With my second baby, I’ve finally found the five things that make the difference in my life after a baby is born. I know you can find a million “what you need for baby” posts, but I have really figured out what works for our family this time around and wanted to share. We had a few items with our older child that were fine (a certain popular white noise machine, for example) but not stellar. I was bound and determined to find better products this time. Today I’m sharing five great postnatal essentials for newborns from a mama of two boys.
Postnatal Essential #1: White noise machine
For me, a white noise machine was a must as I’m a light sleeper and our first baby really needed white noise! The HoMedics Sound Spa is perfect in every way. First, it lets you control the volume completely from very soft to as loud as you’d ever need for anything. It has multiple different sounds, but the one I like most is straight up white noise. And this sound machine is $10 less than one of the most popular white noise machines for babies. Because the HoMedics Sound Spa is so affordable at $19.99 and because it’s very effective, I bought one for our bedroom, the nursery, and my older son’s room. It drowns out all other sounds, specifically our cats obnoxiously meowing in the wee hours of the morning when we’re all trying to get some much needed shut-eye. And it’s small enough to take with us when we travel.
Warning: Do not buy the baby version of the HoMedics machine. It runs off of batteries only. The one I love and recommend plugs into the wall.
Postnatal Essential #2: The best nursing pillow ￼
Without naming names, I’ve used the most popular brands of nursing pillows and they didn’t work for me. I first discovered My Brest Friend at our pediatrician’s office at our two week visit with the new baby, and it is the perfect nursing (and possibly bottle-feeding) pillow. It is the most comfortable nursing pillow I’ve experienced. I love it SO much and use it many times each day. I even used it in the car during the first two to three weeks postnatal when nursing to make it easy on both our new son and me. It really supports baby and mum at a great price! This company offers a twins version as well for mums of multiples.
Postnatal Essential #3: Nursing tank that sucks in your postnatal tummy ￼
The MotherTucker Nursing Tank from Belly Bandit is amazing. I received one for review and wish I had five (one for each day). The investment is a bit higher than most nursing tanks you can pick up at your local store, but the $79.95 price tag is worth every penny for postnatal and beyond. This tank comes in black, white, and nude, allows easy access for nursing, and seriously pulls in the postnatal waist. My tummy still has a ways to go before it’s back to my postnatal shape, but this nursing tank worked very well from day one to smooth out my middle. I love that this allows an easy pull-side nursing access without any snaps or flaps to slow me down. It’s very comfortable, and since it has a tummy-flattening center, it makes you feel ready to get dressed and face each day after those tough sleepless nights.
Postnatal Essential #4: An affordable baby carrier
Whether you consider yourself a baby-wearing mama or not, I highly recommend the Baby K’Tan Baby Wrap as a great way to give yourself some hands-free time. Whether it’s making dinner during the oh-so-fun witching hour or having something to save you when baby starts fussing on a long walk, this carrier is easy to use, soft, washable, and very comfortable for babies and parents. I own four carriers and use them all from time to time, but our new baby definitely is most content and falls asleep easiest in the Baby K’Tan carrier. I use it for grocery shopping trips, walks in the neighborhood, for pickup at preschool so I can help our older son carry all of his stuff to the car, and more.
Postnatal Essential #5: The best burp cloth and bib combo
The Burpy Bib by aden+anais is one of my very favourite baby products. With my first son, we didn’t discover this genius invention until much later. With the new baby, I stocked up and I’m so glad I did. This baby spits up much more often than our first did. I have a burpy bib in my nappy bag, on our rocking chair, and in bed or near the crib at all times. I love that long after burp cloths are retired, we can still use the burpy bib as a regular and very efficient bib for our baby when eating solids. Plus they are cute and come in a variety of styles.
Honest Company organic baby powder
Perfect for baby boy bums (and probably girls too, but I’m a boy mama), this baby powder from The Honest Company includes probiotics and helps keep baby’s skin clean and dry. There is no scent at all. We also used it to clear up a little yeast rash under Ezra’s chin from milk dribbles.
Our older child didn’t take a dummy, but the new baby loves them. Mam dummys work great for our son. The size and shape work well, and I love that they come in adorable designs.
Top photo by Leah Fontaine Photography
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