Monday, September 24, 2012

Newborn Products: What We Used Month 1

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As I was prepping for Brinley, I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed on hand for the early days so we wouldn't have to go to the store a million times after she was born. There are a lot of lists out there of what you need, but what do you really use? Of course, what you use will vary some from baby to baby. What you use will also vary from mom to mom. Hopefully this list can give you a better idea of what you might actually need and use in that first month with baby. Hopefully I can remember it all!

EATING
Your first step in your routine is feeding baby. This is what I used while feeding Brinley in the first month.
  • Nursing Pillow : I love having a nursing pillow. It seems like when Brayden was a baby, the Boppy (or generic versions that were the same thing) was the one option for nursing pillows. Now there is My Breast Friend, Mombo, and much more. What will you like best? I don't know. I have tried the Boppy and the Mombo. I like both. I find the Boppy better for sitting on softer surfaces, like my bed or my couch, and the Mombo better for sitting on harder surfaces, like my computer chair. What is your favorite?
  • Milkies Milk-Saver : This is cool. The Milkies Milk Saver is a relatively new product. This is something you put at your breast to collect the milk that drips out during let down. I think the company's product description is slightly misleading. They say it " allows you to breastfeed anywhere without worrying about embarrassing leaks or uncomfortable nursing pads The Milk Saver is easy to use simply slip into your bra cup on the non nursing side before you breastfeed. "  This product is rather bulky and large. It is not discrete. So it isn't like I am going to be bringing this to church with me to "slip" into my bra before I feed my baby. It is definitely much larger and more noticable not only to the touch but to the eye than a simple nursing pad. However, it is great for collecting the letdown. Then the milk does not go into your nursing pad, which means you change those less frequently and leak through them less (I haven't at all). It also means you collect extra milk. This is milk you can freeze and store. My question with that milk is do you use it to give baby a full bottle? I don't know. I would use it for sure to mix in with cereal or pureed food when solids time comes along. The thing I worry about with the milk is the foremilk/hindmilk balance. If you have a bottle full of the milk that comes out during letdown, there will be a lot more foremilk than hindmilk, which can lead to digestive issues for baby according to breastfeeding information. Perhaps this would not be a problem for the occasional bottle every so often? I am not sure.
  • Lansinoh HPA Lanolin : I love Lansinoh for preventing dry and cracked nipples. I use this a whole lot in the early days. 
  • Newman's Nipple Cream: This is a prescription item. I LOVE this stuff. It helps ease pain, heal nipples, and prevent bacteria from spreading from baby to mom. I used this this time and did not get mastitis in my first month for the first time.
  • Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads : These are my favorite nursing pads. They can hold so much liquid! Just be careful you change often enough so you don't build up yeast.
  • Cotton Nursing Pads: I also have cotton nursing pads I use during the day. I do not at night because I leak milk in the night enough that cotton would not contain it.
  • Bravado Nursing Bra : This is what I used with McKenna, also. I like this because it has a liner in the bra that has some padding so you can't see your nipples through the bra. What nursing bra do you like?
  • Nursing Nightgown: I got a nursing nightgown from motherhood maternity when Brayden was a baby from my mother-in-law. I love having it. I like that I don't have to lift a shirt up and hold it up in the night. I eventually move to my normal t-shirt for sleeping, but in the early days, I stick to the nursing nightgown.
  • Robe: I put this on in the night when I get up to do night feedings. I find I get cold since I am often wet from all of the sweating (I hate the sweating!).
  • Fresh Baby Ice Cube Trays: I use these to freeze my breastmilk into cubes for easy storage.
  • Nursing App: I asked on Facebook what everyone uses and loves. I ended up going with Total Baby. I like it, but I am not necessarily in love with it. There are a lot of things I would change...maybe someday I just will make an app that I would love!
  • Burp Cloth: She isn't a huge spitter, but I keep one nearby because it does happen sometimes.
PLAYING
  • Gym: We got the  Tiny Love Super Deluxe Gymini Activity Gym for Brinley and I am super happy with it so far. It is great for independent play and tummy time. It also folds up easily, so I can put it away when she is done playing. I LOVE that feature. Oh, you could also hang any hanging toy you have from it, so you can change up the toys that are on the gym, which I think is nice for baby.
  • Bouncer: We just have the same bouncer we bought when Brayden was a baby. Nothing spectacular. Made by Fisher Price. We are obviously happy enough with it to not want to replace it. I think this is close to what we have (I don't think they make the one we have anymore):  Fisher-Price Deluxe Monkey Bouncer
  • Blanket: Just a plain old blanket. This works great for tummy time and just laying and observing the room.
  • Books: I also read her a book each day. We have a lot of baby books at this point in child-rearing. The one I have read the most to her is  That's Not My Puppy.
CLEANING
SLEEPING
  • Bassinet: So far, she has only been sleeping in her bassinet. I put it in her crib (we took it off of the base). I have tried one nap in the crib and she didn't sleep as well. It could have been a coincidence, but I am fine with the bassinet so far. It is more cozy for a tiny thing.
  • SnuggleU: She sleeps with her SnuggleU in her bassinet with her. I really love this for helping baby stay cozy while sleeping. 
  • Microfleece Swaddleme: She sleeps with her Swaddleme. Since she likes to be so warm, we use the microfleece right now. 
GEAR and SAFETY

