First thing's first... you can't leave the hospital without a car seat! I choose the UPPAbaby Mesa carrier to go along with the Cruz stroller. I liked the compact size of the Cruz (vs. the larger Vista) and didn't want to fuss with any adapters to make it compatible with other carrier. The base was simple to install in our SUV.
aden + anais Swaddle Blankets (grey, blue, pink)
These soft blankets are on every "must have" and registry list. I learned quickly that Lexi does not like to have her arms swaddled. She impressively managed to break her arms out of both the Halo SleepSack and the SwaddleMe. These blankets allow me to keep her hands free.
Graco Travel Lite Crib & Sheets (also available here)
I love that this doesn't take up much space in our bedroom and is reasonably priced. We will be traveling this summer to the Cape and Vineyard so I wanted a bassinet that we could easily bring with us. When she is older we will transition to a BABYBJORN Travel Crib for getaways.
Phillips AVENT Soothie Pacifier
This is the brand of pacifier used at the hospital.
Thanks to my colleagues for getting this and the new mom that I work with that recommended it. She loves to snooze in it during the day.
I sent Ted to Carter's to pick these up shortly after returning from the hospital in both white and colors. I learned quickly that you are changing so many diapers it's a time saver not to worry about bottoms. They also have foldover cuffs to prevent babies from scratching.
Keep those toes warm!
These are the diapers Lexi wore in the hospital. I had another brand of newborn diapers on hand but they did not have a wetness indicator. For the first week you will want to keep track and the indicator takes our the guessing. Also, they have an umbilical cord cut-out.
Anyone that has come over points to this asks me what the heck it is. I went with this changing pad over the more popular fabric style because you can just wipe it off if it gets dirty. I have been placing a towel or liner over it, although it doesn't need it.
So far so good with these wipes. I would like to keep as many products safe as possible and these are made without harsh ingredients.
I was so excited when Beautycounter released their baby line in March. Only the best for my babe! I have been using the balm on her bum as an alternative to petroleum based products and the wash for her sponge baths.
Keeps baby propped up for a sponge bath. I placed her between a large towel folded in half on top to stay warm.
I don't know what else to say except that I'm impressed with how much stink this holds and you would never know.
Makes it easy to bring your baby with you room to room. She'll just hang out in this while I take a shower. In fact, she's in it right now as I'm writing this post.
I bought Lexi this blanket in pink and had the corner monogrammed. It's so soft and I have a feeling it will be her "blanky" that she can't live without.
For the other moms out there, what were your first week essentials?