September 16, 2012

7 must haves for the first 7 days with a new baby


the first week hath passed! and we survived. we flourished, really. i didn't think we'd be sleeping as much as we are, didn't know we'd have a lot of downtime throughout the day to relax and/or clean. and while yes, it's the adjustment of the century, it's so incredible how each day gets easier and each day you fall deeper in love with this tiny human being, this little person that we made. like, we made him. are you wrapping your head around this? because i'm still working on it. 

i fully believe that all you need is love. and la la la, etc. but there is no harm in having some fabulous helpers along the way. 

here are mine for surviving week one with a new baby at home. 

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1. wubbanub - we don't want to rely on the pacifier...or as we call it, the chupie...but dang there are some special moments when it really comes in handy. say, for instance, when you really have to poop and screaming just doesn't jive with your need to concentrate because uh, having a baby really stops that train. know this. 

2. aden+anais muslin wraps - i know you've seen these everywhere but just know that everyone speaks the truth. they're amazing and light and lovely and super awesome. they work for swaddling, cuddling, burping, blanketing, etc. just get them. 

3. cloud b sound machine - holy heckness, does this work. river was taking a nap on wednesday while we organized his room and just when he started his squirmy dance, we tried it out. i'm not lying when i say he continued to sleep for another hour. we also use this during the night after his feeding - magic. 

4. swaddleme by summer infant - not the best swaddler in the world? hands flying out everywhere? the swaddleme is easy, fast and secure. baby is staying put in this baby and it only takes this swaddle challenged momma a minute to wrap things up. holler. 

5. medela ultra-stretch nursing bra - love it, love it, love it. so comfortable and comfortable and did i mention it's comfortable. comfort is key when your boob is a milk factory open for business 24 hours a day. milk party holder. get it. 

6. gerber cloth diapers - burp your baby with these. wipe up anything with these. lay them down and change a poopie diaper with these. money. 

7. fisher price newborn sleeper - love the incline, the portability, the design, all of it. just love it. and so does our little river man. turns out you don't need a bassinet. you just need this. bam. 

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yay for 7 day accomplishments! 
hope this list serves you and your precious little baby booties well. 

xo

15 comments:

  1. Wow girl you are like the mommy guru right now. I'm impressed!! Congrats on your first week. Your little man is just too cute.

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  2. omg i think you're the only other blogger mama i've found that calls it a chupie besides me. summer infant swaddles were a lifesaver with my baby!

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  3. sounds like things are going swimmingly over there! more sleep than you expected is awesome. sounds like you're rocking this whole mom gig! :)

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  4. i can't beleive it is over a week already.

    i am going to have write these down or something so i remember them all for our first week :)

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  5. Ahhh, I love this! I am happy to report I have the Cloud B Sound Machine on my registry already (the lamb one) :-) I've been torturing myself over the different bassinets and sleepers! So you really think the newborn sleeper is all I'll need? It seems so much smaller and more portable which I love. Do you have a bassinet also?

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  6. I think those muslin wraps even work well knotted up as make-shift drapes like pictured. So multi-functional all this baby stuff!

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  7. You've officially been added to my reading list! Love the blog, your baby is darling(what can I say, i've become obsessed with momma blogs since having my own bb), and ONE day, if my own little blog takes off, I may need to summon your blog designing skills for a MAJOR makeover!!!

    xo
    Hannah

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  8. I would absolutely agree with all of the above. You really don't need anything else. Maybe a boppy but if your nursery chair is comfy then nope.

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  9. Just found your adorable blog! I am in love with it. Your little baby is so handsome, love the name River! Congrats! Come follow along http://sjdmiller.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi Vicki! And congratulations - what a cute little guy you have. I'm so happy for you and your little family. Having your first baby is such a magical moment in time, and I truly get excited for people experiencing that...it also makes me very nostalgic. And SUCH a cute name...River. Love it.

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  11. Thanks VickVay...Ugh...registering was so completely overwhelming, but I used your advice. :) We will be down the 12th through 15th of October...would love to run by and see you and River! xoxo

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  12. Thanks VickVay...Ugh...registering was so completely overwhelming, but I used your advice. :) We will be down the 12th through 15th of October...would love to run by and see you and River! xoxo

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  13. Hi! New follower here. GREAT advice! I particularly like the part about the pacifier and needing to concentrate when attempting to poop. I'm currently pregnant with my first baby, and for some reason the postpartum BM is really stressing me out. Of all the things to worry about. Ha!

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  14. The Rock n Play is always my #1 recommended item I tell moms to get. Our little one slept in hers until she was 5 months old. She loved it. With my next baby I am investing in the aden+anais wraps, I have heard so much about them.

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