Here is my first post for My Top 5 “series”. 🙂 Every so often I’ll be posting my top 5 favourite/most used/just plain awesome things for a specific topic.
Today’s topic: Newborns
Here are 5 things that I found to be super useful when E was a newborn.
# 1. SwaddleMe
I strongly believe in swaddling a newborn. Here are a couple reasons:
- They are used to being nice and tight and cozy in Mommy’s belly so being all wrapped up tight helps them feel like they are safe and “home”.
- Newborns also have very little control over their arm movements so the swaddle keeps from startling themselves awake.
Please note that I swaddled my baby, E, when she was sleeping or when she was too overwhelmed by this great big world. She had lots of unswaddled time to practice moving her arms and legs. Also, we never swaddled her hips so tight to create a problem.
At first we swaddled using receiving blankets and then moved on to large flannel blankets my mom had made. The blankets worked great for her naps, but at night she was managing to get her hands out and startle herself awake. I finally splurged and bought a SwaddleMe. She LOVED them! She would often be crying very hard while we were getting her ready for bed, but as soon as she was snug in the SwaddleMe she calmed right down.
The feature I love most about the SwaddleMe? The velcro! So easy to keep her snug all night long!
The SwaddleMe comes in different sizes. We bought the Stage 2 variation in both the small and large. I would often tell my husband that if/when I go to any future baby showers a SwaddleMe will be included in the gift!
# 2. Avon Sensitive Skin Bubble Bath
This one might seem a bit strange to have on a list like this, but believe me, it is a product that every mom needs! You know how everyone seems to be offering advice as soon as they find out that you are pregnant? Even if it might drive you crazy, if you actually listen sometimes you get some good tips. This was one of those times.
That mustard yellow baby poop stains everything! And Avon Sensitive Skin Bubble Bath gets those stains out as easily as can be! How awesome is that? 🙂
# 3. Soother
A soother/pacifier seems to be a bit of a controversial item. Some parents are worried that the baby will become too dependent on it, other parents worry about it affecting the baby’s teeth and jaw. I, however, think that a soother is a wonderful invention!
In a previous post, I mentioned how we avoided having a colicky baby and one of the reasons was because we used a soother! E was a sucker. At first she was using me as her pacifier and, despite warnings of developing nipple confusion, we introduced her to a soother a couple days after she was born. Maybe we just got lucky, but there were no issues for going between the soother and breastfeeding at all.
It took awhile to find one that she liked, but when we did (thanks to a gift from a friend), she was a happy baby! We used the soother for about 6 months and stopped using it once we started sleep training. I was a bit concerned that she’d start sucking her thumb instead (and you can’t take a thumb away), but it didn’t happen. Luck again?
If/when the next baby comes around, we’ll definitely use the soother again, but once the baby is past the 3-4 month age, we’d probably restrict it to just naps and bedtime.
# 4. AngelCare Baby Monitor
There are so many monitors available now, but we decided to go with the AngelCare system because of the motion sensing mattress pad. The pad goes under the mattress and detects the slightest movements of the baby, including breathing. If movement stops for too long the alarm sounds. I found it very reassuring as a new mom, knowing that if my baby stopped breathing for some reason I would know about it right away.
There was a recall on the monitor systems recently, because there is a cord connecting the sensor pad to the nursery unit. All I had to do was request a kit to fix the problem. The kit came quickly and using it I am able to keep the cords away from my baby’s curious hands.
When the time comes to purchase a new monitor, I will probably go with AngelCare again, although I’d like to get the version with the video.
I did have a problem with the parental unit going blank, but AngelCare sent me a new unit.
# 5. Nursing bras
Ok, this isn’t really for a newborn, but definitely something I’d recommend if you are going to be breastfeeding! One time my nursing bras were all dirty so I was wearing an ordinary one. I ended up having to strip down, taking my bra off completely, so that I could nurse. Not so convenient since I was visiting my parents at the time.
It is recommended that you go a few weeks before your due date to get properly sized for a nursing bra.
And while you’re shopping for your bras, consider buying a sleep nursing bra. I really appreciated having mine. It was nice in the hospital because it kept me a bit more covered up than the hospital gown and once I was home it offered support at night as well as held nursing pads in place so I didn’t leak all over the bed.
Ok, there you have it, five of my favourite things to have for a newborn. And just because it is awesome too, here’s a bonus.
Coconut Oil is just a wonderful thing. It has SO many uses. For a newborn it works great as a diaper cream (cloth safe even), a moisturizer, and it helps get rid of cradle cap. E was starting to get cradle cap and so I slathered her head with coconut oil about 10 minutes before her bath. I took a soft bristled baby hair brush and brushed her hair…ok, I brushed her scalp, she didn’t have THAT much hair. Haha! Then rinsed it out.
Coconut Oil works great as a nipple cream too, so don’t just save it for baby. 🙂
Hope you found this helpful! Moms out there, what did you love using when your baby was a newborn? Please add your comments below! 🙂