For New Mamas.


Since bringing Henry home I've been thinking a lot about what has been helpful in getting me through those first few weeks with a newborn. When it came down to it, my must have items can all be counted on one hand. 

1. A water bottle. Whether you're nursing or not, it's important to stay hydrated postpartum. Caring for a newborn is taxing and keeping my body in good working order is a priority. Someone once told me "you want to take care of yourself so you have the energy to care of your little one." I've always remembered this advice and have my water by my side all day long.

2. A white noise machine. Henry's crib is set up in the office space adjacent to our bedroom. There isn't a door between these two rooms so noise control is essential for us. White noise is comforting to newborns. Many machines can mimic the sounds from the womb helping babies sleep better and longer. And let's be honest, Henry has five older siblings. Our house can get loud so having a white noise machine to drown that all out has been amazingly helpful.  This is the machine we have and we love it because there is the option to set it up on a timer or to let it run all night (we leave ours on all night.) There are also a ton of white noise apps too.

3. A Kindle. Ok, I know what you're thinking but hang in there with me. I cannot even begin to tell you in the course of mothering my children how many times I've fallen asleep while nursing in the middle of the night. I know this doesn't bother some people but I personally cannot stand it. I don't sleep well sitting up and always managed to wake with a big kink in my neck. Having a Kindle has helped keep me awake while nursing during those middle of the night feedings. The Kindle Paperwhite has a nice night time reading feature that can be useful in changing diapers in the dark too (speaking from experience). 

4. Lansinoh. Typically when I'm asked which beauty/toiletry product I cannot live without I would say concealer but while nursing, it's Lansinoh. This stuff is hands down the most essential toiletry item I'm currently using. If you are nursing or plan to nurse, get some!

A couple other things that I consider essentials: the Puj Tub and the Lamaze Sleep Bra.

And in case you missed it, here's my newborn baby checklist.

13 comments:

  1. We had been on the fence about an iPad for a long time, but finally bought one just a few weeks before Ethan was born, knowing that I would spend a lot of time sitting around nursing him. It was a very good decision! :)

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  2. I love all of these things! I'm due in 10 weeks and am thinking about a white noise machine - we didn't have one with our first! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. great list! i'm due in 10 weeks too (just saw Emily's comment) and these are great tips!!

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  4. It's amazing what "the essentials" really boil down to. For all the baby gear we got with our first kid, we realized with #2 that we really didn't need all that much, but what we did need was essential!! The only thing I'd add to the list is a sling or wrap. My Moby Wrap saved me! I got so much more done wearing my babies:)

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  5. Congrautalions Sweet Dandee! Your littl eman is sure darling! This is a list--too bad I am done having babies. I will remember it for my next friend having a baby:) xo

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  6. It's been a long time since I've had little babes at my house, but I'd have to concur about the noise machine. We just used a basic Honeywell Tabletop fan. It might make some rooms too cold, but we've found it's an easy thing to replace and works well in the summer to keep rooms cool. In fact, I use one for myself and one of my kids still likes one in her room, as well. It's a calming way to drown out noise. Also, before Kindles and iPads (are my kids that old already!?), I used to give friends subscriptions to Netflix for a couple months as a new baby gift. Watching favorite movies throughout nursing sessions made it more enjoyable for me and kept me awake, too. Best wishes to you, Danyelle, and your family!

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  7. My list is pretty much identical to yours - even the same sound machine. I add a journal for making notes about feedings and sleep etc... moleskine are perfect!

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  8. Though my littlest is already 10 months old, I've been in the market for a white noise machine for YEARS. I might just have to get this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  9. I second the Lansinoh - that stuff saved me (aka my nipples!) in the first few weeks.

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  10. I've always used lansinoh but never loved it, the last baby i bough nipple butter by earth mama and I LOVED it. The texture was so nice and smooth and not sticky at all. we couldn' survive without our noise machine :)

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  11. I also hate falling asleep during nursing! We bought an ipad just for the sole purpose of being able to read in the dark and i still use it if our little girl has a tough time sleeping and I stay in the room with her. I've used my iphone countless times for diaper checks and changes, perfect! :)

    I also agree regarding water. So important!

    The white noise machine and bra look great.

    Pinned for later! :)

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  12. Karen in Washington StateFebruary 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Before you judge, hear me out .(no pun intended) When my son was a baby, he had a loooong bout of colic. The only thing that helped my husband and I survive during those "not even a car ride helps" nights were ear plugs!! Not so we could ignore him though! It was so we could hold him, rock him, walk with him near our ears without the painful, piercing, and desperate cries eating away at our sanity. Honestly, give it a try. You will stilll be able to hear you baby and you may find yourself having more patient and energetic parent!

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