I always search for blogs with the “must haves” that women recommend. Since we have found so many things that we love and have made our first month with P easier, I wanted to pass them along.
We have two in our house, one upstairs and one in the basement where I feed the most. My Mom made covers so they match the color scheme. They are great for breast feeding and tummy time!
Fisher Price Soothe & Glow Seahoarse
We had this for about 4 weeks before we took it out. We were visiting friends in Shippensburg and they had mentioned a seahorse being one of their LO’s favorite toys. When we got home we realized we had the same one and took it out that night. WOW, it soothed P immediately! This has become one of our FAVORITES!
Rock N Play Sleeper
Aden & Anais swaddle blankets have been our favorite so far. They are big which makes swaddling P easy and are light weight so we can still have him in a onesie underneath. They are a little pricey but we bought them at Buy Buy Baby and used a 20% off coupon. We liked them so much we purchased a second set!
We have been using Charlie’s Soap to all of P’s clothes and linens. It works so well and I love that there is NO fragrance. I keep a small container upstairs to get out stains before putting clothes in the hamper. So far, I have gotten poop, pee and liquid formula out of his cloths 100%. The Dapple we use to clean any of P’s bottles, pacifiers or anything else he would put in his mouth. We have the Munchkin Pacificer Wipes in the diaper bags to clean things when we are out and about.
The biggest item I have found to be a necessity for me are nursing pads. The disposable work well in the hospital and to have on hand in your diaper bag but the washable ones are softer and nicer for long term use. I put them in a mesh bag and wash them with our other hand wash items. The Earth Mama Nipple Butter has been really nice to use, especially on those cluster feeding days.
Since I was only planning on pumping once a day when Rob feeds P a bottle, we went with the Medela Pump & Swing. It is super quiet, portable and can run on batteries. We got it at Buy Buy Baby so we could use a 20% off coupon! We purchased the Medela Steam Bags based on a recommendation from a friend and love them! It is easier to store than a bottle sanitizer and can also sanitize pacifiers, pump parts and pretty much anything else. We also bought Medela freezing & storage bottles that screw right into the breast pump, EXTREMELY convenient. You can even attach a nipple to it if you plan to feed right after pumping. We chose the Born Free bottles because of the materials they are made from but have grown to love the fact that P controls the flow of formula.
We have two of these in the house, one upstairs (lawn) and one in the kitchen (grass). They are really stylish but practical as well. The tress are great for pump parts and pacifier.