This post has been waaaayyy overdue but I’m glad it’s finally up. My hope is to help someone out there who might be preparing for their little one’s arrival or maybe if you’re thinking about getting some items and weren’t sure, I hope this helps you!
The below 5 items mentioned were (and some still are), my ride-or-die and I would HIGHLY recommend getting them.
I have also listed a few items below that I think are equally important, take a look at that as well, it might be helpful. Let me know if you have any questions, or even better, if something is/was your ride or die, and would like to share it with everyone, please do so!!
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- Baby bouncer
The newborn phase would have been a lot harder if it wasn’t for this bouncer. I used it literally every day!! For the days I didn’t have help and needed to take a shower, cook, eat, or get my chores done and the baby was awake, I would put him on this bouncer and get everything done.
As he grew, he even learned to bounce and entertain himself with his bouncer. He is now 8 months and I still sometimes use it. Obviously a lot less now because he can crawl, but sometimes when I need him in one place, I use this bouncer. We love this stuff around here and It’s a must-have for me!
- Nursing pillow
Thank God for sisters. Initially, I was not using this correctly and thought it was uncomfortable, so I put it aside. Then one afternoon, my cousin came over and showed me the proper way of using it and oh my lord, I could not stop using it until my baby grew out of it. I love this stuff. The pillow can also be used to prop up your little one as they grow
- Wipeable changing pad
I opted for a wipeable changing pad because it’s so much easier. If an accident happens, (which it did and will continue to do so), all you do is wipe it down and you’re done. Nobody has time to switch out cushions at night because your baby peed on the changing pad. A total lifesaver!
- Baby Carrier
You know the whole idea of skin-to-skin?! do it while wearing your baby! Your hands are free and baby is relaxing all cozied & snuggled up, falling asleep to the rhythm of your heartbeat. I LOVED wearing my baby, it felt so special. There are two types of carriers, cloth, and buckle. I would recommend getting both. I wore this one at home and this one outside. My husband uses the buckle carrier as well and he loves it!
- Breastfeeding pump ( this obviously applies to those who plan to breastfeed)
If you plan on breastfeeding, please get a breast pump. The reason I say this is because my breastmilk took a while to come in, (about 5-6 days), it was this pump that helped speed up the milk supply. My Dr recommended I pump after every feed as that would help the flow and it really did. (I should probably make another post about my breastfeeding journey. let me know if that is something you’d be interested in. It’s nothing too crazy but I can share my experience in another post if you like). So anyway, I used this pump to the max when my flow was in, and today, I can use all the milk I froze for my baby as we are now on solids. A lot of people swear by this breast pump. I learned about it very recently and don’t use it as much but It would have probably come in handy when the baby was a lot younger… worth considering!
- Double zipper onesies
- Portable changing pad
- Diaper bag
- Car seat
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