What items are my Amazon
Snuggle Me Organic
A complete skeptic, I didn’t think we would use a sleep lounger. However, I was gifted a used Snuggle Me by a friend. I started using it our first night home when our
Another Amazon must have for baby’s first month, we started using this sound machine in the hospital and it has been a
An Easy Swaddle + Pajamas
The hospital swaddles are great and all – but they made me nervous! The fabric kept moving up towards his face or coming undone. I needed an “easier” swaddle. I love the velcro and zip options that are available now. And our baby is fancy and needs the fleece ones to keep extra warm. Cotton just isn’t snuggly enough for him. You may feel bad wrapping your tiny baby up like a burrito but you shouldn’t! They were squished inside you for 9 months and miss the comfort of your womb. A cozy swaddle helps recreate that feeling and can calm their startle reflex, which makes this item another Amazon must have for the first few months. And with the right pajamas, middle of the feedings won’t be too challenging. I LOVE the zip up pajamas that have mittens and footies built in. Seriously – BUY NO OTHER PAJAMAS for your newborn! Zippers and mittens are where it’s at!
Newborns need frequent diaper changes which can get exhausting. I had a c section so carrying baby boy into his nursery and to the changing table for every diaper was a bit much, so I went ahead and created a few diaper caddies around the house. I found THESE cute baskets and snagged some changing liners too. Toss in some wipes and diapers and you’re all set! I kept one station in our living room and another in our bedroom. This made it easy to do the middle of the night changes as well. I just plopped us both on the floor, couch, or bed and could change a diaper immediately. (Just make sure to lay down a liner or you’ll definitely regret it!) Definitely not speaking from experience here. Nope, not at all.
I was shocked at how long our baby would stare at bold books and patterns. PRAISE. My favorite books in those early weeks were soft ones (in case they got knocked over on him) with strong contrasting pictures. He laid on his back staring to the side for extended periods of time. This was good for him because it entertained him and worked his brain, but most importantly, it allowed his body to move and figure itself out, versus sitting in a swing or lounger. It also strengthened his neck, which made tummy time easier! Amazon has a ton to choose from but these seemed to be Lachlan’s favorite.
An Activity Gym
Lachlan also used an activity gym frequently. He loved laying in it and staring at everything around him. We lined the sides with the bold books mentioned above and he probably spent a good chunk of his awake time in here. It made me feel better than leaving him in his swing or lounger. 4 months later it’s still a favorite. I even travel with it – Amazon to the rescue with another
A Boppy Lounger
Even though I preferred laying our boy in the activity gym, we used the HECK out of our boppy lounger. It probably got the most use out of anything else that first month, making it an Amazon must have for the first month, in my mind. The lounger moved all around the house with us and Lachlan would snuggle in it and stay put for good chunks of time. He even napped in it! I tried to always put him down in his crib or bassinet for naps, but a quick snooze in the lounger was totally a norm.
I quickly realized that I was not one of those “cool moms” who trusted her baby was breathing all night long. I needed back up. While a motion sensor isn’t going to prevent SIDS, it gave me just a little more data. I love the one we found. It’s not overly expensive (as far as these things go) and it’s very sensitive. It’s gone off a few times and, as far as we know, has been a false alarm. But I’d much rather it go off and us run in to find a breathing baby than the alternative. It has two sensors that lay under the crib mattress (I’ve placed it under our bassinet mattress and pack n play mattress too which is a must) and turn it on and off when he’s in there. It becomes just a normal part of your routine and isn’t a big deal, especially for the peace of mind it can provide you.
Momma, TREAT YO SELF. I registered for a fancy new coffee maker and GOT IT. Making some coffee in the morning was got a little nicer and a lot more fun. And let me tell you – some days that means more than you could ever know.
Our house now has about 10 tiny baskets everywhere. They range in size and purpose, but are all equally important. Baby stuff adds up quickly. It wasn’t long before I was getting overwhelmed and frustrated with where everything was. One day I found a small basket that wasn’t being used and stuck a few pacifiers and other odds and ends into it and then placed it next to the couch. Problem solved! I began rounding up baskets like a crazy person and using them to coral items that don’t have a “home.” Small teethers and toys all have a basket. High contrast books have a basket. Vitamin D (a necessity for breastfed newborns), gripe water, and Tylenol have a basket. Having a home for everything makes it much easier, so even though it seems silly, these are an Amazon must have for baby’s first month when you’re trying to figure out where everything goes.
Tummy Time Pillow
As recommended by the AAP, our baby boy slept in our room with us every night. This worked out really well until about 4 weeks in… but that’s a completely different story. This simple bassinet was so helpful! It is affordable, comfortable, and easy to use. The Snuggle Me Organic fit into the bassinet easily and the motion sensor simply clipped on the side.
Newborns really only need YOU. So while the Amazon must