in during the first couple weeks. Now she prefers to nap only in her bassinet, but I still rely on this to hold her securely if I need my hands free to do something while she is awake!
A Boppy pillow. I honestly used this more for sitting on than for nursing the first week....I call it my donut pillow haha. That hole in the middle is right where it needs to be to keep pressure off that painful area after a vaginal delivery. I got mine used and ordered a new cover for it. Here is the cover I got for mine!
Speaking of vaginal delivery...I would also recommend a perineal spray (I made my own w/ distilled water & essential oils) and padsicles!! If you want to know more about essential oils and all the amazing uses & benefits, go to my personal DoTERRA website or contact me!
Food! Seriously. The hunger when you're breastfeeding is beyond real. I seriously feel like I need to eat all the time to keep up with it!
Want to start your list but don't know where to begin? Start an Amazon baby registry! Why Amazon? Here is a list of the reasons why Amazon baby registries are better. When I was getting ready for Mila, I did one registry at Amazon and one at Buybuybaby...but almost everyone bought things from Amazon anyway because it was cheaper & easier!
Last but not least....get a few things that make you feel more like yourself again! A bar of chocolate, a pair of earrings, a pair of cute heels - whatever makes you happy. I know your adorable baby is a reward in itself, but you deserve a little extra pampering after what you went through to get your bundle of joy!
Enjoy every minute,