- My Brest Friend Pillow: This was highly recommended by my sister, and with good reason. This pillow is extremely sturdy and supportive which is soooo helpful when learning how to breastfeed, especially with a newborn's limp little body. It really helps me get her into position quickly before she gets too fussy and fidgety. Another plus is that it wraps around the body and buckles. If I ever need to stand up from the chair/couch, she easily comes with me while still nursing. It's like having a third arm which is awesome.
- Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer: "I love having a cold wipe on my bum in the middle of the night," said no one ever. Warm wipes keep her calmer during nighttime diaper changes.
- Gerber Prefold Cloth Diapers: These make excellent burp rags! They are really absorbent and rather inexpensive. We have them in her nursery, our bedroom, and in the family room at all times. What can I say? Spit(-up) happens. <-- See what I did there? ;)
- Baby K'tan Baby Carrier: Babies want to be held a lot, and while that's very sweet and lovey-dovey, it makes getting things done a little difficult. If Presley is too fussy to be set down, I'll wear her in this wrap carrier. She'll usually stay in there for about an hour. We also have an Ergo, but we haven't used it yet.
- Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle 'n' Swing: Why did we not have this on our baby registry?! After several nights of swinging her between my legs in her car seat like a kettle bell (I'm not kidding), we bought this swing a week ago. It has been a game-changer. It cuddles her body, has a safety harness, plays music, and has a spinning mobile. Best of all: It swings side-to-side and front-to-back. She sleeps in it at night which I know isn't viewed as the safest option, but she is at my bedside, and we make sure she is secure. My husband brings it down to the family room every morning in case we need it to soothe her. It is a full-size swing but can easily be moved around the house when the legs are collapsed.
- Lily Padz: I really liked the idea of reusable breast pads. If cared for properly, they last up to two months! I recommend using disposable breast pads until your milk supply is established and has evened out. When my milk came in, it was out of control. I would leak due to engorgement, and using Lily Padz at that point would have been messy and annoying. Now that my milk supply has normalized, I use Lily Padz (or nothing at all sometimes).
- Gilligan & O'Malley Nursing Tank Tops: I live in these. I have the same tank top in different colors, and I rotate them. They're long which gives them a slimming effect. Hooray for that! They are really good quality, and the snaps on the straps can easily be done and undone with one hand which allows me to hold Presley and prep for breastfeeding quickly. I highly recommend the Gilligan & O'Malley tank tops.
- Boppy Pillow: You might be surprised that this is on the "For Mom" list. What's even more surprising is why it's on my "For Mom" list! I used it as a donut cushion for the first two weeks. Childbirth puts a lot of, ummm... stress on the nether region (surprise, surprise), and on top of that, I did a drug-free delivery and had a second degree tear and an episiotomy. (Insert Grimacing Face emoji here. Ha!) The hospital provided a donut cushion in my recovery room, and the Boppy was the replacement when I got home. Another brilliant recommendation from my sister.
- Motherlove Nipple Cream: It's 100% certified organic. It's safe for baby. It works.
- Lounge pants with pockets: Pants or shorts with pockets are a must, in my book. Now that I have a newborn that can never be left unattended, having pockets makes it easier to grab and carry things when I don't have spare hands to carry them myself. iPhone, charger, batteries, Kleenex, remote control, pen, nail polish, keys, infant socks, USB drive, washcloth, nipple cream, and eyeglasses are all things I've had to slip into my pockets so that I could hold Presley.
BabyCare Lite app: This isn't a registry item or thing to purchase. Even better... It's free! The BabyCare app helps track feedings, diaper changes, and sleep. It is very user-friendly too. I used it for the first three weeks in order to figure out our "normal." People warned me that babies go through a lot of diapers and are hungry all the time, but "a lot" and "all the time" are really vague terms. I wanted to get a feel for Presley's patterns to see if there were certain times of day or night that were busier. It was helpful as we got settled in at home and were starting parenthood.