What Do you Really Need for your Newborn?
by Ryann Donahoe
Being a mom of four means I’ve had my fair share of thinking “What should I get for those Newborn days?” With your first baby it’s easy to get carried away with the latest and greatest of the current baby trends. As an experienced mom I’m here to tell what the things we found necessary, things we could have lived without and things that were completely useless.
The Must Haves
A Breast Pump (if you plan to breastfeed)- I made this mistake of not getting a breast pump before the baby was born. Thinking I wouldn't need it until I planned to leave the baby with some one else while I was out of the house. Boy as I wrong! I become engorged the second we were home. Which meant my husband was running around town looking for a breast pump while I was home in tears!
Accessible Nursing Wear- Before baby number one I grabbed one nursing bra and that was it. I sent my husband on a Target run to grab more. So for my second and third babies I knew what I needed beforehand. I stocked up on nursing bra’s, nursing nightgown and tank tops. During the first few weeks with your baby you will spend a lot of time at home, in bed. You’ll want to have comfy lounge wear with easy access to breastfeed!
Swaddles- With our first I stocked up on tons of muslin cotton swaddle blankets- while these are great and high on our list, I found that using a true “Swaddler” worked much better while trying to keep them asleep for long periods of time. We went with the Ollie Swaddle and Miracle Blanket. These help to keep baby feeling secure and they aren't able to move around as easily to free their arms. Our babies slept usually slept 4+ hour stretches at night in the first two weeks.
Things We Had But Never Used
A Diaper Pale- I know there are some parents who love these. For our family we found it easier to use our plastic grocery bags for diapers and take them outside everyday.
A lot to Baby Gear (Swings, Bouncers, etc.)- We went above and beyond with baby number one. We got the latest swing, a highly rated bouncy seat and a Rock N Play. We quickly realized we didn’t have room for all of them and our baby only loved the Rock N Play. For the others we would always have our Rock N Play ready when we got home from the hospital. We then would get know the baby a little and see what would work best for that particular baby. Baby number two loved a swim while baby number three did not.
A lot of Newborn Clothes- Newborns grow so quickly during their first few weeks of life. With our first we had so many newborn clothes. We kept her in baby gowns mainly and the next thing we knew she had outgrown all of the cute tiny clothes we stocked up on. Instead of getting a ton of newborn- grab those 0-3, 3-6 month instead.
Other Great Things We Loved
The Dock A Tot- Easy for bed sharing and traveling the Dock A Tot is a great option to have. With two sizes available our littles stayed in their Dock A Tot deluxe for the first six months and the Dock A Tot Grand until age two.
The Owlet Baby Monitor- No parent wants to have to worry about their newborn all throughout the night. The owlet baby monitor offers parents a piece of mind. Because these are a little on the higher end of baby gear prices, we used gift cards from our showers to purchase our Owlet.
Lollipop Baby Monitor- Hands down one of my favorite baby items to date. We didn't get thus item until baby number three but I wish I would have had it from day one! The Lollipop Camera os great quality, gives parents access to their babes even when they are out of the house and it’s easy to install.
Ryann Donahoe is an excellent example of today’s modern mom. As a wife and mother of four she shares all of her experience on balancing mom life while trying to stay on top of the latest trends. With just a brief look at her blog, Balancing In High Heels, you’ll quickly see she shares her thoughts on motherhood, health, fashion and much more. Ryann has always found joy in being a mother, and she blended this with her passion for writing to delight her audience with stories of love, fear and the many challenges that encompass parenthood. Her goal is to share advice that helps all families achieve their best potentials.
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