Motherhood Essentials: birth to 4 weeks

When I was pregnant, I shared my favorite products (here) and what I packed in my hospital bag (here). Now that I’ve survived the first month with a newborn, there are several items that I consider absolutely essential for a new mom (and dad too). What would you add to the list?


1. Medela Pump-In-Style double electric breast pump — This pump has been a lifesaver! I occasionally breastfeed Kamden (especially if he’s fussy and wants to comfort nurse) but building a surplus supply of milk for the fridge and freezer requires me to pump every 2-4 hours. Plus, it’s nice that someone else can feed him.

2. Dr. Brown’s bottles — We introduced Dr. Brown’s bottles at week two but the slow-flow nipples were making a mess. We tried again at week three and Kamden did great. Less mess = happy baby!

3. Nose Frida — This snot sucker is soooooo cool (and gross)!!!!!! Who would have thought sucking boogers out of a newborn would be so much fun? But it is and works perfectly. The hospital provides those bulb thingies, but they don’t have the suction power required for my son’s snot.

4. Britax B-Agile Travel System — If this car seat is good enough for the future king of England, it’s good enough for my son! The car seat base was a MOTHER to install in my car, but it’s a leader in the safety category and Kamden seems comfortable. I’m glad he’s a great car rider because I have plans to take him places! We’ve used the stroller a few times around the house, mainly pushing him around the front porch for fresh air and sunshine.

5. Waterproof Pads — My OB suggested these waterproof changing pad covers and I’m so grateful she did. They’re machine washable, which is good because we’ve had a few “accidents” on the changing table!

6. Graco Pack N Play — Before Kamden was born, I was torn about getting a portable crib because our house isn’t THAT big and his nursery is right next to our master bedroom. But, now that he’s here, we use this every single day. During the day, we move it into the living room and attach a mobile to the side that rotates, spins, and plays music. It’s very stimulating and Kamden seems to enjoy the bright colors, shapes, and stuffed animals. He’ll watch for several minutes before going to sleep. At night, we move the Pack N Play next to our bed so we can keep an eye on him. He’s been sleeping in 3-5 hour “chunks” and waking up to feed once or twice between midnight and 7am. During the first two weeks, we had several nights where he’d spit up a lot after feeding so we elevated the head of the Pack N Play using two old college textbooks (ha!). When Kamden’s older, and sleeping in his crib, we’ll use this as a playard.

7. Nursing bra and washable breast pads — If you’re a breastfeeding mama, you need at least two bras and several pairs of nipple pads readily available. Cotton is your friend, I don’t have the time (or desire) for sexy lingerie during 3am feedings!

8. Nature Valley Oats-n-Honey granola bars — Laugh if you want for me adding a snack food item to this list, but I’ve eaten my weight in these bars. Funny thing about this: I hated anything nutty or granola-y before I was pregnant! I eat them for breakfast (often crumbled in my soy yogurt) and as snacks throughout the day. I am never without a large bottle of water either. I’ve been eating oatmeal like crazy (a food known to increase your breast milk supply) in granola, oatmeal raisin cookies, and with soy milk. Husband suggested making the granola bars at home — do you have a favorite recipe?

9. Pampers Swaddler diapers and wet wipes — Before Kamden was born, I decided to use Pampers Swaddler diapers. They were a favorite among other parents and the same brand used at the hospital. Kamden wore size newborn until he was two weeks old. We had to transition him to size 1 because of his chubby belly and chunky thighs!

emery board (nail file), cotton burp rags, California Baby body wash and lotion, Fisher Price crib mobile, tummy time activity mat, cotton sleepers with zippers

stool softeners, extra absorbent maxi pads, hemorrhoid cream (Hey, I never said motherhood was glamorous!), stretchy pants, button-down shirts, and an E-reader or tablet 

What would you add to this list?

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  1. Kate Engle January 18, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I made these when I was first pregnant, although I used quinoa flakes (also good for lactation) because I can’t do oats.

    • Nicole January 18, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

      I’ll have to try these ….. but substitute the pumpkin. I think I ate so much pumpkin pie as a kid I overstimulated mt taste buds. I can’t stand the taste or smell now!!!! Hope you’re doing well, can’t wait to see Lil Girl. =)

      • Kate Engle January 19, 2014 at 6:55 am - Reply

        Maybe try sweet potato?
        I can’t wait to see Lil Girl either 🙂

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