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Baby’s First Week Home: The 8 Products I Used the Most

Apr 14, 2020

newborn baby feet baby's first week home

Baby’s First Week Home: The 8 Products I Used the Most

Apr 14, 2020

As magical and memorable as baby’s first week home is, it’s all about survival.

And I don’t just mean keeping the new tiny human alive.

A key part of taking care of your newborn is taking care of yourself: recovering from giving birth and getting some sleep.

In order to make sure your baby is fed and that you have a chance to heal (essentially your two priorities), you’re going to need the right tools.

I wrote down this list as a note-to-self for future baby #2!

These are the 8 specific items I’m glad I had all ready to go for Aden’s first week home.

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Arms UP swaddle

Newborn Baby In Arms Up Swaddle in Pack N Play 2This was my go-to swaddle during baby’s first week home!

Here’s why I love this particular swaddle:

It’s lightweight and was perfect for when it was warm in the house.

It’s 100% exhausted-mom-proof. You can’t mess it up. It easily zips closed and you don’t have to worry about anything coming loose.

Aden seemed to like having his arms by his ears, as many babies do.

I loved this thing so much I struggled when it was dirty so we Amazon Prime-d a second one! Make sure you have at least one in your newborn tool kit for baby’s first week home.

Arms UP swaddle

This was my go-to swaddle during baby’s first week home!

Newborn Baby In Arms Up Swaddle in Pack N Play 2

Here’s why I love this particular swaddle:

It’s lightweight—perfect for when it was warm in the house.

It’s 100% exhausted-mom-proof. You can’t mess it up. It easily zips closed and you don’t have to worry about anything coming loose.

Aden seemed to like having his arms by his ears, as many babies do.

I loved this thing so much I struggled when it was dirty so we Amazon Prime-d a second one! Make sure you have at least one in your newborn tool kit for baby’s first week home.

Fleece swaddle

The hospital gave us this amazing fleece swaddle and we got an insane amount of use out of it during Aden’s first 8 weeks.

Newborn Baby Fleece Swaddle in Pack N Play Newborn Must Haves

(If you didn’t know, the AAP advises against swaddling past first signs of rolling, around 2 months.)

It’s super cozy for cooler nights and has an inverted zipper which is key for minimally disruptive diaper changes.

We ended up getting a second one of this kind too!

Mini Pack N Play

We love our Travel Lite (pictured above). It’s safe for sleep, has a much smaller footprint than a regular PNP, and adjusts to grow with baby.

We used this thing constantly during Aden’s first week home. It was his downstairs bed and also served as the perfect changing table.

It’s lightweight and has wheels, so it’s easy to move around. I can’t say enough about how useful this item is — and not just for baby’s first week home. We’ve loved ours for months now!

Portable dimmable night light

I’m obsessed with this little light!

I love that it’s wireless and rechargeable (the charge lasts a really long time). I’ve been using this multiple times a night for months.

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The light dims really low as you apply pressure to the center. You can leave it on if you want continuous low-level light — or you can just tap it whenever you need to breastfeed or change a diaper.

A free alternative is to use the flashlight on your phone, but I found even my phone’s lowest setting to be too bright.

Nursing bras

Fellow big chested mamas… these nursing bras are so comfortable!

Especially in the early postpartum days, the last thing you want is a digging underwire.

They aren’t the most shaping or supportive, but they aren’t the worst in those departments either!

The reason I love them is that they’re super comfy for 24 hour wear, reasonably priced, and are easy to hook/unhook to feed.

And of course, they fit big boobs! According to their sizing chart, they go up to sizes such as 38DDD.

Pumping bra

I don’t know how anyone manages to pump without a bra like this.

If you’re planning on pumping, you 100% want to have one of these ready to go for baby’s first week home!

newborn baby with pumping bra

A pumping bra is a must have if you want to be able to use your hands while you’re pumping — which you will.

I did everything while I was pumping… emptied the dishwasher, responded to emails, even drove!

There’s a long swath of velcro in the back so this bra fits a very wide range of sizes, even the DDD range.

Helpful note: a pumping bra doesn’t need to meet your usual bra requirements… all you need is something tight around your ribs with holes for your nipples.

Bonus tip: Get yourself the Spectra S1 breast pump so you don’t have to be tied to an outlet while you’re pumping. Many insurance companies cover only a portion of the cost of an S1 because the portable feature is considered an “upgrade.” If you can afford it, it’s very much worth the out of pocket expense to be able to walk around (or drive around) while pumping. Plus, you can charge the balance to your HSA or FSA card if you have one!

Massage pillow

All of the new motions of lifting, holding, and breastfeeding a newborn triggered some serious shoulder and back pain for me. I relied on this massage pillow heavily in the early days (and still use it all the time).

I got really good at rotating and positioning it to get all different areas of my neck and back.

If you’re someone who likes super hard pressure, you won’t be disappointed. Get it, you’ll love it.

Adult diapers

If you haven’t heard about this postpartum hack yet, you’re welcome. Get yourself some of these.

The hospital will probably give you some crappy disposable underwear and ginormous pads to take home, so that’s your free option.

Your easier and more comfortable option is to make like a baby and wear a diaper for a few weeks!

This was by far my #1 must-have postpartum item during baby’s first week home.

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Final thoughts on baby’s first week home…

As you can see, beyond the obvious essentials (clothes, diapers, wipes, etc.), there aren’t very many items that I would consider “must have” during baby’s first week home.

There are so many products that you don’t need right away because again, your priority is to heal, sleep, and feed. Not much else matters!

Check out this related post: 9 Tips for New Moms: Surviving Baby’s First Few Months Without Going Insane

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