Newborn Essentials

It's been a minute since I last posted here, and if it wasn't for the lack of activities thanks to coronavirus I probably would have never logged back on. But since there isn't much going on these days, and I need something to keep me busy I figured I would post on here to share my thoughts.

Quick recap of what's been going on since my last post back in 2018. As my blurb states, I live in Nashville now, bye bye NYC. We moved back in the summer of 2018 and it's been lovely to be back in Nashville. If you follow me on instagram you know we then adopted a sweet pup named Archie whom we also lovingly call "young son". Things have been busy but also pretty normal, up until June of 2019 when we found out that we were expecting a little bundle of joy. Fast forward to March 2020, and our little lady Isla has arrived. So that is why I'm now creating a blog post called "newborn essentials". As someone who is a new parent with zero previous baby experience you can call me a total newb, though to my defense I've become pretty proficient in the art of diaper changing. Baby related stuff is not something I would expect my online friends to be interested in but if you choose to stay and read I would be very happy!

Without blabbering on any further, lets get to the good stuff! Essentials that have been very helpful for me in the first month of my baby's life, you don't absolutely have to have them but they made my life a whole lot easier.

Diaper Genie - Or possibly any similar contraption. It's true, you can dispose of diapers/wipes in the trash but the convenience of having something of this sort chilling in your bedroom while you gotta go through multiple diaper changes a night is very convenient. Not to mention the lack of any unpleasant scent thanks to this device is really helpful.

Halo Bassinet - You don't have to have this particular one, it is a splurge, but having a bassinet in your room is super helpful. That is if you want to have your newborn sleeping there, in our case it makes things more convenient for quick diaper changes and feeds in the middle of the night, and also for our peace of mind but you do you! Before we got the bassinet we were using Graco Pack 'n Play but we ended up having that in our living room so we had to get something for the bedroom as well. Carrying it back and forth from room to room became a hassle.

Bumbo Changing Pad - If you take anything from this whole post, please get a changing pad that does not require a cover. I can't tell you how many times Isla went to the bathroom on the changing pad while we were in the middle of a diaper change. If our changing pad had covers that weren't at least waterproof it would have been a nightmare. This is a cheaper version of the Keekaroo I guess, but it does the job. It's more expensive than other changing pads but the convenience of a quick wipe in case of a mess is priceless. Easy cleanup is essential in the baby business!

Fisher Price 4 in 1 Tub - I have to say I didn't do too much research as far as the tubs go but we have been happy with this pretty affordable option. It does what it needs to in order to make bath time with a newborn as seamless as possible so we have no complaints. We have been getting a lot of use out of it.

Moby Wrap - There are a million wraps out there and I honestly did not have my mind made up to go with Moby, I just wanted the most affordable wrap option. There are a few for sale on Amazon that I was keeping an eye on but there just happened to be a sale online at Target on a Moby so I got it. Putting it on isn't as complicated as it seems but making sure the baby is positioned properly while in it took a few tries to get just right. This is a real life saver when the baby is actively avoiding naps and you want to rock them to sleep without your arms falling off in the process. I haven't used it to complete household chores though, apart from doing some laundry.

I hope this has been helpful for you, in case you are lost in the huge world of baby products. Don't feel pressured to buy anything and everything out there, and remember that you can always buy things as you go and as the need arises.

Have you used any of these products for your baby? What are your newborn essentials? 

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