We’re coming up on two months since Charlotte was born, and there have been a few life-savers that I know I’ll be singing praises of when my friends later on prepare for their own children. These things should never be kept secret, so I’m going to share. Also, a disclaimer: a lot of these were highly recommended by my sister-in-law, so she deserves some credit here.
Zipsheets – These are not well-known enough. There’s a mattress cover you put on, and when you need to do a quick sheet change, you just pull off the piddle pad — which is attached with velcro — and attach another one. It takes me two seconds. It’s much easier than layering sheets, messing with ties, or even zippers.
Mamaroo – Everyone knows about the Mamaroo, but it really is a neat thing. It’s expensive, but the way it moves quickly calms down baby and Charlotte seems to really like it.
Boppy Lounger – Truth be told, I’m obsessed with having places to put down the baby. This little pillow lives on our bed, and it’s just an easy place to put her for a minute where I can have my hands free without worrying about her rolling. She seems pretty comfortable in it.
Wubbanub – I think these are adorable, and I want to buy all of them. The kitty cat or pink bear helps keep the pacifier in place and gives Charlotte something to hold onto.
Sound Machine – Some people think using a sound machine will cause their kids to be completely dependent on a sound machine, but when your neighbor’s alarm is going off for two hours straight, you will be glad that the nursery is the only room in the house you can’t hear the alarm. This is based on a true story that happened last week.
Blackout Curtains – Charlotte definitely sleeps better with less light in the room, and the blackout panels also keep the room cooler, which is very important in the South.
Moms on Call – How much can I sing this book’s praise? Give the schedule a try. Just try it.
Audio Monitor – We do have a wifi video monitor, but if our wifi is out, it’s out, and the audio on it isn’t the best (I still really like it, and that we can view it remotely). We ended up ordering a cheap audio-only monitor via Prime Now just so we could hear her crying without having to have an app open on our phone or iPad. Speaking of which…
Prime Now – If you don’t have Amazon Prime, your first few days home with a newborn is the perfect time to sign up. You can subscribe & save on diapers, and if you’re in certain areas, have whatever you need delivered to your doorstep within a couple of hours. I’ve done this for food, formula when we were supplementing, and other random needs.
4Moms Tub – It took us a minute to figure this out (I had to request another part from 4moms to get it to fit our sink correctly), but we have peace of mind knowing we’re not burning or freezing our tiny baby. Plus, clean water! We bought a sponge insert to make it easier for her to sit in it while she’s super tiny.
Miracle Blanket – Charlotte started rolling onto her side, and the miracle blanket keeps her arms at her side and keeps her on her back. She sleeps really well with it, too.
Swaddlepods – During naps and cluster feeding, Swaddlepods are our jam. She was eating every hour, napping for just a little bit, and going through lots and lots of diapers. Keeping her swaddled while I changed her diaper quickly let her go back to sleep. It was so much easier than constantly undoing a swaddle or the Miracle Blanket.
Infrared Thermometer – What new mom isn’t a little paranoid? This thermometer lets me make sure she wasn’t actually too hot without using… the other kind of thermometer.
Keyfit system – We had the KeyFit Caddy handed down to us from our nieces, so we opted for a Chicco KeyFit carseat as well. We got the zip carseat, which comes with a boot and keeps Charlotte warm and feeling snuggled in. The Caddy is so easy, light, and smooth. No bulky stroller for us!
Moms, what newborn products have been must-haves in your home?