Newborn Essentials

Flynn is turning one this month, which I still can’t quite believe!! I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the past year and share the things that helped get us through the new parent zombie stage!

It is such a special time but also one of the hardest and life changing things you can go through, so don’t feel guilty if you feel overwhelmed at times! I know I certainly did and at times craved parts of my old life back.

I found the first 8 weeks the hardest as there is no routine and the sleep deprivation is a real killer. I remember dreading evening as I knew it would be hours of crying (Flynn not me lol) and small bursts of sleep. Thankfully it’s true what they say it does get easier. I am loving Flynn’s age at the moment he is so much fun and laughing away every day!

I have noted below the newborn essentials which worked for us. Obviously every baby is different so what worked for us may not work for others, but I figure anything is worth a shot when sleep deprived!

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SLEEPING

Cocoonababy worked well for us. Flynn liked to sleep on my chest for the first few days but he was comfortable and settled in this really quickly. The mattress is shaped to mimic the womb and the belt keeps babies snug.

UPDATE  – please note since this post was published a number of baby sleep positioners have been removed from sale, including the Cocoonababy, following an FDA safety warning.

We placed the Cocoonababy in the Next to me Crib Flynn loved this as it was next to the bed so he was close to us. The side comes down and if he was unsettled it was easy to stroke his hand to comfort him.

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When Flynn grew out of the Cocoonababy (around 4 months) he loved to be swaddled. My mum was great at this but I just didn’t get the hang of it. I bought a Hana Baby swaddle pod on Amazon, which was great as easy to use. If you are able to swaddle easily I love the Aden and Anais swaddles. I received a few as gifts which I used as pram covers or a cover over the mattress, so there are plenty of other uses for it.

Lastly, we used sleep aids. Sounds of the womb when he was first born then White Noise. I didn’t quite believe this would work but it did!! There are lots of different options on Apple Music or other streaming services.

MILK

I breastfed for the first 2 months but found it very tough. I luckily had been expressing so Flynn was used to bottles. The one thing we couldn’t do without was the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine. This makes the bottle in 2 minutes, which is vitally important at 2am!! We opted for the black which actually looks quite nice on the worktop, more like a coffee maker! There have been reports of mouldy pipes within the unit but we have never had any issues.

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I would recommend Dr Brown bottles. Flynn struggled with reflux and these really helped as contain an internal vent system, which can be removed when you no longer require it.

I also wanted to recommend Medula nipple shields if you are struggling with breast-feeding. I tried lots of different brands and these were the best by far.

CLOTHES

I bought SO many newborn outfits for Flynn which were hanging proudly in his wardrobe. Little did I know I would struggle to dress him as he was teeny tiny and so fragile!! My advice would be to save your money and buy mainly baby grows. Babies pretty much live in these when a newborn and they are easy to put on. Of course, get a new outfit for a special occasion and for registering the birth, but for day to day, baby grows are great.


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I would advise buying baby grows with built in scratch mitts as I had a few without and had to put on scratch mitts separately which was such a pain.

I have linked good quality baby grows with built in scratch mitts below:

John Lewis

JoJo Maman Bebe

Mamas and Papas

We went through so many white undervests so I bought these from Asda George and they washed really well. We bought some baby grows from Asda also but unfortunately not a lot had the built in scratch mitts. I believe they have started doing the built in scratch mitts in newborn and 0-3 months in some styles. Tip – a friend told me the vests can be taken off down the body rather than over the head which is really handy for poo emergencies!! Also newborn babies are so delicate and I preferred to remove it downwards.

BATH

I remember the first bath well, Flynn was so tiny, 6lbs 8oz, and I was scared to bathe him!! We bought the Stokke Flexi Bath and the Newborn Support. The support was essential in the early days and the flexi bath is great for us as we like to travel and it can folded down and placed on top of your suitcase.

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We only ever used water on Flynn’s skin to start but unfortunately he developed eczema, which he has now grown out of. After various creams from the Doctor we tried Childs Farm products which have been great on his skin. JoJo Maman Bebe sell a pack of 3 100ml products which is good to try them out. We have used all 3 and they have been gentle on his skin and smell amazing!

Post bath it can be a stressful time as newborn babies get so cold and the screaming commences!! I found Flynn didn’t enjoy bath time until he got older and could splash about! Hooded towels are so handy. When Flynn was a newborn we wrapped him up in this and put the hood up to keep his head warm. My favourite are from the Nursery Window as they are great quality and match other accessories in his nursery.

I hope some of the above is helpful!  I know as a new mum I bought things in advance that I didn’t really need.

Do you have any survival newborn tips?

Claire x

18 Comments

  • Reply Gillian October 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Totally agree with all the things you’ve listed here – especially the Child’s Farm moisturiser! It helped Ellis’s skin sooooo much. Good advice 😊

    • Reply Claire October 6, 2017 at 8:34 am

      I love it, sometimes can’t find it as out of stock though 🙁 Thanks huni xxx

  • Reply Gem gem October 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Congratulations on your first blog mummy!!!

    Xxxxx

    • Reply Claire October 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

      thanks huni! xxx

  • Reply Kim October 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Loving your first blog honey, well done ! 🎉

    😘😘

    • Reply Claire October 6, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Thanks so much lovely xx

  • Reply Marisa October 6, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Look forward to more blogs claire! I’ll save this one just in case 😂 So many new things since just 5 years ago. Xx

    • Reply Claire October 6, 2017 at 8:33 am

      I bet its always changing, bringing new things out all the time! Thanks hun will need to do an Abu Dhabi post too 😉

  • Reply Aimee October 6, 2017 at 7:38 am

    OMG how they cry when you bath or top and tail them. I also used Dr Browns bottles but found that they leaked a lot. The worse was on a flight and it wrote off my iPhone!!! Argh. Looking forward to reading more…well done.

    • Reply Claire October 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks!
      oh no phone!! I had one bottle that leaked and binned it, but all the others seemed ok! I think maybe the inner tube causes it to leak sometimes…

  • Reply Anastasia Clarkson October 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is an amazing idea for mums. Please continue writing. I really enjoyed reading your great tips! Xx

    • Reply Claire October 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!xx

  • Reply Kate Grieve October 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Well done sweetie lovely blog. Got my brain back into thinking newborn. Let my journey commence xx

    • Reply Claire October 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks huni. Eeekk so exciting! Hope you don’t have too many sleepless nights!xx

  • Reply Senga Graham October 7, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Fabulous tips C, great help for new mummies out there who were clueless…..aka ME! Happy blogging!!! Xxxx

    • Reply Claire October 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Seng, haha I was clueless too to begin with! Constantly changing though and I now need new tips!! xxx

  • Reply Stephanie Foulds October 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    OMG this is amazing! I’m pregnant for the first time and had no idea about the outfits vs baby grows! I love all the wee outfits 🙂 Also, definitely going to get that Tommee Tipee thing, that sound amazing! Thanks so much, this is so helpful. xxx

    • Reply Claire October 18, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Aw thanks so much Stephanie I’m so glad you found it useful! Congrats, so exciting!xx

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