Heeeey my beautiful Online friends :). Today I'm excited to be able to share a video on newborn essentials from a perspective of ; YOU REALLY DON'T NEED MUCH!!!! Despite thinking 'my baby would/will only need boobs and diapers', I somehow ended up with a LOT of products as you'll see in the video.
No matter if your baby likes to sleep on her stomach (like Divina) or her back, these products are must haves. You really won't need any of the rest of the products I'm showing you but I'm sharing my perspective on them here, and then you can decide for yourself. I know every baby is different so what works for me may not work for you but these I will almost guarantee will work for all babies.
MY TOP NEWBORN ESSENTIALS
This thing has been an absolute life saver for me. I love carrying my baby and having her close to me at all times while she's so tiny. As my midwife said one day, there's absolutely no reason why she should be laying by herself away from you, and I agree. At this stage, also known as the 4th trimester, it makes no sense for me that anyone would leave a baby to him/her self most of the day which I see a lot of moms do. If you can create a stronger bond and connection and make your baby feel more safe and secure by carrying her, then why not? I think it's a thing of the busy western lifestyle - 'get things done, be proactive, do this, go to the gym, work hard' and the babies are left to nannies and babysitters and grandparents and whomever else they can hand them over to just to create more 'free time'. I think it's most important that baby that baby creates a bond between you and the dad at this stage. So as you can tell, I'm not a fan of this mentality but I also understand that perhaps our society is not set up in a way where it's convenient and that's why some people end up 'handing them over' so that they can go to work and make a living. I'd love to see this change in the future though. A future where moms can take it easy and be there for the babies 100%. Anyways, needles to say, I love this thing and though there are many versions on the market, I love how lightweight this product is. She (or I) doesn't get too hot in this and it's comfortable to wear.
#2 BABY LOUNGER
As I mentioned, this is her 2nd happy place. From she was born, she loved this thing. I didn't carry her in the wrap when she was fresh outa momma , lol, as I couldn't even walk the first week or two. This thing was worth gold at that point.
I always have the lounger covered with a swaddle blanket to protect the surface in case she should burp up anything. That way I don't have to wash it. It's easier to wash if you have a front facing washer (which I honestly don't understand why that's not a standard thing in the US yet. I seriously hate these american washers - I mean, c'mon - you have to bend over and stick your entire body in there to get the last socks out. That is if you're a short person, lol.. geeez. )
Anywho,I love this thing and so does Divina.
#3 gDiapers (no longer recommend)
These cute little diapers were amazing in the beginning. I loved that she could be in these little 'diapers' and still look cute as they come in multiple colors. They don't hold that well over night though. Those little gell balls tend to come out after 4-5 hrs which is NOT ideal.
I SWITCHED TO BAMBO NATURE ** and no longer recommend gDiapers as I also realized that they are not that travel friendly. If you're an adventures family and like to be out and about, don't go for these... If you're a stay at home all day kinda person, they're perfect as there is some laundry that comes with these.. (not much at all but still). There will be poop on the inserts sometimes - not just the diaper part, and when that happens, not only do you need to throw out your diaper but you need a separate wet bag for the other insert part that you then have to bring home and wash later and sometimes...there's a lot of poop in those! For some, this is not an issue, perhaps you're already using cloth diapers but for me it was such a deal breaker..
Now that we've been traveling and I've experienced it first hand, it was just too much work and not ideal at all. So I switched to Bambo Nature which is also a Danish brand :). Gotta love those danes, we know how to produce some good stuff ;P. They're considered to be one of the very best disposable diapers in the world ( but I think a lot of brands say that). They are free of harmful chemicals and perfumes to minimize the risk of allergies and diaper rash. Their diapers are certified free of all known allergens or substances classified as locally irritating, sensitizing, carcinogenic, or mutagenic. I absolutely love these diapers as they're super thin but hold everything in as they're incredibly absorbent. I usually don't change her over night unless she poops and these diapers will easily hold all the liquids over night without the gell balls coming out.
