A pregnant mom recently asked me about things she should have ready when the baby arrives. Even as prepared as I was with all the typical things, Daddy and Grandma still had to make a few trips to find some missing pieces. Here are some odds and ends that I liked having...
|Circo Changing Pads|
The early days of diapering are not pretty, and having a boy there are often last minute tinkle surprises. These pads have saved me from having to wash the entire changing pad cover all the time. I love them and still use them.
|Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment|
Like I said, the early days are not pretty. This really helped the tushy situation. And we still use it all the time.
|Kee-Ka Long Sleeve Kimono|
Kimono style clothing is such a saving grace. It is great to not have to struggle trying to get things over a new baby's head- and they just have a cute look to them. Baby J wore a lot of Gerber brand kimono shirts and onesies in the early months, especially since he was born in the heat of summer.
|Baby Soy Kimono Bundler|
These Baby Soy gowns are wonderful. They were some of the only ones that I found long enough for Baby J- and they are affordable at $14. I also really like the Baby Gap ones, but they are not kimono style...
|Dr. Browns Bottles|
Even though I breastfed I still had to supplement a bottle the first few days... These are the bottles that most every doctor recommends. Do yourself a favor- even if you think you will absolutely not give your baby a bottle- buy them anyways... Things happen. Baby J had a bottle and formula the first couple days while we got the swing of things, and he still nursed for months perfectly fine. Buy them.
|Gerber Good Start Formula|
While you are at it- buy the formula. Gerber was also recommended by my doctor and the only one that my baby tolerates. Everyone has their preferences, but it probably is a good idea to have a little bit on hand just in case... Even if you are going to nurse. The baby has to eat, especially if your milk doesn't come in for a few days. And sometimes nursing just doesn't work out for everyone. And that is okay!
Before the Baby J was born I thought I wanted to swaddle him in those cute Aden & Anais blankets. As cute as Baby J looked in them, he would wiggle out of them a second later. I finally got smart and got a couple straightjacket's (swaddlers) and voila! No more struggling to make it work. Stick the baby in, wrap 'em tight, Velcro, and no more wiggling out!!