5 Must Have Items for Baby’s First Month
So you’re ready for that new baby right?
But what do you really need? You see item after item advertised as something you new baby has to have. Well, I’m going to tell you what I actually didn’t want to live without when my baby boy arrived, the 5 must have items for baby’s first month.
I am a planner. So, I looked up countless list of “must have” baby items before our son was born. I was racking my brain like he was going to be born and I somehow wasn’t going to be prepared. Yeah, I went into that crazy mom mode a little early.
I found lots of lists to be completely unrealistic. A wipe warmer? Does a newborn seriously require warm wipes for every single diaper change? This first time mom felt more clueless the more I looked. There are so many baby gadgets out there. It makes it even harder to decide what you need and don’t need, and what’s worth trying and what’s not.
Now, I know every baby(and parent) is different. My list may be completely different than some of you other moms out there. But, I appreciated every extra opinion I could get before my son was born so I’m going to give you mine as well.
Here we go…
Rock and Play
This item truly was a life saver! Cole would not sleep lying flat for the longest time. The first few weeks I think he slept in our bed right next to me more than anywhere. This definitely limited my sleep and comfort. The only way we could put him down while he was sleeping was his rock and Play. The Rock and Play cradled his little body and kept his head slightly elevated. This helps with some gas issues most newborns have as well. You can buckle them in to keep them secure so you don’t have to worry about them falling out. This could truly replace a bassinet!
Ameda Purely Yours Electric Pump
I was dead set on breastfeeding my baby one way or another. My pump was there to save the day when he was born and we had trouble nursing(you can read my pumping experience and schedule here). The Ameda parts are easy to clean and the pump is small and light. The only complaint I had was the space wasting bag it came with, which I later changed. My insurance covered an Ameda brand pump so I don’t have any comparison on different brands but I would definitely recommend this one!
Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer
Now I have to be honest this is an item that we did not purchase until the end of the first month, but I so wish we had it from day one. The first few weeks we were warming water in the microwave(sometimes twice) and then warming a bottle in the water. Definitely time consuming when you have a crying hungry baby. Dr. Brown’s brand seemed to have the best reviews and we happened to find one second hand for pretty cheap. It’s not instant, but we can drop it in press a button and 4 minutes later have a warm bottle. Definitely makes life a little easier. (Hint: A 4 ounce Dr. Brown’s bottle warms perfectly in 4 minutes and 20 seconds!)
A variety of different bottles
I heard that different bottles work for different babies. No one really told me that one was better than the other. We found out what worked for our baby by getting many different brands second hand(and bought new nipples). Out of the Avent, Munchkin Latch, Lansinoh, Medela, and Dr Brown’s our baby did best on the Dr Brown’s bottles. He did take to every single one of them. Some were messier, some gave him more stomach issues and some(I’ll be honest) we were just not a fan of. So, I recommend at least trying 2 or 3. It’s the only way you can see the difference it makes for your baby.
Munchkin Bottle Sterilizer
This was one of my favorite purchases when it comes to making things convenient. I never boiled a single bottle or paci! Just wash it, stack it in the sterilizer and add 7 ounces of water. Then 2 minutes in the microwave and bottles are sterile. The munchkin sterilizer has fit every different brand of bottle we have tried as well. This was not used as much as he got older but it is beyond perfect for when you’re keeping things super sterile for a new babe!
BONUS: There were things we had/did that I wouldn’t consider “must haves” but were definitely helpful
- Gripe water, gets rid of Cole’s hiccups almost instantly and is for gas/discomfort/colic as well.
- A stocked diaper caddy is a must for mom and dads bedroom. When you’re exhausted in the middle of the night, going to the baby’s room just won’t happen. I simply used a small caddy we already had at the house.
- Disposable changing pads we another favorite of mine, to cover those germy bathroom changing stations. We still keep one in the bag at a year old for public changing.
- A digital thermometer is another purchase we made in the first couple days. Our doctor told us the forehead thermometer we had already was not as accurate for a newborn. Newborns need their temperature taken under the arm. Our doctor told us to take his temperature twice a day for the first week and a half. This was to insure he could regulate his body temperature.
Do you feel a little more ready now?
Hopefully my experience can help some other first time moms that are in the same situation I was. Moms that are wanting all the advice they can get. These things were truly life savers for us in our baby’s first month! Like I said, I know my list may not be what your list is, after all every baby is different. Feel free to ask me questions or comment your own “must haves” below!