We're somehow a month into this baby life! Most days, it feels like I blink & Jared is walking in the door from work, so it shouldn't surprise me that his first month of life has already flown by. While he is a great sleeper & figured out eating very quickly, this first month has not been without its challenges (lookin' at you, breastfeeding), 23982374 google searches & daily texts to my mom & mama friends. Even though it's a huge adjustment, it's incredible how easily it feels like we've both assumed our parent roles. It helps that we have a very cute baby that is a joy to be around. I wanted to pop in & share a few things that we have already realized we couldn't be without, which will also give you a little peek into our daily life with baby Crew!
Plum & Sparrow Moses Basket* I really stressed out over what our newborn sleeping situation would be, because I really wanted the baby to stay in our room but not necessarily in our bed for the first 6 months to a year. With the addition of this Jolly Jumper rocking base, Plum & Sparrow's moses basket has been a perfect solution for our overnight co-sleeping. I'll be sharing more about our Plum & Sparrow basket in a future post, but click on over to learn more about this incredible company with a Fair Trade mission.
DockATot Cosleeper* We have been loving having the DockATot as part of our every day routine with baby. It's snug design creates a familiar environment for Crew to cozy into, & it's perfectly portable for me to move around the apartment with me as I go about daily tasks. As of right now, we only co-sleep with the DockATot in our bed between us if Crew is having a fussier night OR with the DockATot tucked into our moses basket since it's a perfect fit (note: we stopped doing this around one month in - Got a little too snug inside the basket with our big baby boy!). When he's in bed with us, the Dock's thick cushion keeps a nice barrier between us, which helps both Jared & I sleep more soundly, knowing he's safe. I love that he's in the DockATot either way for bedtime routine's sake!
Bloom Coco Go Lounger* I don't think I would get anything done during the day if it weren't for this lounger! Aside from being a beautiful piece that fits into our home decor, Crew loves hanging out in the lounger to either watch mom work, take a nap or watch his best friend, the ceiling fan. It's vibrate settings keep him happy & it's compact ability to pack up & be taken on the go keeps ME happy. Bloom is totally rocking the baby market with aesthetically pleasing items that accent your home, instead of being an eye sore. I'd love to add a little activity bar to it for him to look at, but haven't quite gotten there yet.
Tuck & Bundle & Solly Baby Wraps* Speaking of getting things done, thank GOODNESS for baby wraps. We have been loving our Tuck & Bundle & Solly Baby wraps, featuring insanely soft fabric & a great patterns/colors for my nearly entirely black post-partem wardrobe. Crew thinks they're great because he gets to sleep on mama's chest & I think they're great because I get to be hands-free for an hour or two, depending on the day, all the while still getting some chest-to-chest bonding time. These newborn days involve some pretty gassy fits of fuss, & the wraps situate his legs juuuust right than he can get comfortable & be soothed. Perfect for wearing around the house or on a walk around the neighborhood, I've also started packing one of our wraps in the diaper bag when we have the stroller out, juuuuuust in case Crew goes on stroller strike. I have the Ezra Stripe from Tuck & Bundle and the Fern & the AJJ Collab from Solly.
Mezaya Sling* It's been quite the learning curve to figure out the time & place for wraps vs. slings vs. carriers. Around three weeks in, I started feeling much more functional & realized that a sling would be super helpful to just pop baby into. The sling is a little quicker for me to get on, so I love having this to wear around the apartment & as a fussy-baby option when we're out. Crew likes the sling because he doesn't feel AS swaddled & tends to stay more alert & look around than he does in the wraps. This Mezaya Sling (mine is in the Fog color!) hails from England & is such a beautiful linen fabric. They also offer Thai silk slings, which are DIVINE. I'll be hosting a giveaway for one of these beauties on my Instagram soon, so be sure you're following along!
Lorena Canals Rug* Okay, this might seem silly, but having that nursery put together was an absolutely fixation for me in the final month before Crew arrived. Adding the finishing touches, whether it was the gallery wall or putting diapers in the dresser drawer or laying out this amazing (machine-washable!) rug, was crucial for my little nesting spirit to feel like we were ready for baby. This rug is so, so soft & has already been through the washer once thanks to a spill during a 3am pumping session. It is a perfect color accent to our nursery, & nice & soft for baby once he's mobile! I'll be sharing more about these rugs in our big nursery reveal!
Urban Oreganics Baby Butter* Nothing but the best for our little babe's bum. 100% natural and vegan, we love using this butter for every day moisturizing & the occasional booty rub down. It smells SO good & has uses for mama, too!
Avent soothie pacifier - I wasn't sure that we'd use pacifiers, but babe looooves to suck to soothe & I don't want to have to break him of a thumbsucking habit later in life, so here we are! This is the pacifier that comes on the Wubby Nub pacifiers, but we found the animal to be completely unnecessary. We also have the Natursutten pacifier, but the rumors are true: Newborns can't keep the shape of their newborn pacifier in their mouths. SO! We're starting with these & saving the Natursuttens for when he's a little older.
Slow flow bottles - We have the Life Factory bottles because we like the glass factor, but we also like the Comotomo bottles because of their breast-like design. Crew's doing really well with going back & forth between bottle & breast, so I'm not too stressed out about nipple confusion, klbut something to keep in mind!
