by Haley Jackson, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Mom
As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & new mom to my precious 2-month-old little girl, I over analyzed EVERY baby product on the product. Registering for a baby is not for the faint of heart, it is so OVERWHELMING! I never realized how many brands and products are on the market until I registered for my own little girl. Therefore, I think it’s so very important to educate on what you truly need in those first few weeks!
1 | Stroller
This was my #1 item because I truly think it’s so important to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE once you are home & settled. Postpartum emotions are very real & it’s important to get a change of scenery and some fresh air. I registered and use the UppaBaby Vista. It is expensive, but it is my very favorite product! It is lightweight, easy to use, and grows with your family! I also love the bassinet it comes with! Register with Amazon & you receive 15% off two purchases, which is a huge savings for a big purchase like this!
White noise is great because it mimics the sound of a mother’s womb. It’s important to provide a calm, soothing environment for your newborn. This also helps them sleep longer! I recommend this portable one as well!
3 | Diaper Bag
I researched and researched and researched some more on which diaper bag to buy. I ended up going with the Freshly Picked Diaper Bag due to the modern look, leather, and number of pockets. This is also a diaper bag I highly recommend at a better price!
4 | Books
You can never have enough books. It is VERY important to start reading and talking to your baby from day one. This helps infants and children’s cognitive development tremendously! I love Jellycat books, especially these with various textures for infants!
5 | Gas Drops
As the stomach and intestines are maturing, it is very common for infants to have a lot of gas. Some babies have no problem passing the gas on their own, others struggle with gas pains. My little girl had them often & I highly recommend keeping these drops on hand just in case! I also recommend Infant Tylenol and Vitamin D Drops (if breast feeding).
6 | Breast Pump (if breastfeeding)
I highly recommend the Medela On The Go pump, especially if returning to work post baby. This pump is a hospital grade breast pump and very easy to use. Also, check with your insurance to see which brands they cover, most will cover a pump 100%!
6 | Haakaa (if breastfeeding)
I cannot rave about this product enough. This product suctions on to the breast that you are not feeding with and catches all of the letdown & leakage. This product alone is how I stored most of the milk in our freezer! This also prevents milk from getting all over your clothes! Make sure to grab milk storage bags and nursing pads!
Babies often get congested and little colds, especially if they are born in fall/winter seasons. A cool mist humidifier is a necessity! It loosens secretions and allows you to suck all of the mucus out easily.
8 | Bottles
Bottles are important! They are great for formula and breastfed babies I highly recommend the Smilo bottles, the nipple shape and vent reduce air-intake, which decreases gas and tummy issues! They also are very easy to clean!
9 | Diaper Cream
I swear by Calmoseptine. I’ve used it on my patients for years, and I haven’t found a cream I like better. This cream is found at the pharmacy in the adult incontinence section, not the baby section. It has a higher zinc content & menthol, which keeps babies bottoms smooth and rash free! Beautycounter also has an amazing baby/kid line that has no parabans, no phalates, no fragrances, no toxic ingredients at all! They also work amazing! As a medical provider, this is so important! Children absorb products 40-50% more than adults!
10 | Thermometer
A fever (100.5 degrees Farenheit) in a baby under 2 months is an EMERGENCY. The hospital should give you a small axillary/rectal thermometer to use until they are over 2 months.
The Monarch Pillow was developed by Chiropractors & made from memory foam, which helps conform to the body and various positions! This was wonderful as I was adjusting and learning the art of breast feeding. This helped me prop up my little girl without overstraining my back in a bad position. I also recommend this for when you have visitors over and aren’t extremely comfortable holding tiny infants!
12 | Pacifiers
Smilo pacifiers are WONDERFUL! They are orthodontic approved made by a pediatric dentist & biological engineer! My little one wouldn’t take a pacifier for a while but she FINALLY is and I’m so happy! I would much rather her self-soothe with a paci than her thumb/fingers (hello GERMS!)
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by Haley Jackson, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Author of A Mom’s Daily Dosage Blog
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