My 5 favorite newborn baby items


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

favorite products for newborn baby: sleepbelt

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 ūüôā 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

clean touch ink pad

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

Favorite newborn baby products: velcro swaddles

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. Having a few is great for when they go in the wash (choose the good smelling laundry detergent).

4. The Splat Mat for diaper changes anywhere

chevron splat mat

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

Fridababy fridet momwasher

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.

He’s here! Birth Announcement

Birth announcement


I’m so happy to announce the arrival of our baby boy, Duncan Henry. He arrived last Thursday, which officially makes him 1 week old today. He’s already growing up too fast. Slow down, baby!¬†We’re so in love with him and soaking up every moment with this little peanut.

35-Week Pregnancy Update

I’m officially 35 weeks pregnant! We’ll be meeting our little one in just a few weeks. My due date is April 5th, but I was warned that baby could come any time in March, so I’m trying to get mentally ready for that. Plus we know several babies that came a few weeks early recently, so that possibility is top of mind.

12 to 32 weeks

I’m now seeing my OB on a weekly basis and am¬†still having frequent ultrasounds to monitor baby’s growth. So far, so good, and I love that we get to see our baby so often. Just look at those pouty lips <3

35 week ultrasound

Lately I’ve been feeling OK. Not the worst ever, but I am pretty constantly aware of being large and uncomfortable and pregnant. I had a couple weeks of really awful sleep because of acid reflux, but that has subsided recently. Although I still wake up throughout the night, it’s not nearly as bad as it had been.

32 weeks pregnant

My biggest complaint is that I have one spot on the right side of my mid-to-upper back and a corresponding spot on the front that kills. 

My OB was concerned that it might be a liver issue since I’ve also had a few bouts of severe swelling (including having to get my rings cut off!) as well as blurred vision, but two sets of blood and urine tests didn’t reveal any problems, so she’s chalking it up to having a giant baby inside of me. It’s a pain that comes and goes, but when it comes it’s awful. The only thing that brings any relief is lying on the floor on top of a floor hockey ball. I’ve started bringing the ball to work with me and putting it between my back and my chair, which also helps a bit.

34 weeks pregnant

Although my tests looked good, my OB did say that if any of my existing symptoms gets really bad, I should head to triage. I think the concern is preeclampsia, although my blood pressure keeps checking out fine. She mentioned that the only fix would be to deliver the baby, but she said that fortunately, at this stage, we’d “pretty much have a take-home baby”. Meaning we’re mostly in the clear from having to worry about preemie problems. That’s very comforting, but another reason to really get my hospital bag ready!

35 weeks pregnant

30-week pregnancy update

30 weeks pregnant

Wow! Can’t believe we’ve hit the 30 week mark. When we were going through our pregnancy complications¬†earlier on, I was told I’d likely be on bed rest until week 20, and that seemed sooo far off. Hitting that 27-week viability mark seemed far beyond the horizon. But here we are,¬†in the home stretch.

At our most recent ultrasound, everything was looking great. Baby is on the larger side, sitting in the 80th percentile. Since one of our big concerns was growth restriction, that’s certainly the better alternative.

23-week ultrasound

Also making things more real has been making some of those big purchases. Our nursery is mostly set up. We now have a stroller, crib and car seat. I’ve also started giving more thought to some of those birth plan issues. Epidural? Delayed cord cutting? Cord blood banking? And I’m compiling a list of the things we still need. Like clothes and diapers, and since we’ll be bottle feeding due to my prophylactic mastectomy, we’ll definitely be needing plenty of¬†bottles for the baby, and a bottle sterilizer¬†to make things easy.

25 weeks prenant

A few weeks ago, Mike and I started our prenatal classes, so at least there’s some forced education happening. There are only 4 other couples in the class, but we’re all due around the same time, so it’s fun to be around other people who are in the¬†same stage of pregnancy as us. Last week we had a tour at the hospital where we’ll be delivering. It’s comforting to now be able to visualize where it’ll all be going down.

26-week ultrasound

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve noticed that my energy has been decreasing a¬†little bit. During the second trimester, I couldn’t have felt better (after I got off bed rest, at least). I had a lot of energy and felt great.

28-weeks pregnant

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