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Being a first time mom is overwhelming. Trust me, I get it. I've done it three times! While things become more familiar with each baby, the actual role of motherhood can still be hard but comes with some of the best rewards. Lately in my group of friends we have had a huge baby boom. Everyone is having babies and it is so much fun! I love being able to share my tips, experiences and most importantly, my favorite products with my newbie moms. I remember going to register for my son and feeling a sense of panic because I had NOTHING that they recommended purchased for the nursery. So I registered for it all, got it all and then didn't use half of the stuff. When I had Lola and Remy I was smarter about it. I made a list of what I needed as well as things that could be purchased in the future.
What do you really need for your baby's nursery and what will you need those first few weeks home with a new baby?
Here are my five items that are must-haves when you are getting ready to bring your baby home:
1. Playtex VentAire Bottles
Whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed, it's always good to have a bottle of two on hand. All three of my kids were a bit colicky in the beginning so it was important for me to find a bottle that had an anti-colic design. The Playtex VentAire bottles have an anti-colic bottom vent that keeps air at the back of the bottle and not into the baby's tummy. You simply just place the vent right on the bottom of the bottle and you're ready to go! So easy, right?
I also love the angled design of the bottle which promotes a semi-upright feeding position for your baby, which is recommended by pediatricians to help prevent ear infections. Cohen, Lola and now Remy have quickly learned how to hold onto their bottle because of this angle as well as the fact that the bottle is wider than most. The Playtex VentAire bottles also have minimal parts which make it super easy to clean and help you quickly assemble the bottle without a fuss. For moms who are breastfeeding, this bottle also makes switching between bottle and breast easy because of The Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple which mimics the breast to help your baby latch on naturally. I have these bottles in both 6 oz and 9 oz and recommend them to all of my first time moms. When I was at Target last week I noticed you can purchase the Playtex VentAire bottles in a three pack - which make perfect shower gifts! (hint hint) I love how Target is the one-stop shop for all things baby and the best place to make your baby registry!
2. Playtex Diaper Genie Complete
I have had almost every model of these things and I have to say, the new Playtex Diaper Genie Complete is by far my favorite design yet! First off, it has a foot pedal to easily open up the top so you can one-handily toss that dirty diaper away without touching it or bending over because it is at the perfect height. The Ulitimate Odor Lock System has a 7-layer refill bag with double Air-Tite® CLAMP to seal those stinky diapers right in and the built in carbon filter helps keep your nursery smelling fresh - even after a real doosey! The Diaper Genie Complete (which I found at Target) can hold up to 270 diapers and when it's time to change your bag, the front bin will tilt forward so you can easily cut and pull the bag right out. I'm not quite sure what my life was like before the Diaper Genie and quite honestly, I don't think I want to find out either.
3. Diapers in All Sizes
I know this is kind of an obvious one but when it's 2:00 a.m. and you go to change your screaming baby's diaper and realize...YOU USED THE LAST ONE TWO HOURS AGO! Been there. Done that. Stock up before the bambino is born in sizes newborn, one and two. And don't open the packs all at once! You'll be shocked at how quickly your tot grows out of the sizes and many times stores will let you exchange unopened packages of diapers for the size you need.
4. Burp Cloths
When Cohen was born I didn't even think of getting these things. Luckily my cousin, who was a new mom of twins, stocked me up at my shower with tons of these cloths. You will use your burpies like you use paper towel - for everything. And you go through them just as fast. I have stocked up on my burp cloths with each baby so luckily with Remy I have never ran out. But you'll be surprised how handy these things are - especially when your kid projectile vomits across the room and hits your dog's back.
5. Memory Decor
Remember when I only had one child and had time to scrapbook? You should see that thing - Cohen's book is amazing. However, then I added another baby and I forgot about recording her milestones until her first birthday so I put together a photo book documenting her first year. I wanted to get creative for Remy so I kept a few of her special items to display in her room. Instead of keeping them in a little box or drawer, I decided to get a shadow box frame and put them together as part of her room decor. I love how it turned out and it was so easy to do!
Baby Keepsake Memory Box
--Baby Items to Display
--Shadow Box Picture Frame
1. Collect a few of your baby's special items. Things like a hospital bracelet, crib name tag and hat are perfect for this box. I chose Remy's name card, the outfit and headband she wore home and a few of my favorite pictures from the hospital.
2. Carefully unlatch the brackets in the back of the frame and pop out the flat, back piece.
3. Arrange your items on the back piece. Then, pin and tape your items in place. I used pins for the heavier things and the tape for the lighter pieces.
4. Carefully place the glass portion of the frame back onto your back piece. Once it is secure, flip it over and latch the brackets again. Your memory box is now complete!
This was such a simple project and it looks darling in Remy's nursery. I love that I have a cute way of displaying her items now rather than throwing them into a drawer and forgetting about them.
Bringing home your baby is one of the best moments that you will share with your family and it's one that you'll likely never want to forget. Being prepared can help keep the chaos to a minimum and let you enjoy these fresh, new memories together. Hopefully my experiences and list of must haves will keep your stresses away and bring you many yummy, baby snuggles.
Tell Us Moms!
What are some of your must have nursery items? Playtex VentAire Bottles were on my registry, what was on yours?