Top 10 Mommy Must Haves
1. Boppy Pillow: This was used straight from birth. My back was killing me from pushing and having an epidural so nursing was a struggle because I was so uncomfortable and everyone told me to bring the boppy pillow with us to the hospital and I am so glad I did. I used that thing every nursing and if I didn’t have it I was so awkward nursing Ace. It was my life saver. I will be getting an extra one next time around so I have one in the bedroom and one in the living room so I don’t have to drag it around everywhere with me to nurse. I also used this for tummy time and to help Ace when he was learning to sit up. This got use all the way up until he was 7 months old. Heck even our dog liked the Boppy when our son was done using it.
- Gripe Water: the only thing you can really give babies to help with tummy issues.
- Gas Drops: Another remedy if gripe water doesn’t work.
- Bottle Medicine Dispenser: I don’t know about you but my baby was not easy to squirt medicine in his mouth. I felt like I was going to choke him or something so we tried this and he sucked it down, no problem.
- Baby K’tan Carrier: I tried the Moby but it took me so long to get the wrapping done and get Ace comfortable in it that he screamed the entire time. The Baby K’tan took me 1 minute to put on. I watched the video once and watched myself put it on in the mirror and was a pro after that. I used this not only for colic but Ace was never a fan of the infant car seat and so I brought the K’tan everywhere with us. If he woke up in a store I put it on and stuck him in it. Going to Disney? No problem, just wear the K’tan to carry him around.
- Medela Pump in Style: My milk supply didn’t come in till 4 days after Ace was born. My poor baby was starving and I have supply issues so a pump was a must in our household. It helped when I had to supplement after nursing so that my body thought Ace needed more milk. I loved the double pump because it made pumping go by way faster.
- Hands Free Pumping Bra: This made pumping so much easier. I was even able to pump in the car on road trips because I put the bra on and covered up with a blanket and read a magazine.
- Breastmilk storage bags: These are great room savers in the freezer.
- Nursing tank tops: I loved to wear these under t-shirts so that way I could just lift up the shirt and pull the tank top down making breastfeeding in public discreet.
- Nipple Butter/Cream: I was fortunate enough not to use this a lot because Ace had a great latch but pumping was made easier when I used these because of how much I had to pump.
- Nursing Bra Pads: Great for Mom’s that leak. I didn’t need these a ton because of my low milk supply but I definitely a whoops here and there.
- Nursing Bras: They just make nursing easier because they snap open, simple as that.
- Activity gym: Any type works. I got the Fisher-Price Rainforest one and he loved it because the center lit up and changed colors.
- Board Books: Ace LOVES books. I have been reading to him from the start and when he started smiling and showing excitement over things he would wave his hands up and down and kick his legs when he saw me take out a book and turn the pages. He now knows how to turn pages and will sit and listen to a story. Board books are especially great because he loves to explore the books with his hands and mouth and they are very durable.
- Jumperoo: Such an awesome play area before baby can crawl and even sit up. Ace still goes in it even though he can crawl.
- Bouncer: When they can bat at toys this is a great thing to get. We had two, one that had a rainforest “show” and another simpler one that we got real quick and cheap on a trip and he ended up loving it. They can be simple just make sure they have toys that appeal to your baby. My Mom had one that had farm animals and he was OBSESSED with the cow. I think it was the black and white contrast so really think about what will work for baby’s interest, not what looks cute.