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My Must Have Baby Products: 1st Month

I have put together a list of my Must Have Baby Products for the 1st Month and why they were needed! I definitely recommend registering for these items or picking them up before your little one is born!

  1. Car Seat – you must have one already installed in your car in order to take your newborn home from the hospital. Make sure the carseat fits before you purchase! I believe you can go to Babies R Us and test them in your car {I did not do this, but was told you can and I think this is smart as not all carseats fit in every car}. We got the Chicco KeyFit 30 in Graphica along with a second base, so we have bases in both cars. Then we got the Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame for the carseat to fit into and its GREAT! Most hospitals will check the carseat installation for you, although you can also take it to any fire station and they will check it as well.
  2. Boppy – I absolutely love my Boppy! I didn’t take it to the hospital with me the first time, but the second time we went in, I brought it and realized how much I needed it. I suggest taking it to the hospital with you, just make sure you wash the cover RIGHT when you get home!
  3. Boppy Newborn Lounger – This thing is a MUST in my household! We plop it right in the center of our ottoman and Rett will just sit there and look around. Or if you need to set them down quickly for a minute, this thing is portable and so convenient!
  4. Piano Gym – Rett loves this thing! We put him on this for about 10 minutes a day. It’s also great for tummy time! Although, once you are in the 5 week time frame, I guess babies’ nervous system is developing and they go on sensory overload, so limited their activity during that time.
  5. Pack n Play – this thing is a God-send! At first, I wasn’t sure I “needed” one… but now that Rett has to sleep at an incline, this Pack n Play with the Newborn Lounger has saved us!
  6. Aden & Anais Swaddles – These have been great for the summer, they are lightweight and easy to use. Rett doesn’t like being swaddled all the time, so we just swaddle him at night.
  7. Aden & Anais Bibs – I use these as burp cloths, but they can also be used as bibs around the baby’s neck when they get a little older.
  8. Aden & Anais Blankets – I love this set and during the summer have used these in the carseat. They are lightweight, but are great and easy to tuck into the sides of the carseat to cover them up.
  9. Footed PJs or “Sleep & Plays” – I really like these ones from Carters and definitely try and get the zipper ones, not the button ones as they are much easier to work with in the middle of the night when you are half asleep and you have to change their diaper.
  10. Cloth Diapers as burp cloths – These work wonders as burp cloths! We also use them to lay down underneath him so that when he has a blowout, it doesn’t get all over his loungers. For a while, we were using these on the changing pad too, so the “cute” changing pad cover didn’t get ruined.
  11. Monitor – we LOVE this monitor and would definitely recommend it to anyone! The picture is great, it has night vision and it has a mode where it turns on when they make sound up to a certain level. We also have a sound monitor but our little guy is so noisy, it keep us up all night thinking he’s waking up. It tilts and zooms, so you can get just the right picture and also mounts on the wall.
  12. Butt Paste vs. Desitin Cream – We love both of these creams. We use the Butt Paste as a preventative for diaper rash, so an every-day use. The Desitin is Extra Strength, so when Rett actually has diaper rash, we use that and its gone by the next diaper change!
  13. Nursing Tanks – these are a must have! This is what I wore in the hospital once I was out of my gown and they work so well for breastfeeding and hanging out!
  14. Humidifier – this humidifier works great and looks cool too! Living in Colorado with this dry climate, we have to have a humidifier for our little guy!
  15. Saline Drops & Nose Sucker – they should give you a nose sucker at the hospital, but if not they can be found at a Walmart or Target. Everett started getting boogers right away, and the only way to get them out was to use the saline drops to soften them, then use the nose sucker to suck them out. Poor guy could hardly breathe at times, so this definitely helps!
  16. Gripe Water – this is an herbal supplement that can ease tummy ache for hiccups or colic. We use this just about every day if he gets hiccups {and they are bad hiccups!} or if we just know his tummy isn’t turning right… sometimes he has stopped crying right away. It’s great and non-medicated with ginger and fennel.
  17. Thermometer – the doctor had us check his temperature every day the first 2 weeks of life, so this came in handy. We also got a regular thermometer from the hospital which is supposed to work better… but you have to shove it in their armpit and Rett hated it, plus it takes forever to get a reading.
  18. Laundry Detergent – we use Tide Free & Gentle and it works great! Do not use Dreft, as it doesn’t get poop stains out very well. I also use OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover and it helps get stains out that have set.
  19. Uddercovers – These work great if nursing in public! I’m not really sure about other covers, but these have a plastic band at the top, that holds the fabric out from your chest so you can watch your baby without anyone else seeing. Genius!
  20. Carseat Canopy – we use this thing non-stop! Its great for traveling when Rett takes a nap… that way he’s not bothered by the light. I have the gray chevron and LOVE it!
  21. Diaper Bag: I definitely wanted a diaper bag that my husband was comfortable carrying around, if needed. So we got the Skip Hop Messenger bag. Here’s whats recommended to keep inside: 10 diapers, wipes, 3 onesies/outfits, swaddle blanket, pacifier, Desitin/Buttpaste, burp cloth, outerwear {if cold}, arm & hammer diaper bags, Uddercover. We also keep our booklet from the Pediatrician in there for Rett’s checkups.
  22. Boon Grass – this thing is A-MAZING and oh-so-stylish! We just keep it on the counter for drying bottles, pacifiers and bottle accessories. I also have the twig and flower, and you definitely need both with the amount of lids and nipples that need drying. Plus, this elevates the accessories to leave room for bottle below. I’m obsessed with the Boon products!
  23. Sleep Sheeps – we have both the large one and travel one and use them both daily! They have great sounds that will help put baby straight to sleep. I have one attached to his changing table right next to the rocker, so when I’m rocking him I’ll turn it on and it helps keep it noisy. The second one I have attached to his sleep lounger and turn it on every time he sleeps. Love them!
  24. Fan – You want a noisy fan! I turn this thing on every time he sleeps and it works great. This helps to give them the soothing sounds of when he was inside mamas belly, as well as give you the freedom to be noisy and loud throughout the day. We have extremely squeaky  floors in our home as well as an obnoxiously barking dog, and he doesn’t hear a thing!
  25. Bathing:
  • Bath Tub – We have a large sink in our kitchen that is a single basin, so I knew this bathtub would fit perfectly in it. We fill the sink up with warm water and some bubble bath up to about his waist, and he fits perfectly comfortable in it with some room to grow.
  • Washcloths – I received these Geo Washcloths in Gray and love them! They also have some cute washcloth/towel sets at Target
  • Turtlemeter vs. “Hot” Rubber Ducky – MAKE SURE YOU GET THE Turtlemeter! You will need to have this to tell the EXACT temperature of the bath water. It turns Red when its too hot, and blue when its too cold… then green when its just right. It is imperative that you have the temperature to let you know that the bath water is between 95 and 102 degrees. If you get one of the Rubber Duckys, it doesn’t let you know how hot it actually is and you can burn your child.
  • Aveeno Soaps – I love the Calming Comfort Bath for the bubbles, and the Baby Wash and Shampoo to wash him. They work great and smell nice too!
  • Head scrubber – At the hospital, when the nurse gives your little on their first bath, they will use this little scrubber with a sponge on the other side. Definitely grab it to take home, or ask to take one home… the scrubber helps with cradle cap! Don’t use the sponge side as it collects germs.
  • Bath Wrap – Here is the matching bath towel to the washlcoths and its super cute! Our little guy gets wrapped, snuggled and dried in this thing and loves it!

