There are always things you swear you'll do differently the second time around when it comes to raising your kids. Along the same vein, there are always things I would buy differently. Meaning, there are things I'd buy again and again, some things I'll never buy again and some things I knew I wanted to try, this second time around.
Today, I wanted to share with you this little list of Baby Accouterments that are absolute must-haves in the M household. Keep in mind this list focuses on those brutal first few weeks of newborn-dom. We're talking the nitty-gritty, do-or-die must-haves.
1. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets
Do not, I repeat, do not, ever register for any receiving blanket other than these babies. I don't know how I survived the newborn months with Carter without them and I'm so thankful for my Mom-friend who gifted me a set of these at my sprinkle. In fact, I love these swaddle blankets so much that I even went out and bought two more sets of four and despite the price tag, they are worth every single cent.
What's so great about these blankets? First off, they are huge and perfect for swaddling. Second, they are super soft and made of muslin which means not only are they breathable and lightweight, but perfect for my summer baby! And lastly, they have some of the sweetest patterns around! Next up on my must-have list? The Diwali Pattern!
When I'm not using this blankets to swaddle Mac, they've served as excellent photography props, car seat covers and nursing drapes! These are an absolutely must-have and also the perfect gift for a baby shower!
2. K'Tan Baby Carrier
With my first-born, I fell victim to Doing No Research And Buying What I Thought Was The Most Popular Baby Carrier. This meant that I registered for both the Moby Wrap and the Baby Bjorn. Eventually, both of these carriers saw some use, however neither were very much good those first few weeks.
Personally, I loathe the Moby and truly felt like I needed a third and fourth arm to tie that sucker tight enough. Despite watching YouTube video after YouTube video, I always felt like that sucker loosened no more than 10 minutes into my Babywearing Adventure.
After hearing a few new moms rave about their K'tan carriers, I couldn't pass up the price tag and knew that I wanted something more "sling-like" that didn't require tying. This carrier is awesome. Maclane is two weeks old and already I've worn him for hours in it.
As for the Bjorn? Meh. If you have the money, I would recommend the Ergo carrier as it's the same idea but without putting all of the baby's weight and pressure on your shoulders and upper back.
3. Snuggabunny Bouncer Seat
I just adore this seat and when this blogging Mama raved about hers, I knew I wanted to add it to our Baby Accouterments repertoire. With Carter, we had a different bouncy seat which he half-loved but it wasn't nearly as cushioned and cozy at the Snuggabunny.
Maclane loves this seat and within seconds of putting him down (something I must do often with the Crazy Toddler Wildebeest running a mok) and flipping on the soothing nature sounds and vibrating function, he's out like a light.
4. Boppy Bare Naked Pillow and Slip Cover
This item should probably be number one on this list- although it does run a very close second to those A+A swaddle blankets that I mentioned above. I use this Boppy pillow for everything from feeding Maclane to tummy time to even letting him nap on it (Shhh, don't tell Boppy). This pillow has so many wonderful uses and it's perfect for just that little bit of extra "height" that you need when nursing that deliciously squishy newborn bundle.
5. Nuk Warm or Cool Relief Pack
The truth hurts. So does engorgement. And unfortunately, I suffer from quite possibly the worst engorgement with both of my babies. Even having had two C-sections, my milk came in the morning of day 3 post-op and came in with a vengeance. I can laugh now but for a week I looked like a boob job gone terribly, terribly wrong.
Swollen up my collarbone and so incredibly painful, I would often take multiple hot showers a day just to get some relief. That is, until my incredibly awesome Mom-friend told me about these pads.
When warmed, these Nuk Warm Relief pads provided the best relief from the pain and inflammation of engorgement. They've also been a lifesaver when I've ended up with a blocked duct or two.
6. GumDrop Newborn Pacifier
I can't really remember exactly when we introduced Carter to the pacifier. I do know that it was within the first 2-3 weeks. We chose to use Soothies with him and haven't looked back since. This time around, I wanted to go with a different pacifier so that I'd easily be able to distinguish between C's and Mac's "nunnies."
Being that my near-24 month old still takes a pacifier at naps and nighttime, I'm a little hesitant to get the new kid hooked on the sucky thing. That being said, sometimes this Mama's own "nunnies" need a break and I've started giving Maclane a GumDrop pacifier for a few minutes every day.
I love how the top of the pacifier is altered so as to not cover the baby's nose!
7. Pack n' Play with Newborn Napper Station
I adore this Pack n' Play and it has gotten more than it's weight in gold worth of uses in this household. I will say that our model came with a changing changing table station that sat astride the newborn napping station. The changing station? Sucks. It's a tiny bit unstable and tends to dip to the left whenever you place the baby in it. Thankfully that can be resolved by stashing a few pillows underneath it.
However the newborn napping station? Priceless. Since we have a bassinet that sits bedside in the master bedroom, the Pack n' Play resides on our first floor and serves not only as a changing station but also a place where I can safely place Mac out of the reach of Grubby Hands McGee the Toddler.
8. Bath Sling
We purchased this sling to snugly fit inside our plastic infant bath tub. It helps Maclane feel a bit more secure during his bath and also provides a softer place for him to lay until he's large enough and chunky enough to have a little "padding" between him and the hard plastic tub.
9. Other random must-haves for both Mom and Baby those first few weeks:
:: Lanolin and Simplisse
:: Breast Pump - Medela Pump In Style (my personal favorite!)
:: Baby Shampoo - Burt's Bees and Mustela
:: Burp Cloths - Aden and Anais
:: Newborn Mittens (and a metal nail file to file nails- often times emory boards can be too grating!)
:: Bottles - Although we haven't introduced bottles yet, we used Dr. Brown's bottles with Carter and plan to use BornFree with Maclane- As much as I loved Doc Brown's, I couldn't see myself fiddling with all of those extra parts!
:: Bottle Drying Rack - The First Year's Spin and Store
Remember, these are newborn necessities. In fact, aside from the bottles, these are items that I use almost every single day.
I'll be back with a whole other list in about a month or so, sharing with you all the other crap that babies and mommies need as baby transitions from newborn to infant. Start saving now.
I was not compensated for this post and I will not receive any compensation for the purchase of any of the above items. I'm simply sharing some of my favorite baby things with the entire world wide web. All product images via Amazon.