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Things you need when having a baby (that they don't always tell you about)

  • Mar 24, 2011
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Gerber Side Snap Shirts
My doula recommended these infant shirts because they don't rub against the baby's umbilical cord (belly button) before it falls off and the mittens prevent the baby from scratching his/her face. My daughter literally wore these shirts for the first month straight.
Mother's Bliss Gripe Water
My 7 week old daughter happens to have an incredibly sensitive tummy (she is breastfed) and this miracle water is the only gas soothing elixir that works to calm her troubled tummy. I even dip her pacifier in it when she is screaming her lungs out. The ginger/fennel/sugar calm her down immediately and makes her stomach stop aching.
Snuggle Nest
I will admit that we have a family bed (although my husband probably doesn't like to admit it). When we came home from the hospital, the idea of having our teeny tiny baby girl sleep across the house (much less across the room) completely freaked me out. We bought the snuggle nest and our daughter sleeps in between us all night long. This little bed is especially great for mom's who breastfeed because you can just get up in the middle of the night and feed your baby right in the bed with you!
Aden & Anais Muslin Wraps 4-Pack
These wraps are the best blankets for swaddling! They are stretchy, breathable and super cute! You can get your little baby swaddled like a tight burrito with these bad boys.
HALO Sleep Sack
These wearable "sleeping bags" are great for babies because they keep them warm and zipped up while they sleep. The AAP recommends these sacks because babies shouldn't sleep with blankets (due to prevention of SIDS).
Munchin Medicator
The munchin medicator allows you to administer medicine to your baby easily and via a nipple. This little device accurately measures the medicine dose and isn't a weird dropper shape. :)
Natursutten All-Natural Rubber Orthodontic Pacifier, 0-6 months
According to my doula, this is the best pacifier to use because it doesn't mess up the babies future teeth and it has the orthodontic nipple, which is good for the tongue and mouth. My daughter loves hers but they do look a bit "retro" (mainly because they aren't pink and sparkly).
Mothers Love nipple cream
According to dozens of moms (all over the country), this is the best nipple cream to use. I used it and thoroughly enjoyed it. My only warning is that because it's organic, it can get rancid after a while.
Desitin Diaper Rash Ointment
Again, according to my doula, you shouldn't mess with any diaper rash cream that isn't Desitin Maximum strength. It has 40% zinc oxide and knocks diaper rash on its ass (pun intended).
Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer
Not a *necessary item* but it makes me feel better to clean my babies butt with a warm diaper wipe.

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March 24, 2011
great list - totally agree on the wonder of gripe water and felt so much better than using mylcon types, which have gnarly chemicals. also loved our snuggle nest ; ) wound up being just the right way to ease us into cosleeping... along with the sleep sack which was a lifesaver in the cold months. #6 is genious! wish I'd had one!
March 24, 2011
Great list, Susan! I'm going to share this on my FB wall for my cousin, who's expecting her second. Thanks for sharing, this is super helpful :)
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I was born in East Amherst, NY...lived there for 13 years before moving to Vadnais Heights, MN. I spend 5 years in MN, decided it was too darn cold there and ventured onto college in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona … more
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