Essentials

Remember when you were pregnant for the first time and you found the need to buy #allthethings?

Yeah, me either.

Luckily, I was a nanny before I had my first and boy, did I learn a ton. It was a great preview of what was to come, and in the best way possible. I learned newborn “outfits” were incredibly unnecessary, receiving blankets were meant to be returned for something more useful, and gas drops for babies are lifesavers. So, I’ve compiled my top five essentials for newborns to make the transition just a little bit easier, for both baby and parents.

1) Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets are just the best.

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They’re huge, breathable, and make swaddling a squirmy new baby a breeze. They get softer with every wash, which is probably my favorite part. The versatile uses are endless – I loved using them as a nursing cover in a pinch, and to cover her car seat when strangers in stores thought it was their place to stick their face in the car seat 😉 Note* I only own the Aden + Anais brand of swaddle blankets –  I found the other brands that could be purchased in Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx, etc were a bit scratchy straight out of the packaging, so I passed on those.

2) Boppy/Nursing Pillow 

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This was something we used through her first year of life for so many different things. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring it to the hospital when I went into labor with my first and I wished so bad that I had it with me. There’s only so much that a hospital pillow can do, and in all realness, it barely fits the standard of a pillow! This time around, it will camp in the car so I don’t forget it.

It’s main purpose was for nursing, but as she got bigger, it became more multi-purpose. She used it to rest in when she didn’t want to be flat on her back, and we used it to prop her up when she was learning to sit unassisted, which she accomplished around 4.5 months old. She used it to have her milk at night for months, and after she learned the beauty of sitting on the couch, we packed it away.

3) Arms Reach Mini Co-sleeper

This co-sleeper tops anything remotely close to it on the market. We aren’t a bed-sharing family (to each their own) so this was the next best thing to keeping her as close as possible, in the safest way for all of us. I love that it attaches to our bed, so there isn’t a way for her to fall between the bed and co-sleeper. It was incredibly easy (almost too easy?) to grab her in the middle of the night to nurse, or to replace her pacifier if she fussed. There are pockets on each end, and a storage area underneath for diapers, wipes, burp cloths, swaddle blankets, hats, etc. Definitely a must!

4) White Noise Machine

Living in an apartment with the noises of others is quite the annoyance. Living in an apartment with a newborn? ROUGH. You can’t control the slamming of doors, people coming in/out all hours of the night from the main door, people on the balcony, setting off sparklers for sporting events and holidays. So, I bought this Homedics SoundSpa white noise machine before we brought the baby home and have used it since day one. It is such a lifesaver! Even now, over 2.5 years later, we still use it. We strictly use the white noise sound, but the others are just as soothing. You can buy the same once in Target in a green color for $25-30 and they sell another fancier version for around $40-45. I don’t find any of those to be necessary. If it wasn’t for the price, I would’ve just purchased the Marpac DOHM Natural White Noise Machine. That one is great as well.

5) Wine

Because it’s been 10 months.

Because you’ve had to experience labor and delivery.

Because your house is probably a wreck.

But really, do you need a reason?

Those are my top-five baby essentials for the first few foggy weeks that no one ever remembers. Do you remember those weeks? What were your essentials? Do you prefer red or white wine?

Starting from scratch

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I can’t even begin to explain the frustration of having to deactivate a large portion of your life. A blog that I’ve had and revamped over the last four years? Deactivated. Twitter? Done. Facebook? Locked down. Instagram? Hidden from the public. Can you imagine having to go on the computer and googling your name at least once a week to make sure that you’re unsearchable? It gets old. It gets old after a month, and I’ve been doing this since 2007. All of the recipes I’ve shared, pictures of my home, my daughter and husband – everything is behind a wall now. However, slowly but surely, I hope to bring back those posts and make them accessible to the public again.

{Imagine not being able to put a picture of your child on your Facebook profile/cover photo because of people stealing the picture, and putting it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter as their own – that’s my life.}

Of all of the times in my life when things got tough, this year would’ve been the perfect year to have my blog up and running with the ability to connect with the people that share my struggles. It would’ve been such a great outlet for my mental state – being sick for so long puts your head into a very dark place. I hope that this blog can be a great success this time around, but in a modified form for the time being.

Cheers, to blogging, yet again 😉

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