1.) Mamaroo. This thing is on every “must have” registry list ever. It didn’t work for us. Moochi seemed no more or less soothed in it. Luckily I was able to borrow it from a coworker, because this thing is EXPENSIVE. What worked for us? Honestly, swaddling (w/ these sleepsacks), rocking our baby in our arms and moving him into his own crib were how I got Moochi to sleep through the night by 8 weeks. I highly recommend the schedules in this book for anyone who is trying to get their baby to sleep through the night.
2.) Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. My pediatrician recommended that we only use products on our newborn that have 7 ingredients or fewer. She was concerned about the amount of chemicals in products for babies and feels that products with more than 7 ingredients are more likely to have extra harmful chemicals. At our first pediatrician’s appointment after the hospital, she recommended that we use Triple Paste diaper cream. She said that it’s extremely effective and, although expensive, worth the extra cost. I had already purchased Boudreaux’s and told her this. She still recommended that I use the Triple Paste. I purchased this giant tub from Amazon while still at her office and we still have half of the tub after 14 months. I also purchased this three pack of Triple Paste for our diaper bag and travel. We are on the last tube. I’d look for these tubes at your favorite drugstore or Target because the current price seems high compared to what I paid.
3.) Aden and Anais Swaddles. Oh how I wanted these to work for us. I registered for 5 sets and bought the ones I didn’t receive because they are absolutely adorable and they are on every list of newborn essentials ever compiled. Here’s the thing – they didn’t work for us. No matter how tightly we swaddled Moochi, he escaped. We received this sleepsack from our hospital and LOVED it. I ended up purchasing a week’s worth of the sleepsacks and giving my Aden and Anais Swaddles to a friend who was pregnant. She used them as covers for travel as well as swaddling. I gave them away because I found the Halo version SOOO much easier to use and knew I wouldn’t try anything else with our next baby.
4.) Baby Snowsuits. My mom was insistent on purchasing a thick down snowsuit for Moochi. She hoped to take Moochi for a walk in the winter in his stroller in the snowsuit. She never took that walk and we never used it. Why? You can’t put a jacket or snowsuit on baby and then put him or her in a carseat for a car trip. The additional bulk can actually interfere with the safety features on your car seat. Instead, we used this carseat cover all winter. Moochi just wore regular (warm) clothing underneath. From a practical standpoint, we live downtown and travel by car before going anywhere where baby would require a snowsuit, it doesn’t make sense to take baby out of his carseat upon arrival and zip him into a snowsuit. We usually just lifted the car seat with the winter cover directly into our stroller when we used our stroller.
5.) Wubbanubs/Pacifiers. I think these things are adorable. They seem like an improvement over a normal paci because they are easy to hold onto and seem like they should be hard to lose. Moochi just didn’t like them. Some babies love a pacifier… Moochi was not interested. I had a stash of about 6 of them. I actually bought more when we were visiting AMF’s parents at Christmas time because I forgot ours and felt that Moochi needed them. My husband finally pointed out that Moochi didn’t seem that interested in them… it was me that wanted him to like them. I needed to stop trying to make Wubbanub happen. I did… Moochi didn’t seem to notice. I saved the Wubbanubs in baby #2 bin in case baby #2 is interested.
6.) No Scratch Mittens. I purchased a set of these because I didn’t want Moochi to scratch his perfect newborn face when he slept. At our first appointment, my pediatrician mentioned that she does not recommend using them because some babies are comforted by sucking on the fingers or hands when sleeping and the mittens do not allow for this. They can feel their hands on their face in the womb and its familiar. We didn’t use them and Moochi never scratched himself.
The lesson here? DO NOT BUY A TON OF ITEMS BEFORE YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR BABY WILL LIKE AND YOU TALK WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN. It’s hard as a first time parent because you have no idea what to expect and want to do everything you can to prepare for the baby. I imagined that I would be so tired and so busy that I wouldn’t have time to shop or that I’d need all of these items in the middle of the night. I suggest buying one or two of each item and then seeing what works best for your little one. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get anything you need delivered within 2 days. Buy the backups AFTER you see what the baby likes and, as you need them. Everyone wants to help first time parents in those few weeks, but its hard to figure out what type of help is needed – your friends and family will be thrilled to run to a baby store or target for some of these items if you find you need them in a pinch. Don’t overbuy – newborn babies just need your love, a safe place to sleep, diapers and breastmilk or formula. Otherwise, there is no such thing as a “Must Have.”
PS – don’t overbuy on the newborn size diapers either – you need 1-2 boxes, max. Reorder diapers when your stash is running low from Amazon. If you want to stock up before because you find a diaper deal, buy sizes 1 and 2.