Today I'm accompanying my friend Lisa to Babies R Us. She needs to register and is seeking my counsel as to what she'll need - she and her husband Dylan are expecting their little boy, Finn, in September.
It's so funny, less than a year ago I remember being in the exact same predicament. What the heck do newborn babies need? Since I'm up at 5 am with my darling child and my brain is barely functioning I think I'll make a list of what I've found to be necessary and useful thus far. Here goes...
Cloth diapers: Before you think I actually am ambitious enough to use these as actual diapers, I'll divulge the truth - I use them as burp cloths, pee pee shields and for while my son is breastfeeding since he dribbles a lot. I probably go through 10 of these bad boys a day.
Baby Bags: Well, that's what we call them at least. I think they're actually called sleep sacks. We were so paranoid about what my son slept in during those first weeks, and these fit the bill.
Lap Pads: Multiple uses, but favorite so far is on the changing table - protects the changing pad cover so you have to wash it less often.
Old School Desitin: Not the fancy new 'creamy' version. A nurse explained to me that the creamy wipes off to easily while the old stuff stays on indefinitely - protecting baby's sweet little bum much better.
Totally Toddler - This stain remover is the bomb! Seriously, I've sprayed it on what I've thought are hopelessly soiled onesies and they've come out of the wash brand new.
Boppy Pillow - I honestly don't know how I would have breast fed without it.
Breast Pump - This one works great. Was a life saver during my son's left breast strike. You don't want to know. Ouch!
Onesies - I love them...my husband hates them - thinks they're too hard to put on. But this was an essential layer of clothing for baby during the winter. Carters are my fave - seem a little softer, plus they're better for long torsoed kiddos like mine.
Jammies that zip rather than button - These are tough to find, but I hate all the buttons. Zippers make late night diaper changes so much easier!
Breast pads - No one tells you how much you need them. And you will. Trust.
Good nursing bras - I like these. You will not regret investing in good, supportive bras once your milk comes in and you're walking around with huge piles of pain on your chest!
I know there's more, but these are some of the things that saw us through those first weeks. Plus tons of coffee and a freezer full of frozen, pre-made dinners.