Every baby is different, but here’s how I survived.... 1. Bedside bassinet or crib in the bedroom. 2. SwaddleMe swaddles in multiple sizes. 3. When they outgrow the swaddles (so fast), or squirm and want their arms out - buy the Love to Dream SwaddleUp (wait to buy - just get the size you need at the moment). 4. You can’t have too many burp cloths, thin blankets and baby wipes 5. Fragrance free dish soap, laundry soap, baby wash and lotion (for you and baby). Their skin can be soooo sensitive. 6. Formula - even if you’re breastfeeding it’s great to have around just in case you need it 7. Bottles with a ‘natural’ nipple. I love love the Avent bottles. My boy never has issues going back to breastfeeding with those. 8. Soothie pacifier. I was sooo against pacifiers at first, but this type never caused issues and he’s not addicted to it - just helps to have on occasion. 9. Vaseline instead of diaper rash cream 10. Patience and a sense of humor
in all honesty newborns really don’t need much - certainly there’s nothing they will desperately need that you can’t quickly grab at the supermarket.
for me the things i used most in the early days were just nappys, water wipes, coconut oil, muslins and body suit vests/babygrows for baby to wear, even the bigger stuff like furniture, we never really needed a changing table as we changed wherever we were at the time! a beside the bed cot was the only furniture we’ve technically used so far.
stuff for you is a different question altogether though! you will need lots of yummy chocolate and treats and some nice fluids to encourage you to drink lots 👍🏻😂 i know a lot of breastfeeding mums might need things like nipple balm or shields but i never used any of those in the end personally - my must have was a silicone breast pump which suctions to you breast. you can use it to catch let down milk instead of breast pads and it meant i ended up with a couple ounces a day which has turned into a nice freezer stash!
Swaddle blankets, car seat, stroller, clothes, diapers, wipes, butt cream, breast pump (if you plan on breast feeding) if you don’t plan on breastfeeding get a BabyBrezza. It’s like a Keurig for formula, not necessary but very convenient. A sterilizer for sure. Bassinet. Play pen. Change pad. Bottles. Some kind of play mat to do tummy time on.
Muslin swaddle blankets
Rock n play!
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