Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My top newborn must-haves, V.2

It's been awhile since I posted my first newborn must-haves, and it's funny how much Henry has changed over the past two months.  I took this video two days ago and I was so happy that he actually smiled for the camera!  I feel like he will do it all day long, but the second I pull out the Flip Cam or my camera the smile gets put away.  I'm so excited that I finally captured one.

But, back to the list!  Now that we've had our little guy here for two months, I feel like I've learned a LOT more about what works for us, and what doesn't.  So, here's my next group of items (numbers 1-7 can be located here).

8) Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper

We started out with Henry sleeping exclusively in his pack 'n play, right next to our bed.  At around two weeks Henry started to become very fussy, but only at night.  The only way he would sleep for more than an hour or two was if he slept on my chest, or next me.  I know that a lot of parents co-sleep, and even though this worked SO WELL for us, I was terrified of something happening.  I looked around online, and when I came across this wonderful product I was sold.  It goes right in your bed, and you get to reap all of the benefits of co-sleeping, without the fear of rolling over, blankets suffocating your baby, etc.  Now again, I know that some parents choose to have their baby sleep right next to them, cuddled up, and I WISH I could do this, but I am just too much of a worry wart.  So this sleeper was a great option.  The walls are mesh, so even if Henry pushes his face into the side he is able to breath, and it keeps air circulating.  It also has a metal frame to protect the baby from being rolled onto.  From the first night we got it, Henry has slept so, so well.  He's a lot closer than being in the pack 'n play, which makes middle of the night nursing easier, and overall this just works for us.  So, if you're tight on space, or even tight on money and can't afford a larger sleeper (like a pack 'n play) this would be a great option!  If you're like me and are paranoid but still want to have your baby close by, this is also wonderful.  And, as an added bonus, it folds up to be super small, so it's great for traveling.  We go down to Phoenix a lot and this has been a lifesaver.  Henry loves it, and we love it too!  This is absolutely at the top of my must-haves, right under the Snuza.

9) California Baby products

Henry has sensitive skin, like his mama, so we have to be careful what we use.  The very best product we've tried thus far has been from the California Baby line- the Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash.  You guys, it smells SO GOOD. All caps because if you were next to me I'd be yelling that. ;)  But really, it's amazing.  It's free of toxins, dyes, sulfates, you name it.  Buy it here.

And on the subject of baby products- we recently tried the Baby Balm courtesy of Mountain Girl Soap and Sundries.  This was sent to us by the company to try, and I wouldn't ever recommend it unless we truly liked it...which we definitely do!  It's an all-natural, vegan, and the ingredients are simple and nourishing- no petroleum or synthetics. Awesome.

10) activity mat

I wasn't sure if we would wait awhile to get one of these, but my sister got Henry one for Christmas and he loves it so much.  It's a nice little change of pace for him during the day, and he really loves to look up at all of the fun jungle animals.  Recently he's begun to try and grab the various objects too! We also do tummy time on the mat, so it's kind of double duty.

11) Boppy
In my last list, I was all about the Brest Friend Pillow.   Now that Henry is a bit bigger I've moved into using the Boppy a lot more.  I think the Brest Friend was imperative for me in the beginning- the Boppy just wouldn't have worked post c-section, but now that I am really comfortable with breast feeding, the Boppy is just easier to grab and use (there aren't any clips or straps), and more comfortable too.  When we have our next baby I will still use the Brest Friend again in the beginning, but the Boppy has been my pillow of choice lately.  Plus, I often use it to prop Henry up on the couch or during tummy time so it's more convenient for me to have around.

12) this one isn't an item...but I think a must-have would be the idea of really being gentle on yourself, especially if you are a first-time Mom.  You will be a crazy mess of emotions after you deliver.  I cried at the drop of a hat and I went from being super happy to being sad about all sorts of things- Henry was already growing too fast (keep in mind he was two days old), I didn't think I was a good Mom, the list went on.  But after about three or four days I felt like my "normal" self, and I didn't feel weepy and overly-emotional.  Perhaps it was a touch of postpartum, or maybe it was just my hormone levels regulating, but be prepared to feel a rush of all sorts of things.  Perhaps yours will manifest like mine, or go your own way, but I'm sure most new Moms feel this.  Be easy on yourself. It's normal to feel like you don't know what to do, how to do it, or how on Earth you are going to manage to keep on doing it.  In the beginning there were times when I was getting up every hour, not getting any rest, and at times felt pretty hopeless that I was even doing a good job.  Mix in extreme lack of sleep, recovery from a major surgery in some cases, and trying to do something you've never done before, and it can be a really tough combination.  Just remember that it does get better, and you are not alone in feeling a little lost, or a little down. Just be sure to talk to someone about it.  And remember how amazing you are...and what an amazing thing you've accomplished! :)

So, this is my second list of newborn must-haves.  As Henry grows and as we try new and different products and items I will be sharing them along the way!  Thanks for reading and have the best morning.


