If you are expecting, you have probably picked up most of the things on this list already.
But just in case, these are my Needs you might not know you Needed...
GO BUY MORE!
Yeah, I made it all caps because I wish someone had told me the truth about them! Stop buying all the teeny tiny cute outfits, because chances are half of them will never even be worn. Your baby will most likely spend their first month in either these gowns, or a simple snap sleeper. Trust me, they will definitely make your nightly diaper changes go more smoothly. Get 2 or 3 of the cutesie outfits for pictures or special days, and save the rest of your money for diapers! (Make your own tutorials can be found here and here.)
Speaking of diapers...I hate wasting money on them. We usually buy the cheaper brands, but splurging on these for the first few months is totally worth it. That little stripe that changes color when the diaper is soggy, can be a real sleep saver if you want to know if it's changing time without waking baby up!
Most hospitals use these, so take as many as you can. It's not stealing. Think of how much $ you're paying them!
This is another GET MORE situation. Spit happens. A LOT.
Go ahead and make a dozen (or 2) more burp rags to add to your collection.
BoppyEnough said. Even if you don't plan to breast feed buy the pillow, but go ahead and sew your own covers.
Binkie, Paci, Noonie, Dummy, Mute Button
Whatever you call it, you'll want one! I was really surprised that the hospital didn't supply one when Corbin was born, but they did with Reli. There is always a big to do about nipple confusion for breast feeding Moms, but we've never had a problem. I figure if your little one starts to get mixed up just stop using the bink and they'll get over it. You might just have to find one that they like. I know we went through at least a half dozen before one "stuck" with Reli. Worry about weaning them off it later. Get some sleep Now! : D
For the Breastfeeding Set
I don't want to endorse any particular brand since I've only used one hands free system. If you are truly serious about breastfeeding do the research and find something that meets your needs. With our first I thought things would go smoothly and bought a hand pump thinking it would be able to handle the job. I couldn't have been more wrong! Schedules got wonky, my supply dropped, and there was no way back with that little hand pump. This time around I had to "pump and dump" because of medication only 2 weeks after Corbin was born.
Oh boy, was I happy that I had upgraded! Be sure to look up open vs. closed systems.
Reusable Hot/Cold Packs
I didn't think I needed them, but I was wrong. Again.
You may be able to score these at the hospital. Doesn't hurt to ask the nurses.
Trust me. You'll wish you had once your armpit boob starts throbbing!
Bras are another thing that I just hate wasting money on. It is so hard to find something that fits just right, and if you do find the "one", you better buy a dozen of them immediately because they will probably be discontinued. Yes, this has happened to me. more than once. Being a small person with big boobs (34DD pre-baby) really sucks! Sorry if that's TMI, but I'm a tad bitter about the bra department.
Anyway, back on track...I'm happy to see that the prices seem to have gone down since the last time I did my maternity shopping. I purchased both of the ones pictured above from Target and Love them! But if you're wondering, the Medela sleep bra wasn't terribly supportive, and doesn't hold up to the wash very well.
If you happen to have a suggestion about which is the "perfect" nursing bra, I'd love to hear it!
(and share it with my pregnant friends who are all having the same problem. We'd all adore you forever! : D)
Well, Those are all my Needs. Be sure to check back tomorrow for
My newborn must haves...Part 2 the Wants.
Thanks for reading!