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3 Must Have Newborn Items Every First Time Mom Needs

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Inside: If you’re making your baby shopping list, these are three must have newborn items you need to get, especially if you’re a first time mom.

I usually dread the newborn stage…

Your baby wakes up every two hours during the night.
Eating is still a new concept.
They’re constantly gassy.

It is exhausting!

But it’s true when they say “the third time’s a charm.”

The first three months with my third baby were so special and fairly easy, and I’m convinced it’s because I discovered some new must have newborn items.

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New Baby Essential #1

Mom holds bottle of probiotic drops for newborns.

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 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! Mia doesn’t spit up as much as my other babies have and she hasn’t had as much colic either. I can tell a big difference when I skip a night and forget to give her the drops.

The price can seem high for the size of the bottle, but I gave Mia 5 drops almost every night, and the bottle lasted 3 months. It’s definitely worth the money!

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New Baby Essential #2

This gas passer is one of the things to buy for newborn.

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 and help with 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.

Speaking from experience…

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New Baby Essential #3

Baby wears a zipper swaddle as she sleeps in her crib.

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 baby to sleep in their preferred position. It’s great because Mia can self soothe herself by sucking on her hands (through the swaddle).

I purchased both the original swaddle and the transition bag to use when she starts to roll over.

3 month old baby smiles from her crib.

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If I could go back and use those 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.

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A Pinterest image with text and a mom holding a bottle of baby probiotic drops.

Ashley Ziegler

Sunday 26th of January 2020

Our little sweetie pie has colic I'm pretty sure and the probiotic drops have helped! The gripe water drops and gas drops help a little bit even momentarily. Colic and crying and all the things have been so rough! I appreciate blog posts like this from experienced moms because this mama has no idea what she's doing!!


Wednesday 29th of January 2020

You are so welcome! It's so tough with your first. I hope to give the best advice, but a lot of it is figuring out what works best for YOU and your baby!