I'm not celebrating her one month until the 30th (I have to delay it as much as possible... I can't believe we're almost a month old!) But I decided to put together a little must have "first month" list.
As I've said before, I spent quite a lot of time researching what we would need for the baby before she arrived. I had sweet friends (here's a link to my original post) tell me what to register for. It was awesome. I loved getting feedback from other mommy's. Lets be honest. I had no clue what I was getting in to. (and still feel pretty clueless)
But I do know what has gotten us through the last month. Here goes.
The obvious ones:
Newborn diapers: Even though our little one was not so little when she was born, she still fit in the newborn diapers. I was worried she wouldn't! We went through two 144 packs of the newborn diapers in the first month. That's close to 300 diapers. We use the Seventh Generation diapers and we are really happy with them. They are free of any dyes or chemicals. We bought them on diapers.com and used all sorts of codes and discounts, and they ended up about the same price as regular diapers. And shipping was free, and they arrived in 2 days. Win, Win.
Wipes: We went through quite a few wipes. I've learned it isn't a big deal what brand we bought, but no matter which brand I purchased, I always get sensitive skin ones, as those didn't have perfumes. I think in the first month we've gone through 2 of the mega packs you can get from Walgreens, etc. (The packs come in a 3 pack). It's amazing how many you go through.
Lounger: (also pictured above)
The boppy lounger: Love this. While our little one is rather strong for a newborn, and she's already starting to kind of roll in this, I think it would be good for all newborns. AB napped and even slept in this thing. (there is a warning on the pillow that you're not supposed to do this... and she only did for the first week or so). It's still nice for when she is awake and alert, we can sit her in it with us on the couch and she can sit like a big girl and participate in the conversation. We call it her princess pillow.
Soothies: This pacifier was great, even in the hospital. It soothed her as she had a really hard time latching on in the hospital and fussed quite a bit until the nurse stuck one of these in her mouth. She isn't obsessed with it, but we do use it from time to time. Since I'm not breast feeding (long story... but my milk didn't come in... end of long story), I read that formula babies need a way sucking longer than the bottle allows them to, so the paci helps soothe her, like breast fed babies are able to do.
White Noise: We actually didn't get this until week 3, but we love it now. It's called the Marpac Dual Speed Sound machine. It makes a deep constant sound (we read that babies need this type of sound rather than the usual "noise makers" make) This one sounds kind of like a fan. It's great and drowns out a lot. Very calming. Available at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and Walmart.
The good ol' Boppy: I know some people don't use these, but for us, it was really helpful when feeding, and when family members wanted to hold her. It just takes the work out of holding a baby. I still think everyone needs one.
Similac bottles: I registered for 2 different kinds of bottles (Tommee Tippee and Madela bottles). We tried both out before we realized she was super gassy. Our doctor recommended Similac gassy bottles, and they seem to work! My recommendation is to not open and wash EVERY single bottle you get when you're preparing for baby. Just let them sit there until you need them and then you can return any bottles that don't work out for your little one. They are all so picky and depending on the needs of your baby, you might need to get a different one!
Regular old burp cloths (but mine are fancified): Now, this has got to be one of the best gifts I got. And best idea ever for a baby shower. My sweet friend Molly threw my Shreveport baby shower and had a different burp cloth at each place setting with AB's initials or Annie Beth monogrammed on them. (Just the regular white burp cloths that come in a 10 pack). Best thing ever. I think I have 15 of them. And I go through several in one day. This idea should be all over Pinterest. Which I still don't do. My mom's obsessed. I'm still not on board. Something is wrong with this. I realize.
Sponge Bath: She was just too slinky and didn't work in anything but this little sponge. I'm sure we'll graduate to a real infant bath, but for now, the sponge is perfect! And they're cheap!
We originally got a fancy baby monitor, that has video, etc. but to be honest, we haven't even hooked it up yet. Instead, we have used a basic "noise only" monitor for now. Since she is on her back and doesn't move a whole bunch, we've found the noise monitor is really all we need right now. I think Stephen got ours at Target. It's super simple.
And be sure to have some baby nail clippers on hand. AB needs a manicure basically twice a week her nails grow so much. And I swear they grow in a point.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------So, those are the things we've really used the first month. We live in pajamas (her in knit onesies, and footie pj's at night) and me in yoga pants (still the maternity ones) and t-shirts. When all you do is lounge around feeding, changing diapers and resting when you can, comfy clothes are a must.
I hope this is helpful to at least one person. I realize that every baby is different and every situation is different. But for us, this is what has worked for us. The simple basic things.
For a very sweet little southern girl in the making.