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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Loves :: 15 First Month Favorites

A lot of things about motherhood can be overwhelming, and one of them is knowing which gizmos and gadgets to use. To be honest, newborns don't need much but diapers and boobs. But what if you can't (or don't want to) breastfeed? What if you're debating between cloth and disposable diapers? And if you want to use disposable, which ones do you choose? Because trust me, there's a bajillion brands out there.

I can't tell you which products will work for you and your baby, but I can tell you what I've learned and liked so far. Now that our son is about to be six weeks old, I have an idea of what to replenish and what to toss away. We've tried many different items, and I want to save you some time and effort!

Here are 15 faves that I'd recommend. They can all be purchased at Target, and right now, their website is offering free shipping. So if you're stuck at home with your wee one, you can still go shopping!

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Ameda Purely Yours® Double Electric Pump // For awhile I was using the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump but I was getting tired of doing the pumping myself and it was easier to just stop using it altogether. It doesn't help that I've had carpal tunnel on and off for the past couple years and after about five minutes my hand would start to hurt. Fortunately after some persuading, my insurance agreed to pay for an electric pump. I do love breastfeeding but it's nice to have help from Brandon or if we have visitors. Since both B and I work from home now, I might start using Gerber Good Start Gentle for Supplementing Powder in addition to breast milk to save myself even more time but I'm not quite ready for that yet.

Lansinoh® Disposable Nursing Pads and Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads // I know that washable pads are more environmentally and cost-friendly, but to be honest the disposable pads work a lot better for daytime. They're more discreet and I love the sticky backing so that they stay in place. The washable pads are cute but I don't really need everyone to see the outline of the heart through my clothes so I just use those at home. Seeing as I'm at home most of the time though, I end up using them more anyway and just doing a lot of laundry. I usually switch out the pads in the morning and at night.

Gilligan & O'Malley Nursing Sleep Bra // This is the most comfortable and versatile nursing bra that I've tried. Even though it's not very supportive (I mean, what nursing bra is) I love that I can just pull it over instead of unsnapping and folding the cup down. It also helps keep the pump in place so that I can be hands-free which is super helpful when I need to get work done.

Bébé au Lait Nursing Cover // It may come as a surprise to you, but I'm not a huge fan of nursing in public. I have no problem with other ladies doing it, I'm fine with nursing in front of friends and family, and I've even posted boobalicious photos online, but I'm actually quite shy when it comes to strangers seeing my body parts in person. This nursing cover helps me feel more comfortable and I found an even cuter one that I'll have to snatch up (it's the Bamboobies Chic Nursing Shawl).

Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter // My nipples tend to get sore (especially since they're inverted) and this butter helps to soothe. It doesn't hurt that it smells delicious. Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil works just as well and doubles up as a hair treatment.

Pampers Swaddlers Diapers and Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes // I'd heard good things about these diapers and so far they're working well. As for wipes, we have to use the sensitive kind or Trey gets a rash. I had started using them right off the bat just in case and I'm glad I was safe rather than sorry.

A+D Original Diaper Rash Ointment // Speaking of rashes, we had been using Boudreaux's Butt Paste but even though I adore the name, it didn't do much for T. This ointment seems to work a lot faster and harder when he gets a flare-up.

Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather // This isn't the exact bather we have (ours was a hand-me-down) but it's almost identical. We pop it in the sink (or the tub, like the day we had issues with the garbage disposal) and go to town. It's easy to use and transport, and can be folded so that it's more compact for storage.

Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo // This soap doubles up as a shampoo and we love the scent. It's perfect for T's sensitive skin.

Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Creme // T has had baby acne on and off since day one and we've tried everything under the sun to calm it down. Surprisingly, this hand lotion does the trick.

Graco® SnugRide® Classic Connect™ 30 Infant Car Seat and Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller // As I've mentioned in the past, we love our car seat and stroller. They're lightweight and easy to use. We have the all-black seat so it goes with everything (duh, of course I would think about that). T is really comfortable in it and so far we've had no problems.

Summer Infant® SwaddleMe® Blankets // We were taught how to swaddle while in the hospital, but these guys make it incredibly easy. Just fold it over, match the Velcro pieces, and you're good to go. These really help when T has trouble falling asleep, calming down or just getting cozy.

*This is not a sponsored post, but if you do purchase something through one of these links, I may get a small commission. Thank you for supporting my growing family and this blog!
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