Newborns are funny beings. They’re so needy and it’s like trying to decipher a foreign language in attempts to figure out what they need at any given time. However, us mamas are given special abilities to become experts on these little beings of ours in a short period of time. I’m amazed at myself in my ability to figure out which cry means what, how he likes to be held, or when he needs to be stimulated now that his vision gets better each and every day. Oh, and his favorite color to look at went from red last week to green this week. In just almost two months he’s made so many new advances and I love seeing him evolve during the time we share together. And the fun part: this is just the beginning.
…here’s to surviving newborns…
As a new mom, and even when preparing during my last few weeks of pregnancy, I read over and over all of the essentials lists to make sure I felt prepared to welcome home my little man. I wanted to know as much I could expect from all of those veteran moms who described their first few months at home. Many of those lists rang true, but there were a couple of items that I could add to those lists that could maybe help out those other new mamas out there. Every baby is different and every need is different, so keeping that in mind here are my Top Picks for surviving the first few months of motherhood.
1: Enfamil Gentlease Formula | 2: Carter’s Sleep Sack | 3: 4Moms Infant Tub |
4: Baby K’Tan Wrap | 5: Halo Swaddler | 6: Amazon Mom Subscription | 7: Snacks!
8: Boppy Nursing Pillow | 9: Owlet Baby Monitor
There’s a huge stigma against supplementing formula into your baby’s diet. It’s all breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed and the ever constant saying: “breast is best!”. However, there are many women out there that don’t have the luxury of breastfeeding or, like me, their milk can’t quite keep up with the demand (especially when sleep is in only a few hour increments – if I’m lucky). I am so grateful that nursing my little one has been easy peasy thus far, but Enfamil Gentlease has been an answered prayer for settling his stomach and relieving gas pains from breastfeeding. Supplementing with formula also helps with those nighttime feedings when I don’t have enough to satisfy him (plus my husband gets to feed!). So, don’t get caught up in the fears of formula – do what’s best for your baby.
Carter’s Sleep Sacks
I love Carter’s and if I could I would just buy the whole store to have in Greyson’s closet. But, one of my husband and I’s favorite pieces are the ‘sleep socks’, as we call them, because it keeps our little guy warm and makes nighttime diaper changes a breeze.
4Moms Infant Tub
Now that we are giving Greyson warm water baths a few times a week I am so happy with our 4Moms Infant Tub. The thermometer allows us to find the right temperature water without new parent fear of it being too hot or too cold and it fits perfectly in our kitchen sink. Bath time is one of Greyson’s favorite times and our tub makes it so easy to enjoy those little moments.
Another great newborn essential is some kind of wrap or carrier for your baby. It’s allowed me to free up my arms so I can get things done around the house, go for walks, walk our dog without needing the stroller, and convenient for those shopping runs.
The Halo Swaddler is a newly discovered gem. It was a gift given by a friend before leaving for maternity leave at work and she swore by them and now I know why. I call Greyson my ‘Little Houdini’ because he finds a way to get his arms free no matter how good my swaddle was and it causes him to flail his arms around and thus makes getting him back to sleep much harder. I love that it’s sleeveless so he doesn’t overheat, the zipper is inverted so it doesn’t get caught around his neck and makes diaper changes so easy, and the velcro makes it comfortable for him to feel secure without snugging him too tight.
Amazon Mom Subscription
Amazon Mom has been so helpful in allowing us to get the things we need and delivered to our door with 2-day free shipping. We also enjoy Amazon Prime streaming as a little cherry on top. It’s only $99/year and you can get anything you need (even groceries!) conveniently delivered to your home.
Snacks & Hydrate!
Another essential that I never see on any other essentials list are snacks and try to stay hydrated with water. I don’t know about other moms who are doing this whole mom thing alone at home while their husbands are at work, but it’s not guaranteed I’ll get to sit down and eat an actual meal. So, in order to fit those meals in I have to have healthy snacks readily available and keep hydrated with water. It helps my milk supply and gives me energy to keep up with my little guy. I currently love those Coconut Cashews from Trader Joe’s and the Think Thin protein bars!
Boppy Nursing Pillow
I have found that I have been able to find multiple uses for my nursing pillow. Yes, it’s fabulous for nursing but it also makes for a great bed (for when he falls asleep after nursing) or propping him up – with supervision of course. As he continues to grow I’ll be able to use it for tummy time too, which I know is in our immediate future here soon!
Owlet Baby Monitor
Lastly, and something I can’t speak more highly of, is our Owlet baby monitor. I love that we have technology today to help fight against SIDS and other complications that could go unseen or noticed because we’re sleeping when our babies need us most. I am able to rest easily each and every night because Greyson wears his sleep sock that uses a monitor that keeps track of his heart rate and oxygen levels. I keep the base station right next to our bed and can check my phone to see what his levels are when I need reassurance.
How are you surviving newborns?