Mia is almost out of the newborn stage and I’m so sad about it! These past three months have been so special and fairly easy this time around. I don’t know if it’s because this is my third rodeo or if it’s because I invested in some new must have newborn items!
Regardless, I wanted to share three of my favorite newborn must haves and why they’ve made such a difference during the “fourth trimester.”
New Baby Essentials #1
The first product you need for your newborn is the Gerber Soothe Baby Probiotic Drops. I had seen a few moms talk about these drops on social media and I’ve feel better when I use probiotics, so I decided to make these drops a priority for baby Mia’s newborn care.
I’ve tried other products with my babies like gripe water and gas drops, but they never seemed to work. These drops DO work because I can tell a big difference when I skip a night. Mia doesn’t spit up as much as my other babies have and she hasn’t had as much colic either!
The price can seem high for the size of the bottle, but I’ve given Mia 5 drops almost every night since she was born (so 11 weeks) and there’s still product left. It’s definitely worth the money!
New Baby Essentials #2
The second product you should consider adding to your baby shopping list is some sort of gas passer. I’ve never purchased these until now and they sure came in handy during the first few weeks of the newborn stage.
Basically, it’s a plastic device that you insert into baby’s bum to relieve gas, constipation, or colic. It shouldn’t hurt your baby because there’s a stopper built-in to keep from inserting it too far.
PRO-TIP: Be sure you have an extra diaper underneath your baby’s bum because relieving the gas can cause baby to squirt poop all over haha. Speaking from experience…
Related: Don’t miss the rest of my newborn baby hacks here!
New Baby Essentials #3
The last item that has made a HUGE difference this time around is the Love to Dream swaddle. I thought I had found the best swaddles ever when I got some that velcroed.
However, Mia was busting out of those at two weeks old so I knew I had to find a solution because she was startling herself awake.
That’s when I decided to invest in the Love to Dream swaddles. They are a bit expensive for a swaddle but worth every penny, IMHO.
I love that they have a zipper design so your baby can’t break out of the swaddle on their own. And even though they look a little funny having their hands up by their face, it’s actually better for their bodies. The swaddles I’m used to using force their arms down by their sides and keep their legs locked which isn’t recommended for the first 3 to 6 months.
The design of this swaddle allows for baby to sleep in their preferred position. It’s great because Mia can self soothe herself by sucking on her hands (through the swaddle).
Be sure to include these essential newborn items on your registry!
If I could go back and use these three items with my first two babies, I would! The swaddles are great because they can be used for multiple babies, and the other products will help your sanity when you’re in the trenches as a first time mom.
Related: Want to know what else you should include on your first time mom baby registry? Check out all of the essentials here.