It seems like there are so many baby products out there, it’s kind of crazy actually. When you think about it 100 years ago and for thousands of years before that, babies mostly just needed their moms and not much more than that. All of these items are my favorite baby products for expecting moms that I found after kid #3.
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Fast forward to today and you can find stores full of things for baby. While I know none of these things are really important or necessary I have personally found they have made things just a bit easier, because hey, motherhood is hard enough as it is!
Also as he has gotten older he now has 4 blankies he loves to sleep with instead of one so if we were to lose one of his lovies (which he can now not sleep without) we won’t be freaking out trying to find it.
What a difference a good bra makes. With my first I wore a cheap wireless bra then with #2 a friend who was my size loaned me her top of the line ones. They made me instantly feel so much better about myself, feeling ‘contained’ and put together. So for this time around I went to Nordstroms where she got them, where I NEVER shop at because I’m a cheap-o but knew it would make a huge difference in how I felt so was willing to pay the hefty price tag.
I went in on a Saturday afternoon and they were busy but found someone to do a fitting. She said that nothing would fit me right (I’m a larger gal) and she recommended getting a bra then having them alter it to make it a nursing bra. So I did. When I went to get it I found it was TERRIBLE. I knew it wouldn’t work at all so I went back. This time I went in the middle of a slow time and got the most amazing sales lady who, despite the fact that she had a models body, was the mother of 7 and this lady knew her nursing bras. She said she did not know what the other gal was thinking. She was a teenage looking girl who, thinking back, was not the best person to have fit me considering she probably didn’t have children or understood what it was really like to nurse. This super mom of 7 found me this bra in my size. It is amazing and I love it.
Another new one for me that I thought I’d try out for kicks and ended up loving. I found I leaked a lot when feeding (like when you feed on one side and the other leaks). Again, when I showed it to my husband he gave me the ‘your crazy but I still love you’ look. You know the one. I tried it and because of it I could usually get 2-3 ounces from a side each feeding instead of having it be thrown away. I then saved it for later and had milk for a bottle without pumping. Genius.
I had these and it made storing breastmilk so much easier. You would just add the most recent pump to the top and then when you needed some you would take a bag out of the bottom. It makes freezing and rotating a breeze.
That same lady who fitted me for a bra said she wanted to show me something that she wished she had with her little ones and had several of. I felt it and the moment I touched it I fell in love. This sweater is SO soft! Normally I wouldn’t spend so much but I was 8 ½ months pregnant, nothing fit and I wanted to treat myself to something, anything because even shoes were out because my feet were so swollen. I am so glad I did because I pretty much wore this for 3 months straight and still do all the time, especially in the fall. It is made out of a super soft bamboo and is kind of stretchy (but not too much). The sides can wrap all the way around you and baby so you can snuggle close. I also used it as a nursing cover when I couldn’t grab mine, it made a great cover up when I had to run and get the door and I needed to cover up quick. My older boys also loved to get inside of it and have it wrap around all three of us. They call it my snuggle sweater and my middle son regularly sneaks off with it so he can sleep with it at night.
Tip: My friend who also loves these sweaters says they go on sale after spring so keep an eye out. I’m actually looking at getting another one in a different color just for me!
What I want for my next baby (if we have one!)
This looks like such a great idea! I’ve always hated using my fingers to get in all the cracks and crevices when there was a diaper rash.
I am so thankful to live in such a great day and age where we have these luxuries because, for me, with my kiddos, they made this mamas life just a little bit easier.
Disclaimer: I did not receive free product or compensation for any of the items on this list. I just loved them and wanted to share! These are the things I would recommend to my sister or close girlfriends if they were expecting their first, or any baby for that matter!