During my second pregnancy with Aubree, my sister joked with me that “all you need to survive with a newborn are: Onesies, diapers and your boobs.” While this statement speaks volumes (and really is the truth) there are products out there that really do help make life with baby easier. Buyer beware of the silly and/or unsafe products; make sure to read reviews and check with your pediatrician first if you ever have questions on a product. These are the TOP THREE items that after two babies (and one on the way) I have personally found absolutely essential:
You may be thinking I am the one that is a basket case but, surprisingly, yes: baskets! I picked out a myriad of pink matching baskets at the dollar store (don’t go spend $10 a basket at the baby store.) I use them daily! One large basket sits atop her dresser with all of the essential diapering items; everything from disposal bags (disposal systems are a waste of money, by the way) to diaper rash ointment and hand sanitizer. Various other baskets on Aubree’s shelves or in drawers include all the little tiny baby items that so often can get lost in the shuffle (or eaten by the sock monster) include: hair binders/headbands/bows, shoes, socks, health items, and bath items. I even have kept one basket that is full of receipts and manuals of all her baby gear. When we’re wondering how to adjust her car seat for the 800th time, we just grab the basket and find the manual.
Picture this: it’s three a.m. and baby is hungry. Daddy is sleeping and has to get up in a few hours for work. You are zombie-like tired. You walk into baby’s room and fumble about trying to get into a comfortable position in the glider, but can’t find one…this was all too familiar to me with Alexis, my first baby (there was no such thing as a Boppy ten years ago!) I was lucky enough to receive one at Aubree’s baby shower and it became my best friend. I was able to easily get comfortable while nursing, especially in the deep, dark middle of night. She would quietly rest atop the pillow and I would simply guide her with little effort on my zombie-body. Daddy liked the product too, using it now and again during supplementary bottle feedings.
White Noise Machine
Though not originally on our registry, we found we could not live without this when we were teaching Aubree to sleep in her crib on her own. We found this at one of the major retailers that emits sounds of ocean, rain, a few songs, and projects animals onto the ceiling. Our old house creaked and carried voices, so the machine blocked out what was going on in the house and comforted her too. She’s 19 months and still falls asleep with it, snoozing for a good solid 12 hours each night. I really do swear by this little gadget; best $30 we personally have spent on her (so far…!)