Essential Baby Items From a First Time Mom
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You might remember a few months back when I wrote a post about minimalist baby essentials for the large family. I listed what I considered my essentials and the products I bought for Adalia and her new baby.
Well, friends, the verdict is in. Two weeks into Percy’s life and Adalia has some very strong opinions on what baby essentials are. These are straight from a brand new postpartum mama.
Number One: She loves this Ergo Baby Swaddle from Baby Cubby.
This is hands-down her favorite baby product. It is so easy to wrap the baby. The velcro means Percy stays wrapped securely in the swaddle and the material is lightweight with holes in it to allow the fabric to breathe. This is the one thing Adalia would not want to live without right now. The best part? I think this swaddle wrap will work even better when Percy gets older because he will fill it out more.
Number Two: Boppy
This nursing pillow is helping Adalia nurse her baby without back pain. Mothers have been using these for years and Adalia considers it essential.
Make sure you have one with a washable cover. If yours doesn’t have one you can also buy them separately.
Number Three: Lanolin Nipple Cream
Speaking of nursing…this blog has been quiet and I haven’t been nearly as active on here as I expected in large part to Percy having some nursing issues. Let’s just say Percy has proven himself to be just as stubborn and tenacious as both of his parents.
No surprise there.
This stuff is an absolute must if you are going to breastfeed. This was on Adalia’s list of things to buy before the birth. Unfortunately, someone told her not to bother, that the hospital would give her some.
Too bad they didn’t.
Thankfully we found some at a local pharmacy.
Number Four: Lansinoh Breast Therapy Cold Packs
Speaking of Lasinoh, if you are going to breastfeed be sure and buy these! They are filled with gel balls which keeps them soft and pliable even fresh out of the freezer. These are a real lifesaver when engorgement sets in.
Number Five: C-Panty for C-Section Recovery
Adalia ended up with an unexpected c-section. She labored beautifully, handling the contractions well, she dilated to 10 centimeters, but Percival was posterior. Not only that, but his head was flexed and not centered on the cervix. Due to this, he did not move down her cervix or into the birth canal at all.
A client of mine recommended these C-Panties. They have a silicon section that covers the incision. Adalia said these feel so good and keep pressure on the area so it doesn’t hurt when she laughs or coughs. She cannot recommend these highly enough to anyone who has had a c-section.
Number Six: Muslin Swaddle
These are perfect because they are much larger than the traditional flannel receiving blankets (which Adalia is using for spit up and to mop up baby messes) and the muslin material keeps Percy cool (it’s spring and HOT here in New Zealand).
Number Seven: White Noise Machine
Neither of us realized this was an essential before Percy’s birth. Some babies are more sensitive to noise than others and Percy is particularly sensitive when he is falling asleep. Within days of his birth, Adalia ordered this machine.
I love the Hushh white noise machine she bought. It is small, portable, rechargeable and has three different sound options.
Number Eight: Avent Manual Comfort Breast Pump
This was not in the plan but has quickly become a necessity. Adalia is having breastfeeding issues she is working through with Percy, her midwife, and lactation consultant, but at the moment she is needing to pump. A friend gave her a large electronic one, but for now, this comfort pump is working the best.
Percy is settling into a good routine of eating and sleeping which makes life easier for everyone.
And I have to say goodbye in two days…