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10 Products Every New Mom Should Know About

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Bringing a new life into this world can be overwhelming all on it’s own. Many new moms have no clue where to begin when making a baby registry. I remember spending THREE hours on our first trip to Buy Buy Baby to make a registry. Half of that was spent looking at the entire wall full of different kinds of bottles, all good for different reasons. My husband had to leave to get me food and bring it back so we could finish the registry! I sure love Buy Buy Baby but looking back, I wish I had just created a registry online from the comfort of my own home! You can do that here. Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry  You’re welcome! 🙂

 

When the baby finally came we figured out there were so many things actually needed but didn’t have.In order to save you a trip back to the store or stressful moments without something you might need, here is a list of the top 10 products I never knew I needed as a new mom. If you order on Amazon, you never even have to leave your house to get it! Even better, become an Amazon Prime Family Member and get free two-day shipping right to your door along with 20% off diaper subscriptions and exclusive coupons and deals.  Join Amazon Family 30-Day Free Trial  With two kids at home and two full time jobs, we usually don’t have time to run across town to Buy Buy Baby, so Amazon is our main go to for diapers, wipes, and many other random baby products.

 

Now, for the products you may not know you need as a new mom (at least in my opinion). The links listed below are affiliate links. If you buy a product through one of my links, I will receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I know and LOVE! Please visit my Disclosure and Privacy Policy for more information. Thank you for your support!

 

  1. Infant tub for the sink- When your baby is first born, before they are big enough for the toddler tubs, you will most likely bathe your newborn in the sink. This fold-able tub can fit in most kitchen and even bathroom sinks making it easy to set your baby in and freeing up one hand to actually bathe your newborn with.
  2. Love to Dream SwaddleAnother product, I cannot get enough of. This is my go-to gift for new moms! When babies are placed on their back to sleep, they naturally raise their arms to self soothe. This swaddle allows the infant to be snug and confined while still allowing them to raise their arms and even put their hands by their face to self soothe. You also don’t have to worry about it becoming loose and covering the baby’s face while they sleep. When I found out about this product, my life became so much easier!You can also find the next level when you want to start transitioning your baby out of the swaddle here. The arms zip off so the baby’s arms are free while the rest of their body is swaddled.
  3. Rock ‘n Play Sleeper- The Rock ‘n Play is a small rocker that the baby can sit in when you need to set them down for a minute or sleep in. The nice thing about it is that it is easy to move around from room to room while swings and cribs normally stay in one room. It was a life saver when we went on trips too! This one has a feature that will rock itself. Another nice to have product!
  4. My Brest Friend Nursing PillowOh boy, I almost couldn’t get over the name when I heard about this product from my actual best friend. She ended up getting it for me as a gift. As a new mom that was struggling with breastfeeding, it really did become my brest friend. 🙂 There are many nursing pillows out there, but this one has a buckle feature that allows you to move while feeding, without having to situate the pillow each time. Heck, you can even stand up and walk around while using it. Yes, please!
  5. MamaRoo Baby SwingThis infant swing, if you can call it that, is genius. Rather than swing back and fourth it goes slowly from side to side while also going up and down, mimicking the bounce and sway motions of a mother. While I never personally used this product with my babies, I have seen others use it and I would buy it in the future. It is simply magic! It even has an app that lets you control the settings from your phone. How convenient is that?
  6. Medela Pump and Save Breast Milk BagsThis is a product I didn’t know about until recently and wish I had! Instead of pumping into a bottle and having to pour it into a milk storage bag later and wash the bottles, save yourself some time and pump straight into these milk freezer bags. They attach onto your pump shields (made for Medela, but can probably be used with other brands as well) and catch the milk. You can then zip it up and stick it in the freezer! ANYTHING to save time is a must have in my opinion!
  7. WubbaNubI cannot rave about this product enough! I know many people think they are a waste of money and just something cute, but for me these have been a life saver. My daughter was OBSESSED with her pacifiers! We had hundreds of them but we were lucky if we could ever find one at any given time. They would fall down behind the crib or in the car and we could never find them! The WubbaNub on the other hand, falls out of the baby’s mouth but doesn’t go anywhere. The stuffed animal prevents it from falling and if it does, it is easy to find again. It also provides a little lovey for the baby when they get old enough to hold on to something.
  8. Moby Wrap- The Moby Wrap is perfect for carrying around a newborn. It is soft and stretchy and much less bulky than most baby carriers. I found it was perfect for carrying around my babies when I wanted them to sleep but they didn’t want to be put down or when I had a lot to get don
  9. Nose Frida- When you have a sick baby, this is a MUST HAVE in my opinion. It may seem gross, but when your baby is stuffed up and can’t breathe through their nose making it impossible for them to sleep, eat, or do anything else, you are going to wish you had one!
    Forget those bulbs they send you home from the hospital with. For me they never seemed to get much out and then once it is in there, they’re hard to clean out. The Nose Freida is a nasal aspirator that consists of four parts. The main tube, the filter, the tube, and the mouthpiece. Once assembled, you put the pointed part in your baby’s nostril and the mouthpiece in your mouth. Then just suck the air from the tube. It gently sucks whatever is in your baby’s nose into the first tube. You don’t have to ever worry about getting anything in your mouth because it has a filter. Again, I KNOW it sounds gross. Disgusting even. I promise once you try it, you won’t regret it. You can even use it on toddlers that have trouble blowing their nose. *Tip: I also suggest using a nasal saline mist before using this to loosen things up and to keep your baby’s nose from drying out too much. I prefer to use Little Remedies however, there are many other brands like it out there that would work just as well.
  10. Humidifier– Another product you’ll want to have when your newborn is sick is a humidifier. This is an item that you can find at most stores so it is not hard to run out and get one when you need it. However, it is nice to have ahead of time so you have it when your child gets sick. If your child is congested, using a humidifier at night will help loosen up some of the mucus and snot.

