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Newborns don't really need a lot of gear the first few weeks at home. Despite the temptation to buy all the fabulous outfits and high-tech gadgets available, a few basics are all you and your newborn need. Here is a list of my personal must-have items and the things I tell all the new mama's they need for their new bundle of joy!
A rocker, just like the one above, not your typical cradle, a "rocker", is probably the one item I cannot recommend enough!! I didn't have one on my baby shower registry, but thankfully one of my besties bought me one anyway. It sat in the corner of my daughters nursery since I assumed it would never get used! My parents bought my daughter my dream crib and we had a beyond fabulous, Pinterest-worthy bassinet for our bedroom. Fast forward to my daughters first night at home. Hubby and I quickly realized bassinets and cribs were a fight to get my daughter to sleep in. That's when the super simple, plain ole rock'n'play came into the picture. My daughter lived in hers the first few months of her life, until we finally transitioned her 100% to her bassinet and eventually her nursery.
2. Swaddle Blankets
Swaddle blankets are such a strange thing to new moms. My hubby and I both thought these blankets must be torture for little ones! Wrapped up to the point they can't move! However, babies really do love them. Your baby will sleep so much better all swaddled in their blanket! Definitely a must have!!! Buy a few since I guarantee baby slobber and puke will end up on any of them.
3. Video Monitor
This item is more for you than the little one mama! After that first week of just starring at your baby all day, you will eventually need to shower and get some housework done! Your video monitor will give you peace of mind while your little one naps so you can venture into the kitchen to wash that sink of bottles and dishes!
Hats are a must have!!!! Summer time? If you run that A/C, your newborn needs a hat! I like my house feeling like an icebox during the summer, so my daughter was always dressed as if she were in Antarctica while indoors. Winter time? It's cold and your newborn needs it's head covered! That's just common sense there ;-)
Don't be like me and go on a newborn clothing shopping spree! Save that cash, ditch 95% of those fancy dresses and stock up on cute onesies! I guarantee you won't be taking your newborn out of the house as much as you think, so no need for all the fancy outfits. Onesies are comfy, easy to clean and give you easy access to that dirty diaper.
Affordable diapers that actually work are a must and that's why we love Luvs! Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ provide the high-quality features babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands. Luvs are also softer and more absorbent than ever before and have large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection. The best part of all?!?! Luvs come with a money-back guarantee!!!! So save a little cash by purchasing Luvs and know that if you aren't satisfied, you will get your money back! Its's a win-win!
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What item was a must-have when you were a new mama?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BODYARMOR. Regardless of compensation, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #Switch2BODYARMOR
Living in Western New York, we only get a few glorious months out of the year where we can spend time outside without being bundled up from head to toe! Since our summers are so short, you best believe we spend every second possible enjoying that fresh air and sunshine!!
Since most sunny days end up becoming a park day for my daughter and I, I thought I would tell you what we suggest you bring with you on your next park adventure. I know when I was a new mama, I was clueless on what practical, must bring items I was to toss in the park bag.
Little ones have such sensitive skin when it comes to the sun. Don't let your kiddo turn into a lobster and bring that sunscreen!
2. Diapers/Pull-ups & Wipes
You never know when your little one will go! Come prepared! If you luck out and your little one stays nice and dry, I'm sure those wipes will still come in handy wiping all the dirt off of them when it comes time to leave.
3. Sand Toys
If their is sand, your kid is going to be drawn to it! Don't forget your buckets and shovels at home!
Something quick and easy to snack on! I Opt for cookies and crackers. That way if my daughter makes a new friend at the playground, she has plenty to share.
5. BODYARMOR LYTE For Hydration
The biggest problem I have with my child staying hydrated is the simple fact that she isn't a huge fan of water. It's easy to force water on your child at home, but when out in public, it's something I like to avoid. Al those eyeballs on my daughter throwing a tantrum, not exactly my idea of fun! I knew I needed to find a drink that was good for my daughter and that kept her hydrated while playing the day away in the sunshine. I tried giving my daughter all of those fancy flavored waters, but nothing was really doing it for her until I came across BODYARMOR LYTE!
BODYARMOR LYTE is heavy on hydration and LYTE on calories.The naturally flavored, naturally sweetened low-calorie sports drink combines electrolytes, coconut water, and vitamins for Superior Hydration. BODYARMOR LYTE contains only 20/calories per serving and is the perfect drink to replenish your body. Plus if you're a basketball fan, Kobe Bryant is a top share holder! Stay hydrated drinking what Kobe drinks ;-)
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What’s your favorite way to stay hydrated?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.