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During my pregnancy, especially closer to my due date, I experienced a lot of anxiety and confusion about what I’d really need for my sweet baby. You receive so much advice and although most people mean well, all it does is confuse you even more. In my case, as a first-time mom, I had my own ideas about what I wanted to have and when I was trying to make purchasing decisions I felt extremely overwhelmed.
Here’s the thing. Every baby is different and what worked for one family may not work for yours. The products that some parents swear by could be the very products your child hates. It’s all trial and error. However, there were a few items outside of the basics that were lifesavers for me and I’m sharing them with you today.
I talk about this product ALL THE TIME (you can read my review of it here). Whenever I’m discussing how Marley sleeps, how I’m adjusting to motherhood, how things have changed now that he’s getting older and what it’s like to travel with him, the DockATot will be mentioned at some point. I’m here to tell you that I cannot imagine life with a newborn without the DockATot. I got it about two months before he was born and I was afraid to use it at first. I worried about him being too small for it (we have the Deluxe) and I wasn’t sure how early it could be used in the first place. As a result of that decision, I lost a lot of sleep. I couldn’t sleep soundly because I was a new mom but also because I had severe anxiety about not being awake in case he needed me or something happened. I worried if he would stop breathing, all kinds of stuff. When I started using the DockATot, everything changed. My first full, enjoyable night of sleep was the night we used it. It’s perfect for safe co-sleeping and we take it with us whenever he’ll be staying away from home for hours. He’s gotten so used to sleeping in it that he can put himself to sleep if we lay him down in it right before his bedtime.
A Diaper Pail
I thought this was a totally useless invention created to encourage parents-to-be to spend more money. Wrong. The diaper pail has been a surprise necessity for us. Dirty diapers pile up quick and you won’t always feel like sitting the super stinky ones outside or walking to the main trash can…especially for those late night/early morning changes. Marley’s diaper pail has been essential and it conceals odors as well.
Backpack-Style Diaper Bag
Before I started getting out of the house with Marley, I wanted a diaper bag that could double as a purse. My thought pattern was that I would lessen my load by only needing one bag as opposed to multiple. Well, things didn’t quite go as I had planned. I realized that if I dropped Marley off with a relative for a little while, that would mean I didn’t have my “purse” with me. Not good. So then I tried carrying my purse along with the purse-style bag and that was a disaster because the straps would slip, causing the bag to slip. When I put one bag on each shoulder it was just too much along with Marley. Enter the backpack-style bag. It automatically made the traveling process 10x easier, especially in stores and while getting in and out of the car. Although it’s a tad bit small, we use the Skip Hop ZOO Pack in Chameleon.
The first few times I drove with Marley in the car I had severe anxiety, which isn’t good for our safety or the safety for the drivers around me. Placing a backseat mirror above his car seat fixed the problem immediately. I realize every one doesn’t experience anxiety but the mirror will make you feel better, trust me. It worked for Tony too and he previously thought it wasn’t necessary.
Outdoor Gear (Carriers, Blankets, Strollers, etc.)
If you’ll be delivering in the warmer months of the year, outdoor gear is a MUST. I had Marley in April and by the time we both were cleared to spend time out of the house, the outdoor gear came in handy. I frequently use our carrier and his small stroller but my favorite of all his outdoor gear is the outdoor blanket by Little Unicorn in Navy Gingham. It’s water resistant (we had to cover ourselves up during a surprise rain shower) and folds into a carrying bag. I absolutely love it!
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