After having my second child, I’ve come to discover that there are thousands of “must have” products for mom and baby. Everyone has different needs of course, but I like to keep the gadgets to a minimum and really stick to the tried and true basics. I don’t label myself with a certain parenting style; I just do what works for my kids and I.
Milk Snob Multi-Functional Nursing Cover– I was totally convinced that using a blanket to cover up was just fine. I rarely had to nurse in public with my first child so I expected the same for my second. I’d have no need for a nursing cover, right? Wrong. Enter Miss Priss who does NOT want to be covered with a blanket. On a whim, I entered a Milk Snob giveaway on Instagram and won! I figured I’d snag one of these multi-purpose covers even if I didn’t use it for nursing. I’m so glad I did! It’s the softest, stretchiest material and my wild child cannot escape it! I haven’t used it as an infant car seat cover since we had to switch to a convertible car seat but I do look forward to using it with grocery carts in the future. I love the functionality of this product and can attest to the fact that the design is well thought out. Created for moms by a mom–can’t beat that!
Carter’s Swaddle Blankets– Once again, baby #2 keeping Momma on her toes. I swaddled my first baby for about a week & neither of us noticed when we stopped. This second child of mine; however, is still going strong with the swaddle at 6 months old. She may still need me to swaddle her in college. Who knows… HA! But on a more serious note, I really loved these blankets. I registered for them thinking I’d use them as a car seat blanket but they ended up being the perfect swaddle size for my new babe. These were great for the first 3-4 months until she outgrew them and we moved to a larger Muslin blanket. I loved the stretch of this material that allowed me to wrap her super snug. We still use them often. I linked to the ones we got from Target, but these can be found at a number of stores. They’ve also held up really well to numerous washings…unlike the expensive Muslin blanket I bought on Etsy…
Nursing Tanks– Totally necessary for me. Available in all price ranges and styles. Comfy enough to sleep in and supportive enough to wear under a top in lieu of a bra. I have at least 3 of these that I rotate out.
Milk Barn Burp Cloths– Another one of those multipurpose items. I received these as a gift–something I would probably not have bought for myself–and have loved, loved them! I know you’re thinking “umm…its a piece of cloth..” and I’ll admit I felt the same until I used them. They have some of the prettiest patterns and get softer with every wash. When my babe was first born, I was actually able to swaddle her in them. Seriously..she’s wrapped in one in here newborn portraits! They were also a great size to use in the car as a light blanket. Now, she likes to hold them like a lovie and they aren’t as cumbersome as some larger blankets can be.
Yoga Pants- Just buy yourself a fresh pair. You deserve it. I bought a pair on a whim during my last pregnant grocery shopping trip at Walmart and believe it or not, they have been some of my favorites.
Solly Baby Wrap– Baby #1 was just fine in the car seat/infant carrier and rode in the shopping cart with no issues. Baby #2 made me wish I had never stepped foot inside the grocery store. Are you sensing a theme here?! This little gem of a wrap has been a true lifesaver in allowing me to get out of the house with my newborn. Because apparently staying home for the first 3 months of your new baby’s life is frowned upon. Weird. Some may view this as a pricey product, but I’d say it is worth every penny!
Button Down Dress– Buttons on a dress or top = easy access for breastfeeding. Bonus points for chambray.
Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bag– If I’m going to give up carrying a cute purse in exchange for lugging all. the. baby. things. I’m going to do it in style. Black and white stripes are classic enough to look nice with nearly everything and trendy enough to make me not feel like a bore. This bag has been great: roomy with lots of pockets, pouches and compartments. It comes with a messenger strap but I prefer to use the backpack straps. The backpack style has been helpful in keeping my hands free and my bag from sliding off my shoulders. I can definitely support spending a good chunk of change for a quality diaper bag.
MAM pacifiers are the only kind of pacifiers my babies would take. We’ve gone through a lot of them in our household! Partly because I like to have extras laying around and partly because I love to find (and buy) all of the different designs!
I used this
hospital gown and still use it at home as a robe. It’s so pretty!
This sound machine
. Because we are not a quiet family. And because my sweet, precious baby is THE lightest sleeper ever.
Disposable changing pads
are like gold to me because I spent more money than I should have on a pretty changing pad cover. I know, I know. But I bought what my pregnant hormonal soul wanted. There was no arguing with the hormones. I put one of these down on top of said expensive changing pad cover and use it until it gets dirty then I toss it. This is what I call laundry prevention.
I do not sell Young Living oils. I do use them for anything and everything. Love. Them. Some of my personal favorites for kids/babies are Gentle Baby, Lavender, SniffleEase, and TummyGize. I’ve currently been diffusing Gentle Baby and SniffleEase in the nursery and it’s the best! It’s helped both of us with our congestion.
Swaddling. The normal swaddle works great for sleepy newborn babies. However, once they start moving those arms and deciding to be baby Houdini, you’ve got to step up your swaddle game. Enter: the double swaddle
. There are several different ways to do this, but this one is fairly simple. It has exponentially increased the amount of sleep I get because baby girl can no longer play Ricky Bobby
in her sleep.
Well, that was fun! This post has been six months in the making and I’m happy to finally be able to complete it! What are some of your new mom and baby must haves? Share them in the comments!