Tuesday, May 17, 2016

11 newborn products I recommend as a first-time mom

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As a first time mom, I was flooded with advice about what I should get for my baby from the moment that pregnancy test turned positive. And, as first time parents, we bought a lot of things we didn’t need.
I believe that all babies are different as to what they will want/need, but I hope this list helps you with at least one of the many decisions you have to make! 😉

SnuzaThis is one of my top favorite items. I was extremely worried and scared of everything under the sun when we first brought our baby home, but this helped calm my mind tremendously. My daughter is six months old and we still use it. It’s small, easy to take on the go, and comfortable for baby. We’ve only had one false alarm the entire time, and it was our fault during a very tired night. ;)

{Side note: once baby starts rolling, it’s more prone to fall off and set off a false alarm.}

Halo Sleepsack: I think these things are legit life savers. Lilli is a pro at waving her hands around to keep herself awake. This prevents that while keeping her cozy and warm for a good sleep.

Vintage Honey Shop Necklace: I've talked quite a bit about how much I love my Vintage Honey Shop necklaces. I wear one almost every day, as they are the best thing to have while nursing, baby wearing, during teething, when you are just being a mom, etc. 

Noise Machine: This was one of the number one things recommended to me as a new mom and it's something I recommend now, too. THIS one and THIS one are great options. 

Swing: Our swing was a lifesaver in the beginning months when I needed to put my daughter down for a minute but she still wanted to rock. We didn’t buy anything fancy and it worked perfectly. I linked the one we use and love.

Carrier: I cannot rave enough about baby carriers. We use ours all.the.time. I would recommend buying/borrowing/renting one cloth wrap and one carrier that buckles so you can see which you like/baby likes better. We used a cloth wrap for a couple months before neither of us liked it anymore, and then we switched to a LilleBaby buckle carrier and we are both happy.

{side note about the LilleBaby}: It has many bells and whistles and you will probably be overwhelmed when you first get it. But, once you get it all figured out it’s amazing. It’s the only carrier that doesn’t hurt my back and those bells and whistles come in handy when they are needed. I have also heard that many moms love their Tulas, too.}

Car Seat Cover: We found out the hard way that we needed one of these, especially in the winter months. We tried the kind that just laid over the car seat and we hated it. The wind always blew it up/off, and we spent the whole time walking from the car to the doors trying to keep it down. We ended up buying this one (similar) for warmer months and this one for colder months and we loved them both.

Boppy Pillow: This came in very handy during our first few weeks of breastfeeding. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, we love it to set down with our daughter to prop her up, help with tummy time, and we now use it for her to sit up against. I have tried a few brands other than the Boppy brand, but I have not found one that I like more.

BouncerWe didn’t buy this until a couple months after my daughter was born, but I really wish we would have bought it sooner. We used it all the time for her to sit in while we are cooking, cleaning, etc. It’s so handy to have around. 

Hand Sanitizer: Diaper bag, purse, car - you name it, I have hand sanitizer there.

Sit-Me-Up Seat: While this isn't a "newborn" product, I'm still recommending it because it came in super handy Lilli's first year.

I hope this list was somewhat helpful to you. Babies need so much, yet so little. No matter what you decide to get / don’t get, your baby already has the best thing they can have: you!

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This blog post was written in connection with The Vintage Honey Shop. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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