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Now that we've officially survived having an infant and entered toddlerhood……I look back and laugh at our first six weeks at home with our darling daughter. Those first nights? I wish we had hidden cameras because it would be pretty entertaining to watch them again. Does any first time parent really know what they're doing? Not really! While you can't fast forward and skip those first few weeks, I wanted to share some of the essentials that made them a little more smooth……the tools that we will have prepared and ready to go someday when we have a second baby.Newborn Essentials
Munchkin Latch Pacifiers: We actually hadn't thought about pacifiers before bringing Lydia home…..so I frantically sanitized some in a moment of desperation on night two. My first piece of advice? Have them ready in advance. Munchkin Latch Pacifiers are awesome, and were designed by pediatric dentists and moms, with a goal of developing a lightweight, more comfortable pacifier for baby. Their natural shaped nipples are created for different ages and stages…..and their one piece silicon design helps to keep germs at bay. Pacifiers helped Daddy be able to sooth our daughter in the beginning, and helped all of us settle in healthy sleeping patterns.
Bottles and a Breast Pump: If you are planning to breastfeed, start storing that milk as soon as possible! I pumped and nursed until our daughter was 12 months old…..and somehow managed to make it all the way to a year without supplementing. I wish I'd started pumping immediately. Lydia had some nursing issues, and I hadn't prepared to use our breast pump. Another thing to prepare in advance!
Swaddling Blankets: Swaddling works. It REALLY works. We avoided it like the plague for the first few nights, mostly because we were afraid of doing it wrong. If you're nervous, use velcro-swaddles…..they are super easy and totally fool-proof.
White Noise Machine: Start creating a great sleep environment from day one. I know it sounds nuts, but you'll thank yourself later!
What are your newborn survival essentials? (Should I have put coffee on this list?)