There is a plethora of baby stuff and every mom has her favorites. Here are some of the products that I loved the most for the newborn age. Read on to see why these made my list...
- I'm a big fan of sleepers for newborns, especially for babies born in cooler months. I don't have a favorite brand, but Costco always carries Carter's for great prices ($6-8 a piece). The key to sleepers is getting the ones with a full-length zipper. It makes constant diaper changes much easier than 284 metal snaps.... Ain't nobody got time for that!
- Pampers Swaddlers have a great fit, they're made of soft materials, and the smaller sizes have a moisture detection line. They're the priciest option but I think they're worth it for the first few months. That moisture detector is awesome for newborns because you don't have to fully undress them to check if a diaper is wet. (In case you're wondering, I prefer Luvs for size 3 and up).
- California Baby is another wonderful brand for newborns. I was gifted this soap and wouldn't have normally spent the money on it (avg cost is over $1 per ounce). But it is mild and gentle, and I felt good knowing that I wasn't putting anything artificial on my little one. If it can fit in your budget, then definitely try it out.
- I tried several swaddling methods. Aden + Anais blankets are GREAT for swaddling, but my kids starting wriggling out of the blankets around 2 months. That's when I switched to swaddle wraps. These Summer brand wraps have multiple Velcro latches and proved to work best in our household. They wash up easily and breath well too.
- I chose to breastfeed so I used The First Years Breastflow bottles. I loved them because they have a natural shape and the double-nipple design prevents babies from getting the milk out too fast (just like a breast). These qualities helped us avoid any nipple confusion and it kept feedings consistent whether by bottle or breast.
- I vowed to never co-sleep before I had kids. Then one week postpartum and I was sleeping with a baby in my bed. I used the Snuggle Nest because it has firm sides to prevent you from rolling into the baby's sleeping quarters. It also has a button light and noise machine built in. Those features were key (especially the dim light) when I wanted to see why the baby was making noises at 4am. I suppose it was the paranoid-mom syndrome that made me think every sniffle was the sound of choking ;)
- Lastly, I'm a believer in headrest mirrors. I've heard warnings that they cause more harm than good because they can distract a driving mom, but I liked having the peace of mind that I could always see my babes even when they were in rear-facing car seats. Again, probably the paranoid-mom syndrome fearing the worst but the $15 gadget was useful for me :)
Any of you mamas have favorite products for newborns? Any that I mentioned and you just couldn't stand? It's funny because moms vary so much in opinion of products... I'm always curious what other people think.