Our Must Haves...
This is the bouncy seat we got; it's by Carter's and we and M love it! She's been sitting in here since the day we brought her home from the hospital. When she was a newborn, we loved it because it was a snug place for her to sleep and we could put her in it anywhere in the house. Now that she's bigger, she loves sitting here and looking at her "animals." We have a swing too, but she definitely seems to prefer the bouncy seat.
I have to admit, I didn't want this carrier. I had originally registered for the Bjorn, but J's aunt bought us this one. She had heard good things about it from young moms that she knows, and suggested we try. And I am SO glad she did. We've been able to use this from the very beginning, as well, since she also bought us the newborn insert. I also have a Moby and K'tan. We like those, but this is definitely my favorite carrier. It's worth every penny.
We loved these in the early days! They "hold" much better than the muslin ones we received. The flannel almost acts like a velcro....it 's wonderful!
As M got bigger, she was busting out of the regular swaddle all the time. I started using these around 4 weeks, and they are much more effective at keeping down strong arms! She still manages to get her arms up from time to time, but overall, we have been very pleased with these.
This was sort of a last minute purchase for us. We had already purchased the BOB with a car seat adapter, but after talking to several friends, I decided this might be nice to keep in the back of my car for quick errands. I'm so glad we purchased it! It is so light and easy to fold up. We love our BOB, but I will admit, it's huge! It's great for the neighborhood and parks, but the Snap N Go is ideal for trips to the doctor, Target, Starbucks...it's great! I also bought mine on Craigslist for $25. I would highly suggest searching there before paying full price for this! I think most moms only use this for a few months before baby is big enough for an umbrella stroller, so it's easy to get it used but in great condition!
There are obviously dozens of toys you can hang from your baby's car seat, but these are what we have. I got these as a gift and didn't think much about them. I hung them on her car seat around 6 weeks, and they make her SO happy. She smiles and coos at them. She definitely enjoys having something to look at in her seat.
We got this playmat for M, but I think that babies love any playmat that they're put on! I chose this one because I like that it's 1) gender neutral and 2) it doesn't scream "baby." The patchwork design was pretty basic. M sits under here for large chunks of time; she loves it!
Breastfeeding Must Haves....
This is an item I almost didn't put on my list, because I really don't use it much now, but my Brest Friend Pillow was with me ALL THE TIME during the first few weeks after M was born. I ended up having an unplanned c-section, and this really helped breast feeding feel comfortable in the beginning. I didn't have to put any of the baby's weight on me, it could all rest on the pillow. If you want to nurse your baby, I would definitely recommend this. Nursing can be tricky for so many reasons, and having this to help me hold my baby correctly in the beginning helped a lot. I even took it to the hospital with me and one of the lactation consultants helped show me how to use it properly. Also, I bought mine used at a consignment sale for about $10. If there's something you want that wasn't purchased off your registry, check out local consignment sales and Craigslist. You can get stuff for a steal!
My friend Lindsey told me about these tanks. They can attach to any nursing bra which means you can essentially make any shirt a nursing shirt! I don't like lifting up my shirt to nurse and having my belly hang out. Because if I'm being honest, my belly isn't something I want to be showing off these days. But these eliminate that completely. I know I could just wear nursing tanks, but I've found that they're not the most supportive. This is the best of both worlds! A great bra, but still allows you to wear a tank and cover up your belly! I love these.
So there's our list! There are dozens of other items we love and have been using over the past 12 weeks, but these are the ones we love the most.
If you're a new momma, what's on your list?
Are there any items I included that your baby hated?
Any items we have in common?