I’ve done the newborn-mom phase three times, so I want to start this Stuff I Swear By series off with my top newborn essentials before I completely forget what it’s like..because these little humans are growing up fast. That stage, especially when it’s your first time, and even when it’s your second and third time, is so fleeting. When you’re in it, it feels like you’ll literally be stuck there forever, but then one day you blink and you’re planning your baby’s first (or fifth) birthday.
Stuff I Swear By are things I have personally used/use and love(d). It’s literally stuff I swear by from experience, and I’ll be sharing it with you.
I know baby stuff is always changing, but hopefully these things will stick around, because I can’t imagine doing those newborn days without them.
First things first:
I swear by a really comfy chair.
Yes, you can get yourself an inexpensive glider or a rocking chair (been there, done that), but if you plan on having more than one kid, do yourself a favor and get something amazing.
You’re going to be sitting in this thing A LOT, so make sure it’s one you love. This is the one we have, and I’m obsessed with it. The brand is called “Best Chairs,” and this is the Irvington in “Ash.” We got ours from Buy Buy Baby (and I’m pretty sure we used a coupon, because it was not cheap), but they also have them at specialty kids’ stores.
Sleepers without snaps or buttons.
Let’s be real here: newborns eat, sleep, and poop, and sometimes they do all three at once. Sleepers sans snaps, with zippers all the way down, are awesome, because they’re no fuss. You don’t have buttons to mess with, which is the last thing you want to deal with in the middle of the night. Even when they’re older and wiggly; ain’t nobody got time to mess with buttoning 25 snaps when they just want to jump off the changing table.
Nipple Cream, Diaper Rash, and Thrush Stuff.
Either make some yourself, or find some awesome friends to make some for you. I promise a little extra work before the baby arrives will pay off BIG time on the frazzled nights where you want a home-cooked meal, but don’t want to cook. Read more about how to have a freezer meal workshop here , and join my Facebook group to see when I’m having my next workshop.
Apparently this is a love/hate item, which baffles me; I can’t fathom how someone would put it in the hate category. In fact, we own two: one for downstairs and one for upstairs.
It doesn’t take up much room, and it just sits there in the corner keeping horrible diapers from stinking up the place. What’s not to love?
There are enough odors in a house as it is with young kids without poop to deal with, so sign me up for the Diaper Genie.
This was new for me this last time around, but oh how I LOVED the Dockatot, and wished I knew about it for my other two. I scoffed at the price (then found one on sale at Target), and fell in love with it.
We never did the co-sleeping thing, but my husband was away in the early weeks of our baby’s life, and this literally came in handy in the middle of the night. I slept, the baby slept, and I didn’t have to put myself in an awkward position to get him out of his bassinet. I loved it so much and recommend it to all the new moms I know.
Wearing Your Baby
I wore all of my kids, and oh my word, it was the best thing ever. I can’t imagine not doing this, especially if you have more than one. I started wearing them when they were newborns in the Solly Baby Wrap, and I loved my Solly’s because they were super soft, lightweight, breathable, and I loved their colors.
Since I had big babies (nine and 10-pounders), I transitioned fairly early to a harder carrier. My husband rocked the Ergo Carrier for three straight kids, and then I moved to a Tula carrier for my last baby (I loved how many fabric choices there were). Whatever you get, just make sure it’s comfortable on you, and if it’s not the first few times, adjust it and try again!
This was another new one for me, and I wished they had it for my first two kids. Get at least one of these covers, because they’re perfect for: covering the car seat, a nursing cover, a burp rag, a blanket, a top when they have a blowout and you forgot to pack a spare change of clothes, etc. The sky’s the limit.
Your Newborn Essentials
Okay, now it’s your turn to share your TOP newborn essentials…what could you not live without during those first few months?