Keep It Simple
Getting ready for the arrival of a new family member can be challenging. Expecting parents have a lot to juggle and it’s a whole new world ahead of them. And the abundance of goods and services to pamper your baby and yourself as a new parent is scary. There are numerous lists with to dos and to haves. There are new products rising on the horizon each and every day. And it is our nesting instinct that makes us want it all.
Shopping for the new baby, however, might be a frustrating experience. We all want to give our babies the best start in life. But how do we know which stroller is the best stroller? Or what kind of a breast milk pump is going to work best for us. Or whether we need one at all? What about the air humidifier, the baby bottle warmer, and the pacifier?
What usually happens is that you start with a shopping list and after an hour or two of research you are totally paralised and unable to make a decision on even a single product.
The truth is babies do not need much. Nothing more than a dedicated parent at first.
That dedicated parent however will surely need some help to survive. A warm soup would do miracles. If you have a friend out there with a new baby on board – just ask whether they need some help and bring the warm soup.
And if you are soon to be a parent, here is our Top 5 Must-Haves List for your pregnancy and for the first months after giving birth. And we assure you – it is a simple one because if there’s one great tip to work for everyone in every situation it would be to keep it simple and stick to the basics.
1. Pregnancy pillow
The pregnancy pillow is a game-changer for pregnant women. It is a lifesaver especially during the third trimester when sleep usually becomes a dream due to either uneasy legs, leg cramps, heartburn, or acid reflux.
Ladies, you have no idea how much better you will feel with a pregnancy pillow under the duvet. It will support your head, your shoulders, and your back while you sleep. On your left side!!! The pregnancy pillow will also support the baby bump. Thus, sleep will become at least a little bit easier in the third trimester.
The greatest benefit of a pregnancy pillow is that while it supports your back and your bump, it will relieve to a great extent the symptoms of the Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Nearly every third pregnant woman is having the syndrome.
RLS is actually a disturbing, uncomfortable and itchy sensation that transforms into a constant and uncontrollable urge to move your legs no matter what time of the night it is. Most times you will just need to hug your pregnancy pillow with your legs. Thus the pillow will support your legs and apparently the nerves responsible for the RLS. This will surely reduce the intensity of the syndrome and give you an hour or two of deep sleep. Of course if it doesn’t help and if it is persistent you should consult your doctor.
There are different types of pregnancy pillows. The U-shaped pregnancy pillow and the C-shaped pregnancy pillow are the most popular among expecting moms. Apart from the great support for the whole body Home of Wool’s pregnancy pillows will be there for you, regulating your body temperature like no other pillow out there. They are filled with natural wool to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer months of your pregnancy.
2. Muslin Cloths
Well, that’s a great buy! The more, the better. You can never have too many of them.
Muslin cloths can be used in so many ways. You can use them to wipe milk away and clean any spit-up. You can use muslin cloths to cover up while breastfeeding in public so that the baby doesn’t get distracted and keep her focus on the feeding. The muslin cloth can easily turn into a light sunshade for the stroller or in the car. It can also turn into a nice sun hat for your toddler.
You will be surprised how many muslin cloths you will use.
3. Breathable bedding
As much as you can avoid all kinds of synthetics in your baby’s bed. Bet on natural and breathable nursery bedding materials for the baby bed, for the stroller, or for the car seat so that the body stays warm without sweating.
A good option to consider for the crib would be a baby sleeping bag.
A puddle pad is a good investment especially at the beginning when every diaper is just too big for the small baby.
When choosing the bedding for the baby, have safety in mind. There is no space for loose items in the bed of the baby. The crib mattress should be firm and fit tightly in the crib. The same would be valid for the stroller, for the car seat or for any item your baby will spend much time in.
4. Nursing pillow
Her Majesty the Nursing Pillow will be there for you to make life smooth and easy.
Extremely versatile with its numerous benefits and uses, the nursing pillow is irreplaceable for any new parent.
There is nothing like a good nursing pillow for a new mom. The nursing pillow gives you and the baby the necessary support while breastfeeding. And nursing is a challenging adventure. It is like learning to ride a bicycle. Difficult at the beginning, right?
A breastfeeding pillow will surely help you and the baby learn faster and with much less pain. It will help you achieve the right posture, bringing the tiny baby to the level of your breast, thus allowing a proper latch. The nursing pillow will reduce the strain in your arms, neck, shoulders, and back.
Considering that you are going to spend so much time breastfeeding the right posture and the support for your body will surely help you stay on top of it.
Bottle feeding support
Nursing pillows have benefits not only for breastfeeding moms. You can use a nursing pillow to bottle feed the baby as well. With a nursing pillow dads participate in the feeding of the baby with ease.
Playtime, tummy time, and learn to sit up time support for the baby
Babies grow fast. After a few months of breastfeeding, you will probably not need the breastfeeding pillow so much. Breastfeeding would already be a skill that you have mastered to perfection and a ritual that both you and your baby enjoy. The nursing pillow will be there for you and for your child during that time as well and support the baby’s quest for exploration.
Most of the nursing pillows on the market would be suitable to support the baby during tummy time, playtime and in the first weeks of sitting up.
Only new breastfeeding moms know how much time the baby is on the latch. Yes, it feels like 24/7 and yes, sometimes it is 24/7. So it is super important for the nursing pillow to be comfortable and made of completely natural and breathable materials.
As already noted breastfeeding can be challenging at the beginning. And often it involves a lot of sweating. Just because it is something that we have never done before. It rarely comes naturally. Pretty much it is a new skill for both the mother and the baby. It gets hot at the beginning and an all-natural wool filled nursing pillow with a natural cover (cotton, linen, or lambswool) will regulate the body temperature of the mom and of the baby allowing them to stay comfortable in each other’s hug.
5. Changing table
Yes, you can change diapers and do your baby bedtime routine on the bed, but that won’t be the best alternative for you back after giving birth. A proper changing station or simply a changing table with a proper height is an absolute must-have and it will save you so much pain.
Plus, how many pee-pee & poo-poo accidents can you have on the bed?
Want to know another benefit of the changing station?
Time flies so fast that you will soon forget how tiny that bundle of joy was at the very beginning. Bedtime rituals are a great time to take a photo of your baby. One photo each and every evening from the same angle. After a few months or a year – put them together in a slideshow. That will surely be a great memory from the time you didn’t get much sleep.
Keep it simple, go back to nature and enjoy the ride. And do not forget that at the beginning your baby needs milk, you, and a pure environment to flourish in. As they say: the days and the nights might be long, but the years are short.