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5 Things You Really Don’t Need for Baby

20160903_130449.jpgRecently, I published a blog post about the five most essential things for baby. Today, I’d like to give you the top 5 things that you really don’t need for a newborn baby. I didn’t realize this before I had my child, but the baby industry sells a lot of things for baby in an attempt to make money (and it works).  But for parents on a budget, you can make do with the main essentials. Here are the five things that I found that I really did not need for my baby girl.

  1. Burp Cloth

You don’t really need a burp cloth. Sure, they are intended to be placed on your shoulder or knee to catch any of that precious spit-up. But, you can just use a wash cloth, towel, or receiving blanket.

2. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (you can purchase it here on Amazon).

Yes, as an exclusively breastfeeding mom, this book was really interesting to read. But, truth be told, it didn’t tell me the things that I hadn’t already found through Google.

3. Pacifiers

Turns out that not all babies take pacifiers. Mine doesn’t.

4. Shoes

You don’t really need to buy shoes for babies because they don’t know how to walk yet. If it’s cold, just slip on a pair of warm socks and the baby is good to go.

5. Play Gym (I have this one from Fisher-Price)

Yes, a play gym is a cute place for baby to play. But really, you can just lay baby on a soft blanket with a bunch of toys around baby.

So, these are the five things that I feel that I really did not need for baby. Tell me what you think. What items were unnecessary when you had your little one?

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The Most Amazing Thing Ever!!!

Do you know what the most amazing thing in life is?

Watching your child grow up before your eyes.

The past six months have went by so fast. It feels like yesterday that my little girl was swaddled up and they were handing her to me. I remember night after night waking up to feed her and change her diaper. I remember watching her struggle to keep her head up, until finally she gazed back at me with a huge smile and her head very steady. I remember the first time that she reached for her foot. I remember the first time when she sat up when she was sitting in her bouncer. Now, she can sit up (with support), crawl around on her belly, talk (baby sounds), and eat (baby cereal).

Here’s a compilation of the first six months with a baby:

5 Essential Things For Newborn Baby

 

5Z8QJ8SIHDLike every new parent, I wanted to buy nearly everything and anything for my first child. I wanted to spoil her rotten. I wanted her to have a pink, princess-themed nursery. I wanted nothing but the best for my daughter. But, as it turns out, you need very little for a newborn baby.

So, I’ve compiled a list of 5 things that I found to be most useful for my baby girl.

  1.  Breast Pump

As any breastfeeding mom knows, a breast pump is absolutely essential. You’re going to want it for those times you need to bottle feed you baby.  I have the Lansinoh manual breast pump.

 

2. Several Sleep ‘N Plays

Do you know that all your newborn baby is going to do is sleep and eat and poop and sleep some more? That’s why it’s good to get a couple of Sleep ‘N Plays that you can quickly and efficiently get your baby in and out of for those middle of the night diaper changes. Plus, they are super comfy for baby. I had several of those in the newborn sizes. But looking back, I wish I had bought them in the 0-3 month size. My baby girl outgrew her newborn clothes so fast.

3. Diaper bag

My diaper bag came in so handy. It was big enough to fit all of the baby essentials, such as bottles, breast feeding cover up, wash cloth, extra onesies, reusable changing pad, diapers, wipes, blankets, and all those little odds and ends that a little baby needs. Plus, diaper bags are cute and adorable!

4. Onesies

Onesies are so easy to get baby into. You just slip the onesie over the baby’s head and then snap it shut. It’s super easy for diaper changes. And they come in so many different colors. Baby can lounge in these things all day. Check out these adorable onesies I bought for my baby.

5. Receiving blankets

Receiving blankets are so useful and there are so many uses for them. You can use them to swaddle your newborn baby. You can use them as a burp cloth. You can use it as a comfort item for baby. They are lightweight and come in so many different colors and styles.

Tell me what you consider to be some of the most essential things for baby.

Update on Baby, Future Plans, etc

 

I know, it’s been awhile since I posted on this blog. Two months, actually. I’ve been really busy with the mom life. My baby girl is almost 6 months old. In fact, her six month birthday is this Saturday. After six months of exclusively breastfeeding her, I’m planning on starting her on baby cereal this Saturday.

The past six months have been 20160817_104645filled with so many firsts. And they all happen so quickly! I saw her find her hands and feet for the first time. I saw her roll over from tummy to back, and then, months later, a few days shy of her 5th month birthday, she rolled over from back to tummy.

The past few weeks, she’s been doing a lot of commando crawling. Commando crawling is when the baby gets around by lying flat on their back. She is going to be crawling on her hands and knees soon. She’s also been holding her own chin up with her own hand. It’s really quite cute.

She can sit up. I have to prop her up but once she’s in that position she does a really good job keeping her balance. Compare that to just two months ago when she could not keep her balance very well.

Having my baby girl has been such a life changing experience. I never really knew what people meant when they say that your life begins with the birth of a child — now I know.

In other news, about a week ago, I made my very first YouTube video. It is a photo montage of my baby girl’s first three months of life. Check it out below. I am open to any suggestions / comments. I used the free YouTube editor to add the pictures. But if you know of a (better) free editing software than please let me know about it below.

I’m planning on posting my (second) YouTube video on my baby girl’s first six months of life. I will post the link as soon as I post it on YouTube.

 

In other news, I might be going back to school. As many of you are aware, I completed my Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications degree at SNHU last year. I might be going back to get my graduate certificate in Quality Assurance. I’m currently looking for schools that offer the program. If any of you have a degree/certificate in this field, then please leave a comment below. Tell me how you like it and any relevant experience.

Until next time… I’ll try to post again soon.