Deciding what to buy for your new bundle of joy can be quite overwhelming…the first time. The good news is this: you will get more than you need if you have a baby shower! The bad news, some necessities made for making baby happy and cozy in his new world are hard to pinpoint.
Which car seat, crib, organic mattress or not? Pacifiers, bottles, which brand? Hat’s, shoes (of course, duh!), the little unnecessary things but you MUST have them. Like little tiny nail clippers, medicine contraptions, and of course lots of bathing supplies. I mean, the list continues and is ENDless!
I just welcomed my third bundle of joy into the word and I am finally ready to say – LESS is more! I’ve been through my fair share of baby swings, 4 to be exact. I’ve tried lots and lots of bottles, baby food makers and breast pumps – somehow God keeps gifting brand new pumps to me through people I know. New ones – the one thing your not suppose to share is breast pumps.
It is fun to go through it all your first time and get all the goodies you think you will need. But, if your looking for the clear cut, here it it, buy this, this and this list, I’m gonna share it with you. This isn’t your typical list. I’m gonna share with you some crunchy stuff. Here we go!
First things first, 5 baby outfits. That’s it! More is a waste of money, unless your going to be parading your newborn around every single day OR if the clothes are free – heck ya, take em. I chose to spend a bit more and go organic. Nature Baby is my favorite brand. Newborn skin is so sensitive. I like to keep it clear of any chemicals for the first few weeks of life as best I can. Of course, I didn’t clothe my children in all organic clothing. If I could I would – it’s just so soft and comfy!
Next, cozy hats. This goes along with some good blankets and hand covers. Pacifier? I didn’t with any of my three children mainly because we wanted to encourage our babies to learn how to fall asleep without a sleep aid. We also used the method described in the book Baby Wise. Worked like a charm, we have great sleepers.
Baby monitor. Safety first. No brainer. I go with Summer each and every time. I’ve only had to replace one because I stepped on and cracked the screen something awful. That sucker held on for another 5 or so months before dying.
Sleep Like a Baby
Next, invest in a dock a tot. I have never been a co-sleeper, but I must have my newborn baby in bed with me the first few weeks. It is made to mimic the feeling of the womb – and newborns really like that! I have probably invested in 6 or 7 of these types of “beds” over the years and this is the best, hands down.
Baby Goes Where Mama Goes
Another necessity, a good baby wearing sling. The Boba Wrap is hands down the best. You can wear the baby high or low and make it tight or loose. It is super easy to wash and dry too! Some are way too complicated and just uncomfortable looking. Not all slings are created equal.
The bag. AKA your new purse. It’s gotta be cute. This is the one I went wth from little unicorn. lots of pockets and very durable. I have found that there is a good amount of pockets to have on the inside and that is 4. Anymore on the inside and your looking for trouble. Too many places to look.
I highly recommend the reversible body support by little unicorn, it’s totally incredible. Great for the car seat, swing and stroller. Babies like to be snug as a big and this little guy does the trick!
Okay, back to the goodies mama’s. This one you cannot miss – Essential Oils! Yes, yes and YES. Ladies, life after having a baby is one of the biggest adjustments a woman will ever experience. Pure exhaustion, like none you have ever known. But somehow – your heart grows during that period of tiredness. Mood swings don’t end, sorry husbands. In fact, sometimes they get worse. I remember experiencing some postpartum blues after having my daughter. Just pure sadness and tears that would come from nowhere. Essential oils DO effect our moods and I have used them to manage my mood after giving birth. I have been diffusing since the day my son was born. Energizing oils, cleansing oils and calming oils.
Side note on oils – did you know they are incredible healers? And healing after birth is key. With my hospital birth, it took me twice as long to heal. I had a handful of complications after birth and that is more than frustrating. Stocking up on these healing remedies will help you adjust to life with a baby quickly.
- Frankincense & Myrrh
- I used frankincense several times a day for many things. I would dilute some and rub it on my chest to help calm my baby. I also put 2-3 drops in my bottle and would “wash” with it several times a day to help heal down there. I diffused this for calming energy in my home. I took it internally when I was feeling overwhelmed.
- I used Myrrh to help heal my sons cord. It fell off the fastest in like 4 days! I also used this on his feet and dry skin.
My midwife suggested these Polly Jean Birth Capsules to me with my first home birth. I am a firm believer they helped me labor faster and more efficiently with stronger contractions. Little pushing and fast recovery.
- It assists in the following ways:
- Much easier labor and delivery.
- Longer and easier labors for women who tend to have precipitous births.
- Shorter and easier labors for women who tend to have long labors.
- Bigger dilation before discomfort arises.
- Minimization of postpartum bleeding when taken in conjunction with the “Good Program” (the “Good Program” is explained in Polly’s Birth Book).
- Shorter periods before lochia stops.
- Herbs (tea’s, tinctures)
- Liquid calcium – helps with contractions after birth. What a real kick in the butt. We now have to endure extremely painful contractions while our uterus goes back to it’s normal size. Awesome. This supplement helped me tremendously.
While I’m on the topic of after baby – every mama needs a good postpartum belt – yep, time to get those muscles back into the right place. This is great for back pain also. Our muscles took time to stretch out, so it is only fair to give them some time getting back into shape. But wearing a belt after is so effective at helping the muscles find their home again!