Having your first baby can be scary and exciting all at the same time. Here are a few of my favorite products that will help you make it through those first few, tough months!
1. Aden and Anais swaddle blankets
If you are a new mom, these are crucial. They are by far the best blankets for swaddling. So soft, thin, and breathable, so YOU can relax and breath knowing your baby is safe sleeping with them. Check out my swaddling tutorial video!
2. SwaddleMe Swaddling Jacket
Yes, these are different than swaddling blankets, and you will need both. When your baby is strong enough to bust out of the swaddling blanket at night, these are sure to keep those crazy arms down! It’s a bodysuit that velcroes, and it totally saved my life!
3. MAM pacifiers
After trying 7 different types of pacifiers, Pearl finally was able to keep the MAM pacifier in her mouth. The way it is shaped makes it easy for a tiny mouth to hold on to. I’m 3 for 3 with recommendations on this one, meaning anyone who I’ve suggested them to says it’s worked for them! Worth a try, I say.
4. Pacifier Clip
This is such a must have if your baby takes a pacifier. If and when they drop it, it doesn’t ever touch the ground meaning less rinsing and sterilizing for mommy. YAY! My favorite brand is “bumkins” because they make theirs out of WATERPROOF FABRIC which is important when baby starts drooling a lot. Pearl used to use Booginhead brand, but frankly after 10 minutes of wearing them, they’re drenched and smell sour. Much better to go with a waterproof fabric!
5. Dr. Brown’s Bottles
Don’t even get me started on how awesome Dr. Brown’s products are. Check out my blog entry review on these great bottles HERE
6. Soothies by Lansinoh
These puppies will be your nipples’ new best friend (next to the cute baby sucking on them)….These are great because they’re reusable. After baby nurses and you’re in teeth gritting pain, slap these on your nipples for instant cooling relief. And while you’re at it, get some of THESE nursing pads so your boobs don’t leak through your shirt!
7. Sound Machine
I love these. Any brand will do. Great for creating white noise so baby will sleep better. Remember, it’s noisy in the womb, so when baby comes out, he or she will be comforted by these types of sounds. I use a Homedics brand lullaby soother. It stays on ALL the time.
8. Exercise Ball
This will absolutely blow your mind. If your baby is crying, wrap him up, cradle him, and bounce on an exercise ball. It is truly an instant mute button that has never failed me. Try it!
9. Gripe Water
I just wrote a whole blog entry on different types of gripe water. Read it HERE. My favorite brand is Mommy’s Bliss
10. My Brest Friend
Crucial if you are planning on breastfeeding. This thing blows the boppy out of the water. It straps around you so you can walk around with it. I practically never took mine off. It works much better than the boppy, and you’ll be so glad you bought it!
So, those are my top 10 for NEWBORNS. Buy them or put them on your gift registry! So worth it.