After we got home from the hospital, I put up a question box on Instagram asking what y’all wanted to know about parenthood after the first week (because we’re such pros HA). We finally got around to answering them in the below video during Nora’s second week of life 🙂 Grab a drink and get cozy. I hope it’s helpful!
I’ve linked a few of our favorite products below:
Swaddles of the Moment
I’d heard from other moms to buy a few different swaddles including the Halo Sleep Sack, the Australian-designed Love to Dream and Ollie Swaddle. I feel like Nora is super snug in the Halo, almost mimicking the womb. The Love to Dream swaddle is great because it’s done with arms UP which is how Nora sleep a lot of the time. The Ollie is amazing as well, one we use a lot in the daytime.
3 must-have baby products we couldn’t live without during the first week
Babies don’t need a lot of things – especially during their first few weeks of life. They’ll be spending the majority of their time feeding, sleeping and pooping 🙂 With that being said, here are our favorite items from the first few weeks!
Dr. Brown’s Bottles: Nora didn’t take to the first bottles we offered so Alex jumped in the car for a Target run. I know these bottles have many parts to them, but I love the fully vented design and how they offer a paced, controlled feeding.
Boppy Nursing Pillow: Feeding a baby is an arm workout! It may not seem like it at first, but after a few minutes of holding a newborn…the strain is real! This pillow helps support the baby when used under your arm while breast or bottle feeding. We threw it into our suitcase right before heading to the hospital and I’m so glad we did!
Dock-A-Tot: I’ve received so many questions on her Dock-A-Tot! We love it because it provides a cozy place for her to lounge during the day. We don’t use it at night, but during the day Nora feels super snug in it and rests very well (always supervised).
A few hospital helpers
We were very taken care of while at the hospital for labor and delivery, but a few comfort items never hurt! The provided pillows and blankets were pretty thin, so I’m glad we grabbed two pillows and two blankets from home. SNACKS. Don’t forget the snacks 🙂 Luckily we had some fresh banana bread on the counter which was promptly thrown into the hospital bag! See my recipe here. You may also want flips flops for the shower/walks along the hallway, especially if your feet are swollen ladies! A more thorough list is coming soon!
Postpartum items for Mama
Everyone asks about baby, but don’t forget to take care of YOU! My favorite postpartum items are below.
PJ Set: I’ve lost track on the amount of times I’ve worn this cozy jogger PJ set in the last few weeks! So grateful for my mom who gifted it to me when we got home from the hospital!
Frida Mom Kit: A good friend put me onto this recovery kit, and I’m SO glad she did! Once we were all set up in the hospital for labor and delivery, I texted my sister to go to Target and buy this ASAP. The disposable undies will honestly be the most comfortable things you’ve ever put on. If the hospital doesn’t give you a peri bottle, you’ll want one from this brand – sold separately from the kit!
Slippers: My feet hurt during pregnancy…but what I was unprepared for was just how badly they’d hurt after pregnancy as well. Maybe it’s temporary, maybe it’s plantar fasciitis. Slippers around the house and shoes with a supportive arch definitely help!