We’re three weeks into this newborn thing and I’m loving every second! Lincoln is such a good baby and we’re so happy that he’s a part of our family.
One thing I think I’ve talked about a lot on my blog is how unprepared I was to bring Easton home. Thankfully with Lincoln we were a lot more prepared, but I know how stressful it can be to not really know what you need and what you can live without so I thought I’d talk today about my newborn essentials.
I do want to point out that even though I call them essentials, I know they are things I could live without. But they are things that make my life much more convenient and things that I use regularly, so when I call them my essential items I really mean that they are things I wouldn’t choose to go without.
- The Ollie Swaddle. A good swaddle blanket is a must have, but this is cool because it wraps nice and snug and with Velcro straps that are large enough & strong enough to hold your babe tight without escaping.
- Muslin Swaddle Blankets. These are probably my most used item. I wash them about 30 times a week because we go through them so quickly, and they never fade or wear down. They’re lightweight and extremely durable. My favorite store-brand is Aden+Anais, but if you’re looking for cute prints check out Modern Burlap.
- The Boppy Pillow. Or any nursing pillow will do. I like the Boppy pillow because I can wear it around my body when I’m nursing, or I can use it as an arm rest. When Lincoln gets a little bigger I’ll also be able to use it as a rest for him.
- Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock. This is one of the coolest inventions and I’m so glad to live at a time when this is a thing- especially with 2 little kids. It just attaches to your shopping cart and you can buckle your baby or car seat into it. Super convenient, plus it keeps your shopping cart open for groceries.
- A Ring Sling. I got my ring sling from Hope Carried and I love it. I’m a huge fan of babywearing, but wraps are a little too much work for me. Ring slings are a lot faster and feel a little more secure to me. (And keep an eye out because I MIGHT be giving one away sometime this week ;))
- A Changing Pad. It’s bad enough changing your baby on a dirty changing table at a restaurant/store, but the worst is when there are NO changing tables and you have to change him or her in your car or the floor. Ew. Carry a good changing pad. I like this one from NursElet.
- A Rock ‘n Play Sleeper (especially if it rocks on its own!). This is my lifesaver. Lincoln has a cradle, but it doesn’t fit next to our bed so I end up getting up a bunch at night to nurse or cuddle him. Especially because it’s so stationary that he doesn’t love it quite yet. That’s a work in progress, but for now he sleeps in his rock n play right next to me in bed! It’s so easy to get him up and nurse or change him in the middle of the night because I don’t have to actually get out of bed. If you don’t want to be a mombie (mom-zombie), pick one of these up.
- NoseFrida. The grossest looking, most effective booger sucker of all time. If this can’t get the job done, nothing will.
- A Diaper Bag Backpack. I’ve had so many diaper bags, but the best so far have been in backpack form. I currently use my Fawn Design diaper bag on the regular. It’s perfect for two kiddos and it’s well made!
- The DockATot. Like I’ve said, Lincoln doesn’t really like to be stationary. However, he will sleep in this thing for hours. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see how often he’s in his dock. It’s so convenient for moving around the house with me while I do things. Whether I’m showering, working on homework, or cooking, I can take this with me and he can sit right beside me and sleep.
Bonus: A couple other great baby products…