Breastfeeding:

  • Breast Pump – I have the Medela in Style Advanced Breast Pump … {this one comes with the starter kit bundle}. CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE before you buy yours… my insurance gave us the pump + 4 bottles with lids. Then, I went and bought all of the accessories and add-ons. Just get it all… I use the wipes when I’m traveling, the steam bags to sanitize, the cooler bag for travel, the storage bags for freezer storage, the slow flow nipples {get 2 packs of 3}, and the hands-free bra {get 2}.
  • How to Increase milk supply – the doctor told me to get Fenugreek, I got mine at Sprouts Farmers Market and take 3 capsules 3 times a day. Also, eat Oatmeal {not the instant kind}. On Sundays, I cook 4 servings of Oatmeal, split it up into bowls and refrigerate so they are ready to go during the week. All I need to do is heat it up, put a little bit if butter, brown sugar and milk in the morning. Another dish I make is this great Baked Oatmeal recipe my friend Tracie gave me and its delish! Although, I use regular milk, add fresh peaches and for the vegetable oil, I use half of that serving for canola oil and the other half for Natural Apple Sauce. Finally, drink tons and tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of water. My mom tells me, “if your pee is yellow, you are not drinking enough water!”
  • Nursing vs. Pumping: I was so uncertain on knowing when to pump, while breastfeeding. I knew I wanted to start getting a stockpile, but I felt like if I pumped, then there wouldn’t be any left for Rett. I heard to pump 1 hour after he fed/1 hour before he ate}, and this worked sometimes… or pump right after you nurse. You might not get very much, but dont worry, it will come! Breastmilk is so on-demand… so if you nurse, then pump… your body will soon know it needs to produce twice as much. I waited the full 30 days to give Rett a bottle, but once I did he was getting it much faster so he primarily takes a bottle now and thats all. Every once in a while if I’m in a crunch or waiting for the bottle to warm, I will let him nurse… but he tends to get pissed off because he knows he can get it quicker from the bottle. I realize now, he wasn’t sleeping all that well because he wasn’t getting a full belly. There were some nights he was up every hour and I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe with the next child I will give the bottle sooner? At like 2 weeks? Who knows…

