This week, I’m providing you with a list I wish someone had given to me three years ago –
My Top 10 baby must haves!
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1. A diaper stash. Trust me when I say you will go through these faster than you think and if you don’t stock up, you will run out after a huge blowup at 3 a.m. Check out my post on how to start that today!
2. Cloth diapers. Whether you plan on using disposables or not, these things are AMAZING as burp rags!
3. A white noise machine. Nothing wakes a baby faster than the creaking of a floorboard. Help drown that shiz out!
4. A rock ‘n play. Forget the bassinet, this will be a sanity saver! It helps baby feel enclosed and safe, which means you might get more than 20 minutes of sleep at a time. Maybe.
5. A milky saver (if the baby will be breast fed). This thing saved me well over two ounces a day that would’ve otherwise been absorbed into a breast pad.
5 ½. A water cooler (if you plan to formula feed). Don’t waste money on buying individual jugs of “nursery water.” Buy a water dispenser with hot/cold options and you won’t need a bottle warmer either!
6. A NoseFrida. Yes, sucking snot is gross…but your baby going to kiss you and spewing boogers in your face is worse. And have you ever cut open one of those bulbs the hospital gives you? Talk about unsanitary!
7. Mittens. It doesn’t matter how many you buy, you will lose them. Nevertheless, they are very much needed to keep baby from scratching his face!
8. A high-tech tracker. The hospital will give you a paper to track feedings, wet diapers, etc. for the first few days (or weeks) of your child’s life. And then that paper will be spit up on, left at the hospital, or lost in the diaper bag. Download an app instead! I loved my Feed Baby – Baby Tracker app and still use it to keep track of both kids’ growth!
9. Baby monitor. Duh, of course, right? But I’m telling you – don’t splurge on a high tech video model! I get it, you want to see Baby sleep and make sure she’s okay, but believe me when I say the lower tech ones work just fine. We found ours at a garage sale for $10 and it lasted us two years! Along those lines, though, I will admit we did splurge on an Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor. After getting up 10x/night to make sure baby was breathing, I felt like the $80 was worth a decent night’s sleep.
10. A baby carrier you can actually use. I was desperate for a Moby Wrap when I was pregnant for my first but I didn’t think to try it out before he was born. 16 feet of fabric + screaming newborn + sleep-deprived mom = lots of tears and maybe a few curse words. I bought an Evenflo carrier for my second child and it’s amazing, even a year later!
What is the number one item you recommend to new parents?