Now, I’m happy to say that I have survived month one with my newborn baby, Sutton. Since he is my third baby, I should be an old pro by this time and in many ways I am. But every baby is different! Some are easy. Some…well…not so much. Luckily, Sutton is a very good baby.
Easy baby or not, every new mama has some essential products that they depend on during the first month of their baby’s life and I am no exception. I have some go-to items that make everything just a bit easier. Some things – A LOT easier! I thought I would put together a list of some of my current personal favorite must-haves that have gotten me through month one. Of course, there are other products that will be needed in later months – but here are my everyday baby essentials for life with Sutton.
*Disclaimer: This is not a complete list! And, yes, I use essentials such as a crib and a car seat that are not on the list. Please don’t email and tell me that I should be using a car seat! Of course, I’m using a car seat. I just thought that was a no-brainer and didn’t need to be added to my list.
My personal choice: Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover
I think my baby considers me a cafeteria many days. He can just visit and snack all day long! We are trying to establish a schedule but like many moms know, a newborn nurses on demand at the beginning. Does he care if we are out running errands? Nope. Does he care if company is over? Heck no. When he wants to eat, the world stops. So, my nursing cover is always with me. And it’s used A LOT! I especially like my Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover because the pattern is chic, the rigid neckline allows to me see my baby without everyone seeing him nurse, and the fabric is lightweight so that he doesn’t get too warm in the summer heat.
My personal choice: Boppy Nursing Pillow
So, as I said, we are nursing a lot! When I am feeding at home, I depend on my nursing pillow to make it an easier and more comfortable experience. The Boppy wraps around the front of me and lifts my baby up to a more comfortable position for nursing. Plus, it takes the pressure off of my arms because the pillow supports his weight. Okay, it’s only 8 lbs – but 8 lbs can get heavy 12 times a day! Did I forget to tell you that he eats 10-12 times a day?
My personal choice: Medela Freestyle
Yes, we are still talking about boobs! This is a new item on my favorites list. Well, a breast pump isn’t really a favorite product of mine because it makes me feel very “cow-like” – but in my case, it will be a necessity. I had never personally used a breast pump before (not with either of my first two babies). So, I was a bit nervous. In preparation for an out of town trip coming in September, I decided a breast pump was in order this time. The Medela Freestyle is amazing especially for a new pumper like me. It’s an electric pump that allows me to pump one breast at a time or both at the same time to get it done quickly. The Freestyle is lightweight, compact and even comes with a handy bag to travel with. The Freestyle and I are still getting to know each other – so stay tuned for my full review of the Medela Freestyle.
Peg Perego Tatamia
Now, this is another new item on my favorites list! The new Peg Perego Tatamia is a multipurpose baby seat that is a triple threat in the world of baby gear. This versatile seat does the duty of three pieces of baby gear that can be used from birth to preschool age. The Tatamia works as a baby recliner, a swing, and a high chair.
We only use the Tatamia in two of the three functions right now but we use it every single day. Since I have a very energetic 2 ½ year old, I love that I can put the baby up in the baby recliner out of his brother’s reach. The recliner sets up high (about the height of a high chair) and has been my go-to place to set Sutton down when I can’t carry him around. (I applaud those moms that can carry their newborn around all day but it’s not me. Remember those two other kids?) His overly-loving brother can see him but can’t actually get to him to try to take him out like on a normal bouncy seat. The swing feature is also nice for those times that he is a bit fussy. I would like the swing a bit better if it had a motor – but I am able to swing it with my foot as I am typing away on the computer. Now, that’s multi-tasking at its finest! *To see my full review with video of the Tatamia visit: https://babygizmo.com/news/pegperegotatamia.php
My personal choice: SwaddleMe
Yep, I’m a swaddler. My babies just sleep better that way. And whatever helps baby sleep – helps mama sleep. The SwaddleMe blanket is a specially designed blanket that makes swaddling your baby super easy. The “fabric wings” allow me to wrap his upper body snuggly and stays put with two Velcro fasteners. It has a leg pouch that is roomy enough for him to kick a bit if he wants to and is easy to bring down to change his diaper without unwrapping his arms. The best thing about the SwaddleMe is that it’s quick and easy to use.
In order to take the three kids out by myself, I cannot live without a double stroller. Okay, maybe I could live without a double stroller – but why would I want to? My son (remember we affectionately refer to him as the “runner”) still needs to be seated in a stroller when we are out in a busy, public place. And unless I’m wearing my newborn (ala sling-style), a double stroller is a much needed product for us. We have been testing a few really great double strollers this summer – so we don’t always use the same one. That’s why I don’t list “my personal choice”. Okay, if you pressure me about it…a few of my favorites are the Bumbleride Indie Twin, Uppa Baby Vista with Rumbleseat, Baby Jogger City Mini Double and the new Tech Tike Double City X3.
My personal choice: Storksak Gigi
With three kids, a large diaper bag is a must have for me. I carry with me: bottles, sippy cups, juice boxes, snacks, toys, diapers, wipes and much, much more. So, in anticipation of Sutton’s birth, I chose the Storksak Gigi as my main diaper bag. It is large and has three separate zippered compartments to keep all my on-the-go essentials organized. It comes with a large changing pad and a bottle pouch and I love that it looks more like a large purse than a diaper bag.
My personal choice: JJ Cole Pacifier Pod
This is a small item but it’s still an every day essential for me. Since I like quiet, calm babies – I am a big advocate of pacifiers. Since I keep a pacifier with me where ever we go – I like to keep them in a pacifier holder to keep them clean. The JJ Cole Pacifier Pod comes in a few great colors/patterns (I have the one in blue square) and hangs nicely off the side of my purse or diaper bag. This pod is great for holding one pacifier so that I always know where one is in a hurry…unless I forget to put on in, of course.
My personal choice: Hotsling
I must admit that I don’t use my sling every day but I do use it. When I need a little hands-free time but my baby needs some bonding time, I throw on my Hotsling and we are ready to go. When I go out, I always make sure that I throw my sling in the diaper bag so that I have it just in case I need it.
My personal choice: Summer Infant Handheld Video Monitor
I LOVE my video monitor! I have been using it everyday for 2 ½ years. Yep, you heard that right – every single day! I have had to order a new battery once but other than that it has been going strong since I bought it. (Well, we did have a little episode where my 4 year old poured water into her camera in her room – so I do recommend that you keep the camera out of reach of your children no matter what age. Water + camera = bad news!) Other than our little camera snafu, we now have two cameras that work on the same handheld unit giving me a great picture in my two youngest kids’ rooms day or night. I can switch from one camera to the other with a simple flip of a switch. No matter what size house you live in – I highly recommend a video monitor!