Good morning, y’all! I can’t believe it’s already been 11 weeks since I delivered my baby girl. This time around, I have been a bit more aware throughout the whole 4th trimester. I’ve been tracking which products I use the most each month. With my first baby, I was in a fog and could barely remember my last name. Ha!
I have written about my favorite baby products here and here, but I wanted to do a monthly breakdown to make it easier for moms to know what they truly need on day one. I remember worrying about that before my son was born because when you’re a first time mom, you just have no idea.
Today’s post is also quite long and I finish it up with an update on our nursery decor! Grab your coffee or shake and enjoy! 😉
Here’s what products I used and loved in month 1 postpartum.
PRODUCTS FOR BABY
- NB onesies (that zip): these by Simple Joys by Carter’s are my favorite. They’re 100% cotton, soft and fit easily over the wrists and ankles. They also zip up, which is crucial. You might be tempted to buy a really cute onesie that has snaps or buttons – don’t do it! Although it’s not a huge inconvenience, make your life as easy as possible and buy the zip-ups. You don’t want to be searching for the snap during a 2 a.m. diaper change.
- Sleep sacks: these are great to wear over the onesies during the day. They keep the baby relatively warm with an extra layer. They give me peace of mind if I don’t want to put a blanket on the baby while I run to the bathroom. My daughter is prone to being really cold so these are great for daily wear.
- Swaddle sleepsack: these are the gold standard for swaddle sleepers. They keep your baby’s arms at their sides so that they don’t wake themselves up at night and you can (hopefully, praise be to all that is holy) catch some more zzz’s. This fleece one has been my favorite this winter – works great and keeps bebe so warm!
- Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment: I use this stuff every day. In the first month, I primarily use it on her tushy during diaper changes.
- Vitamin D: if you’re breastfeeding, doctors recommend you supplement with vitamin d because there isn’t enough in breastmilk. This one is my preferred one. There are drops that you can place directly on your nipple but that just didn’t work for me and my kids. By the time I put the drops on, they had already dripped down before my kids had a chance to ingest them.
- Pack ‘n play (with bassinet / changer): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this one is a must. We keep it in our living room during the day and roll it into our bedroom at night. This is where the baby sleeps during the day and at night. You can use a free-standing bassinet in your bedroom if you prefer, but neither of our children have liked standard bassinets. We have the UPPABaby bassinet and it’s flat, which can be uncomfortable for infants with reflux. We even raised the head portion to provide an incline to no avail. But both babies have loved sleeping in the Pack ‘n Play bassinet. It has an incline that they both found comfortable. In addition, once your babies reach 3 months, you can remove the bassinet and they can sleep on the flat sheet. The bassinet also doubles as a changer, which allows you to not have to set up a separate changing station. Less stuff taking up space in my living room? Yes, please!
- Humidifier: this is another must in my book. Both of my babies’ skin was on the dry side and it helped with that. Even more importantly, it helped them breathe better by preventing dry boogers from forming. Anything to help with sleep at night is a necessity!!
- Wipes: We get these from Costco!
- Puj Tub or Newborn to Toddler Tub: depending on the size of your sinks at home, I recommend one of these. In our old house I liked the newborn to toddler tub because our kitchen sink was big and it fit nicely in it. We used the infant insert during this time. In our new home, our kitchen sink is smaller and the Puj tub works better in it. But it actually works best in a regular sink in our bathroom so that’s where we’ve been bathing baby girl.
- Changing pad & liners – I wrote about my Keekaroo review here.
- Wipes / diaper organizer – I wrote about these here.
- Crib – see review here.
- Dresser – see review here.
- Diaper Pail – see review here.
- Ultra-calming body wash – I love this for everyday use. It’s great for sensitive skin. We use it on both of my kids. See review here.
- Soothing relief creamy wash: Whenever my son had patches of super dry skin, we’d use this in combination with the Aveeno soothing relief cream. It worked like a dream. I’d recommend having both on hand in case your babe has dry skin.
- Car seat: We have this one as part of the UppaBaby Travel System. It comes with a stroller and bassinet. I highly recommend this Travel System because it can be reconfigured for a carseat and seat (or bassinet and seat) if you have two kids. It can even hold a third!
- Boppy lounger – this is where my baby girl lays when she’s not in the pack n play bassinet. It’s cozy and both babies have enjoyed laying in it. We keep it on the couch and she lays on it while we watch tv, etc.
PRODUCTS FOR MAMA
- Belly cream
- Bra liners
- Cosabella 3-piece pajamas
- Baby whisperer book
- Boppy nursing pillow
- Diaper bag: you won’t be leaving the house much with the babe the first month but you will be going to the doctors office. I find it easier to have a diaper bag and just throw my clutch into it.
- Lactation Cookies
- Lactation Tea
- Decaf Coffee
I hope these help y’all as you put together your nurseries and registries. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that your baby is loved and cared for. And remember the essentials: clothes, diapers and a place to sleep. Everything else is truly extra.
SHOP THE OUTFITS
Another update that I’m sharing today is our nursery. We moved into our new house at the beginning of 2019 and our nursery in this house is a bit different than the last. In our old home, the nursery was quite large and spacious. The nursery now is an adjoining room to our master. It was used as an office by the previous owners. It’s smaller and rectangular-shaped. We weren’t sure initially how it would work, but it’s been great. We have the toddler in the nursery and baby in a pack ‘n play in our room. We were also able to fit all of the essentials in it (crib and dresser) and moved the rocker into our master bedroom. We previously had this rug in the old nursery, but it didn’t fit. So I got this one instead and I think it fits great. I also couldn’t find curtains in store that were long enough so I worked with Alli Walker Interiors on those. Alli and I had a lot of fun picking out the fabric. I wish I had a better picture of the curtain rods – we picked out a gold rod with lucite cube finials. Love how they turned out!
SHOP THE NURSERY
Vince Camuto Blouse | White Maternity Jeans | Bow | Floral Muslin Swaddle | Name Initials | Llama Bookends | Tanner Crib | Tanner Dresser | Baskets and Liners | Animal Prints | Changing Pad | Rug | Sheep Mobile | Mounted Ram | Glider and Ottoman | End Table | Floor lamp | Humidifier | Sound Machine | Diaper Pail | Diaper / Wipes Organizer | Giraffe Stuffed Animal
Photography by: Liz Novi Photography