Everybody knows that there are a million and one options for expecting parents to buy for their little one. Today I’m going to tell you the 8 items I couldn’t have lived without this first month home with Pea. I don’t want you guys wasting your money on things that can be spent elsewhere, seriously! It’s important to understand I’m not including the obvious: car seat, changing pad, diaper bag, bathtub, something for baby to sleep in and something else for baby to bounce in, etc. What I have listed are things that seem obvious after you read the list but they’re all things you may not think about without this little reminder. Remember: The key to all of this is that every single baby has different preferences.
- Socks. Scratch the scratch mittens and just use socks. Seriously, the mittens don’t stay on and there aren’t many cute ones so you’re better off just capping those razor sharp talons with cute little socks. There are also quite a few onesies that have little mittens built in that you just fold over those tiny little hands. But not all of them do so stock up on lots of socks!
- Aiden & Anais Swaddles. Don’t question the price tag just buy a few. I promise if you buy some of these in either muslin or bamboo (now called silky soft) you will not regret it. I prefer the bamboo because they’re sooo much softer but the muslin get the same job done. I’ve even found a pack of three at Marshall’s in bamboo for 20 bucks so keep your eyes peeled. You can literally use these for anything, swaddling, car seat cover, floor play time, emergency clean up on aisle spit up. They also come in SO many cute prints what’s not to love? Of course my favorite one is just solid grey because let’s be honest I have issues. Side note: A lot of people use swaddles with velcro for sleepy time swaddling but Pea hated every single one we tried and she preferred to be swaddled with a regular blanket and bust her arms out some time during the night but it never woke her up. Now I don’t even bother swaddling her I just lay her in her bassinet with a blanket tucked under arms.
- Cloth Diapers. No. I am not brave enough to conquer the cloth diaper world. I tip my hat to those of you who are. But cloth diapers are the greatest burp rags you could possibly use. They’re so absorbent and cheap you just can’t have enough. There are also so many tutorials on adding some pretty fabric to make them unique and a lot less boring. ____
- Sea Sponge. I actually received a lot of soft little washcloths at my baby shower and I love them. BUT when Pea gets a bath the only thing we scrub her with is this sea sponge. It is unbelievably soft once it gets wet and its also easy to soak it and then squeeze the water over her head to rinse off without having to grab a cup or something.
- Car Seat Mirror. This was an item I totally overlooked (sometimes I’m not that bright). Let me tell you, when you’ve got a teeny tiny newborn in the backseat alone and she makes the smallest sound you’re going to panic and think she’s choking to death on her own spit up. So save yourself the torture and the extra ten minutes it takes to get anywhere (because you will pull over and there will be nothing wrong with your perfect little peanut). An added plus to the mirror is that Pea could stare at her reflection for hours and be satisfied (of course I would have a vain six week old).
- Nightlight. You can have any old nightlight that strikes your fancy from this cheap option to this ridiculous one that I had to have from Restoration Hardware for $59 shhh don’t tell Kase I spent that much on a nightlight please. The point is, at 12 and then 2 and then 4 you’re going to want your little angry gremlin to go back to sleep asap. With a nightlight you can still see what you’re doing but the bright overhead lights don’t pull your baby into an even more awake state than she already is. Every time I change Pea at night I keep the lights off and then rock her in her glider with my pouring rain app turned on. This one is super cute and gender neutral but I’m weird so maybe you disagree
- Sleepy Sounds App. This app is free for iOS I don’t have an Android so I’m not sure if it’s available or not. But this app saves my life every single night or evening that I have a grumpy little munchkin. It has lullabies, white noise and nature sounds options. I always always always turn on the falling rain in the white noise section and it instantly soothes her. You can set the app to play for any amount of time on a timer and even go about your pinning or insta-surfing with it still playing. I haven’t tried out any of the other sounds but there’s even an option to turn on your own music with the timer. Save yourself the 15 bucks on a white noise machine and just download this app to all your devices and you’re golden. If you don’t want to have the inconvenience of no phone when your little one finally falls asleep I would recommend this portable white noise machine. You can bring it in the car, stroller, bedroom wherever!
- Bottle Drying Rack. Seriously you have to get one. My mom got us this one but it really doesn’t matter which one you get as long as it holds a lot of bottles, nipples, pacifiers. Whatever needs to be washed that goes in babies mouth should have its own drying spot away from those invisible germs that grow in even the cleanest momma’s kitchen.