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When you’re expecting your first child you have no idea what you will need. I remember going to register for my daughter and walking around the store noticing about 20 different brands of bottles, several different breast pumps, and a million different sippy cups. Did you know that bath tubs for babies could come shaped as a beautiful flower? Me either. I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed. How was I supposed to know what to get or which style/size nipple my daughter would like best? There are so many things that I registered for but never used. For example, Sophia the giraffe. That damn teething toy cost someone $20 and it wound up being our dogs chew toy.
As I get older and more of my Facebook “friends” start having kids I see this post often: Attention moms- What should I register for? Often I scroll through the comments and read some obvious suggestions, (onesies, blankets, pacifiers) but there’s no need to register for those items. Trust me, there will be no shortage of cute onesies with witty phrases and cozy blankets that you will receive.
Today I am going to tell you 9 items that are must haves for any new mom.
*Not included: car seats, cribs, and strollers. These are what I call the obvious suggestions and honestly they’re personal preference.
1.) Video Monitor: There are several different types of video monitors out there. Some you can even access through your phone and check on your little nugget. We chose Levana Lila Digital Baby Video Monitor. It’s not only reasonably priced but has great night vision and an intercom button that allows you to talk to your baby. It may not seem like a big deal when they’re newborns, but it comes in handy once they’re toddlers and decide bed time is now time to climb out of the crib and explore their room. We also love that you can add several video cameras to one monitor, which was great once we had our second daughter. Here is a link to the newer version.
2.) Co-Sleeper: I did not have one for my first daughter, but received it as a gift for Piper and let me tell you, I wish I would have registered for one before. We have Arm’s Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper® and love it for several reasons. Not only does this convert to a free standing bassinet, but it also has adjustable legs which is ideal for parents with high beds. It’s extremely simple to set up and take down, and has a convenient storage basket along with side pockets. It not only comes with the mattress, but the fitted sheet as well.
3.) Rock-n-Play: I never registered for this item, but I am so glad someone purchased it for us. Our first daughter, Cliona, slept in this for the first 4 months. She would sleep better and longer in this than anything else. When we later switched her over to her crib, we had a little bit of a difficult time because she was so used to sleeping slightly elevated. But it was worth getting some much needed sleep those first few months. This Rock-n-Play offers hands free rocking with just a push of a button!
4.) Nose-Frida: I can not say enough good things about this product. In fact, I’ll probably write a whole post completely dedicated to it one day. That’s how great it is. The Nose-Frida is clear an easily comes apart for cleaning. Once you get past the idea of sucking the snot out of your child’s nose, you will see that it’s much easier than the bulb syringes they give you in the hospital. I know it sounds disgusting, but once you have kids you will soon realize that they’re gross little creatures.
5.) Spectra S2 Breast Pump: If you plan on breast feeding you’re going to need this! It’s a hospital strength breast pump and its nearly silent. It has adjustable settings and extras like a nightlight and timer. I also have the Medela pump, but this one takes the cake. It truly meets the needs of moms wanting to feel confident that they have an effective pump to maintain their supply. Also, some insurance plans will cover the cost of your pump! Definitely something worth looking into.
6.) Sound Machine: They play a variety of sounds; including songs, nature sounds, and white noise to help babies sleep. Both of my girls use this sound machine from Amazon. We like it best because there are 6 soothing sounds to chose from and it will stay on all night if you’d like.
7.) Baby Carriers: Seriously, necessary for your sanity. Wearing your baby allows you to be hands free and get a few things done around the house. We have the Baby Bjorn, (which my hubby prefers), and the Boba Wrap. Both do the job, but it’s mostly personal preference and it depends on what you plan on doing while wearing it.
8.) Swaddles: Swaddling is the ancient method of snugly wrapping up your baby to help him feel safe and secure. Being wrapped up can stop your baby from being disturbed by his own startle reflex. Some babies enjoy being swaddled while others might not. I had one of each. Cliona loved it, Piper hates it. I really like this one for when they’re really little. When Cliona started to roll over we transitioned her to the Zipadee-Zip. It’s a wearable blanket that still provides the feeling of a womb.
9.) Gripe Water: Gripe water is a natural, fast acting supplement for colic and gas. Its made from organic herbs such as ginger and fennel. We used it for both of our girls when they would get gas pains the first few months. It can also be used for teething pains, hiccup’s, and general irritability.
Are there any other items that you think should be on the list? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below.