20 Essential Items for new moms

New Mommy blog alert!!

 

 Being new MOMMY can be overwhelming. Especially when you have never been around a baby let alone know what to use to keep it ALIVE.  I hope this post helps new moms get a better understanding of things to register for.

  1. Changing Pad- although it may seem like the obvious I swore that I didn’t need one. I thought I was going to be able to change the baby on my bed.. Well that lasted about a week, until my back could no longer take it.

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2) Bassinet- When you first bring a baby home, I recommend a bassinet. Its small (the baby is small, and doesn’t need a huge crib) and you can keeo your baby close to your bed.(WE HAD THE FOLLOWING THAT WHEN HE WASN’T SLEEPING ON IT U CAN FLIP ITAND USE IT AS A CHANGING PAD)

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3)Hatch baby Reset- This is by far my favorite. IT has settings that you can set up. So every night till this day it goes off and starts a melody at 750 pm every day, and for hid nap time as well. What I also like about this is that you can brighten the room in different colors without actually turning on the light and waking the baby.

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4)Scale- So as a breastfeeding mom I STRUGGLED a lot in the beginning. I had everyone tell me that my son was not having enough milk, or that I wasn’t making enough milk. I had my lactation specialist weigh my baby before a feeding and after. And it showed how much milk my son was eating and it was definitely enough for him.  SO a tip would be to get your own scale so that you do not have to wait days before knowing if your child is eating enough.

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5)Pump – DO your research if you plan on breastfeeding so that way, when you are away from your child, or they actually sleep through the night and your breasts are HUGE. You have a relief and do not have to wake your sleeping baby. Just note ,, you really shouldn’t be pumping in the beginning you should really put baby to the breast as much as possibly to establish a supply.

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6)Boppy Pillow- because you need somewhere to put the baby when you are trying to do things around the house. Besides the bassinet away in the room, this boppy you can put it on the kitchen counter, or on the sofa.

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7) Nose Frida – To non- parents this is going to sound so gross BUT. This  little gadget is a life saver especially when your baby is so tiny that their nostrils are so small u have to use this to suck the mucus out (no it doesn’t go in your mouth) and your baby will feel so much better after.

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8)Stroller- Every parent is different and that is why there are a million strollers out there. This is one that I recommend you go into a store (I cannot believe BABIES R US IS CLOSED) and physically open it and close it and see if you can handle it, it fits into your car and if they carry the color you had in mind.

This is the Britax B- lively& B safe 35 travel system  ( I LOOOVE OUR STROLLER) BUT few things) since we had a GRACO car seat we technically didn’t need this one even though now that I am thinking about it, its better to strap your baby  in the comfort of your own home rather than in the cold/hot. (YOU WILL ALSO NEED THE BASE FOR THE SEAT TO GO IN YOUR CAR)

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9) Humidifier- Have keep that moisture in the room

10) Bottle Warmer:  You don’t ever want to give your little newborn a freezing bottle of milk. Although I nursed I didn’t really use this much, only when daddy was on bottle duties. But its always better to be safe than sorry. I would also choose the same bottle warmer as the brand of bottles you have.

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11)Bottle Sterilizer- Your baby will not be able to fight any infections so I would recommend to sterilize their bottles every other day until around 6 months. After that I would do it around once a week.

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12)Muslin Blankets: Aden + Anais Silky soft swaddle baby blanket:  Although they are expensive I promise you they are worth it! You can check for specials off of their site, or something in Marshalls they have them at a lower price. (we were very lucky and a friend of mine worked there and she was the one that got me onto them (SHOUTOUT to the real MVP MEISHA)

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13)Bibs: Birpy bibs I also recommend Aden +Anais the are multifunctional, and they are reversible as well)

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14)High Chair- I like this one because it turns into a toddler chair as well.

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15)Little Olympians wooden play gym-  You have to keep your baby exploring their new senses; touching and feeling helps develop those sensorimotor skills

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16)Tummy Time Mat- As soon as your baby comes home, you need to practice tummy time, It is essential to their development and to learn to hold their heads up. You start by one minute at a time, and you start increasing that time little by little. (your pediatrician will tell you how long you should be doing it)

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17)Car Seat-  This Graco 4in 1 convertible car seat is my favorite because you can use it as a rear facing seat, forward facing, booster seat and up-to your child is 120lbs.

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18)Jumper- Fisher Price 3-1 sit to stand activity center

This can also be used a tummy time mat and a few other things

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19)Pack & Play- Graco Pack & Play As your baby starts crawling they will be EVERYWHERE. So this is a good way to be able to keep an eye on them while cooking, can be a nap area, an extra changing pad in another location in your home

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20)Rock & Play-  Your baby can lay here and play and there is also a button that will rock your baby as well.

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I can make this list go on forever! But I thought I would stick to the basics. Ill add a few more things without pictures that are needed for a first time mom. Hope this helps as a guide because I know I was completely lost when it came to all this.

 

  • Baby bottles (a variety of 3oz bottles and 950z and 9 oz bottles)

  • Hats and gloves (baby loses all their body heat through their heads that is why as a newborn they need to keep their heads covered) gloves to keep baby from scratching their faces

  • Baby Soap – Dr bronner

  • Towels /socks

  • Onesie (zipper ones when they are newborn)

  • DIAPERS /WIPES  ( you will go through diapers like you won’t believe)

  • crib sheets

  • First aid kit for the baby (thermometer, nail cutter/filler, hair crush/comb

  • Teething toys

  •  MAYBE a Swing

  • Bath for the baby