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While I definitely don’t know everything there is to know about newborn care, I have found it extremely helpful to hear/read about other new moms’ favorite things as I’ve gone through the first couple months of motherhood, so I thought I would start a new series sharing my favorites as I go through this journey step by step.
There are endless lists out there reviewing baby products, so I won’t go through every car seat, diaper and blanket. Instead, I want to share some of the things that I’ve found especially helpful, wish someone would have told me about sooner, or just want to make sure new moms know about (baby product options are so overwhelming there’s always something you have missed!).
Side Snap Onesies: Dressing a tiny newborn is scary business. These are great for the first few days, when you’re afraid you will hurt them if you pull something over their little heads, and later, when the baby is being particularly fussy and you don’t want to make it worse. Gerber makes inexpensive 3 packs (and the patterns are so sweet!), if you want to get fancy, we had favorites from Kate Quinn organics and Tea Collection as well.
Kickypants: Hands down my favorite clothing for babies so far…introduced to me by fellow Hive mom, Lisa. Soft, stretchy and super cute patterns…these also seem to magically fit for longer than all the other clothing brands I have tried. I managed to hit a great sale and stocked up, keep your eyes out for one!
Boppy: Yeah, yeah…everyone knows about these. But seriously, get one. Or some kind of breastfeeding pillow (I’ve heard great things about My Brest Friend as well)…and get extra covers, those things get messy! Even if you arent breastfeeding, they are just a good way to give your arms a break, and our baby loves to just chill out in his and watch us go about our business.
Cloth diapers: Not for actual diapering, silly (although if you are going that route – props to you. I had good intentions of trying but convenience and cost won out in the end). These old school white cloths can be used as a stand in for burp cloths, bibs, and most importantly, a diaper change shield for little boys. Those cute little tepees are clever, but don’t actually do much good. We go through a stack if about 10 cloths a day, and keep them stashed in every room.