Life with The Libbys | Mom & Baby Favorites | First 6 Months
If you're a mom-to-be, I'm sure you've read all the lists and recommendations. What to register for, what not to, what worked, what didn't. And the truth is - it's all so different for each mom & baby. I found it super overwhelming thinking about all the things we needed. But the truth is - you actually NEED very little but there are a lot of things out there that can make your life a little easier.
I'll break down this post by sections because honestly some things we used every single day the first few weeks home, I haven't touched in months. Babies change and grow so freaking fast so if you're able to borrow/rent/or buy anything second hand I definitely recommend looking into it.
This list is not inclusive of all of the items we use/needed but just some top favorites.
For the Hospital:
The biggest thing I wish we brought was a velcro sleep sack. The swaddle blankets at the hospital gave me major anxiety because Grey was constantly breaking out of them and I was worried she would get the blanket around her face. Also - bring more than one just in case they spit up and you need an extra. We discovered the Ollie swaddle a little later in our journey but it is definitely the best one we have used and can grow with baby.
Robe and Button Up Pajamas for Mom. Comfy, loose fitting, dark colored was the way to go.
Hatch light & sound machine. We got these for the nursery and our bedroom and packed one with us. I'm so glad we did. Especially in mom & baby, the nurses are constantly coming in and out of your room. The white noise and little light help block out some of that so you can get a little rest. I didn't bring one, but maybe consider bringing an eye mask too.
We know it's not for everyone but would 10/10 do the Snoo Rental again. Don't forget extra sheets & sleep sacks.
Hatch light (great for nightlight and sound machine)
Infant optics monitor + stand (we like that it’s not connected to our phone and has a separate monitor)
Kyte baby onesies are superior to all onesies.
Ollie to double swaddle in snoo and help with transition.
Breastfeeding / Feeding:
Elvie catch (great for leaking in the early days)
Elvie curve (great for using on the other side while nursing to help build up freezer stash, especially if you have oversupply)
For pumps I used both the Elvie pump and The Spectra S1. I loved the freedom of the Elvie's but they were sometimes finicky where my Spectra was more reliable although annoying.
Burp Cloths - never too many
Bobbie Formula (with the formula shortage, I highly recommend getting on waitlists where a lot of companies are not taking new customers even if you plan on breastfeeding).
Freezer Storage - we use this in our freezer then move milk to our chest freezer once full.
Mini Fridge for nighttime pumping/feeding if you live on second level.
Babybjorn bouncer (she started really liking this closer to 2 months up until she could sit on her own)
Lovevery play mat & toy subscription - we use this multiple times a day
tommee tippee pacifiers (these are all she will take - recommend getting a sampler pack)
Stokke highchair + newborn set (love that this grows with them and we actually use the newborn attachment a lot because we eat dinner at the table every night)
Barefoot dreams blankie (the snuggliest)
Solly baby wrap (took us a few weeks to get the hang of it but awesome for the first few months)
Uppa Baby Vista & Mesa - I like that the stroller can eventually fit two if we have another baby. I also like that the Mesa has a natural fire retardant option.
Travel sound machine - great for her carseat.
ALL the frida mom stuff
Peri bottle (bring this to the hospital - I liked it much better than the one they had)
Tylenol & Ibuprofen (sounds stupid but I didn’t have it on hand)
Colace & Miralax (you will thank me later)
Lived in my LuluLemon align leggings throughout pregnancy & postpartum. So stretchy and didn’t have to size up.
Other Products & Thoughts:
Karrie Locher’s Online Classes - SO helpful for covering all the basics
Hatch App to keep track of feedings, diapers, weight etc.
We don’t use our bottle drying rack because we just put the pump parts/bottles into the sterilizer after washing
I would say the bottle warmer is not a “must have” half the time we just warm up in hot water
I think I over “nested” by taking everything out of the packaging. There’s some stuff I didn’t use and now I can’t return. It’s very helpful to have everything set up when you get home from the hospital but just be mindful to only take out things you know you will use.
Fold over mittens for the early days.
Again this list is not everything we purchased/used for Baby G but wanted to put together some of favorites because we often get asked a lot and this is an easy resource to send to others. If you have any questions or need any more recommendations from a new mom, please don't hesitate to reach out.