I know you’ve read similar articles like this before in magazines and parenting books that promise to be a mom’s one-and-only-guide but ya’ll, this one is for real. Since I’m about to pop out baby #4 in less than a month I thought a useful guide like this would come in handy for you and for me.
Yeah, yeah I get the whole “don’t get the baby nipple confused!” theory but you know what? After letting that baby suckle for 2,500 hours straight momma needs a break and that break is going to come in the form of a pacifier. That and the car ride home from the hospital is a whole lot quieter with Mr. binky in someone’s scream hole too.
2. Obvious Diapering and Feeding Essentials
This includes: Diapers/Wipes/Diaper Cream/Vaseline (if the baby is a boy) /bottles & formula (if you’re not breastfeeding or you plan on supplementing)/Bottle Brush/Nipple cream/Breast pads
Diapers: purchase a small pack (like less than 30) of newborn diapers and a very large box of size 1 diapers. Most babies grow out of newborn diapers within a few days and you can roll the top down of a size 1 diaper to accommodate a raisin umbilical cord stump.
Newborn sensitive wipes rock
A thick “maximum strength” Diaper Cream rocks
Vaseline for the baby boys if you circumcise – a little dab of goo helps mr. winky not stick to the diaper. My husband literally purchased Vaseline by the boatloads.
Bottles & formula: if you plan on supplementing or you just like being prepared in case breastfeeding doesn’t work out (which is ok!). Some folks say just buy a few bottles, I say buy dozens. There is nothing worse than finally getting the newborn to sleep and realizing you have no more clean bottles so instead of resting or taking a shower you have wash bottles. If buying 10,000 bottles buys you 3 extra hours of time to yourself then so be it. Having a good bottle brush makes the job of washing bottles go faster too.
Nipple cream is helpful for cracked and sore nipples, breast pads are helpful for not spraying down your shirts when your milk comes in.
3. Clothes, Blankets and Burp clothes
I like having a special outfit to go home in for the new baby. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, just something kinda special. I’ve also used the same blanket to bring each kid home in too.
Once you’re home having at least 3-4 easily changeable outfits per day for a few days (so you’re not doing laundry constantly) is helpful. Same goes with blankets and burp cloths (I use cloth diapers as burp cloths).
5. A Camera
You’ll be so tired and so happy and so everythingallatonce that you’ll barely remember your newborns first couple of days let alone weeks so take a lot of pictures. Take too many pictures. Take so many pictures that everyone will call you the mommarazi because it’s ok, you won’t regret it.
Insider Expert Mom Tips:
– Raid that hospital bassinet supply like there’s no tomorrow. Like, wipe it clean of supplies.
– Pack stretchy pants to wear to go home in. Whether you have a natural childbirth or a c section a cozy, large pair of sweats will do your body good.
– Don’t worry about magazines or iPads or any other sort of entertainment for yourself. You’ll be so busy looking at your baby you won’t need any of it.
– Don’t forget to pack toothpaste, tooth brush, shampoo and soap for yourself. Taking a shower and being clean never gets old.
– Pack a nightgown that buttons down the front (for easy boob access). Wearing a hospital gown is depressing. As soon as you can, change into your nightgown – you’ll feel much better.
– Have some overnight pads on hand at home. I have had c sections and these pads are priceless.
– See if your close girlfriends can help a sister out and bring your family a few dinners for the first week of being home with the new baby. If your husband is like mine and can manage to burn just about anything you will be eternally grateful for real unburnt food.
Things they say you need but you really don’t need. Like ever.
– A special non-smelly diaper trashcan. All of the dirty diapers in the Eaglin household get thrown in the kitchen trashcan, which gets taken out every afternoon anyway. Just don’t inhale deeply when the lid is open and you’ll be fine.
– A wipes warmer. I mean, really.
– Special wrap blankets for swaddling. Just think burrito when you’re wrapping the baby up in a normal square blanket and you’ll save yourself money.
– Expensive clothing. You know, unless you like watching your hard earned money get poop bombed on.
– Bottle warmer. I served room temperature formula to my kids. However that may be why they refuse to eat hot food now, who knows.