We’ve been home with baby Duncan for just over a week now and we’re trying to soak up this sweet and sleepy newborn time. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that I don’t need to get up and leave for work, and I can tell already that it’s going to be really important for me to find ways to make sure that my life doesn’t solely revolve around changing diapers and fixing bottles. As a new mom easing into this new role, there are a few products that have gone a long way in making the transition easier.
My top 5 favorite newborn baby items:
1. SleepBelt for worry-free cuddles
The SleepBelt straps your sleeping baby to your chest so you don’t need to worry about him rolling off. Especially at the hospital and in the early days at home, when Mike and me were still getting the hang of maneuvering this delicate, squirmy creature, it was so reassuring to have baby Duncan comfortably secured in place. Tucked into the SleepBelt, he sleeps like a baby 🙂 Plus it gives me a chance to use my hands and get caught up on sharing adorable photos on Instagram.
2. Mess-free ink pad for tiny hand and footprints
There is nothing cuter than tiny baby hands and feet, but babies are messy enough without adding blank ink to the mix. This “clean-touch” ink pad allowed us to get Duncan’s prints for his baby book without the mess. Although they market that it’s good for two uses, we’ve gotten 4 good prints out of it and it hasn’t run dry yet.
3. Swaddles with velcro for easy bedtimes
Baby Duncan falls asleep immediately when swaddled. Although we became swaddling pros under the guidance of the nurses at the hospital, once we got home and tried swaddling with different sized blankets, our little bundle didn’t seem quite as secure. With these easy swaddles with velcro, we’re able to rest easy at night without worrying that blankets will come untucked, posing a suffocation hazard.
4. The Splat Mat for diaper changes anywhere
We live in a small apartment and a change tables was not something I wanted to crowd our space. I figured that I’d just change the baby on whatever surface was available: the floor, the bed, the couch. So far, that has worked just fine. The Splat Mat gives me a nice big waterproof surface, and prevents leaks and stains, but I can easily pack it up and tuck it out of the way. It’s machine washable, but I’ve just been giving it a rinse in the shower when needed. It quickly dries in time for the next diaper change. Bonus, when baby is older it can be used to catch messes under the high chair, or to protect the table during craft time.
5. The ‘fridet’ for mom
This one isn’t a newborn baby product, but it’s a must-have for mom. I received the Fridet Momwasher at my baby shower, and it is so much better than the one I was given at the hospital. It went a long way in keeping me clean and comfortable after giving birth.