March 15, 2017
by Bethany
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Bethany’s Top 20 Items for a Newborn

While I understand that every baby & parent is different, I have a few items I want to share with you that are my favorites for baby’s 1st few months. There are other items that are obvious, like a crib or bassinet, but I’m sharing the not so obvious ones with you today. I’d love to hear from you if you used any of these or if you would add any to my list!

2-3 SwaddleMe baby swaddle blankets // you will still want & use regular swaddles (you can’t really have too many), but these are awesome for when you’re little one is squirmy & fussy, because it’s snug, & they can’t wiggle out of it. These have been so helpful for us when trying to put Myler down to sleep. Make sure you get the right size because you don’t want your baby’s face to be covered if it’s too big for them.

4-6 Changing pad liners // I didn’t realize how much we needed these until we had a baby. We have 6 liners, & I’m so glad we do, because we can go through them pretty quick. They are very helpful because you just have to wash them when they’re dirty instead of washing the changing pad sheet all the time.

Nest Camera // This is what we use for the baby monitor. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! When it’s not a baby monitor, it’s our security camera. It has amazing quality, is durable, & works in a variety of places. We can attach it to Myler’s bassinet, hang it on the wall, or place it on a table.

2-3 Soothie pacifiers // these are Myler’s favorite pacifiers. In fact, they are the only ones he would take at first. He still prefers them over other styles.

Pacifier clips // If you use a pacifier, you will want clips for sure! This way you won’t lose the pacifiers as easily, & they won’t drop on the floor all the time. They also add a cute touch to the baby’s outfit, I think.

Honest healing balm // This stuff right here is amazing! I’m so happy for safe, non-toxic baby products like this, & it works like a charm on diaper rashes. You can also use it on cuts & scrapes. This is something you will want on hand at all times.

4Moms infant tub // I wasn’t sure if we needed this spa-like tub for our baby, but we went ahead & registered for it. I’m so happy we did, because it’s really easy, convenient, & clean. The water filters out constantly, so you always have clean water, but you can also plug the holes if your baby wants to soak. It has a temperature gage & pour cup as well. We are super happy with this tub!

Kinsa thermometer // I love this because it hooks up to an app on your phone, & keeps track of every temperature you take. You can also type in other symptoms your baby has. While it’s not as easy as a forehead thermometer, I use it under Myler’s armpit, & it reads in about 10 seconds.

Room & bath thermometer // Whether or not you buy the tub above, I still recommend this item. If you’re traveling, you can bring this for the bath temperature along with a small travel tub (or just bathe with them). It reads the temperature really fast & accurately!

Footie PJ’s w/ inverted zipper // I love footie pj’s when it’s colder, otherwise your baby’s feet can get chilly (socks don’t always stay on). The inverted zipper part is key though, because it makes for easier & faster diaper changes.

Onesies w/ mitten cuffs // I recommend these because they are easy for everyday wear, & you can’t lose the cuff part like you can with mittens. We still have lots of mittens & use them, but a cuffed onesie is more convenient.

NoseFrida // And all the other moms said “amen!” Just get it!

Chicco carseat insert // I’m not sure if you can use this if you don’t get a Chicco brand carseat, but if you do end up getting that brand, this is really nice for when they’re little. It keeps them snug, but it’s also super comfy, & Myler almost always falls asleep in it.

Hearing protection // I really didn’t think we needed this because Myler loves noise (falls fast asleep to loud music), but many churches have loud music, & I wanted to make sure to protect his little ears. We also will be at camp when he’s still little, & the music there is always blasting.

White noise sound machine // At first, I didn’t want a sound machine because I didn’t want Myler to NEED it in order to sleep, but it’s honestly amazing to have. Especially if you have a smaller house, it’s nice to block the noise while baby sleeps & you have friends over or are watching TV in the other room. You can get just about any brand machine, & it should work the same.

