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Newborn and Mama must-haves!

Now that you have brought your baby home from the hospital,  you will need some key items to help you look after your baby and to help you breastfeed. This is a 2 month update of the  list of things that have helped me so far.

 

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Nail Snail Baby Nail Trimmer
Nail Snail Baby Nail Trimmer
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Bubba blue fitted bedsheets
Bubba blue fitted bedsheets
Bubba blue waterproof mattress protector
Bubba blue waterproof mattress protector
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent bottle warmer
Avent bottle warmer
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent Electric Steam Steriliser  4 in 1
Avent Electric Steam Steriliser 4 in 1
Avent breast milk storage cups
Avent breast milk storage cups
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Purebaby 2 pack singlet
Purebaby 2 pack singlet
Purebaby 2 pack  bodysuit
Purebaby 2 pack bodysuit
Tutti Bambini Co Sleeper
Tutti Bambini Co Sleeper
Elevit breasfeeding multivitamin
Elevit breasfeeding multivitamin
BabyBjorn Carrier One Air Anthracite Mesh
BabyBjorn Carrier One Air Anthracite Mesh
Spectra S1 + hospital grade breast pump
Spectra S1 + hospital grade breast pump
Haaka Manual Breast Pump with Suction Base Milk Saver
Haaka Manual Breast Pump with Suction Base Milk Saver
Bugaboo Lynx
Bugaboo Lynx
My Brest Friend Pillow
My Brest Friend Pillow

 

Breastfeeding must-have gadgets

Spectra S1 + hospital grade double pump

Best way to get your supply steady and going in the first initial weeks. I had to give top up (EBM)  expressed breast milk to help improve my newborn’s jaundice. This pump helped me to do it without having to introduce formula . Easy to use , with a rechargeable battery and the whole package comes with with all the parts you need and feeding bottles. Spectra also has a Facebook page where you could message any questions, which I found helpful.

 

 

Haaka manual breast pump

Saves so much time during pumping and breastfeeding . Just stick the suction cup well to have a good seal and you will get plenty of liquid gold during  a let down. Personally, I find the 150 ml pump too bulky  to handle during breastfeeding.  I find the 100 ml pump works best for me. It is so much faster to use in the middle of the night to relieve engorgement as well. Do get the one with the suction base. You do not want to be crying over  spilt milk, literally. Have a look in the link here to see what size suits you best!

Avent breast milk storage cups

After expressing all that breast milk, you will need storage cups to store all that liquid gold . These  Avent breast milk storage cups are easy to store , wash and sterilise.

Avent newborn starter set natural

Back to the topic of EBM, you will need some basic feeding bottles to use for your baby. I like the Avent newborn starter set  (natural) as it is easy to combine with breastfeeding .

My Brest Friend Pillow

I have talked about this breastfeeding pillow several times before and I find this provides the best support for breastfeeding. I developed carpal tunnel post-partum and this was a life saver. The pillow also allows you to massage your breasts effectively during breastfeeding. Need to get rid of all those clogged ducts!

Avent  4 in 1 steam steriliser

Does the job, fits a lot  and does not occupy too much space in your kitchen area .  2 Thumbs up  🙂

 

Avent bottle warmer

Best thing ever to quickly warm up your EBM or baby’s formula without having to mind it. Just follow the instructions on the manual  to see how long you need to warm up a certain amount of milk. When your baby starts crying for food or gets “hangry” , you do not want to be fluffing around and rushing to boil water to warm up cold milk.

 

 

Newborn crib

Tutti Bambini Co-sleeper

Easy to set up and also easy to fold away. This helped me post caesarean as I could elevate this bed high enough that I do not need to  bend down too much to lift baby in and out of bed for feeding. This sleeper can be placed right next to the bed for you to easily soothe or play with baby. It only lasts for 4months until baby starts to roll, so we will be changing into a full sized cot soon.

 

Newborn bedsheets

Favourite brand for quality bedsheets – Bubba blue Australia

I would also recommend getting the Bubba Blue Waterproof Mattress protector to keep your little one’s bedding nice and dry .

Newborn nail trimmer

Nail Snail Baby Nail Trimmer

This nail trimmer was gifted from a friend and this is truly a smart nail trimmer for dummies. Never have to fear from accidentally nicking your baby’s skin while trimming nails.

 

Newborn toys

Tiny Love Into the Forest Classic Mobile

Perfect thing to have to keep your baby busy and occupied in his bassinet while you need to do important things like take a quick shower or work in the kitchen.

 

Activity Gym

Skiphop Tree top Friends Baby Play Mat

Tummy time starts early as soon as you bring your baby home to improve your newborn’s gross motor skills and develop stronger muscle tone. A lot of babies dislike tummy time. This activity gym makes the experience a lot better and allows them to have some playtime as well

 

Newborn Out and About

Pram

Bugaboo Lynx

I believe this is the latest design from Bugaboo and was advised that the Bugaboo Lynx is one of the lightest full sized pram on the market . I find this  pram easy to manoeuvre (for my weak arms)  but  quite tricky to collapse.  You can customise the colour you want for the hood and the base. I chose the grey melange colour.

 

Baby Bjorn Carrier Air One

Our baby sat in this Baby Bjorn Carrier  the first moment we walked out from the hospital. Much easier and more convenient than the pram.

 

Post birth essentials

SRC Recovery  shorts (mini)

SRC recovery shorts help to improve issues such as pelvic floor discomfort, back pain and diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) . Those who had an uncomplicated natural birth could potentially wear this a few days after birth. For me , after having an emergency Caesarean, I could only put them on approximately 6-7 weeks post partum as my scar was still sore. It is important to get the right measurement and size, so I recommend hitting the shops prior to delivery to get your right size. I wear a size S.

 

Elevit multivitamin for breastfeeding

Eat your vitamins. This has omega 3 in it. Helps with breastmilk production.

 

Hope you find this post useful.  Feel free to share any newborn or mama must haves  that have worked well for you in the comments down below. I might do a 3-4 month update later on how I breastfeed exclusively, so stay tuned!

 

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Nail Snail Baby Nail Trimmer
Nail Snail Baby Nail Trimmer
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Bubba blue fitted bedsheets
Bubba blue fitted bedsheets
Bubba blue waterproof mattress protector
Bubba blue waterproof mattress protector
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent bottle warmer
Avent bottle warmer
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Skip Hop Tree Top Friends Activity Gym
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent natural newborn starter set
Avent Electric Steam Steriliser  4 in 1
Avent Electric Steam Steriliser 4 in 1
Avent breast milk storage cups
Avent breast milk storage cups
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Tiny Love into The Forest Classic Mobile
Purebaby 2 pack singlet
Purebaby 2 pack singlet
Purebaby 2 pack  bodysuit
Purebaby 2 pack bodysuit
Tutti Bambini Co Sleeper
Tutti Bambini Co Sleeper
Elevit breasfeeding multivitamin
Elevit breasfeeding multivitamin
BabyBjorn Carrier One Air Anthracite Mesh
BabyBjorn Carrier One Air Anthracite Mesh
Spectra S1 + hospital grade breast pump
Spectra S1 + hospital grade breast pump
Haaka Manual Breast Pump with Suction Base Milk Saver
Haaka Manual Breast Pump with Suction Base Milk Saver
Bugaboo Lynx
Bugaboo Lynx
My Brest Friend Pillow
My Brest Friend Pillow

 

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