The top ten baby items I can’t live without!

Wow, first time back on the laptop in weeks! Baby’s asleep… which gives me a chance to share my top ten baby and post pregnancy items that I can’t live without (and wish someone told me about!).

It’s hard to believe that Archie is almost 6 weeks and I feel like we’re finally out of the “blur” and have got into a bit of a groove. Everyone told us this would happen but when you’re sleep deprived with a crying baby trying to work out whether it’s colic or a bad tummy or a million other things, 6 weeks feels like forever! Everything I was told finally makes sense. My initial thoughts on sleep deprivation were “Puh-lease, after 7 years of breakfast television and 3am starts, I got this!” But the newborn sleep deprivation is something else and I salute every parent who has been through it! Breast feeding doesn’t just happen either, and it certainly didn’t come easily for me. After a very challenging labour, my milk was late coming in so I’ve had to work to build up my supply and learn to do the feeding tango with Archie. Believe me, we stepped all over each other’s feet to start with (so to speak), but now we’re in sync!

While a lot of the crying and sleeplessness is unavoidable, there are a few things that have really helped me with feeding, bathing, sleeping and all things newborn over the last few weeks. Here’s my little black book of my favourite baby and post pregnancy items*. Hopefully they’ll help you too! (*None of these items are sponsored or paid for, they’re all my personal choices).

Sleeping:

Archie has been difficult to settle and didn’t want to sleep much in the first few weeks, and these are the products  have been a god send for us! We still have our unsettled periods but Archie is now sleeping so much better!

baby1

Cooconababy Mattress: The coocoonababy has made a big difference to Archie’s sleep and he loves it. It’s an ergonomically designed mattress that’s like a little “nest” for the baby and mimics the semi-foetal position in the womb. It’s on a bit of an angle so it limits gastric reflux and reduces the involuntary jerky movements that often wakes them up. I often settle Archie in my arms, and the transition from me to the cooconababy is much easier that putting him down on a normal flat mattress because it’s cosy and cocoons him like my arms.

Love to Dream Swaddle Up: I started off swaddling Archie and sometimes if he was tired or in the mood, it would work great and he would stay wrapped and snuggly for the duration of his sleep. But during his unsettled periods, he would break free and kick it all off which would also wake him! The Love to Dream Swaddle Up has made a massive difference in the sleep department as he’s comfy, doesn’t fight the swaddle or wake himself up. His hands are still upright which he loves, but covered so he’s warm. Having the hands up also helps the baby sleep because it enables them to self-soothe by touching their cheeks or sucking their hands.

Gro Egg Room Thermometer: I live by this device! It’s pretty hot up here in Byron at the moment which isn’t ideal for a baby’s comfort or sleep. I love the Gro Egg room thermometer because it shows me at a glance whether it’s too hot or cold by changing colour, especially helpful at night. Adjusting the temperature of the room to the recommended 19-22 degrees, and Archie’s sleeping garments accordingly, has made a big difference to the duration and quality of his sleep.

Nursing:

Increasing milk supply- Fenugreek tablets and teas: My milk supply was late coming in which was pretty stressful! So when I got home from hospital I committed to a healthy diet of fresh food and nourishing, slow cooked things like bone broth to assist my own recovery and milk supply. I also started taking fenugreek tablets, drinking teas (like Weleda Nursing Tea and Yogi Women’s Nursing Support) and pumping in between feeds. Thankfully, my milk came in and I still take the tablets and teas to maintain a healthy supply.

Fenugreek tablets and teas for a healthy milk supply.
Fenugreek tablets and teas for a healthy milk supply.

My Brest Friend nursing pillow: This pillow makes nursing so much more comfortable. My Brest Friend is firm, helps the latch, takes the pressure of your back and frees up your hands to drink a nice, relaxing tea while you feed. This pillow has been especially important for me as it’s been difficult to carry Archie while still recovering from birth plus he’s so heavy (born at 4.83kg!)

Feeding- Medela bottles and Boon Grass Drying Rack: For the odd occasion that I need to give Archie expressed breast milk in a bottle, he likes the Medela bottle with the normal teat (not the Calma). Every baby is different so this is very personal (some won’t take the bottle and there were brands he didn’t like). It also helps that I use the Medela pump for expressing. For drying, I recommend the Boon Grass Drying Rack, simple and stylish.

Post Pregnancy Clothing and Recovery:

Nancy Ganz Shapewear: I love Nancy Ganz shape wear for toning the post -pregnancy lumps and bumps. Plus, the designs aren’t dowdy at all, they’re feminine and flattering.

