My Favorite Items for the 1st Month of Motherhood
Since Andi arrived, there have been a few things I’ve been using every day to help me through this stage of motherhood. I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been loving and swearing by the first 3 weeks with our newborn, just in case you or someone you know is expecting a baby.
MammaBaby iPhone App: This app keeps up with all of Andi’s feedings (how long she eats, the time she eats, what side she ate on, etc) + keeps count of her dirty/wet diapers + her sleep patterns + her growth chart. I don’t clock her sleep patterns too much and I’ve only entered in her weight/height once, but I love that it provides an easy way for me to keep up with our breastfeeding schedule (or lack thereof, at this point – homegirl eats whenever she wants, which is about every 2.5 minutes).
Earth Mama and Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter: I had the WORST pain and issues while breastfeeding Atlas (seriously, I think that part was more traumatic than labor). Think: cracked and bleeding. I know, you just gagged at that. Sorry. That purple Lansinoh cream didn’t really help me a lick, so this time I thought I would be prepared with something new. I started using this butter in the hospital and I didn’t have any real pain while feeding Andi. I recommend getting this and packing it in your hospital bag if you’re a mom-to-be. It also smells like cookie dough. I personally think that’s a bonus.
Triple Paste Ointment for Diaper Rash: Moving right along from nipple butter to butt cream (what in Heaven’s name has this blog become?). This stuff is the best for preventing + curing a diaper rash. I always keep it in our house for both of my babies.
Balance Essential Oil: I don’t sell essential oils. I refuse to ingest them. I don’t buy into all the hype that they are a cure all for everything, but I do like using them in moderation for certain things (i.e. I love the lavender for the kids at night before bed and the breathe oil to help when we have colds). I have been putting the balance oil on each day & I really do believe it is helping me stay calm and centered. Good gosh – I sound like a hippie. And it’s probably all in my head. But either way, it helps my mood, which helps everyone in my house.
Lactation Cookies: I’m not sure you could call these a real ‘need’ but I’ve been making batches of these cookies from Jessica’s blog and omg! They are so good. And they are good for the baby and my milk supply. And they make the perfect snack at 3am when I’m up with Andi. And I’ll take any excuse to eat a cookie…so let’s just leave it at that and move on…
Mama Mio Belly Butter: My stomach isn’t going down quite as fast as it did after I had Atlas (insert crying emoticon here). I’m sure this has nothing to do with the aforementioned 3am cookie consumption. Anyways, I’ve still been using belly butter and oil each night before bed to ensure my skin’s elasticity stays up to par during this transition. I like the way it makes my skin feel and I think it helps keep my skin hydrated, which is important because it is tough to stay hydrated while feeding another human.
The Ollie Swaddle: This swaddle is made for people like me (aka – people who suck at swaddling) and babies like mine (aka – babies who thrash about wildly as you try to swaddle them). The velcro kind of makes it fool proof and Andi sleeps better at night when she’s wrapped up in this.
On The Night You Were Born Book: We have 2 of these books. One for Atlas and one for Andi. We took the book to the hospital on the night they were born (get it?) and had all the doctors and nurses who helped deliver them sign it. We also had some of our relatives sign it who stayed up in anticipation for their arrival. This book is easily one of my favorite things in our home. It is so sweet and sentimental and I can hardly read it without crying. The fact that it is signed by people who helped bring our babies into this world just makes it all the more special. I hope one day the signed book sits on a shelf in my grand baby’s nursery. If you order this, just make sure you get the hardcover so you can have people sign it!
There are, of course, other baby-related things I love but this is just the short list for you. If you give any of these products a try, I hope they work in your house like they do in ours. 🙂 And feel free to list your favorite baby products in the comment section below.