Krista's Picks

Posted by  | Wednesday, September 26, 2007  at 4:01 PM  
1. A sling. There is just nothing more special than being able to carry your baby close to your chest! I've even had people tell me that babies who are carried in slings are typically more content and cry less. (This was/is certainly true with Lydia.) We're going to dedicate an entire week to this topic of baby carriers, but, for the newborn, a simple ring or pouch sling work great.

2. Bra Pads and Nursing Tanks. In the early days, your baby really will spend most of his/her time nursing and sleeping - hence the emphasis on things you need to help you feed your baby! If you plan to nurse longer than just a couple months, you will save money by investing in cloth bra pads. I used (still use) the Milk Weeds - Hemp Nursing Pads from Cotton Babies. As for the nursing tank, it is just so easy and versatile. When you're out and have to nurse in public, you are still covered when you have your shirt awkwardly pulled up (especially great for covering your back). I loved the ones from Target.

3. Boppy, Glider, Baby Praise Music Collection. This was/is my nursing set up - I rock Lydia in the glider, position the boppy pillow across my lap, and listen to baby praise music as I nurse. It's such a special time together with my daughter and I found myself using this time to worship the Lord and pray. These are memories that truly will last a lifetime.

4. Mobile. When Lydia was awake, she loved to look at her mobile or any toys that would light up and/or move. Make sure you get a mobile that you can wind up and will move on it's own.

5. Pack 'n Play. Also already mentioned, but definately worth noting again. At first, you can use the bassinet on top for your baby to sleep in. Many come with a changing table and this gives you another room you can change your newborn. (It was great at first when we had Lydia sleeping in our room. At night, we could change her right there without going to her room.) When your baby's mobile, this allows you to keep him/her in a safe place while you shower or do other things you must!


Shannon said...

Girls, I have enjoyed all of your posts so far. This will come in handy one day when we have a baby. :)

Fellow seminary wife,

NotesbyNewsome said...

I wanted to ask about the nursing pads you mentioned...I purchased cloth bra pads, but they leak all the time. And they don't leak after wearing them for's like they don't absorb at all, they liquid just rolls off and onto my shirt. Are the ones you recommend better about not leaking?

Krista said...

I've never had that problem with my cloth bra pads. The design of these is unique in that there's 2 layers. I didn't start using them until Lydia was about 2 1/2 months old so I don't know how they'd hold up in the first couple weeks when I was SO engorged, but I've been using them since and they haven't leaked. It may have something to do with the hemp and cotton combo that helps them absorb?!

Jackie said...

Just curious- how do the nursing pads stay in place? I bought some reusable ones and they kept moving around.

NotesbyNewsome said...

Thank you!

Krista said...

I've never had a problem with them moving during the day but they do sometimes move at night (disposables did also with me). They've never really moved enough to cause a problem at night though.

Jackie said...

Thanks :)

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