The Top 5 Mommy Must Haves for a Newborn
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Congratulations on your first pregnancy!
It is a magical time to know there is a little person kicking inside your womb who will soon meet you! In a few short weeks you will kiss your baby’s tiny hands and feet, and relish in your newborn’s smiles and coo’s. Very soon that little person will be here and your world and heart will double in size. But until then, be patient and relax. Do not wish that the days go by quicker, enjoy your husband and family while you are the center of attention, this time will pass!
And do not worry about all the newborn items you supposedly can’t live without; the wipes warmer, the $700 stroller, the expensive crib, the hundreds of newborn outfits that your baby will outgrow within days. A newborn needs very little! Why would God give you this little person if you weren’t able to take care of them? Not to worry, He gave you the essentials; breasts, arms and a mother’s heart.
If you were living in the wilderness, your newborn would be perfectly content being wrapped up in a soft cloth, sleeping and cooing in your warm arms, listening to your heart, and nursing between naps.
So to be brutally honest, you don’t need anything with a newborn, but I figured we all like a bit of comfort, like diapers, so I am giving you the truly essential list of 5 things you need for your newborn.
Diapers, Wipes and Diaper Rash Cream – The Essentials for a Newborn
Your little baby will be pooping and peeing as all people do. They will need a bit of help unless you want wet and smelly cute newborn outfits. I have used both disposable diapers and cloth diapers, both have their benefits and drawbacks. But regardless, you will need to buy a box or two before baby arrives. Also, you’ll need a few wipes, one large box will last you a month, as there are over 800 wipes in a box. And one other item for the tooshy is diaper rash cream. My first baby developed thrush, a yeast infection, a week after being born and it caused her to have a terrible diaper rash. This stuff saved us! Unbelievable, I bought these two tubs of Desitin on August 20, 2014 (picture below), and more than a year later I still have half a tub left! It was such a great purchase!
Baby Carrier – Super Duper Essential and Amazing for Bonding!
My husband and I spent an entire weekend researching the perfect stroller, which we did not even use for the first year of Sue’s life. The Phil&Teds Classic Double Stroller is amazing and has up to 26 different riding combinations, easily adjusting to one baby, to a baby and a toddler or two toddlers in multiple configurations.
Regardless, you do not need a stroller the first year of baby’s life. What you do need is a great baby carrier! Your little ones is so used to your breathing and your scent that the closer they are to you, the happier they’ll be. Also, you can nurse on the go! How cool is that?! Just put a cover over your little one and give them a drink as you continue shopping in Target. This saved me numerous times from running back to the car and sitting down to nurse my little one.
When Sue was tiny we used the to carry her all the time, it was just so much easier than lugging around a stroller and a car seat, only to end up carrying her anyway because she was fussy. I used three baby carriers mostly. 0-2 Months : I used the Infantino Flip Front 2 Back Carrier. 2- 6 Months: I used the Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier. And up until Sue was walking, I used the Tula Ergonomic Toddler Carrier. I would still carry her today but my pregnant belly has come between us.
Car Seat – Probably the Most Essential Baby Newborn Item
There’s no way around it, unless you will be walking everywhere forever. You need a car seat, and you need it before the birth of the baby, otherwise you will really need to walk home with your baby. We bought the Chicco Keyfit 30 because it has great rating, is lightweight, and is compatible with our Phil&Teds stroller. Whatever car seat you purchase, make sure it works with the stroller you buy.
Onesies and Comfortable Clothes
Your baby does not need all the cutest little outfits, those are mostly for you as a new mommy to enjoy! What your little one does need is a lot of skin to skin time and comfortable onsies. That squishy little baby in your arms just came out of the warmest, softest, loveliest home, into a world of bright lights, loud noises and cool breezes. Your baby will outgrow their newborn outfits within weeks, so invest most of your money on 0-3 month outfits. Most of Sue’s clothes were hand me downs from her cousins, which was wonderful, as they have already been washed and worn out, and were soft and comfortable. Don’t be afraid to go to second hand stores to buy used clothing, just make sure to wash them a few times before using. This is also a great tip with toddler shoes, as the worn in shoes won’t cause sore little feet.
A Mommy Support Group
Lastly, my most valuable asset when Sue was born was my support group of mommies. I joined the La Leche League and met a group of wonderful mommies from church. They carried me through the first few scary and wonderful weeks of motherhood and I can not thank them enough. They brought us meals and recommended good pediatricians and lactation consultants. And they answered my questions on diaper rashes, thrush, breastfeeding and sleepless nights. I have been blessed with such a strong support system. Reach out while you are still pregnant and have the energy and time. Build those relationships so that you can text another mommy at 3:00 AM when you are up for the fifth time. These mommies will keep you sane and be your foundation as you battle the challenges that come with motherhood. And if you have no one in your area, you can always email me! I’ll be the first mommy of your support group.
That’s it! A newborn baby does not need much outside of what your body is already providing. Your voice, warm embrace, breasts and mommy heart are the essentials for a newborn to thrive. Trust your instincts, they are God given, and enjoy your squishy little newborn.