When it comes to bringing a new baby home, there a few things (besides the obvious diapers, milk and clothes) that can make your transition to a larger family MUCH smoother! New babies require a lot of problem solving and, honestly, sleep deprived troubleshooting can get expensive fast if you make impulse buys that don’t end up working well(Are they teething? gas? colic? uncomfortable in their bed? where do I put the baby when the doorbell rings?). Scroll through my suggestions to help you make an informed decision.While every item may not fit your needs, these ALL worked really well for us (after all- we have three kids, including twins!).
Value tip: Some of these items are investment pieces and I encourage you to think long-term when choosing colors and styles! You may think that your future little boy won’t mind sisters hand-me-down, pink, pack & play someday (and he won’t!) but you may not be so excited to show off photos of your handsome man surrounded by pink floral. Choose simple neutral items and enjoy trendy colors and patterns in lower cost areas like clothes and accessories. Another thing to consider is resale value. You’ll have a wider audience of potential buyers when you’re through with an item if it’s not too flashy of gender specific.
This DO-IT-ALL wonder is useful for many reasons. As newborns, the higher level bed is a great option for sleeping in any room of the house. Later on the lower level is great for an older baby. The diaper changing station is really the best part though, we keep the pack & play close to our living room for easy access and we never use our traditional changing pad that lives in the nursery. The neutral color scheme is icing on the cake. If you’re looking for a super lightweight, simple, travel crib we also really like the phil&teds Portable Traveller Crib
Value tip: you can use this instead of a crib (especially for the first year!) when you add a mattress like this one here.)
2.Marpac Sound Machine, Natural White Noise (actual fan inside)
While baby is napping, turn on this AWESOME white noise machine. I can’t recommend this highly enough. We also tuck it in our suitcase when we travel for better sleep on the go!
Value tip: Don’t buy the cheaper versions, I’ve learned the hard way that this one is by far the best.
3.Hudson Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets
While on the topic of good sleep, I can’t skip over these darling swaddle blankets. The patterns and prints are super cute. Swaddling is a great way to help baby feel snug & secure as they adjust to being outside of mommies cozy belly! My kids have all loved being swaddled. Bonus: if you have a baby with terrible reflux (like we did!) these are very absorbent. Reflux was a horrendous experience with one of my twin girls, she couldn’t keep milk down and we all got used to carrying these blankets on our shoulders to absorb the constant mess (even her sweet big brother would use them when he held her).
Value tip: These are the closest comparison, in quality and softness, to the other popular swaddle blankets that I’ve found but at a much lower price point.
These bouncers are unlike anything else on the market. These are THE BEST and I’ll tell you why. This seat easily folds down to a super slim profile for storage and it lightweight but never tippy. The slipcover slides off simply for washing (big plus!) and there are no complicated buckles. The bounce is gentle and it responds to babies movement. I find this useful for a much longer period of time than many other bouncy seats. All 3 of my kids love these bouncy seats! Remember the reflux that I mentioned before? This bouncy kept my baby comfortable and upright enough that she kept more milk down (with no rough jostling and bouncing).
Value tip: Because this seat is SO washer friendly, your re-sale value holds at a higher price than other bouncy seats.
5.Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle and Swing
I love this sweet swing. We have tried multiple swings and I found this one to work well. I really like that you can run it on batteries -OR- plug it in to the wall! Bonus points for the sweet, yet neutral, style.
Value tip: save money on batteries and plug it in!
6.Blooming Bath Baby Bath
The Blooming bath is a super soft flexible bath seat/ cushion that will form to most sinks and allows for a safe & comfy bathing time with new babies. I am very fond of the fact that I can toss it in the washing machine whenever it needs extra cleaning and it has a hook to easily hang dry & store.
I can’t narrow it down to one favorite. The Ergo 360
is extremely comfortable and is excellent for long term wear (travel, hiking, walking, shopping etc.) and the K’Tan
is my favorite around the house and for shorter term wear (going to church, working in the kitchen etc.) The softer more breathable fabric just appeals to me sometimes and is much easier to put on than “wrap” style carriers, but the ergo
has a level of complete hands free comfort that is also beneficial! I carried both of my newborn twins at once in the K’tan
(I feel they run a bit large, so double check their sizing measurements and when in doubt buy a size down.)
This will come in really handy after a few months of age and I recommend having it on hand, just in case your little one experiences painful gas, colic or irritability! This natural remedy is safe and effective. I don’t feel bad giving it a try, if baby is fussy and I can’t seem to figure out why, because of the wholesome ingredients!
9.MAM Mini Air Silicone Pacifier, 0-6 Months,2 Pack
Friends- BUY these PACIFIERS! Ha! I don’t mean to be bossy, but forget the “what if my child’s teeth grow in weird because of using a paci?” “what if they get too addicted to it?”… You know what these paci’s did for us? Calmed the babies and helped them sleep. SCORE! These ones, in particular, don’t fall out and you’ll be so glad that you don’t have to be a “paci prop” at 2 am. Also, I’ve never had an issue with weaning off of them. So, go for it!
I love this sleep training method. I know it’s controversial, but I know many mamas who have used this process to help their little ones learn to sleep well. Friends, it’s worked beautifully for all three of my kids. We don’t have to do long stretches of cry it out (I honestly just can’t handle that, emotionally!) and we get good sleep sooner than later. I also appreciate the tips included that teach about making sure baby is getting enough to eat, help with colic, tips for multiples etc! Full disclosure: BabyWise takes work and commitment. If you don’t stick to it, you won’t see results. I find that you have to really teach baby the “rules” (rhythm and expectations) before you start breaking the “rules” (flexibility!). The point is to clearly and gently show baby the expected rhythm you want them to grow into and then… practice makes perfect! I believe that the effort put in during the first few months makes a world of difference. More sleep for mommy = a calmer, healthier and happier home! Win, win, win.
Bringing home a new baby is exhilarating, delightful, awesome and sometimes overwhelming. Besides preparing for the practical needs of baby, tuck this quote from Elisabeth Elliott into your mind “Just do the next thing.”. When nights feel unbearably long or breastfeeding isn’t going smoothly, when loneliness lingers or uncertainty sets in… “Just do the next thing.” and then suddenly you’ll be in the midst of another precious moment, savoring the new gift in your arms.
Always remember, if you ever reach an overwhelming point of sinking hopelessness, anger or panic then reach out for help until you find help. Postpartum depression is a reality for many moms. Reaching out for support is a sign of strength, and is the best way to love your children, when needed. Keep on, strong mama and “Just do the next thing.”. Hopefully the items I’ve shared with you will make your job a little (or a lot!) easier!
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