Thursday, July 26, 2012

First Month Must-Haves!

Okay ladies, I have my list of our must-haves for E's first month. I thought I should share as I know a lot of my fabulous readers are soon-to-be-mommies. Some of these are more than just the first month, but I thought it would be good to know what to add to your registry and what we could have lived without. 

1. Summer Infant Monitor - This thing is my BFF. Seriously, it's awesome and worth every penny! It is one of the pricier monitors out there, but I promise it's worth it. The screen is big and clear, you can zoom in and out, you can pan around the room, you can add multiple cameras when you have more babies, you can talk through the handset and your voice comes out on the camera so when she is older I can talk to her.....seriously love. I mean, I spend several a few a couple hours minutes looking at it every night!

2. Fisher Price Rock-n-Play Sleeper - This was great for us for the first couple nights she slept in the room with us. She was right next to the bed, at an angle, and could be rocked if she started fussing. We use it for nap time too. It is also really great because it collapses for easy transportation & storage, which was great when she spent the evening at Mimi & Papas.

3. Little Tummys Gas Drops - a MUST for us. We figured out at about day 6 she was gassy and were introduced to these little angels. Once they hit her little tongue, it's immediate relief! And they are super safe for newborns per our pediatrician. They are always with us/her. Always.

4. Summer Swaddleme Blankets - We didn't start using these until week 2, mainly because they were too big for Little Miss, but now they are an every night thing. She was becoming a Houdini baby and getting out of every swaddle we did....which meant she was waking herself up quite a bit. These suckers are not only cute, they get her nice & tight, she can't get out, and even The Hubs can do it! HA! And she loves them, it soothes her and she calms down as soon as we start wrapping her up...that could be because she has learned that she gets a bottle next, ha! 

5. Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine - I know there are several sound machines out there, but this one is a winner in my book! We had the Sleep Sheep too, but that didn't really do anything for her. This one has a white noise feature, which is also a nightly thing for her, along with heartbeat, waves, and a few others. It also has a push light on top for a nightlight or light so you can see when you sneak in on her 5 times a night to make sure she is still breathing and kiss her sweet little cheeks and a plug for an iPod so you can play your own playlist through it for her! 
Either way, a sound machine is a definite must, and make sure you get one that gets loud, some suggest an adult sound machine for that reason. 

6. Boon Grass Drying Rack AND flower attachment - love this drying rack - it olds EVERYTHING, easy to clean, and it is just stinkin' cute! And that is huge when it becomes a permanent fixture on your counter. The flower attachment is a must as you can stack all the little parts on there!

7. Soothies Pacifiers - these are the only pacis that E will take....we did a test with several others. They are great because they are closest to nipples which is good if you are breastfeeding. Again, this is something that you have to figure out which one works best for your little one, but definitely have pacifiers ready and waiting at the hospital...and then at all times....and keep a few extra in the diaper bag! HA!

8. Diaper Genie - this is pretty self-explanatory....put diapers in this fancy little contraption and then your room doesn't smell! Genius!

9. Pampers Swaddlers - I cannot say enough about these diapers! They have this new fancy little line on them that turns blue when they are wet or poopy, again genius! Now ANYONE holding the baby can tell if they need a diaper change or pulling the edge up and getting a poop covered finger!

10. A & D Ointment - This is like miracle cream. If her little bum gets a little red, we put this on and by the next diaper change it isn't red anymore! And it soothes her too! We have it at the changing table and the diaper bag!

11. Baby Connect App - this is great for the first few weeks. Your pedi will be asking how many wet diapers, how many poopy diapers, how long are the feedings, how often, how many ounces if bottle feeding, how often, how much sleep, etc.....this tracks it all. You just add each diaper or sleep or feeding and it tracks it all and puts it in charts, layout of the day, history tallies, etc. We aren't using it as much these days, but I cannot imagine having to write all that stuff down all the time, you are consumed with it all in the beginning so this is great for you to have it in one place and have it all laid out for....and you always have your phone with you so it's perfect!

12. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets - I have heard many moms rave about these blankets and now I know why. The are big, light, don't take up a lot of room in the diaper bag, and they are cute! They are perfect for these hot summer months so baby girl doesn't get too hot. They are very easy to swaddle with too since they are so big. I have 4 and could totally use 4 more! HA!

Okay so those are the "must- haves" that stick out most to me right now......on to the few things that I could live without so far....

1. Diaper warmer - never plugged it in....not sure we every will....maybe we will try when it gets cold. 
2. AngelCare Monitor - I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. In theory it's great because it will let you know if your baby's heart beat or breathing changes....but the damn thing gives off false alarms all the time! It's like the monitor who cried wolf! And it's not just a little's like a smoke alarm going off next to your head. The first few times I FLEW out of bed....then I would turn it off and wait, turn it on and it would catch itself, but still check on her...then I just stopped what good does it do?!!? Ugh, any other new momma's have this monitor with similar issues?!?!
3. Humidifier - we haven't turned it on.....maybe we should get on that....

I know there is more, but my brain in's midnight...and I need to get my ass in the bed! :)

I hope this helps, and again, please let me know if you have ANY questions!!




CJacobie said...

You will eventually use the humidifier. I am a mom of a 6.5 month old and we started using it at the beginning of this month and it now runs every day ;)

Unknown said...

I LOVE these must-have lists.

asj said...

great list!

Breakfast With the Bennetts said...

These lists are great for us mommies that are about to make our registries. I don't blame you for checking in on her so often, how do you leave those kissable cheeks for even a second!

Meredith said...

Thanks for the wonderful list! I'm adding these items to my registry now!!

Joanna said...

I agree with the other commenters, this post is so helpful for our registeries! I am overwhelmed with the amount of stuff there is out there for baby! Thanks for posting.

I don't know if you did this post already, but can you talk about your hospital bag and what you did or didn't end up using? That would be super helpful!

Mrs. S said...

love this! I've been trying to convince Hubs we need that monitor!

Kendyl said...

We are no longer swaddling but oved the swaddleme blankets!!! We have the angelcare monitor and have been using it for about a month and have never had any false alarms! That's strange! I am going to have to check out the that sound machine. We use the Sleep Sheep but am thinking we need to upgrade! Thanks for sharing! Elise is adorable!!

Joey and Kristin Lindley said...

With the angel monitor, have you tried to change the sensitivity? Hudson is almost 10 months old and we are still using it. Never had a problem with false alarms. It just gives me peace of mind. Hudson was houdini and was able to get out of that summer swaddle, so we started using the miracle blanket, aka: straight jacket. But that thing worked!! We also use a sound machine at night and that sleep sheep went off after 45 minutes! Great list! Elise is beautiful!

natasha {schue love} said...

Great list! I would agree with all of these! :)

Christine said...

I would also agree with all of these! Esp the rock and play sleeper. We've used it every single day since we brought our son home. And I just bought it for a friends baby shower tomorrow!

Natalie said...

Thanks! We picked up the gas drops yesterday :)