Five Newborn Essentials

Mary Dougherty

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I did my best to prepare for a baby, but like any new mom it’s hard to know exactly what you’ll need, want and use. You dive in, sometimes taking every suggestion you can get and other times sticking to your instincts to establish a rhythm with taking care of your baby. Now that I’m an expert with just over a month under my belt I’m happy to share my top five essentials for the first month.

These are things things that have helped us the most, that we have used the most, and essentially the things we would take to a desert island with our baby. Of course, every baby is different just like each parent is different, so I can’t say that my experience will work for you or your style of parenting. If you are interested in our methods, however, read on!

Happiest Baby on the Block : This is the manual that is separated a birth from your baby. I was suggested the book by my friend Julie and couldn’t be more grateful. I can’t say more than I highly suggest reading it.

Miracle Blanket : I chose this over other swaddlers only because it’s basically one size fits all. The velcro wraps are certainly easier to use, especially in the middle of the night, but this is a good all purpose version. If you are a pro at swaddling with a normal blanket (which most people aren’t) you can skip this.

Cloth Wipes : We use anywhere from 10-25 of these a day. Most of them are during diaper changes, but we also have a stash for quick clean ups when necessary. They are essential, and you can buy some or make your own if you have the time and are quickly cleaned with the many loads of laundry we do each day.

Vacuum : who new this would be an instant calmer for our baby? Turn it on, and it settles her down almost immediately.

Milk Saver : If you are breastfeeding, this is a gem. It collects milk and help you stock up a supply for the freezer quickly. I already have 25 bags from the first month to use later down the road when I’ll be away.

There you have it! If you are a new mom or expecting I hope something in here helps you out. Close runner ups include : coffee, The Nursing Mother’s Companion, a mom who comes and cooks you food for two weeks (or similar), music to sing along to, Ergo carrier with infant insert, and friends to talk with and ask questions to!

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