Lullaby music // We made a lullably playlist that we turn on every night when we put Myler down for bed. Sometimes he’s not even asleep when we lay him down, but if he’s fed, changed, & swaddled, the sound machine & lullaby music puts him right to sleep most of the time!

DockATot // We don’t use this as Myler’s regular bed, but we travel with it, & he also naps around the house in it. I love that it keeps him snug so he feels tight & swaddled, it’s easy to carry around, & it’s washable. I also have had him nap in this outside! If you’re going to get this though, start using it right away, because your baby will probably outgrow it pretty quick. Myler isn’t a big baby, but he is pretty tall for his weight, so I’m using the DockATot while we can.

Baby probiotics & Gripe Water // I take my own probiotics, but when Myler was more fussy & having tummy trouble, I started giving him these probiotic drops as well as the gripe water for gas, & he has been a different baby ever since! They have honestly been a lifesaver to have! It also makes me feel good knowing he’s getting extra probiotics in his system. *Please talk with your doctor before using these products.

Moby wrap // I’m currently wearing Myler in my Moby wrap, & I probably couldn’t get a lot of work done without it. If you work from home, especially, you will want this!

Boppy nursing pillow // I use this multiple times every single day! My back would be killing me without it, & it fits just right around your waist. I LOVE this product if you’re going to nurse. I also used to wrap a blanket around it & lay Myler down for a nap in it. When they’re a little stronger, you can place them on their belly over it for neck strengthening. It’s definitely a must-have for me!

March 1, 2017
by Bethany
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Hospital Bag Review // AFTER Birth

Alright guys, I said I would do this for you, & after 7 weeks, I’ve finally found the time. :) I’m going to list my hospital bag checklist items (that I brought to the hospital or planned on bringing), & next to each item, I will let you know how important it was for me to have. Hopefully this will help you (and me for my next birth) plan for your hospital bag, whether that’s coming soon or later in the future. So… I hope this helps you!

Paperwork:

  • Copies of birth plan // So glad I brought this, which is probably obvious, but %100 don’t forget this item (see mine for reference).
  • Insurance card // I don’t know if we needed this or not because my husband checked me in while I was having contractions lol.

Clothing:

  • Labor clothes (I will probably wear the hospital gown, but I want to have another option) // I wore a sports bra & hospital gown (on & off) while laboring. I personally think the hospital gowns they give you work just fine for birthing & nursing, but some people prefer a cuter option, & that’s totally fine, however, I would for sure bring a sports bra.
  • Warm socks, slippers, comfy shoes, or flip flops // I had many people tell me to bring my slippers, but I never wore them. I wore the hospital socks the whole time.
  • Zip up hoodie or cardigan // something warm but easy to take off // I wore a hoodie to go home in, but I never took my gown off while in the hospital, & my room was never too cold for me. Looking back, I would still take one of these.
  • Pajama pants/sweatpants/leggings // Sweatpants/PJ pants were a must for me because I wore them at night w/ my gown, but I never wore my leggings. The healing process can be pretty painful, & leggings are harder to put on than sweats.
  • Clean & comfy outfit to leave hospital in // easy access to nurse // Yes to this of course! I wore my sweats, sneakers, a tank, & a zip up hoodie home.
  • Ponytail holders & bobby pins // I definitely used both of these.
  • Sports bra & tank tops // Yes!

Toiletries:

  • Body soap // I only took one shower, but I used the soap the hospital provided.
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste // For sure!
  • Deodorant // 100% yes!
  • Coconut oil // I would bring this as nipple cream if you don’t get the nipple butter I suggested (under breastfeeding).
  • Chapstick // For sure, I’m a chapstick junkie.
  • Shampoo & conditioner // Yes, I don’t like cheap shampoo/conditioners like the ones hospitals & hotels have.
  • Dry shampoo // I most definitely used this & would pack it again next time.
  • Hairspray // I personally didn’t need this, but I rarely use hairspray anyway. If you use it regularly, bring it!
  • Facial care creams & wash // Yes, I used these.
  • Make-up // I’m so glad I brought my makeup.

