In My Bag: Newborn necessities
My "baby bag" always changes as the baby grows. I thought it would be fun to share what's in my bag in the first couple of months, during the newborn stage and during postpartum - that is an important time for everyone. Baby is not the only person who is adapting to the new life: a mom is adapting just the same, and it's easy to oversee and forget something of a need.
So! Here we go - a new column "in my bag" , newborn necessities.
First of all, I love using one of my long-term favorites from Lily Jade. (Some of you saw the stories during my pregnancy too with a more detailed take on the bag itself. If you missed it, I would be happy to do a post on it as well. Just let me know.)
I can't really call it a "diaper bag" or a "baby bag": it's a busy woman bag, who doesn't even have to be a mom, but as a mom, I double appreciate the functionality and the ability to use this bag for a baby.
There is an insert that keeps all things baby related that I often to take out even for ease of taking care of a baby at home: it serves as a little portable, changing station that keeps all things in.
The insert has all things for a baby:
diapers (some of my favorites can be found here and here)
wipes ( I've been loving Noodle&Co lately!)
change of outfits (this, this and this from favorite brands are big hits for us)
bum cream - my babies are sensitive! this and this are favorites too.
Weleda Wecesin powder - it's the best thing for the cord I have seen yet. Not sold in the US, unfortunately. I ordered a few of mine for Elia two years ago from Europe and it was worth every penny of shipping.
a blanket - these here and here are very cute, and this one is the one I have.
pacifiers - I use this, this and we are still trying this one.
Solly Baby Wrap - I always have a wrap or a carrier with me because newborns really like being held. It helps so much when I need to keep going and need to have my hands free.
This is an important part too. Giving birth ends the pregnancy part of bringing the new life in this world, but the cycle itself is far not finished. Postpartum has its many challenges. In the bag for me, for the first couple of months, I always have:
extra pads - you NEVER know when you may need them, even 2 months after having a baby. Especially, if it is 3rd+ baby.
Shepherds Purse - to help with an unexpected excess of bleeding before I can get to the Dr.
After-Ease (mine is from Wishgarden) - if this is your 3rd+ baby, it's a must! I'm not a wimp, but a contracting uterus is worse than labor. Truly.
lanolin cream and extra nursing pads - breastfeeding essentials
an extra shirt just in case - I live in my Boob design tops, and they are very flattering too
electrolyte drinks - I like AminoVital for taste the best. I used them during pregnancy, during labor and use now too, they help me quite a bit.
ener-c - for an extra boost of energy.
chlorella - those are some of my go-to snacks after birth to help rebuild blood and help newborn too (if breastfeeding)
hand sanitizer - a natural kind. I use it not just for hands but to spray the stroller, jackets and baby carriers. This helps to keep those bacterias from spreading, should they get caught on a stroller or something.
Those are the basics and absolute musts for me. Do you, guys, have anything to add? What's in your bag? Any must-haves?
* Thank you to Lily Jade for Sponsoring this post.