 

This is by no means a comprehensive list of things you will need for a newborn, nor are they all necessities. They are simply products that I found were great to have as a new mom. As always, all babies are different. These are all products that have worked well for me or close friends and family. Not every product will work for every baby, but you never know until you try!

 

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Not Sleeping?-5 Simple Tips to Help your Newborn Sleep Longer

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Is your newborn waking up multiple times throughout the night? Does your newborn seem restless and irritable at night? Does your newborn startle every time you lay him or her down to sleep? These are all common complaints of many new moms.

Imagine being a newborn baby. The new world they are born into is very different than the dark, warm, and soothing womb they are used to. It is cold and bright with unpredictable noises and movements. Even the soft newborn clothes they wear are a different texture than what they are used to feeling on their skin. On top of that they are now having to sleep, wake, and eat when someone else wants them to. It’s no wonder newborns often have problems sleeping at night!

As a new mom, not getting the sleep you need can cause anxiety, frustration towards the baby, and even marital problems. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many things you can do to help your baby sleep longer and more soundly at night.

Of course you will want to be sure that your baby is fed and dry. Many moms have their husbands, significant other, or someone that is helping to help do the initial changing. If you are not nursing they can also take turns doing the feeding. If you are nursing and you will have to pump, it may make more sense for you to just feed the baby yourself.

Other than the routine feeding and changing, keep in mind that your baby is still used to the feeling of being in the womb. Mimicking the sounds and feelings in the womb will help your newborn sleep better at night. Here are some things I did that made a world of difference for us in the sleep department. (Keep in mind, this is all from my personal experience. I still wake up with my 11 month old once per night, but the following steps made a world of difference in the sleep department at our house).

 

 

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Swaddle

The first thing I changed was what my baby was sleeping in. Newborn jammies are cute and all, but they don’t do much to help your newborn feel like they’re still in the womb. Newborns like to be snug and secure. We started off swaddling with our amazing muslin blankets but it seemed like right when we came home from the hospital our baby started figuring out how to get his arms out. This would result in the blanket falling off or his arm getting stuck and him getting mad.

