2. Bouncer. Try getting ready for anything with a newborn – 6 month old who can’t sit up on their own yet and you’ll have a hard time doing anything to keep them happy while you get things done. This portable bouncer went with us everywhere. In the kitchen while cooking dinner, in the bathroom as I got ready and on every road trip we took to our parents’ houses. She loves to see where we are, so having the ability to prop her up so she is not laying flat- especially after eating – anywhere we had to go, was a necessity.
3. Nipple Shield. I swore by this thing! It saved me from giving up on breast feeding in the early weeks. I had so much trouble with the pain of breastfeeding and getting her to latch correctly, that I almost gave up on it until our pediatrician suggested using a nipple shield. It was pain free, Rylee was getting the benefits of breastmilk and it gave me the encouragement to keep going. Rylee has since transitioned to latching without the shield, which is extremely convenient, but if I had to continue using it in order for her to breastfeed I would have no problem with that at all. It is amazing and everyone should know about this thing!
4. Breast Pump. If you are planning to go back to work and still breastfeed after giving birth, a breast pump is a necessity! I know that they are expensive at the store, but what most people don’t know, is that most insurance companies will provide you with one, completely covered. I learned this in one of my parenting classes before having Ry and was in complete disbelief. When I called my insurance company to inquire about this, it was as easy as giving them my delivery date and the pump was in the mail that day!
5. Brett’s Tablet/Bubbles/Anything that lights up and plays music. As Rylee continued to grow and become more aware of her surroundings, sometimes, not even the swing could calm her down. If we were ready for bed, but Rylee was a little bored or not quite there yet, nothing would put her to sleep like Bubbles, the name of her light up musical sea horse below. She works a majority of the time, but in severe cases, we need the power of Brett’s tablet to play gummy bear nursery rhymes until her eyes flutter closed. We are still using this technique to calm her down when nothing else works, and it is amazing.
So, although there are a ton of other things I use on a day to day basis, I summed up the ones that I believe made a huge difference in our lives with a new baby.
What are/were your top necessities in your first 6 months with baby? Would love to hear from you!
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