6 Tried and True Baby Items Every New Mom Should Have

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Hey, ladies (and gents, too)!  Are you expecting a new baby, or perhaps looking for gift ideas for a couple of new parents?  Pay attention, because I am about to offer you what I hope will be a very helpful nugget of pure parenthood gold.

I have quite a few friends that are expecting their first babies and I could not be more excited for them.  There is nothing quite like counting down the months toward your first child's arrival.  Preparing their nursery.  Picking a theme.  And, of course, buying outfit upon outfit of adorable little clothes to fill your baby's closet.

If you are one of these new parents, please soak up this time spent preparing, because it will be gone before you know it!  I cannot tell you how much I miss the time I spent planning for my E to arrive all the while wishing he could "just be here already."  Life is funny that way.

E's Coming Home outift
However, two years have gone by since I was at that stage.  I have passed through what I like to call "parenthood initiation," AKA--life with an infant.  Accomplishing such a feat was truly spectacular, but, I must admit, there are a few items that I discovered along the way that made life with a newborn so much easier!

Therefore, I see it as my duty as a fellow mother/parent to pass along some tried and true baby items that worked wonders for our little guy.

E's finished crib
Now, I know each child is different, and I am in no way guaranteeing that these will work for you.  What I can offer you is my promise that I present these to you with the best intentions and I sincerely hope they make your life a little bit easier.

Finally, it takes a village!  So all of you experienced parents out there, if you have any other items to add to the list, please leave them in the comment section.



ITEM #1: GRIPE WATER

I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, stress to you how beneficial Gripe Water was during the first few months after we brought E home.  As with most newborns, especially hungry little munchkins like mine who scarfed their milk down entirely too fast, my boy had hiccups constantly.

Not only were the constant hiccups a bit painful for my son, but they were incredibly annoying to my sleep deprived self.  I felt so bad, but a few times in those early weeks (before I discovered the miracle of Gripe Water) I actually had to sit my baby in his bouncer and leave the room to have a moment to myself.

Seriously, hormones + lack of sleep + incessant hiccuping = one stressed mama!


One serving of Gripe Water would work almost instantly.  You can get it for less than $10 at most drugstores or via the Amazon link below.





ITEM #2: MUNCHKIN LULLA-VIBE

Alright, so this item I did not discover as early as I wish I would have, so believe me when I say," Put this on your registry, now!"

My son stayed in our room in a bassinet next to our bed until he was three months old.  I can tell you, he was not a good sleeper (more on that later).  We were up every two hours if we were lucky, and the only way I could soothe him was by quickly rocking his bassinet back and forth.  Needless to say, I was exhausted (but my biceps were insane!).

I came across this little gem while aimlessly wandering the baby department at Wal-Mart.  I think my exact thought was, "eh, what the heck, may as well try."  And I am so glad I did!

The Lulla-Vibe slips underneath your baby's mattress and has two vibration settings, depending on how intense you want it.  I can tell you within a minute of my son crying and starting to fuss, this lifesaver had him right back to sleep.  It was glorious.

My only complaint and I use that word very lightly, with this product was that it went through batteries like it was nobody's business.  But, in the grand scheme of things, I would have spent $100 a month on AA's alone if it meant I got a decent night's sleep, am I right?



ITEM #3: INFINITY NURSING SCARF

If you do choose, or are able to, breastfeed, chances are you are going to be looking for a cover to use while you are out and about.  While I have all the respect in the world for those brave mamas who are confident enough to breastfeed without one, I was never comfortable nursing unless I was covered up.

When I discovered this cute Chevron nursing infinity scarf, I was ecstatic!  Not only do I love a good infinity scarf, and may or may not still wear my nursing one, this particular scarf is incredibly lightweight. Which was great since it was still pretty warm when I had my son and he also didn't mind nursing underneath it.



ITEM #4: NOSE FRIDA NASAL ASPIRATOR

Alright, this item is definitely not for the squeamish.  If words like snot, boogers or mucus gross you out, well, I'm sorry you are a parent now, get used to it.

When you leave the hospital they will no doubt give you one of those little rubber bulbs to suck out your baby's snot.  More than likely you probably received a few in those prepackaged baby shower gifts as well.  I'm telling you now, throw them out and go get yourself a Nose Frida!

It is an incredibly painful experience the first time your little one comes down with a cold.  Hearing their little coughs and seeing them trying unsuccessfully to breathe through a stuffy nose is absolute torture.

The Nose Frida is a nasal aspirator that allows you to quite literally suck the mucus from your child's nose.

Yes, you use your mouth.

No, you do not get any snot in your own mouth.

Yes, your baby probably will scream and cry.  But it is so worth it a few seconds later when they realize they can breathe comfortably again.


ITEM #5: WOOMBIE


This one is for all you parents who may not be the best swaddlers, or even just don't like to swaddle in general.  The Woombie gives your baby all of the comfort, warmth, and security while leaving out the hassle of swaddling a wiggly baby.

The material is stretchy, breathable and fits nicely over your little one's cute footie pajamas.  It fits most infants between 5-13 pounds, so I would definitely have this ready to come home with you from the hospital.


ITEM #6: LOVEY

Of course, I had to save the best item for last!  However, beware, this may be where we part ways, as I know some women prefer not to give their babies loveys--and that's totally OKAY!  But for me, this was an absolute godsend!


I received this particular lovey from a dear friend when she found out I was pregnant.  Though I recommend this one and provide the link below, feel free to get whichever one suits your fancy and your baby theme.  There are thousands to choose from!

Where having a lovey came in handy for us was when my son was four months old and we decided to sleep train him.  We used the Sleep Sense program (something I cannot rave about enough) which recommended giving your baby a lovey as a soothing tool for helping them go to sleep on their own.  

I will save you the long spiel, for now, and just leave you with this.  My son is an excellent sleeper.  I'm talking, he puts himself to sleep at 7:30 and stays that way until he wakes up 11 hours later.  While I credit the sleep training for that, having this lovey sure made the process exponentially easier.




Disclaimer: None of the items featured in this article are sponsored and companies did not pay to have a certain product included. They are only items I am promoting because I have found great success using them in my own life. Some affiliate links are included and I truly appreciate your support.

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