Next, we tried the Swaddle Me Pod which works great if your baby likes their hands down (my kids did not). I also tried the HALO SleepSack swaddles which are great for having arms down or completely out.

If your newborn likes to sleep with their arms out or up by their face, while still being contained. I highly recommend the Love to Dream Swaddle UP. It keeps the baby’s arms snug, but allows them to put their arms up or even close to their face, which my baby LOVED.

They also have the next level for when they grow out of the small size. It has sleeves that can zip off for when the baby starts to roll over.

I give them as a gift for any baby shower because most new moms don’t know about these and they were a life saver for me! I have also heard moms rave about Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit and how much their baby started sleeping while using it.

These are only a few of the many sleep suits out there. The point is, babies love to feel cozy and protected just like they did in the womb.

*Please note that when your newborn is able to roll, you should discontinue swaddling.

 

Movement

When your infant was in the womb, he was constantly moving with you. The motion was a smooth rocking motion. This motion outside of the womb is important to sooth your newborn to sleep.

There are many ways to mimic the motion that is felt in the womb.

I spent many nights walking my daughter around the house in the Moby Wrap. Being snug, warm, and close to me helped her sleep immediately. The only problem with this was right when I would put her down, she would immediately wake back up.

I finally found that she slept soundly in her swing or Rock ‘n Play. Not only did this keep her moving, but it also provided a slight incline to help with her reflux. (Our pediatrician and I discussed this and agreed that as long as the baby is buckled and not in the swing or Rock ‘n Play all of the time that this option was best for us. You should do your own research about this if you are uncomfortable with it!)

I am also completely in awe of what I call the Baby Space Shuttle or the 4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing. Several moms I know use it and say it works wonders in getting a baby to sleep!

 

Sound

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your baby hears a whooshing sound in the womb which may be due to the blood flowing through your body. This noise in the womb is thought to be louder than a vacuum cleaner! Since your baby hears this constantly in the womb, you can imagine it is very soothing for a newborn. You can mimic the sound by using a noise machine in whatever room your baby sleeps in.  I used the SoundSpa by HoMedics for both of my babies and loved the picture projector feature that came along with it.

 

Sucking

Babies are born with a sucking reflex primarily because this is how they get their nourishment in the early months of their lives. However, it is also a very soothing reflex for babies.

I breastfed both of my babies and I was totally against giving my first a pacifier in order to prevent nipple confusion. However, when my daughter was screaming and crying 80% of the time, my husband gave her a pacifier one night. We were both shocked when she immediately stopped crying and fiercely started sucking on the pacifier.

This was a huge breakthrough for us and when she started learning to sleep for longer periods at night. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends giving babies a pacifier during any sleep time in order to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

I personally LOVE the Wub-a-Nub collection for a few reasons. For one, they are super cute and you can find the animal that matches your baby’s personality. Secondly, it is easy for you or the baby to find and doesn’t go far when it falls out of their mouth. Lastly, as they get a little older they use the stuffed animal as a little lovey to hang onto at night.

 

Naps

Good naps promote good nighttime sleep. However, it is important to let your infant know the difference between a nap and sleep during the night. You can do this by letting them nap in a bright setting where other things are going on. Maybe you are doing the dishes or watching TV while your baby naps. You may want to gently wake the baby to eat every few hours during the day and encourage longer sleep periods at night.

Night time sleep, on the other hand, should be done in a dark room with soothing and constant sounds. Create a nap schedule that works for you and your baby and try to stick to it. I have outlined below the amount of hours the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for sleep according to a child’s age. This is per 24 hours.

 

  • Newborns: 16-18 hours of sleep per day (including naps)
  • 4- 12 Months: 12-16 hours of sleep per day (including naps)
  • 1-2 years: 11-14 hours of sleep per day (including naps)
  • 3-5 years: 10-13 hours of sleep per day (including naps)

While some of these things may not work for you and your baby, they sure did help me! It never hurts to try!

What have you done to help your baby sleep more soundly?

 

Happy Sleeping!!

 

 

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