A little bit of advice:

The best advice I received before having Rett was from my friend Natalie, who said something like “the first month is survival mode” and it’s so true! You literally just learn as you go, so do what you can to survive! To go with that, I was also told “do what works for you”. Theres a ton of “do this” and “dont do that” out there… and honestly, if they need a pacifier in the first month to calm down, then give it to them!

During this time, don’t try and create a “schedule”, for most babies it just isn’t going to happen. Just go with the flow and hang in there!

Also, I would start to get all worked up about getting other stuff done. Just relax, look at your baby and say to yourself “this is the only thing that matters, this is the only thing I need right now, everything else can wait!”

Now, the only thing I get worked up about is lack of sleep… which is needed! Literally nap when they nap, sleep when they sleep! Even if its 3 times in the middle of the day. You will get to a point where even an hour of sleep is amazing! You will be sleep deprived, and it will sneak up on you. I’ve had a few days where Nick has come home and would say something as simple as “are the dishes in the dishwasher clean?” and I would start crying and go on about how I haven’t slept because Rett hasn’t slept all day and how does he expect me to get anything done, etc.! He would then take the baby and demand I go to bed. It’s rough stuff. I remember people telling me “oh, get ready for no sleep”… but literally NO SLEEP and its really hard! Nothing can prepare you for this, its just what happens.

Sign up for Lucie’s List. They give such great advice on whats happening with your  baby at the week they are at, and they have a great product list too! Another site I find myself constantly reading from, is Baby Guide…. download the app!

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Baby Bump: Week 38

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Well we are still hanging in there. I thought for sure he would come this week, but he must be pretty cozy in there! He sure kicks me like he wants out… so we will see about this next week. My contractions are getting stronger, some even hurt and I have to start my lamaze breathing techniques. They aren’t very consistent though, thats when things are supposed to really get going.

I had my last day at Paper Source for maternity leave. I think the girls were afraid my water was going to break while at work, so we decided to cut it a few weeks early. I don’t blame them, plus I can rest and get some more organization done around the house {ie. nesting}.

We had our class, “Happiest Baby on the Block” and it was very informative on how to calm a crying baby after you have already fed them and changed their diaper. They give you a DVD to watch on how to do the techniques and I feel like its making me more confident with calming an infant. If you haven’t seen the video, I suggest getting it {its a little dated, but these techniques have been known to work 100% of the time}.

On Saturday, Nick’s cousin Chris was married to his high school sweetheart, Angela and we had the pleasure of attending their beautiful wedding in Boulder, CO. I’m so glad we made it! My nephew Corbin was the ring-bearer and he was just the cutest little thing! He was a party-animal and wanted to stay all night and dance with the other kids, so adorbs! Congratulations to Chris & Angela McGee! We had such a great time! Here’s a few photos:

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I’m so ready to have this little guy! We are so close…c’mon baby E! We can’t wait to meet you!

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Baby Bump: Week 37

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Every day we get closer and closer to the big arrival! The end of our pregnancy is very near and both Nick and I are feeling it… preparing and realizing we are soon-to-be parents. We couldn’t be more excited! The nursery is ready, our bags are packed, the carseat is in the car, we have more “baby stuff” than we know what to do with and are so thankful for all of the support we have received.

I’ve been trying to get as much rest as possible. Enjoying the luxury of sleeping in and taking long afternoon naps. We try and take evening walks on a regular basis and my closet selection is becoming very limited… mostly down to only maxi dresses, t-shirts and comfy shorts. Thats definitely all I want to wear anyway! Other than carrying this giant watermelon on the front of me, I actually feel pretty great!

Who knows… my next post might just be the first photos of our little man! I can’t wait!