SRC Recovery Shorts: The SRC Recovery Shorts are specially designed for post natal recovery to help regain your pre-pregnancy body faster, while reducing pain and providing pelvic/back support.

Bath time:

Bath Support: I love the Infa Terri Bath Support and Pillow at bath time as it makes it so much easier to hold the baby without having to support their whole body weight. It’s nice and comfy for bub too.

Bath Thermometer: We use the Oricom duck bath thermometer religiously to make sure the water is at the recommended 38 degrees. It flashes if its too cold or hot so you can adjust the temperature.

I’m still finishing my nursery but I look forward to sharing my furniture and decorations soon! One of my favourites is the Leander cradle

baby2

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “The top ten baby items I can’t live without!

  1. Loved reading your blog on how to settle Archie. When I had my children 40 and 34 years ago there was very little help for a young mum and I have to say that it has not changed all that much. So pleased that Archie is giving you so much pleasure. Well done.

  2. What a truly honest and relatable blog. Our little man Max is 13 weeks old and reading this reassures me that Max isn’t and won’t be the only baby that screamed for hours on end and wouldn’t sleep! Those first few weeks are a complete blur for us. Please know that it does get easier and you are doing a wonderful job. I think us Mum’s forget to remind ourselves what an amazing job we are doing. It is truly the hardest yet most rewarding job I have ever done also. x

    1. Thanks so much for your message and encouraging words Courtnee. These first few weeks have been full on and now that we’re a bit more settled with things and better at reading what the baby wants/needs, I feel like I can breathe again hence being able to write the blog! I look forward to posting more mum and bub stories and tips. I think it’s so important to share and be honest about motherhood…and give each other support so thank you. x

  3. I completely agree – the Love to Dream Swaddle Up was a life saver with both my boys! I found using wraps difficult – I couldnt get them firm enough, my bubs would get out if they were cranky, and in the middle of the night when you haven’t slept in days it was just a bit too much for me to get my head around. We also used the Love to Dream Swaddle Up LITE on warm days (sometimes with just a nappy underneath). Both my boys were in them until about 4 months old and when we transitioned to sleeping bags we used the Love the Dream Swaddle Up 50/50 which allows you to release one arm at a time. As you can see i’m a huge fan 😂 And i’m so glad you liked them too and added them to this list for other parents to read.

    1. Hi Hollie, my bub’s the same! Thanks for the tip on the sleeping bags. I’ll be sure to get onto those when he grows out of the swaddle up. 🙂

  4. As a mum of two boys all I can say is you are doing a marvellous job and hang in there – it is a hard ride but such a fun one!! Xxxx

  5. Hi Magdalena,

    Congratulation’s on Archie’s safe arrival.

    I like many others have been keeping up on yours, Darren and Archie’s journey through Instagram.

    Thank you for keeping it real, the way you have used your social media platforms to bring everyone on the real journey has been terrific. The highs, the difficulties and now the tricks your discovering as you go along are fantastic.

    I think often women are so hard on ourselves we compare ourselves to each other and particularly those in the media or to celebrities. We assume that everything is going easy for them and that nothing is ever not going as planned.

    You will no doubt help new mums out there by showing the path of Motherhood is full of new lessons to learn, adjusting what’s right for your bub and following your motherly instincts.

    Your posts are always thoughtfully written, brimming with enthusiasm and passion, and full of great information and just generally beautiful. You’re a total class act.

    The humor and love you and Darren share just shines through with every post or picture it’s really refreshing.

    Enjoy the journey with your lovely little family and your career.

    I have 2 little boys and they are awesome, full of life and adventure – never a dull moment as I’m sure your discovering each day.

    1. Dear Chrissy, Thank so much for your beautiful words. I’m really blown away by your feedback and I’m so happy that you have found my blog useful! I totally believe in keeping it real and supporting each other because while motherhood is the amazing journey, it’s also the most challenging and we need to be there for each other! I’ll be posting more tips, advice and stories- hope you enjoy 🙂 Thank you again, Magdalena xxx

  6. As a new mother to my first baby who will be 4 weeks in 2 days, I’m glad to read that the blur diminishes!

    I have been in a bit of fog in the past few weeks – a mixture of joy, pain, helplessness and feelings of overwhelment! Things are getting better as starting to read baby much better and the things we do to soothe are starting to work – thank god!

    Love your blog and your IG posts. I look forward to reading more about your motherhood journey.

    1. Hi Afti, thank you so much! I Know exactly how you feel- incredible times but also the most challenging! Hang in there…the more we learn and get to know our babies, the easier it will get! xxxx

Add a Comment