Thursday, April 29, 2010

Newborn Essentials

Here are a few things that are essential in our home with a new baby, some new, some tried and true from past babies.

Baby Wrap:

Mr. Two was a very difficult baby.  He wanted to be held all the time.  As long as he was being held, he was happy, but put him down and he would scream until he was picked up again.  No kidding, if I was making dinner, he would cry until I finished and picked him up, even with him sitting in the kitchen so he could see me and interact with me while I was cooking.  I wish I had a better baby carrier with him.  I resolved to shell out the 40 plus dollars to buy a Moby wrap with our next baby.

I am very lucky to have a talented sister in law who made me a baby wrap for Christmas this year.  I use it all the time.  I love it!  Mr. Three is snug and happy and I have my hands free to do other things, such as chase Mr. Two, clean house, etc. Another benefit?  It is so comfortable for me to wear.  No aching back, no uneven stiffness in shoulders that you get when using a baby sling.  It is a little warm in the summer, but it's worth it.  I call this carrier my sanity saver!

Nursing Cover:

I just finished sewing a nursing cover using this tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets.  It was simple to make and will really come in handy.  I have always just covered up with a blanket when nursing outside of my home, but it is really warm in the summer.  This cover is made from a light cotton, so it will be much cooler and give me good coverage.


Not just helpful to prop baby up higher and rest tired arms while nursing, but my helpful to my boys when holding their brother (with supervision...).

Good Books:

I do a lot of reading when I am nursing.  I am always looking for a great book for me to read, but I also take this time to read to my boys as well.  My older ones enjoy the attention and my little one gets to hear my voice and be read to as well.  You can never start reading too early!

Under-Eye Concealer:

This is a gotta have to cover up those awesome dark circles under my eyes.  Love the baby, miss my sleep...

What are some of your baby necessities?  Just wondering...


  1. Have you ever read the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody? You would probably like it I think. Glad you're doing well! Lauree

  2. You look great! I love your concealer tip! I personally owe my sanity to Baby Bjorn and Mylicon. It's nice to know that after a few kids we learn a few things. :)

  3. I looked at that first picture and thought "Where's the baby?" Haha. He looks comfy! :)

  4. I'm glad you love the wrap! I like the color. I agree, they are sooo comfy. I was sad I couldn't use mine because of Quinton's braces.

  5. ha ha -- i didn't even notice t-money in the first picture. i just thought you were wearing a bizarre second shirt over your first one.

  6. That is so awesome! I will have to get one of those moby's next time too! Edyn was like Ben that way too... part of the reason I am scarred for no. 2 sometime, but now I know I just need a Moby! Yeah! Later down the road LOVED the Bumbo seat! Good pump and Dr. Brown bottles helped too.

  7. Cate has never really liked slings, she wants to be out looking around and interacting with the world. She is totally fine in her activity center or sitting with toys on the floor while I cook. However, she was a terrible nurser and so my awesome double-sided electric breast pump is a life saver (and a lot of money-saver)! Also a good swaddling blanket with velcro, she slept better swaddled for the first 4 months or so. And we got tons of hand-me-down toys and clothes from friends - yay! Can't wait to see you guys soon! Have a great week!