So lately there have been a lot of moms-to-be asking for recommendations so I decided I’d go ahead and blog about it. First off I’d like to begin with a little disclosure that shopping for new moms can be a trap because there are so many options out there and everything seems like such a necessity and they’re all so cute! Every family is different and what worked for me, might not be best for you but I’ll go ahead and share why it worked for me and you can be the judge. I made a few mistakes and spent money that I shouldn’t have at first, but through the years it’s become easier to asses what is essential and what are “wants.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about wants, as long as it’s on a super great sale!
A car seat will be your first necessity; you won’t even be able to leave the hospital without it. You’ll end up needing at least two car seats, an infant one and a convertible one that can last until the child is old enough to be out of car-seats altogether. As an infant car-seat I highly recommend the Graco SnugRide due to the consumer report and personal experience with it. Additionally it fits perfectly on the Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Frame Stroller which honestly is all you’ll need instead of those heavy, bulky and expensive “travel system” they try to get you to purchase.
As a convertible car-seat I’d recommend the Britax because it’s hands-down the safest. Since the Britax is a bit on the more expensive side, you might want to consider making a gender neutral purchase to get the most bang-for-your-buck by being able to reuse it with your other children if you’re planning on having more than one child.
You’ll later need a lightweight stroller for when your child outgrows their car-seat. Just make sure the stroller has an umbrella, underneath storage compartment, the seat reclines, and it’s easy to maneuver. Another good test is if you can close it single-handedly because odds are you’ll often have your hands full and if it fits in the trunk of your car! Aside from that it’ll depend on your lifestyle which stroller will suit you best. Whether you’re athletic and you’d prefer a jogger, if you’re planning on baby number two and you want to plan ahead for a two-seater, etc.
Then you have the pack-n-play which I highly suggest to go ahead and toss the idea of a bassinet or any other by-the-bed-sleeper because ultimately they will outgrow it so fast that you’ll be kicking yourself for it. You may decorate their bedroom all cute and adorable all you want but the truth is that they will be by your side in that pack-n-play more often than anything for the first couple of weeks (maybe even month). At night by your bed and all throughout the day because it’s portable and you can bring it with you wherever you go. It’s also not safe for you ever sleep with the baby in your bed, ever. On the note of safety you’ll also want at least a couple of sleepers/swaddlers since it’s not safe to leave your baby bundled with those cute blankets because accidents happen and they can suffocate.
Another must on my list was a changing pad because regardless of whichever diaper bag you decide works best for you, or if you decide to just go with a backpack, or continue with your larger totes/purses, etc. one thing that’s a must is this handy little fellow. Also you can always just hand this puppy over to your spouse and have them change your baby for you, or just pop the changing pad under the stroller storage basket.
For a high chair, I wish the Keekaroo was around when my kids were younger because then I’d still have it around. Not only are these not tacky like the many that are in stores so it can actually fit your décor, but it also grows with your child so that it’s a safe chair for them without the baby part of it – love it!
Here’s something we still use because the product is just that good. The fabric bibs get real old, not only does it get disgusting and never look the same after the first wash, but hands down the best bib out there is the Bumkins. I pop them in the wash and let them hang dry and we have the same ones since they were babies and they still look practically new.
When it came to feeding, I was fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed and I’m a huge advocate for it. I figure if every formula’s biggest advertisement is trying to be as close to breastfeeding as possible then nothing beats the real thing. Aside from the nutritional fact and the convenience of always having it warm and ready, it also helps us lose significant weight! But when it came time to transfer into a bottle I used Dr. Brown with both kids and never had any transition problems nor colic issues. When it came time for transitioning into baby food I put the extra effort into making their food from scratch because I wanted to make sure what was going into it, avoiding the preservatives and whatever else it is that they put in it. It was always super easy to make and just have prepared ahead of time. I didn’t have any special bullet machine or expensive blender, just boiled a veggie or two of choice in organic veggie, chicken, or beef broth and mashed it up, sometimes used a regular blender. To store it up, you can either use a BPA-free container or reuse those glass baby food jars and make sure you label it with the date that you made it on to remind yourself. It should last 2-3 days in the refrigerator. To reheat just boil some water and let the container sit in the water.
So those are some of my top suggestions, do any of you have any must do or do not’s that you’d like to share with our momma’s-to-be?
Question of the day: Do you have any trick of the trades like poking a tiny hole on the binky/pacifier when trying to give your baby medication without them spewing it all back up on your face? Please share!