Surviving the First 3 Weeks

Thought I’d share some things that have helped hubby & I survive the first few weeks home with our rainbow! 

  • As I said in a previous post, the mamaRoo. Our boy loves his swing, especially when he is fussy! Splurge and get it. 
  • Aiden & Anais blankets-these muslin blankets are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Since they are soooo lightweight, there is great peace of mind when using them. Excellent for swaddling. 
  • Wipe warmer-some people told me this would be a waste of money. Not. I actually went out and bought one after week 1 because of the bloody murder screams when that cold wipe hit the butt in the middle of the night. Well worth the $ for us. 
  • Pacifiers-dont judge. Isaac doesnt discriminate against nipples, and I am good with that. He loves a paci to self soothe. Avent brand is his fav.
  • Medela Double Electric Breast Pump-need I say more???
  • Portable Myla the Monkey Sound Machine-oh how our boy loves nature and white noise sounds! Really helpful in the middle of the night when trying to get him back to sleep. 
  • Bamboobies Organic Nipple Balm-I started out with Lanisoh Lanolin and it was so sticky. I switched over and fell in love right away. The balm immediately soothes the nipps and its not sticky.
  • Babyganics Foaming Bottle & Dish soap-even though we bought a sterilizer, I find myself handwashing all bottles and such. This soap is totally plant based and safe. Lifesaver. 
  • Dr. Browns bottles-Isaac spits up and has gas and hiccups. These vented bottles work way better for us than Tippee, Playtex, or Avent. 
  • Pampers Swaddlers-LOVE the yellow line that turns blue once little one goes potty. Its all about the line. How do these other brands not have it?!? Got to be a patent issue. We tried Babyganics, Seventh Gen, Huggies, and Honest Co. as well.
  • Huggies Wipes-thickest wipe around. Beats Pampers, Water wipes, Parents Choice, etc. You can get these at Sam’s Club in bulk! Win.
  • Ubbi Diaper Pail-not a waste, dont listen to what they tell you. This pail is steel coated (you cannot smell the poop) and takes regular kitchen 13 gal bags. It holds a GOOD amount of diapers. If the pail wasnt so expensive, we would get another one for our bedroom.
  • Snuggle Nest-baby boy loves to lounge in this when we sit on the couch or lay in bed and chill with him. It gives him his own safe space, is portable, foldable, light, and easy to clean. A must. Note-if you have a small dog, they might mistake it for a dog bed! Lol.
  • Nursing nightgown-I live in this thing. So comfy and easy to feed baby in. Buy a few, I need more. 
  • Ninja Coffee Bar-totally not a baby product! But a treat for the new parent for sure. We drink DD iced coffee on the regular and the cost adds up. Also, I knew with a newborn there would be no more easy morning runs to get it. This machine makes DD iced coffee in less than 5 min and I kid you not, it tastes exactly the same as the drive thru. Thanks, Mom!

Okay, I think that just about does it, but before I go, here are a few sneak peeks of our newborn photo session. So adorable, So blessed. 

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41 thoughts on “Surviving the First 3 Weeks

    • Thank u! I read your latest post and havent had a chance to comment yet but have been meaning to…I also was disappointed about the c-section initially. I wanted so badly to experience something “natural” after going through IVF just to get pregnant. But looking back I want to be real with you (hopefully I dont offend anyone reading this, not my intent). I labored vaginally for 20 something hours and all I did was worry. My anxiety is similar to yours. I ended up with a c section and it was great. Again, not to offend, but for me, a vaginal birth was overrated. Hindsight is 20/20, but Id go for a section anxiety wise from the start. No matter what, I wish you the best. You are almost there. I hated the stress of baby moving towards the end. Ugh. Stay strong!

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  1. Congratulations! And thanks for the survival tips…I’ll have to archive those for sure! I’m glad you were able to find things to make these first few weeks easier. You have such a cute lil boy and I LOVE those photos!! They are just too cute. And the bow tie ❤️ .

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  2. I love the mamaroo! Haven’t purchased it yet but I’m definitely considering it! I want to purchase a babocush. I’ve seen it all over facebook. I do have a rocker but after emailing babocush customer service, they gave me a list of recommended rockers. Some were decent price and some pricey. Mamaroo was def on the list. Love!!
    Also, I had a wipe warmer on registry. Guess I’m going to do a little online shopping today. Lol

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  3. He’s so handsome! A few things on your list I totally agree with: babyganics foaming dish & bottle soap – I use it ALL the time! Also the wipe warmer, love it! We are fans of Dr. Brown’s bottles too.

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  4. Ahhh our little ones have experienced so much in common!!!

    Love those Aiden & Anais swaddle blankets too!!! Aviana was too small to fit in the halo swaddle sacks so we’ve been using these blankets to swaddle her in!

    You know, the wipe warmer for this time of year does I have been tempted by as she winces at the cold wipes at night time in particular! It does make sense to have one!

    No judgement about pacifiers here! All the books I have say that pacifiers are useful for sleeping and reduce SIDS. I made Chris go out and buy one (the avent ones actually same as you!) when she got so fussy nothing would help. But she just kept spitting it out- so that was useless!!

    Babyganics dish soap – yes! Far easier and quicker. We asked our pediatrician about sterilizing, she said soap and water is just fine.

    Isaac is a handsome chappy! lovely photos 😊

    High five for surviving the first three weeks 🙌

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  5. First off he is so adorable I love your photoshoot! My photographer got sick so I tried to do them myself and no where near as cute lol! I have2 breastfeeding night gowns love them so much! I also love Kirkland brand diapers from Costco! Dalton loves his pacifier mainly the Gerber first response ones!

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  6. Love the muslin blankets although she hates to be swaddles now and it’s freezing cold here so we use the warmer fleece blankets for now. I totally agree on the wipes warmer. Annabelle hates cold wipes. She’s a major pack girl too and has been able to pretty much keep it in her mouth when she wants it since Nicu. We also love the unbiased diaper pails. I asked for 2 for my shower. One for A’s room and one in the basement for daycare! Happy you are all doing well!

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