I’ve been a mom for just a month, and already have so many fun things that have been lifesavers in this new season with a newborn.
If you’re gearing up to welcome a little into the world, check out what’s helped me below! If you’re already a mama, feel free to share what’s helped you!
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I have the Spectra S2, and I love it because it’s super quiet, small/easy to tote around, and easy to use!
MADELA NIPPLE SHIELD
They handed me one of these in the hospital right after Fin was born, and it’s been great for her to learn to latch. It’s also been great to help her switch between drinking from bottles and from me, as it gives her a similar effect when it comes to the ease of drinking!
DR. BROWNS BOTTLES
Y’all. These have been a lifesaver when it comes to helping Finley with her gas issues. We started out by using the bottles the hospital gave us, but switching to these definitely reduced her gas issues (which is a blessing for baby and mama).
BREAST PUMP BRA
I understand this sounds/looks ridiculous, but the struggle is real when you have to sit in one spot for 15-30 minutes at a time, and don’t even have access to your hands! I bought this on the chance I’d find it useful, and boy have I! This has made my experience so much more enjoyable – I can read a book, hold my baby girl, and even write a blog post while pumping! 😉 I may or may not also fall asleep while pumping in the middle of the night… If you don’t want to buy one, I’ve also seen where some mamas make their own out of old sports bras!
COVERED GOODS COVER
These can be used for multiple things! Breastfeeding cover (came in handy even in the hospital, when folks were uncomfortable with watching her nurse), shopping cart cover, car seat canopy, and even a pretty scarf! This brand is the best in my opinion – such pretty patterns and very well made!
Pain and Discomfort
LANISOH NIPPLE CREAM
Just trust me. This is good stuff. AND it’s safe for baby when breastfeeding/pumping!
If I ever met the person that invented this, they would get a huge hug from me. And probably a box of chocolates.
I just love this thing. Allows Fin to sleep right beside mama, safely and conveniently for middle of the night feeds.
NOE & ZOE BERLIN SWADDLES
In my opinion, these are the best. We’ve tried other brands and they just don’t work as well as these muslin wonders! They are a great size (larger than most) and really keep that baby in tight!
CITY MINI STROLLER
People told me this was the best stroller, and now I’m totally on that fan train. SO easy to maneuver and a delight to use. Just be aware there are different versions with the main difference being the wheels – wish we would have gotten the one with wheels for tougher terrain!
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MY DIAPER BAG
When I was picking out a bag to register for, I did a lot of digging. This one has served us so well, and is such a beaut!
I grabbed this at the last minute before Fin was born, and so glad that I did! Eases mama’s mind when strolling baby around in the summer heat and keeps baby cool! I also may or may not have clipped it to my hospital bed while in labor…
You guys – Fin is a different baby since gas drops. Her witching hour (for now) has gotten so much better, and these drops of liquid goodness soothe my baby’s tummy. This mama is so thankful!
Although this is supposed to help with gas too, we actually just use this for hiccups. Literally within seconds of giving Fin a tiny dose of this, her hiccups are gone!
LARGE WATER BOTTLE
Especially when breastfeeding (but regardless!), mama needs to stay hydrated! I have a huge jug of water that I keep full and drink throughout the day. I take it with me everywhere and keep by my bed for middle of the night wake up times!
This isn’t something I thought of until Finley was actually here, but has been so helpful. It really depends on your routine, but for us we move all-the-things to the bedroom at night and move them all again in the morning. I decided to just put everything in a basket and tote it that way! It saves so much time and helps me stay organized. When in doubt, it’s in the basket. 🙂