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In Motherhood on
June 28, 2017

10 must-have items for your newborn baby

Getting through the first weeks with a newborn is not easy, as any mom out there would agree, but there have been many baby items that have it made it that much more bearable for us – and I wanted to share them with you! Keep in mind that these items are not uncommon, however are certainly ‘must haves’ for the new mommy and daddy. As promised, here are my favorite recommendations thus far:

 

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1. Medela Soft Shells

These things were lifesavers for me. If you plan to breastfeed, these were the best recommendation I ever got. If you are breastfeeding, your nipples will get extremely sore and cracked – so sore to the point that you don’t want to wear a shirt or even shower! These shells make it a lot more tolerable. You insert them into your bra or cami and your nipple sits in a dome, so that it doesn’t touch anything. They are also great for when your milk supply comes in because it collects and catches any leakage (before your shirt gets soaked).

2.  Kimono Tees 

These are for the baby. I would suggest getting a pack of 3, since you’ll use them quite frequently. They open and snap in the front, instead of having to put something over the baby’s head. These are great because while the baby’s umbilical cord is drying up, you don’t need to irritate it by putting a traditional onesie on. Our baby was comfy in his kimono and we had him wear it to bed every night until his cord fell off.  

3. Breast pump

This is a must have, even if just for back up. Your breasts become so engorged the first few weeks that you may need to pump after your baby eats, just to relieve the pain you feel. Whatever you pump, make sure to freeze for later! 

4. Rock and play sleeper

This is great for when you need a break or baby needs a change of scenery. Ours rocks and vibrates, and baby sleeps very well in it. We also take it with us when we go visit family, which is great because it’s compact and lightweight.

5. Muslin Swaddle blankets 

These come in so many awesome patterns and are so soft. We swaddled baby every night before he went to bed for the first month or so. We found him getting the best sleep when he was swaddled. The tighter the swaddle, the better they tend to sleep – but remember, not too tight!

6. Pampers Swaddlers 

These newborn diapers are amazing. They have a strip that runs down the front of the diaper that lets you know if your baby has peed or not. The strip is yellow and will turn blue when saturated with urine. It is an easy way to know when to change the diaper at a quick glance. 

7. Baby Lounger

This portable baby lounger is a God-send. We took it with us anytime we left the house to go visit friends/family. It is a pack-and-go (it folds up into a backpack for convenient travel) bassinet that is fun and engaging and keeps baby comfy and safe when you leave the house. We purchased the Lulyboo Baby Lounger To Go and love it. It is good for the first three months or until your baby outgrows it.

8. Baby mittens

You wouldn’t believe how long your babies nails can get, even right after they are born – you may even need to give your baby a manicure right when you get home like we did. Mittens are important to have on hand as babies tend to scratch their faces in their sleep or while moving around. 

9. Binky

We were very hesitant to use a binky at first, but it really helped soothe the baby when we were changing or bathing him. We don’t encourage him to use it all the time, however it is better than him sucking on his fingers. We asked our doctor and he eased our fears by saying it can help with the hiccups and reduces the risk of SIDS. If you are concerned or on the fence, check with your baby’s doctor and make the right decision for your family. Also, make sure to buy the 0-6m size, which is much smaller and fits the newborn face better.

10. Micro Steam Bags

These are great, affordable sterilizing bags that you can use up to 20 times per use. You just insert water, the items you want to clean, and then microwave for 1-3 minutes depending on your microwave wattage. It’s simple and easy and makes the whole sterilizing process 10x easier!

 

I hope that this has helped some of you ‘new mom-to-be’ out there. I know a lot of these items seem so obvious, but they really were lifesavers for us! I would love to hear what some of you seasoned moms have to say about products or items you think are your favorite ‘must have’ items. Make sure to leave me a comment below! 

In Product Reviews on
February 14, 2016

Close5 App Review

Hello there! Today I am going to be talking about a new app called Close5.  Close5 is an app that lets you buy and sell items within your area. It is almost like eBay, but is much faster and more convenient. You can post any item that you want to sell, by uploading images directly through your phone, or you can browse through the many listings of second hand items available for purchase in your area.

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At first, I was a bit skeptical. I have never been big into second hand buying, but I thought I would give it a try. The app was super easy to use. First, you need to download the app. Then you just type in the area where you live and local listings will pop up. It is great because there are some really great finds, listed for very cheap prices! I like that you have the option to haggle with the seller and bid on a lower price if you want. If you and the seller meet an agreement, the item is yours!

Not only is Close5 convenient, it is also safe. When you have agreed on a pick up time with the seller, you discuss a public place to meet up nearby. This can be at the local Starbucks, the mall, or ToysRus- which is where I met up with my seller.

I have been looking for a cute breakfast tray for sometime, but hadn’t found the perfect one yet. When I saw this Pier1 tray listed on Close 5, I put in a bid right away. The seller was asking for $12 and I put in a bid for $10. The original price for this “Napa Tray” was $45. The seller agreed on $10 and we arranged a time to meet up to exchange. You pay cash when you recieve your item, so it is a safe and easy process.

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I also purchased a pair of Clark’s leopard shoes from the same seller as well. They were listed at $10 and I asked for $9. These shoes originally sold for $65, so I was happy with my $9 bargain! To my surprise, when I met up with the seller- she knocked off another $4 because there was some minor fading on the back of the shoe. That rang my total purchase in at $15.

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Not only is Close5 convenient, but it is the perfect way to snag a great bargain! Score, who doesn’t like to save money? Make sure you head over to download their app at http://www.close5.com/apps, so that you can start shopping to!
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A shot of our beautiful new wooden tray on Valentine’s morning. Perfect for breakfast in bed!

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