Mamas: Must-Have Items

A spinoff from DMN's post about the baby scissors :-) 

What products or items have the mamas in this group found to be indispensable in the first few weeks and months? Share your thoughts here for the mamas-to-be! 

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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 Baby Bouncer - It has been a life saver! Its so easy to sit in front of the shower, or move to the kitchen. Its really helped me be able to get things done around the house.

manual pump - The electric worked okay, but the manual is so much easier to carry around and clean. I'm also able to express more milk as I'm able to "ride" the the led down.

Ergo- Our trunk is kind of small so we knew we would never get a large stroller. Instead we decided to get an Ergo to carry baby and it has worked out so well! Its so much easier to carry aorund and use then a stroller and keeps people from touching her :)

I'm sure more will come to mind in a bit...

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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Boppy - Definitely use this more than anything else on a daily basis! We use it for feedings and prop our LO up on it a couple times a day during his awake time. So useful! 

Caddy - I might use this more than the Boppy, come to think of it. It hasn't left my side these first few weeks. I use it to carry around all my breastfeeding supplies, as well as my labor recovery/bathroom items. It is a lifesaver! I use this one, but any basic caddy would work. 

Nursing bras/tanks - I never could have imagined how many of these I would need. I know I could probably get by with just a couple, but since it can be tough to keep up with laundry, I'm glad to have several available. If you will be BFing, I definitely recommend stocking up while you are pregnant. Not the kind of thing you want to be stuck without in those early days! (Ditto nursing pads.)

Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter - Very soothing and I don't have to worry about wiping it off before BFing. 

Sound machine - We use this every night in our bedroom. Love it! 

Play mat - This buys me about 10-15 minutes in the morning to get dressed or make a quick breakfast. We started using it when LO was about three weeks old and he loves it! 

My phone - NOT technically a baby item (ha!) but my phone is also attached to me 24/7. I have an app for breastfeeding that is wonderful. (I also used an app for my labor contractions and it was great!) But mostly it serves as entertainment to check email or browse the internet during 8-12 daily feedings! I have never used my phone as much as I have these last few weeks. 

Yoga ball - Our LO has to be rocked/bounced constantly. This calms him and puts him to sleep every time!  

Baby K'Tan - My LO does not sleep during the day. He also wants to be held 24/7 :-( We were completely exhausted trying to keep him happy, not to mention falling behind on everything else in our daily lives that needed attention. It was especially hard for me once DH went back to work. Babywearing has made me a new woman!!! Being hands-free has made life so much easier! 

We have been very happy with 95% of what we have gotten for our LO, but these are just a few of the most valuable items. Hope it helps someone! :-) 

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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Ditto Jen on the manual pump! I know we mentioned it in the FB group, but those little manual pumps are great. I use a Lansinoh model and it is perfect! 

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm
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Uh, Duh- the Boppy! We use this at every feeding and also really helped get LO used to tummy time. It also works our great as a pillow for a quick nap on the couch! 

And I couldn't agree more about the phone. I run the battery down every day. I use it while feeding and pumping  - it helps me from trying to speed things up.

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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Man, a caddy is such a smart idea!  I did have too many items sprawled on the nightstand or coffee table.  This could have kept me organized.

And ditto on the phone.  I have never been this dependent on my phone until I had LO.  It’s been my….

Camera – I take a pic a day of baby with my iphone.

Video camera - I’ve taken so many videos that I maxed out my storage and now have to periodically back up my phone. 

Baby monitor/nanny cam – I recommend Dropcam, $150 on Amazon that comes with a smart phone app.  It’s awesome.

Entertainment while BFing – It’s my best excuse for reaching level 304 on Candy Crush.

My pediatrician – Yes, I have googled questions like “Why does my baby sneeze so much?” and “Why is my baby’s poop green?”

My sanity check – Yes, I have googled questions like “My baby is two weeks old but doesn’t laugh when I give him raspberries on his tummy.  Is that normal?”

My baby record keeper/journal – I’m not one who makes scrapbooks or write blogs about baby but I do record milestones in the form of notes on my phone.

