1. Pampers Swaddlers. The best part about these diapers is that they have a little yellow line that turns to green when your little one pees, so it's easy to know when to change his diaper. I never thought I would care what kind of diapers my baby wears, but I am definitely biased towards these now.
2. Hooter Hider. If you are going to have male family members/in-laws at your house after the little one is born and desire to feed your baby in a common room, this makes life so much easier. I am not super modest so I don't mind feeding with my black and white Jelly Bean Hooter Hider ($15 at Target) in front of others, especially since new moms are feeding ALL THE TIME and it is not fun to sit in the baby's room for hours alone.
3. Nursing pads. Cloth pads are my weapon of choice, but I put a picture of the Lansinoh disposable pads because they are not bad. I didn't realize how quickly after Parker's birth my milk would come in, but luckily my mom had a stash of cloth nursing pads waiting for me at home.
4. A quality nursing bra. The one pictured above is from Victoria Secret and it is wonderful (yay for support without underwires).
5. Medela Nipple Shield ($6.99 at Target). I'd never heard of a nipple shield until the lactation consultant in the hospital gave me one, but I love it now. Parker (like most newborns) did not latch on super well at first, so this helped him open his mouth wide enough for a good latch and mitigated the pain of breastfeeding. I haven't done a lot of research on the pros and cons of nipple shields, but I still use it every day even though Parker can latch now without it.
6. Swaddle Me Blanket ($8.50 at Wal-Mart). Parker loved being swaddled so much the first week (and still enjoys it), and spent many hours in this blanket the first week. I have a Miracle Blanket, but it still makes me cringe a little to use it because it is too similar to a straight jacket, so instead the Swaddle Me works well.
7. Lansinoh Nipple Cream. My breasts did not crack or hurt nearly as much as I thought they would (thank you nipple shield), but this cream is still lovely.
8. Vaseline (and 4x4 gauze pads). Gotta keep the little boy's circumcisions clean!
9. Desitin. Parks got a little red from constant diaper changes, and this cream smoothed everything out.
10. An AMAZING helper (aka James). I don't know what I would do without his and other friends and family's help. Thank you!!!
Until next time, love you all!!