  1. AHH henry is the cutest little man ever<3 i love him...and boppy's are a mom's best friend, i don't have kids but my sister has about 40 of these! you should also add this to the list-it will come in handy when henry starts eating at the table! the twins love em!


  2. That sleeper is so neat!! and Boppy's are lifesavers!!

  3. So, I am definitely the Mama that has her baby snuggled up next to her at night. I have to sneak her in to bed after John's asleep, though, because he doesn't like it. He'd probably love to have one of those sleepers! He's paranoid like you. :)

    Anyways, I love these lists you've made. The California Baby products sound great, I think I'm going to try them out. I've noticed the Johnsons dries out Kaetana's skin something fierce and we only bathe her twice a week at the moment. I can't imagine what it would be like when we start giving her baths every night!

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. I loved the play mat my baby had. She loved it, and got a lot of use out of it. I have it stored for when the next one arrives. I really want to try the baby balm. :)

  5. Oh, I forgot to ask do you get the bath products here in town or do you order them online? I'd rather just go to a store.

  6. sheesh, he's so stinking cute. THAT SMILE. :)

  7. Very adorable. My friend just had a baby and I've been wondering what I should get her.

    Thanks for all these ideas!

    ♥ Grace

  8. I've never met a first time mom that isn't too hard on herself especially the first 4 months or so. I used to let other people's opinion about how I should care for my little one trump my own until I realized (this didn't take long) HEY this is MY baby! all i wanted was encouragement not an analysis on what or how I was doing things.

    But it seems as this (and this is nothing science hasn't already proven) sleep deprivation can cause cognitive misgivings.

    take care of yourself mama :) I think you are doing a great job!

  9. i'm kind of, sort of in love with henry's adorable little smile too! so cuteeeeee!

  10. As someone that is TTC, I love your post. I am a huge worrier myself, so your honesty always makes me feel normal! I also star these post for our future (fingers crossed) little one!

  11. I absolutely love these posts! My little Ava is just a few months older than Henry and I am so excited to read all about your mama journeys while I experience my own.

  12. Thank you for these lists! I'm putting together my baby registry and it really helps to have an outside opinion :)

    I've already registered for the boppy and the little lamb chair :) And I'm getting the Total Baby app now!

  13. thank you for sharing! i think these are so helpful.

  14. This is an excellent list, per usual. We’re looking at getting prego in a year and that sleeper is going to be a must… I’m paranoid without a child, so I imagine I will be a regular Woody Allen with one.

    Also, I enjoyed your last bit about taking it easy on yourself. I think many of us have a very idealist view of what it will be like to have a newborn. Often we ignore the very serious reality that our hormones will be changing dramatically during that time.


    All this is Grace and Charm

  15. Totally understand the worrying! I woke up one night with my husband's hand resting over our son's face. Ay yi yi!! We started using the Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper. Check it out if you haven't yet! It's super sweet because it basically acts as an extension of your bed so you have tons of space to cuddle with your love person and all the benefits of co-sleeping. I don't even have to sit up to pull baby Gus into bed with us! It also has some storage, breaks down easily and it pretty compact. We love, love, love it!

  16. Your comment about the post-partum emotional rollercoaster made me smile.
    Oh boy! These were two crazy days! I don't know what was wrong with me, but I couldn't help being hyper active one second and bursting into tears for no reason at all on the next.
    At least it's just 2-3 days... And then you smile about it :)
    Great list! I will definitely try the Sleeper. I loved cosleeping but we were so paranoid that we would only do it if one of us was awake to watch out!
    Congrats on the 2 months of happiness!

  17. He has the sweetest little smile!! He's so cute!

    I love your mommy lists, too. I wanted that sleeper when Jack was sleeping with us, but at the time we had a full-size bed (i know.. crazy) and it definitely wouldn't have fit. :] I love love California Baby products! I just found them randomly one day and got the bubble bath. It smells so yummy.

  18. Its so cute hearing you talk about your life with Henry! awwwww love it

  19. Oi! The flapping baby arms! I DIE!

  20. He is so stinkin cute!! Thank you for yet another GREAT baby product post!! Ive been pretty happy with my baby wash (Burts Bees), but Ive been wanting to try a different ointment for Milo's eczema (Aquaphor wasnt doing the trick) so I tried California Baby Calendula Cream. So good! Even after one night, I can see an improvement!!

  21. he is so cute! i love his smile.

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