I thought it might be kind of fun to write a post about the baby items that I didn’t have with Zoey that I definitely will have whenever we’re blessed with a #2. While we’re in this waiting period, sometimes it’s fun to plan ahead. I’m already guilty of purchasing some of these items and they taunt me as we’re just waiting, but someday I’ll be happy I started some of these investments. Soon I’ll do a post on baby items we did have that I am so glad we used, as well as a post on some items that we had and I think were pointless (I allude to some of those items in this post).
And with that, on to the post!
1. Cloth Diaper Stash
I’ve talked about this before: we did not cloth diaper Zoey until she was daytime potty trained and needed support at night. I regret that big time. I wish I had just started cloth from the very beginning but I was honestly ignorant on how it all works. Now I have a totally different outlook so our next baby will be in cloth from the very beginning. I think I’ll tolerate disposables in the hospital for my own convenience, but I very well may end up bringing several diapers to the hospital just for trying on and playing with from the beginning. I have a generous stash started, just waiting for a new butt! One of these days I’ll do a stash post…
2. Washable Nursing Pads
I used disposables with Zoey, not knowing any better, and I hated them. No, really, I hated them. They stuck to my nipples and I leaked through them quite often. As in about 75% of the time. It now grosses me out to think about the gel inside those things that was causing the sticking. Some women love them and don’t have any problems with them. I had a lot of troubles and wish I had known about reusables. Now I have a generous stash started of these, too, but I’d like to get my hands on some Bamboobies. There are several sellers on Etsy who make some in adorable prints as well. No, people won’t see them, but sometimes cute prints are fun for us, too. A good cotton/bamboo blend will be your BFF, ladies. Mark my words.
3. Baby Wearing Supplies: Gauze Wrap/Ring Sling
I borrowed a Baby Bjorn from a friend when I had Zoey and I hated it. It was bulky, hot, just not fun to use at all about 6 months out of the year. It wasn’t comfortable and I am so glad that I never actually bought one. Now that I’ve done a lot of research on baby wearing, I think I’d be pretty happy with a Moby Wrap, but would probably prefer a Gauze Wrap because they are more breathable. I feel like I’d enjoy baby wearing more if I wasn’t so hot and sticky. Also, a Maya Wrap ring sling. I love that style for when the baby is older, plus I think they’re really neat. I wish I had worn Zoey more because having free hands would have been very convenient, but I was (again) very ignorant to the world of baby wearing and now know better. Man, I feel like mainstream mommyhood sources are totally holding out on us…
4. Video Monitor
We had just a regular old monitor with Zoey and I really regret that. Every little noise she made, I was up out of bed and darting to her room. If I had a video monitor, I would have been able to check on her without her seeing me and would have definitely gotten better rest. The monitor we had wasn’t very good, actually, and I feel like it caused more stress for me. I’d definitely go for a video monitor with high security options to avoid creepy things from happening to us. I have my eye on this Motorolla, which is a bit expensive but I don’t think the price is asking too much for peace of mind.
5. Hands-Free Pumping Pouch
Ya’ll laugh now. But when you try to pump hands-free by stuffing the breast shields inside a sport bra, I’ll have the last laugh. The PumpEase would have been a life saver and a lot less awkward. Besides, this is more about the functionality and less about the glamour. There’s nothing sexy about pumping anyway. Might as well make it work to your advantage.
6. Nursing Tanks
These tanks by Undercover Mama are basically extra-long camis that you wear underneath your normal shirt so that when you lift the shirt up to nurse, all you have to do is unsnap the top of the tank down, meaning your sides, back and belly aren’t exposed. So if modesty is a concern for you (power to the mommas who don’t care as much!), this would be a good investment. I plan on having several colors next go around.
7. Infinity Nursing Scarf
I’m sure some people are asking “what’s the difference between a regular infinity scarf and a nursing infinity scarf?” The amount of fabric. There’s a lot more to one that’s for nursing. I’m a scarf fiend… I love scarves and try to get away with wearing them year-round by having a few lightweight ones in my stash. An infinity nursing scarf would have been a godsend the first time around. I’m all about nursing in public – I fully support it and honestly think that if a momma wants to just whip out the boob and feed her baby in public, she should be able to. For me personally, I’m a little more modest and very uncomfortable with the mere thought of someone seeing my breast, even if it’s just for feeding (I won’t even wear a low-cut shirt). But that’s just me. When I see a nursing mom in public without a cover, I tend to give a thumps up as a “job well done!” For me though, I like to be covered up, and the traditional nursing covers are awkward and obnoxious. The end.
8. Muslin Blankets
We had the traditional flannel swaddle blankets for Zoey and of course the fleece Swaddle Me blankets which we loved, but the breathable muslin blankets, like these ones from Aden + Anais would have been really nice for Zoey’s infancy because she was released from NICU during a warmer time of the year. She hates being hot and I think that contributed to her hate for being swaddled by the time she was 6 weeks old. I think these would have done the trick of making her feel comforted without the extra heat.
What about you, mommas? What did you not have with your first baby (or consecutive babies) that you hope to for the future?