Having my third c-section, I have learned the hard way about what makes those first few weeks especially tough, and that is the middle of the night feedings that include sitting up, twisting & bending over to pick up your newborn. With a pack-n-play or traditional bassinet/co-sleeper next to the bed, it also involves pushing it out of the way or trying to squeeze around it when getting out of bed. Enter, the Halo Swivel Bassinet. This is a tried & true life saver for the newborn days, with a full 360 degree swivel, a wide base that will easily go underneath your bed so you can pull the bassinet to you & a drop side to pull your baby into bed with you. It also has a night light, a vibration setting & pockets on the ends for diapers & wipes. I am honestly in love with this product & wish that I would have had it for the other two girls. Here’s the catch, it is very pricey & is something you may only use for a month or two while your baby is sleeping in your room. I went in on this with a few of my girlfriends who were also having babies this year, so we have split the cost & passed it around to each other as we needed it for the newborn stage, so we each only ended up paying around $50 for something that was really invaluable.
So so so worth it, highly recommended.
The Angelcare bath seat was something I discovered after Eloise was already sitting up in the tub, but I always dreaded bath time because I always felt like I had to hold onto her in any/all bath tubs/seats that she used. And I swear, we have used them all. I used this when I gave my nephew a bath at my brother’s house before Claire was born & knew right away that we had to buy one. This seat tops them all, to use from the time your baby is a newborn through the wobbly-slippery-tub-sitting stage. The soft rubbery back keeps them from slipping & the base stays put in the tub. Claire absolutely loves bath time & I am certain it has a lot to do with her being comfortable in this little seat.
4moms sent us their new bounceRoo a few weeks ago & we were so excited to try it out. I swear by bouncers, I think babies are most comfortable & relaxed in them above anything else, between the vibration setting & the way you can bounce them with your foot. This one did not disappoint, and you know I love the modern style & neutral colors. It is lightweight, portable & battery operated so you can move it to any room of the house or take it with you wherever you go.
My favorite muslin blankets, all natural rubber pacifier & the best ever nipple balm are also must-haves for me. And I think we can all agree that the little knotted baby gown is the most adorable thing ever! These are soft, stretchy & super convenient for diaper changes. I also have to mention the noise machine that we love, we have one in each of the girls’ rooms for white noise while they sleep, I swear by them, especially in our crazy loud zoo of a house these days! Also, I recently tried the Ollie World Swaddle which officially takes the cake in terms of newborn swaddles, Claire has yet to break out of it when she sleeps at night!! If you have a swaddle ninja, I would highly recommend trying the Ollie!
Hope you find this helpful!! Wishing you all a happy Tuesday & lots of hours of uninterrupted sleep! XO