Breastfeeding:

  • Nipple cream // As I said earlier, bring this or coconut oil. I really disliked the nipple cream my hospital provided (Lanolin)… it was sticky & thick. This nipple cream I bought is so soft & healing! Definitely buy this product!
  • Nursing bra & nursing tanks (I’m just bringing regular tanks) // I don’t have any nursing tanks, but I wish I had one or two for going out. If you don’t want to wear the hospital gown, I would personally buy a nursing tank. A nursing bra, on the other hand, for me, was/is needed! So glad I brought mine. 
  • Nursing pads (I’m bringing just a couple because my hospital provides them) // I didn’t need any because I didn’t start leaking until I was home & my milk came on. Maybe bring one pair just incase. However, you WILL need these once your milk comes in!!

Postpartum Care:

  • Motherlove Sitz bath spray // The spray my hospital provided me is what I used there, but at home I used this. I would bring it unless you know your hospital has something similar.
  • Magnesium and/or Miralax (especially if you have an epidural or will take pain meds) // The nurses gave me stool softeners, so I didn’t need to bring this, but I would have some on hand at home for later.

Soothers:

  • Rice bag or heat pad for back labor & after birth pains // For your first birth, you don’t usually have as many after birth pains, so I didn’t need this, but I still may bring it for my next. They say the pain is worse after each baby.

Essential Oils & Natural Remedies:

  • Orange, lemon, or citrus oils to energize // I brought my lemon oil & used it during the day every day we were there, even during labor. Soooo glad I brought my oils & diffuser.
  • Lavender oil for relaxation // Used this at night… again, would bring it next time for sure.
  • Frankincense oil to help stay focused // I didn’t actually bring this because I ran out before. I would keep this expensive oil at home for other uses. It’s one of my favorites, but not for labor.
  • Oil diffuser // YES!!!
  • Magnesium oil or BioFreeze for back labor // I didn’t use this, but I didn’t have back labor.

Snacks:

  • Nut butters, trail mix, & other high calorie foods for energy // Basically all snacks I would bring again. My mother-in-law also brought some desserts & other snacks that I was soooo glad to have. Nursing makes you really hungry!
  • Nut or protein bars
  • Honey sticks, Lara bars, or energy balls
  • Coconut water
  • Gatorade
  • Meals & snacks in a cooler for middle of the night hunger

Technology:

  • Camera & lenses // Definitely needed these items because I’m all about photos & videos, even if just for me & my family.
  • Camera charger
  • GoPro & charger
  • SD cards
  • Laptop & charger
  • iPhone chargers

Other:

  • Pillows/blankets for hubby (hospital beds are uncomfortable) // We forgot to bring these, but I will remember next time because Griffin definitely wanted his pillow.
  • Cooler for placenta (if you’re saving yours) // Needed item if you’re saving your placenta.
  • Journal (have someone to document everything) // Glad I brought this because it’s what Griffin used to write down my labor story timeline.
  • Husband’s clothes // Duh!!

For Baby:

  • Receiving blankets 2 // newborn clothing // Perhaps you could bring 1 of your favorite swaddles for photos, but we used the swaddles & blankets the hospital provided. Other than that, Myler just wore his diaper & a hat the whole time. I would only bring 1 going home outfit for baby & 1 extra onesie for backup.
    • 2 “going home” outfits w/ hats, socks, & mittens // 1 as backup
    • 1 short sleeve onesie // 1 long sleeve onesie (as backup)
  • Diapers & wipes (as backup) // Don’t worry about these unless you want a specific brand. Use what the hospital gives you.
  • Car seat (installed properly in car) // Can’t go home without this! :)
  • Baby nail clippers/file // I’m glad we brought these because we had to trim his nails basically right away.

I hope you found this reviewed hospital bag checklist helpful! I’m definitely glad I was extra prepared for my first, even though we had a lot of stuff we didn’t use. But next time I will come back to this post & use this as a guideline again. :)