The other option that many chose to go for is the 'Honest Company' but I've heard some controversial stuff about that, enough to make me not want to try them.
I love this bouncer and so does Divina. Of all the items I've gotten and bought, this is our absolute favorite. I love the color and I love that it has multiple adjustments from laying down to sitting up. There's not much to say about this things other than I LOVE IT and I lOVE the color. It bounces, she's happy, that's good enough for me :)
Gracious are there just about a million different strollers on the market... Trying to choose a good one when I had no recommendations or gf to turn to.. geeezzz... Pinterest it was. I ended up getting the Nuna Mixx Stroller which comes with a seat that she can use when she gets older but I love how I can detach that part and snap the car seat right to the base. You don't need extra adapters or anything, it just clicks right in.
The Nuna Pipa Car Seat is stupid simple to install in the car and I love how the seat has a built in dream drape which you may have seen in my videos or on IG. No need to have an extra swaddle blanket hanging over the top that constantly falls down and what not. This is really the perfect car seat.
My other option I had in mind was the Baby Zen yoyo stroller. I was considering it because it's super light weight and only model that is approved and fits as a carryon on planes and as you know, we travel quite a bit. For city life this may be a good option as well. It was actually my first choice for these reasons but as I put it on my registry, a friend of ours saw it and recommended a stroller with bigger wheels and that was a bit more sturdy for what we may encounter on our travels. That so happened to be the description of my second choice, the Nuna Mixx, so that's what we got. Those features haven't come in handy just yet but I'm still extremely happy with the purchase.
This one went in the maybe category, only because Divina doesn't seem to like it though I have a feeling she might in the future. Delusionally optimistic as I am, haha. For now she likes sleeping on her stomach in the baby lounger. I would say this might be the best option I've found for co sleeping especially if your baby doesn't mind sleeping on the her back ( which is not the case for Divina). Your baby is safe and secure in this thing and it would take some tallent to roll over her in this thing. The first 10 weeks we would CO CO sleep. I tried this thing multiple times but she wasn't happy. Sleeping in my arms was the only way I could get her to sleep at night. Now, at almost 11 weeks I just started putting the baby lounger in between Dan & I which only barely works because we have a king size bed. It's not recommended for sleeping but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Sleeping FLAT on her stomach doesn't seem to be her favorite just yet (I'm expecting it will change one day and hopefully before she grows out of this thing) so once again the baby lounger comes through for me! For my little princess, the lounger has been a MUST! Maybe one day this thing will work for her.
I'm not gonna go down the whole list of all the things not to get, you'll have to watch the video for that. I will go over one thing though - the pacifier. I got mine from NaturSutten, another Danish brand that's free of toxins and chemicals. Like I said in the video, I'm not a big fan of pacifiers but I have had my desperate moments of wanting to give into it. It could be that I have a somewhat easy baby but I do believe that first step is to try and understand your baby in a language beyond words. I see so many moms grabbing the pacifer at the first sign of noise coming from their babies mouth and I'm personally not a fan of this. What could your baby be telling you?? If your baby is a fussy crying screaming one that seems to not be able to calm down, perhaps use it.
On a side note I also want to add that your baby feels whatever you feel while in the womb and I personally felt amazing through my pregnancy experience. I was happy and excited but I've meet women saying how much they hate being pregnant and I can only imagine how that must feel for your baby. I wouldn't consider this the best start for your little one so be conscious of your emotions and what you're working through. Last week as I was taking a walk, a 32 week pregnant lady started asking me some questions and she was mentioning how much she hated being pregnant and wanted to be over with it. Anywho, this is a side note and I've considered making videos based on the things I experience on the daily as I feel like more people need to be aware of these things.. But for now I trust this blog was a little helpful for you if you're expecting a little miracle one day. I spent HOURS researching so hopefully you don't have to :)
Wishing you all the best for your new journey and little divine miracle.
XO, Diana ❤