Drying Grass Rack - The drying rack has been perfect for pump parts & bottle pieces... Plus pacifiers & the occasional wine glass.
Disposable nursing pads - I own an entire drawer full of reusable nursing pads because #environment, but in these early weeks before everything has settled down, they've been super impractical. They retain way more moisture (increasing chances of a yeast infection) & have a pretty intense cleaning regiment to avoid bacteria, so I'm sticking with these bamboo disposable pads until I'm not experiencing as much leaking. This brand soaks up moisture SUPER well & are really comfortable. (They've been selling out recently, so you might have to pre-order - They also sell these in store at Babies R Us!)
Kimono onesies - There's nothing worse than pulling a onesie over your tiny newborns head (although, helpful hint), so we LOVED the kimono onesies we had stockpiled from H&M. Buy as many as you can find! We love these organic onesies from Colored Organic.
Overnight swaddles - Crew does NOT love being swaddled in the wonderfully soft muslin swaddles that I was so hoping he'd live in all summer, & kicks/punches out of them in minutes. After the first couple of weeks, we did find that he slept more soundly overnight when we swaddles him in something he couldn't get out of with his karate moves. Currently, he sleeps in the SwaddleMe Organic wrap, & we have the Halo cotton swaddle for when it gets a little warmer out this summer in our non-central air apartment, in case he needs to keep his arms out to stay cool. I love that these eliminate the need for blankets in his moses basket overnight.
Goumikids booties - People weren't lying when they told me these are the only things that will stay on your baby's feet. We're getting better at socks, but these booties were great starting at the hospital.
Parasol diapers- We've been loving this diaper subscription service since the start of Week 2. The smallest size was still a bit large for even our 9 lb. baby, but have been great ever since. Blowouts are at a minimum, & they feel SO soft, which is all you want for your baby's bum. The cute designs & scheduled delivery once a month help.
Burp cloths - We've been blessed with a non-urpy baby *knock on wood*, but you'd be amazed at the uses you find for these. I have them stashed in every room of the house & every bag.
Waterproof changing pads- Look, we have the cute changing pad cover & the adorable leather Gathre mat in the diaper bag, but these waterproof pads have been so great to have on TOP of the cute changing pad cover so that we can just toss that into the dirty clothes during a 2am mess. A new mama friend recommended these to me & I'm SO glad we listened. I had one with me while traveling last week so that I'm not laying the same pad down on my parents' guest bed as I did in the bathroom at Target. We have 6 of these & that seems like a great amount for our laundry rotation.
Layettes - The same mama friend recommended having a few of these & we really do love them - Easy access for middle of the night diaper changes when papa is half asleep!
Boppy - It definitely took us a couple weeks before this was useful, I think just because he was so small & gooey. We started off by commandeering a pillow for him to lay across, & once he got the hang of breastfeeding, he seemed to know how to hold his body/head with the Boppy a little better. Bonus: Found this linen cover at PB Baby to use up a giftcard, & Etsy has a TON of cute covers.
Blankets - Have at least one muslin swaddle (especially for these summer babes), one receiving blanket, & one knit blanket that you love. One of the three will fit whatever circumstance you find yourself in, weight-wise. I just got back from Crew's first trip out of town, & brought these three, & had a need for all three at some point!
Gas drops - Just... Have them ready. I did not realize how much newborns struggle with gas until living with one 24-7.
Nail clipper - The feeling of those tiny nails on your skin when you're trying to feed is less of a scratch & more of a needle prick. Fortunately, eating causes the perfect amount of milk coma to get those puppies clipped. It's a special mama skill.
Gift cards for meals - Most of our friends either live in other cities or would be lugging a lasagna around on the metro to get a meal to us, so our meal train consisted mostly of UberEats/Postmates/etc. & restaurants with delivery services. The best way to go with this was to have friends send us a gift card so that we could be in communication with the delivery person... You know, thanks to apartments & city living. You can send a gift card via the delivery services, too, which is awesome to ensure new mom & dad aren't having to go get food. (Though, frankly, sometimes the pickup was a nice excuse to get out of the house.)
Easy snacks - Jared only had one week off for paternity leave (which was totally not long enough but what can you do), & I quickly learned once I was home alone during the day the importance of being able to walk into the kitchen & grab sustenance with one hand, open it with one hand, & eat it with one hand. Whether that means husby precutting veggies & fruits for you the night before or buying chocolate Teddy Grahams for the first time in 10 years, be prepared!
Nursing tanks & soft nursing bras - I lived in these those first two weeks! Easy access, ultimate comfort. Doing it again, I'd buy the next size up in both, just to have both size options depending on the day. Full disclosure: I ordered the Kindred Bravely Sleep Bra & found it to be pretty useless. I'm not sure if it was sizing or the bra itself, but it was a super awkward fit.
I hope this is helpful! I'm sure the list of essentials will both grow & shrink as we navigate day-to-day, but these are for sure the things that got us through month one. I can't believe my tiny baby is over a month old already. UGH. Story of the rest of my life, I'm sure. *sigh*
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