On 21st November, 2016, our little Albie Willem Sage made his entrance into the world. And it wouldn’t be right to write an introductory newborn post without saying that we are totally smitten. He truly brings us so much delight.
With lots of pregnant friends at the moment, I’ve been keeping a mental note over the past 7 weeks of what clothes and other items have been the most worn and appreciated in these first weeks.
With writing being something I like to do as a creative outlet, but being caught up in a baby brain fog, why not just write a blog about something baby related? So, here’s my list of most coveted things so far:
9 Handy Newborn Must-haves
Long socks – the ones that pull right up to your baby’s knees. There is something so cute about the booties your nana knits, but we’ve found that most fall off pretty quickly. Go for knee high socks, and if you still want to use booties, put them on over top (they tend to stay on a bit better over socks too). We love: Lamington (merino wool), Nature Baby (cotton) & Happy Socks (cotton).
Merino bodysuits – We put a short sleeve merino bodysuit under Albie’s cotton bodysuits, onesies and night gowns almost everyday (unless it’s piping hot outside). Get yourself about 4 or 5 0-3mth (000), so you don’t have to do a load of washing everyday (yep, you gotta take into account spills and nappy breaches). We love: Superfit and Teeny Weeny (available at Farmers).
Cotton muslin wraps – for swaddling your wee one (especially if your baby’s born in the warmer months). We love: Aden & Anais cotton muslins & Citta organic cotton muslins – they’re the perfect size and weight for swaddling. (Ps. Don’t get the bamboo Aden & Anais ones for swaddling – they seems to be too soft the hold a baby-burrito together.)
Night gowns – My husband was skeptical about putting our son in a “dress”, but quickly became a convert to the night gowns. They make changing nappies in the middle of the night that little bit easier. We especially love lovely soft cotton or merino gowns with elastic bottoms, but I’ve heard the envelope-bottomed gowns are good too. We love: Babu (available at Babu online or The Sleep Store) and Purebaby.
Portable change mat – Life saver. Our little fold up change mat lives in our nappy bag, and is one of our most practical and well used pieces of baby equipment. We love: Dear Ilk change mats – made by a beautiful friend of mine, Jules, locally in Christchurch NZ.
Wrap / sling – #babywearing is a bit of a thing right now, and I’m definitely a fan. Sometimes Albie just wants to be held, or will only sleep on us. Although it’s so snuggly and gets that oxytocin flowing, it’s not super conducive to getting anything done, ie. making yourself some lunch or hanging out the washing. Enter: a wrap or sling. We love: Solly Baby wraps & Dear Ilk ring slings. (But there are heaps of brands out there these days.)
Reusable breast pads – A word of advice – don’t get yourself into that awkward situation (speaking from experience) when your baby starts crying in public (ie. a busy cafe) and your boobs start leaking immediately (through your white t-shirt), before you’ve found a table to sit at and feed your crying child. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have a bubba who sleeps through, or for long periods of time, you’ll definitely need some heavy duty breast pads at night. We love: Milk Pads (I bought a starter pack through my antenatal class that has both “Everyday” and “Super soaker” pads. As long as you’re doing washing regularly (which you tend to do with a newborn), this seems to be all I need.)
Stroller carseat adaptor – This is something we hadn’t organised prior to having Albie, but have since hired and found super useful. Although he doesn’t stay in the capsule for long periods of time, if you need to nip into the supermarket or the likes, a set of wheels for your baby’s carseat are awesome – those capsules are bloody heavy (plus, the buggy can act like a trolley). I’m a big fan of whoever invented the saying: “Never wake a sleeping baby.” We love: Baby on the Move, where we hired a Graco Logico adaptor for our Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle.
Zip up onsies – Great for in the early days, when a gazillion domes seem all too much. We love: Well, I ventured out in the first couple of weeks to track these guys down, and struggled to find them. In the end, I found some in Cotton On. (Try and get ones without feet, they’ll last your growing baby for longer.) **Update: Bonds Wondersuits seem to be a popular choice (thanks for your comments, Kendall) – you can find them at The Sleep Store and The Warehouse.
I’d love to hear from any other mamas and papas with your tips and recommendations!
Oh, and if you’re finding setting up for a baby a little daunting or you’re not quite sure about a few items or brands – talk to The Baby Lady. Grace is an incredible consultant (and midwife) who offers advice to help families identify what will best suit them and their lifestyle, what is important to invest in and what is ‘nice but not necessary’. (And can sometimes source items for much cheaper than you can find them in the stores!) The Baby Lady was a godsend for getting me kickstarted into what I needed to get (and didn’t need to worry about) before Albie was born.
Righto, off to feed my baby… again,
Ps. Not sponsored, just the good honest truth.
Pps. The best app we’ve come across for mamas and papas of a newborn: Wonder Weeks.
[Middle photo was snapped by my lovely midwife, Kelly Dorgan]