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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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?