As a first time mom you are totally overwhelmed in all aspects. I remember just being excited and happy, but really having no idea what was coming. Blissful ignorance. Cue September 2014 and chaos ensued. I'm kidding, I'm being slightly dramatic but it's true, your world is rocked and it definitely helps to be prepared. Now that we're on to baby #2 I've found myself building a list in my head (and with my friends) of things that will help this transition be a little less stressful. And don't get me wrong, not all of this is completely necessary, I actually had none of it on our first go 'round and did just fine. Every mom and baby is different so as you progress through your own experience it might just a be helpful list to reference if there's certain things you feel are lacking.
A huge shout-out to my fellow knocked-up besties who helped me put this list together. Everything included has been tested and given the, "thank you God." by recent, new mom's.
A funny looking little space suit but apparently a game-changer. This has been given the thumbs-up by many first-time mom's and I'm happy to try anything to increase snooze time. If you are like me and struggle with the swaddle, this is a much easier direction to go towards the 3 month mark. Meant for crib and back-sleeping, they don't call it magic for nothing.
I was a Boppy user my first time around and I was never a huge fan, it didn't provide great support but I didn't really know of anything else out there. With this nursing pillow there's much more support provided with the buckle that secures the cushion around your waist. Your baby also rests easier on it as the top has a flatter surface and a head rest that helps avoid any rolling and gives you more of an opportunity to be comfortable. A minor element, you'd think, but the built-in pocket provides a place to keep a drink, burp cloth, or your cell phone when you're up nursing at all hours.
While we're on the subject of nursing, a good bra is an essential. This is the type of stuff I kind of forgot about when I was preparing for our first baby, but it actually turns out to be one of the most important items. Comfort is key, and this is a cute brand that offers some color options other than black, grey, and tan. When you're not feeling your perkiest, it's the little things that go a long way.
Giving your infant a bath can be kinda terrifying. They are so little and unable to really support themselves at all. This bath has more of a fitted area that gives better support so the baby is in more of a propped up position. You can use it right in your sink so you're not having to bend over or be on your knees for an extended period of time. It's actually a big sponge-like material so it keeps the baby warmer longer than a cold harder surface of a plastic tub.
I don't have any strong opinions on co-sleeping I only know there are a lot of nights it just ends up happening. It can be a scary experience bringing something home you love so much that is also so helpless. Having them right next to you those first weeks helps you feel more at ease, which is important for everyone. This sleeper also helps you avoid getting up or bending down if you're nursing, and for someone that had a c-section, this is a huge blessing for your body, and the healing process.
As a book lover, and a mom, I just think this is the coolest thing ever. Dolly Parton has a literacy program she's established for young children. All you have to do is fill out and submit a short form and in return you will receive a children's book every month until your baby turns 5. There's no charge involved, a totally free service, and you can do it for each child you have. Dolly for the win.
And let's not forget the unmentionable's. Possibly the most important, but the more whispered, and less talked about. Here's my top 5.