When I was pregnant, I would obsessively read review after review of what products bloggers loved and didn’t love during baby’s first year of life. It really helped with building my baby registry and deciding what was worth purchasing and what wasn’t worth purchasing before baby’s arrival. With that being said, I thought it would be fun to do my own little review of what we’re currently loving a month in.
All items listed below were either purchased by myself or given as a gift (though *full disclosure* a majority of links are Amazon affiliate links).
The Boppy is probably my most used shower gift (thank you, Emily!). Breastfeeding – especially in the very beginning – is hard. Between dealing with the pain from my csection incision, learning how to latch properly, and remaining comfortable while a hungry newborn nurses for hours at a time (damn you, cluster feeding!); the Boppy is my best friend. It allows me to have my hands free while she eats so I can write posts like this or obsessively check Facebook. The Boppy goes where I go and I can’t imagine the first few weeks without it, definitely a must have!
This was a 3am Amazon purchase the day or two after we brought Annalynn home. I was told Amazon is dangerous during late night nursing sessions and they weren’t kidding. Luckily the K’Tan was an awesome purchase. We received a baby carrier off our registry, but baby girl still needs to grow a bit more before we can use it. I realized early on that I needed some sort of wrap that I could use to wear her while she was still so little. I picked the K’Tan because it is a wrap-like carrier that has been simplified and fool proof for new moms like me. I love it and Annalynn does, too. We use it for walks, for going out, or just so I can get dishes done when she’s being fussy. It’s amazing.
We try to keep the house dark and quiet for Annalynn’s nightime feedings. The Munckin Nursery Projector and Sound System gives just enough light so I can see what I’m doing for the feedings, but not enough to rouse Annalynn. The white noise is also oddly relaxing – it almost makes me want to go to sleep too.
I never realized how many blankets we would go through. I’d heard a lot of great things about Aden & Anais blankets before giving birth and I have to say they live up to their hype. They’re light and airy, which is great for our warm Florida weather. They also have a great stretch to them, which means they’re great for swaddling. Annalynn LOVES to be swaddled. She also loves to spit up, which is why we go through so many blankets. The good news is the blankets are also good for wiping up baby spit up and split breast milk.
As a typical first time mom, I was obsessed in the beginning with making sure Annalynn was getting enough to eat and had enough wet/dirty diapers. I downloaded the Baby Daybook App the day we left the hospital as a convenient way to monitor everything. Now that we’re almost a month in, I enjoy reviewing all of the data to check for eating/sleeping patterns, it’s also a great reminder for when her last meal was, how long her stretches of sleep have been at night, and which boob she last ate off of. I’m sure I’ll eventually stop obsessively tracking everything, but for now it’s just great peace of mind.
Swaddling is an art form. The nurses at the hospital have that art nailed down. New parents? Not so much. I like that the Halo SleepSack takes the guesswork out of swaddling, which is really awesome at 3:00am when your brain is completely fried. Annalynn LOVES to be swaddled. When she was really teeny, tiny it was the best way to instantly calm her. She sleeps great in her sleepsack (*knock on wood*) and awesome sleepy baby = happy mommy.
A lot of the first few weeks of motherhood involves sitting around. Whether it be feeding the baby (especially when she’s cluster feeding for hours at a time), holding the baby while the baby sleeps (because she’ll wake up as soon as you set her down), playing with the baby, or pumping bottles; let’s just say I’ve spent more time than I ever have on my couch. To keep myself entertained, I’ve been doing a lot of binge watching via our AppleTV. I recently finished the first season of Jane the Virgin (highly recommended) through Netflix and am making my way through the majority of the HBO series on HBOGO (because, why not?).
I’ve always been a very active person. I hate sitting still and love being outside. The first few days after Annalynn was born were rough because I had major cabin fever – I can only sit on the couch for so long! The best cure for my cabin fever has been getting outside and getting fresh air. Annalynn, Maddie, and I go for a long walk around our neighborhood everyday. I’ve also attended every mom group meet-up I can find just to give us an excuse to get away from the house and get outside. Fresh air (and talking to other adults) has 100% saved this new mom’s sanity.
I’m sure I’m leaving a few important items off of this list, but those are a few essentials we’ve relied on the first few weeks. I can’t wait until Annalynn becomes a little more interactive with toys and which to see which ones she’ll gravitate towards. Right now she’s perfectly entertained with watching the fan spin (her current favorite activity).
What were some of the items you loved when your little one was a newborn?