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Baby Bump: Week 36

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Only 4 weeks to go! We are getting close! I met with the doctor just the other day and she said he’s ready… any day now! I’m already 1 cm dilated and my mucus plug fell out {if you don’t know what that is… you can look it up. It’s a little TMI for non-mom ears}. They say about 2-3 weeks from that point… so get ready for this little man, he might not wait much longer!

He’s starting to get heavy. I pretty much hold my belly wherever I go and of course, getting up and down has it’s challenges. Forget bending over! Although, if I absolutely have to, I look like a sumo-wrestler in stance for a match.

Our bags are packed and we took a tour of the hospital so that we know where to go. We had a class on Infant Care, learning how to swaddle, bathe, wipe and all the ins & outs of taking care of our little one. I definitely suggest taking as many classes as you can when preparing for your first baby because you think you have a clue… but you don’t! haha!

 

We made the mobile:

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…and Installed the carseat/bases:

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We are ready!!!

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Baby Bump: Week 35

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Only 5 more weeks to go and we are getting more and more ready! Last week I had my “California Shower” and flew out for the weekend to take our maternity photos and have my shower with family and closest friends. My two best friends since middle school, Laura and Marie threw me a GORGEOUS Shower, I can’t wait to see the photos and share them!

I’ve been having practice contractions, also known as Braxton-Hicks Contractions where your uterus starts practicing its tightening and movements to get baby out. They haven’t been too bad, there have just been a few where I had to sit down for a moment, take some deep breaths and drink some water. They are supposed to become more frequent as we get closer to arrival.

My belly sure has been stretching out and its very uncomfortable. Its also starting to get heavy, where at times, I feel the need to cradle it. Sleeping has its ups and downs. Some nights are good and some nights are rough. Its expected, though. My body pillow has come in handy more now than ever before, as my belly needs support when I sleep.

He hasn’t “dropped” yet, I’m still waiting for that day, but he sure moves around a lot.

We have our baby care class coming up next week and the hospital tour the week after. We are starting to get anxious! 😀

 

Things left to do in the nursery:

– Hang the mobile

– Get shelves for the closet and reinforce to the wall

– Bedding arrives on Wednesday

– Touch up Baseboards

– Finish Laundry

– Put everything away, in its “spot” and get organized

 

For this next week:

– Pack bags for the hospital

– Install Carseat/bases in both cars

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Prego Brain Fail

I’ve pretty much had “Prego brain” since the moment I knew I was pregnant, but tonights “incident” tops it all! I was so excited to have a bowl of ice cream tonight as I knew there was a brand new gallon of Blue Bell Pecan Pralines n Cream in the freezer and couldn’t wait to have some. I even ate a little less dinner to save room! I get my bowl down from the cupboard and open the freezer… where is the ice cream? I have this “oh shit” moment and freeze. Could it possibly still be in the car from going to the grocery store? Nick and I dash to the garage to find yes, the gallon of ice cream {of course nothing else} under the back seat of the jeep… melted! What a disaster! Nick spent a good half hour cleaning it all up, bless his heart! The worst part is… no Pecan Pralines n Cream! Sad day!

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Baby Bump: Week 33

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I’m sure feeling him this week! Stretching and punching and kicking and moving all around… you’d think there was a boxer inside of me! The weather has officially turned summer and I’m cookin, although I’m hoping he gets here before it gets REALLY warm outside. At least our air conditioner works well!

I got the Tdap shot this week at my doc visit and that really did not sit well with me as I got flu-like symptoms the day after and couldn’t get off the couch. I got to work and instantly felt like I needed to lie down, then my forehead started to sweat and I felt like I was either going to pass out or throw up. So I went into the stock room to sit down and drink some water, of course it didn’t get better. I went home and slept for 2 hours, then laid on the sofa for the rest of the day with aches and pains and my head spinning. Crazy stuff! Nick and the grandparents have to get the shot too and I really hope my symptoms are because I’m pregnant, otherwise they are in for it!

The “practice contractions” have started. There have been a few where I have to sit down and start my lamaze breathing. The others are just a tightening of the belly, mostly at the top or when our little guy sticks his bum out. Its such strange feeling.

I’ve been getting a lot of compliments though, those make me feel great! I say I’m due in 7 weeks and they look at me like “really?”. You need those, especially when you are pregnant!

Nick is finishing up the nursery. He got the new window sills in and the baseboards are in. They just need some caulking and paint and then we can put everything back together. The only thing left will be the mobile which we need to make. That will be priority #1 the first weekend in June. Hurray! I can’t wait! {photos to come!}

 

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