No matter how much you prepare, it seems like you’re never ready! After having two kids, I have found that there are certain things that make life with a newborn much easier. Here is my short list of favorites:
• Convertible/Multi-Use Pack n’ Play
For our daughter we had a basic pack n’ play with nothing extra. Before my 2nd was born, our neighbors were kind enough to gift us a pack n’ play that they never ended up using. It came with a bassinet and changing table attachment. This was a game changer! Practical and Functional. The bassinet attachment was very helpful while he was small and I was recovering from my c-section. I was able to put him down and pick him up without having to really bend much. Having the changing table incorporated into the pack n’ play really saves space.
• Sleep Sacks
Believe me when I say these are the BEST. As a new mom, nothing adds more frustration to life than changing a blowout diaper in the middle of the night and having to struggle through snapping each button as they kick and scream. Make it easier on yourself and get sleep sacks! They zip and and you can pull them up and behind baby for easy fast diaper changing. I also love them because I suck at swaddling. These keep baby warm without having to worry about achieving the perfect swaddle.
• Diapers in Every Size
Yes, diapers of every size and wipes are probably the best thing to put on your registry. You are going to need them and stocking up ahead of time will save you plenty of trips to the store. For our 2nd baby, when people asked us what we wanted or if we were registered anywhere, we pretty much told everyone the same thing. Diapers. My son is almost 4 months old and we still haven’t had to go on a diaper run yet! It’s been nice.
• Pacifier WITH the animal on it
The regular pacifiers just do not seem to work at all until the baby is older. The pacifier with an animal attached adds a little weight to it making it easier for the baby to grip and keep it in place. These are a great thing to have especially if your baby ends up being colicky and nothing seems to settle them. Request two of them in case you lose one!
•Robes for Mom
When a new baby is born, it isn’t just the baby that needs things. Don’t forget about yourselves moms! I loved having a lightweight robe. They are perfect for around the house while you’re on maternity leave. Also comfy and easy to use for breastfeeding. The one I have listed below is what I used.
• Bottle Drying Rack
My husband bought this and at first I thought it was so stupid but I was wrong! A must for those who are formula feeding! Even if you plan on breastfeeding, you may decide to pump here and there so that dad or someone else can help with a feeding to give you a break. I have done a combination of breastfeeding, pumping and formula for both kids. I did exclusive pumping for my son during a period of time once I returned to work and having a space to dry everything after washing was nice. Eventually baby will also get older and these will be great for drying sippy cups or 360 cups.
Other practical suggestions are bottles with all sizes of nipples. Stick with the same brand to avoid a mixed-up mess of plastic. If you bottle feed, babies use the different sizes at their own pace. My 2nd baby never used the 0+ newborn size. They were too slow for him! Another essential for baby registries are onesies.
The one thing I would say do not worry about are baby shoes! Until they are walking, shoes are pretty much useless, and they just kick them off. Just get some cozy warm socks that you can layer instead!