Other things that we couldn’t live without:

Boppy

FP Snugabunny rocker

SSC- We have a gender neutral/daddy friendly carry called the Kindercarry, just like an Ergo. 

Woombie swaddle blanket.  After two months, it was the only swaddle that LO couldn’t muscle his way out of.

Aden and Anais swaddle blankets (Target versions are smaller but perfectly fine). 

Puj bath tub

And I really hate to admit this one bc it’s so big and expensive but a glider ended being a must have.  It has been an unexpectedly lifesaver.  And since we have it in the living room, the grandparents have even enjoyed using it as they rocked LO to sleep. 

I’m probably one of the few that prefers an electric pump.  The manual didn’t do much for me. 

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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Boppy

Rock and Play - Evie would only sleep in this for the first 2 months as she didn't like being flat on her back.  We still use it because it's easily transportable throughout the house

Baby carrier - she hated the stroller and love the Bjorn!

nuring pads, cream and cooling gel pads.  also nursing shields if the baby has trouble latching.

Lots of receiving blankets for swaddling!

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm
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Baby bouncer Baby Monitor app on my phone Music soft toy for sleeping Boppy And I'm sure there are many more ;-)
Posted on August 13, 2013 at 3:26 am
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Sorry I can't format my text.... that's why it's all in one line... :-(
Posted on August 13, 2013 at 3:28 am
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 boppy - definitely agree that the this is a must have at first! I don't use it for feeding anymore cause I got sick of taking it everywhere and just got used to nursing him without it :)

rock n play sleeper - this has seriously been so nice to have. My baby looks so comfy in it and I really think that's why he's been sleeping 6-8 hours through the night since he was 2 1/2 weeks old! 

Aiden & Anais muslin blankets - These are seriously a MUST HAVE especially for the hot summer months. This has been all we've used for everything cause all the other blankets we have are just too hot right now. So all you about-to-be mommas should make sure you got some of these around :)

Swing or bouncy seat - All we have is a little portable swing that plays music and has vibration and this is what lets me make dinner or whatever else I have to get done while not being able to hold him. I just stick him in there with a binky and he usually drifts off to sleep :)

baby carrier - I still haven't quite got the hang of my moby wrap yet but it's very nice to have something to hold your child and still have your hands free. I plan to start wearing him as often as I can!

I'm sure there's more so if I think of any I'll come back and add to it!

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:52 am
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Absolutely agree on the RnP sleeper and the A&A muslin blankets! And we use both our nursery glider and recliner/rocker in our living room every day, as well. 

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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I'm sitting here trying to think of something to add to the list because I agree with what everyone has said so far! Oh the one thing that we didnt have that is kind of silly was a night light for the nursery haha. We kept using our cellphone's as flashlights to walk into Blake's room so we didn't have to turn on the light. It was one of our really big duh moments haha. My other thing.......white socks haha. I swear everyone buys you like 8 pairs of socks that match just their outfit but all the other random ones you buy, you dont end up with socks that match. Maybe I'm weird......
Posted on August 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm
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@Tate: So funny, we just bought some white socks yesterday for that very reason! 

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm
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Thought I'd add my two cents... I agree with everyone else.. Boppy is a must! Triple Paste. This is the only stuff that worked on baby girl's stubborn diaper rash. Baby Monitor Breast Pump. I have an Ameda Truly yours and it works great. Going to look into getting a manual now too, though after reading this thread! Bottles and Bottle Warmer Nursing cover and as many nursing tops/tanks/bras as possible. Nipple Cream and Breast Pads Lingerie Bag is helpful, to keep all of those socks and other articles of itty bitty clothing together in the wash. A big water bottle that helps keep the water cold. Nursing makes me so thirsty, and if I don't get enough water, I can really tell my milk supply takes a hit. Keep it full next to the place you like to nurse. White noise machine or loud fan. My DD won't sleep without one! Infant Tylenol/Vitamin D/Gas drops- so DH doesn't have to make a midnight run when you need them RIGHT NOW. :)
Posted on August 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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