  • Carseat: of course you need a carseat. I asked for favorites on Facebook and came up with three carseats. One from Graco, one from Britax, and one from Chicco. It was a HARD decision! I spent so much time mulling this over. In the end, I went with Graco. That is what we had for the older three and we had no complaints about it, so it was familiar and comfortable for us. With the older three, we had the smallest Snugride. This time, we went with the  Graco SnugRide 30 Infant Car Seat.  This has the aibility to adjust straps from the front still (the newer snugrides in the smallest size does not have this feature anymore, which would infinitely drive me insane). It also has the newborn insert, so the baby is much more snug and comfortable. Fabulous feature.
  • Diaper Bag: I get a new diaper bag with each baby. I just want to. I once again asked on Facebook for favorites. There are many, many options out there. I settled on  Skip Hop Studio Diaper Bag Tote Bag. I am very happy with it. It is not too big--perfect for one baby. I like that it looks nice--it could just be a purse. It has lots of pockets for organizing. The quality is fabulous.
  • Changing Table: I am a changing table person. I like them.
  • Glider Rocker: We have a glider in Brinley's room. This is where I do night feedings and the dreamfeed. We got it from Target 5.5 years ago. It is comfortable.  
  • Video Monitor: This is amazing. You can use a  Foscam Camera and hook it up to your home network. Then you can buy an app and see your baby on your phone anytime, anywhere. My husband can see her while he is at work. I can have a video monitor with me at all times without hauling something extra around. The Foscam Camera is used for home surveillance systems. You can snap pictures of your baby sleeping with the camera, too. Love it.
  • Audio Monitor: We got a new audio monitor for Brinley. After browsing Amazon, we went with  VTech Communications Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor. It is a nice monitor--it does not pick up background noise, so you don't have the "shhhhhhhhhhhhhh" going on all the time, which is nice since we have an audio monitor for all of our kids. Three different monitor background noises can get old.

CLOTHING

  • Socks--and they sell some socks that are cute and look more like little booties or shoes than socks. I like those for going out. I want comfort first, and my newborns spend time in socks (unless they are Kaitlyn and hate socks).
  • Onesies
  • Shirts/outfits
  • Dresses
  • Sleeping nightgowns: I have my newborns sleep in  Newborn Gowns and socks for the first while. I like how easy it is to do diaper changes with these. 
  • Bows and bracelets, too :)


MEDICATIONS

11 comments:

Andrea said...

I have the Milkies as well and they are great! I've found that the foremilk/hindmilk ratio in what I collect changes throughout the day. In the morning, it's mostly foremilk, but as the day progresses, it is definitely hindmilk. Each day, I keep the collected milk in a bottle in the fridge, so it's a good mix of both. We have used the milk to feed while I'm gone and it's been great!

Plowmanators said...

So glad to hear Andrea! I have been worried about giving her a bottle of the milk, so that is good to hear you have done it successfully.

Michael and Yvonne said...

for my 3rd i too got a videocam that hooks up to the computer. (The others have a video that toggles between them). We love it. i don't know if it has an app to hook up to the phone so that's even neater. but i like it as it seems more durable.

just curious as I don't have audio on all my kids.....do you not have interference? Are they all different brands so that helps? Just wondering.

Mollyanne said...

I'm wondering why you have both video and audio monitors. Does the video one not also do audio? Do you use different ones at different times or something? I am mostly curious because we didn't have a video monitor with my son but I am in the market for a good one this time around.

Ceejay said...

You should see if you can borrow a MyBrestFriend sometime. I tried that and the Boppy and found the MBF infinitely better, especially in the newborn days when they are so unstable. I loved that it gave me back support, and that the surface was flat and firmer than the Boppy. It also brings the baby up closer so I could be totally hands-free.

Plowmanators said...

Yvonne, we don't get interference. Two are the same brand, but others are not. We do different channels.

Plowmanators said...

Mollyanne, yes, the video also do audio (ours do...I would imagine most do). We only have video on the two youngest. I think I like having the back-up on the younger ones. Also, with McKenna, I didn't always want to haul around the video monitor with me, so the audio made it so I could hear her at different parts of the house. With Brinley, it is a similar situation of just wanting to be sure I can hear her from anywhere in the house.

Plowmanators said...

Ceejay, I would be very interested in trying the mybreastfriend--but not interested enough to buy one when I already own three nursing pillow...yeah. I have plenty :)

Jody said...

I use the app Baby Connect. I LOVE it...you easily keep track of feedings/diaper/sleep/etc... and it has all of these charts and graphs showing you # of feedings, avg time of and between feedings, average sleep, and more...I love it! Look it up and read the description & reviews. Very highly recommended.

bamiller said...

I am wondering, after using the Foscam and Summer Infant video monitor which one you prefer. I know you got the Summer Infant monitor with McKenna... does it still work? It seems like most reviews I've read say it only lasts for around a year and then problems begin. And is the Foscam holding up well?

p.s. I've read your blog since my first daughter was 5 months (we had so many sleep issues with her because I didn't know what I was doing). My 2nd daughter is 2.5 months now, and she is sleeping SO MUCH better thanks to tips from you, The Baby Whisperer, and Babywise, as well as a few friends. I'm amazed at how sleep training from the beginning creates a totally different baby!

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