We have been settling in as a family of 5 since bringing Adaline home from the hospital last Thursday and it's hard to believe she's already over a week old! The past week has been a whirlwind in a lot of ways, but at the same time I feel like I've had a lot of time to slow down and just be still, especially while nursing her. The first days and weeks of having a newborn are always equally parts wonderful and tiring. I am just over here trying to soak up every minute, it's already going by so fast.
I thought it would be fun to share my Top 5 "First Week" Favorite items that have made life a bit easier with a newborn while caring for our older girls too!
If you've seen my pictures or stories on instagram you've probably noticed Della has been wearing these day in & day out. The organic cotton makes them so cozy, soft to the touch and keeps her warm whether we're inside or out and about. I love how many basic, neutral options they offer and the wide variety of sizes (NB up to 9-12 months). Newborn sized clothes are still big on Adaline cause she's so tiny, but so far of everything we have, these are the best fit and a total game changer when it comes to dressing a brand new babe. Enter BLESSEDNEST15 at checkout for 15% off your L'oved Baby purchase today through Saturday February 11 at midnight PST.
If you're already a Mom you know the first days and weeks involve a lot of nursing. During my pregnancy I was on the hunt for something natural to use as a nursing salve and came across Min.Erbs soothing nursing salve and so far I absolutely love it. Made of almond oil, coconut oil, calendula flowers, plantain leaf, dandelion root and chickweed herb, I love that it is free of petroleum, artificial fragrances and colors, parabens and more. Plus the packaging is so darling I don't mind seeing it sitting on our bathroom counter or nightstand every morning!
three | oatmama lactation granola bars
I've raved about Oatmama bars before and just as when Poppy was born, they were my first snack after giving birth to Adaline. They're so yummy I have to restrain myself from eating more than one a day! My favorite flavors are Chocolate Almond Coconut and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. They are filling, perfect for throwing in my diaper bag or stashing at my bedside and a great snack anytime of day, especially at those 4 in the morning nursing sessions ;) Enter BLESSEDNEST15 at checkout for 15% off your Oatmama purchase.
four | max + moose swaddle
I have a confession, I am a total swaddle hoarder. We have tried just about every brand out there and after discovering Max + Moose, I seriously found my dream swaddle. We try to keep things pretty minimal around here but when it comes to swaddles, I just have zero self control. Max + Moose is run by Stay at Home Mama Alyssa and all her swaddles are made of 100% combed cotton. This is what sets them apart from all others on the market. They are so so soft. They're made in the USA, garment dyed so each one is unique, put through 2 different washes and are totally stretchable, breathable and come in beautiful, gender neutral colors. We have the camel swaddle and it has not left mine or Adaline's side since birth. We are completely hooked and can't wait to add more to our collection. Right now the Max + Moose Dove swaddles are on sale so if you're in the market, it's a perfect time to snatch one up with some savings.
five | dockatot deluxe
Shortly after Penelope was born, we got her a DockATot Deluxe and then as she grew, a DockATot Grand. You can read more about all that we love about our docks in a blog post here. Adaline is so tiny but regardless of their size, all newborns love the feeling of being cozy and surrounded on all sides. The bassinet she sleeps in at night in our bedroom (same style, different color here) is quite spacious for her so we place our Dock inside it and she's totally snug and surrounded. She has been sleeping 4-hour stretches almost every night since we brought her home from the hospital and I think a large part of that is because she's so cozy and feels similar to how she did in the womb.
I hope that gives you some ideas if you're expecting, have a brand new babe or are looking for a thoughtful but practical gift to give a new Mama. We are off to pick Olivia from school and head out for cupcakes. Happy almost-Friday!! XO