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Preparing for your first baby can be very overwhelming. Of course, it is exciting and magical and all the beautiful things, but it is also scary and pretty darn stressful. I have such a hard time describing the feeling. It’s like having a person move in with you that you’ve never met before, and you have to furnish their room, and buy all their clothes, and choose all their stuff. You have no idea what they will like or dislike, and you’ve never done this before, so you have no prior experiences to tell you what to do. Oh, and they are completely dependent on you, and you have to keep them alive. It’s kind of like that.
Registering for baby gifts was so hard for me. How was I supposed to know what to get? I’d never had a baby before. I talked to so many of my friends who were either pregnant or had kids to find out what kind of stuff I would need. Yes there are the obvious things, like clothes, bedroom furniture, and diapers; but there are other things too. Like a bottle sterilizer. How was I supposed to know that I would need one of those?
In an attempt to save you from some of this stress, I have put together a list of things we bought after Beckett was born. The first month, we pretty much ordered something from Amazon almost every other day. I hope this helps all you soon to be parents feel a little more prepared!
This brand was recommended by several breastfeeding friends. It is great for chafing or raw skin and is all natural. It can also be used as diaper cream!
Soothies Gel Pads
These pads are another recommendation for soothing chafed or raw skin.
Maybe it’s just me, but I leak constantly. I have to wear nursing pads at all times, so that I don’t soak through my shirt. I’ve tried several different kinds, and these are my favorite. They are really soft, so they don’t cause extra irritation like the terry cloth ones do.
Like I said, I leak constantly, so going to bed in just a t-shirt is not an option for me anymore. These bras are more like sports bras, but they are made for breastfeeding, so they are stretchy in the front and can slide down easily. Obviously, I pair this bra with the previously mentioned nursing pads.
Hands Free Pumping Bra
Yeah, nobody has time to sit and hold two pumps to their breasts when they have a new baby. Why are pumps even made like that?! This bra holds the pump in place so that you can use your hands for other things (like holding your baby).
Luckily, my husband reads instructions, because I would have just thrown everything in the dishwasher, but apparently that would be wrong. Before we bought this sterilizer, Chris was literally boiling everything on the stove top. Bottles, pump parts, pacifiers, nipple shields, etc. It was taking forever. I can’t tell you how excited he was when this came in the mail. (And yes, I know, my husband is the bees-knees).
On The Go Changing Pad
Ok, I probably should have thought of this one, but for some reason I didn’t. I think most diaper bags come with changing pads, but mine didn’t. The first time we tried to leave the house with Beckett, I realized we had nowhere to change him. Oops! I like this one because it has a place to store diapers and wipes, which makes it really easy to grab and know that you have everything you need.
Large Hanging Wet Bag
We love this wet bag so much that we bought two. We use it for dirty cloth diapers and wipes, but you could also use it for laundry. It is lined so that it doesn’t leak, and has two zippered sections. We also used them on our trip to New Jersey as dirty laundry bags, which helped us feel so much more organized.
As I wrote this post, I realized that most of these items are breastfeeding related. I guess I was pretty unprepared in that department!