My Favourite Things: New Mom

It's only been a few months so I can only imagine this list is going to get bigger and bigger, but here are a few of my must have items that have got me through these early days of motherhood.
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1) I posted this in my preggo fav things list too, but this one line a day journal is such an awesome gift for a new mom too. It's great to be able to track the little everyday milestones, complaints or oh-god-shoot-me kinda days and I think it's going to be even better to look back on a year from now.
2) BabyLog App for iPhone: this app is a baby brain lifesaver.  It tracks everything from feedings, poos/pees, sleep and lays it out in handy dandy charts. I mainly use it for tracking Alice's feeds, it's great for those "when did she eat last?" moments and really helps you track your baby's routine so you can know what to expect (especially in those early, early days).
3) I bought this Petit Collage baby book before Alice was born and I really love it.  It has a simple design, great content and is not too baby.  I love how it comes in a box so you can store keepsakes in the little drawer underneath.
4) I love these aden & anais bamboo swaddle blankets.  While they're not actually my fave for swaddling (little sucker breaks free eventually), they make great all purpose blankets.  They're huge, breathable muslin, and really lightweight.  I like to use them in the car seat as a blanket, as a burp cloth and as a swaddle during the day when I don't want her to get too hot.
5) These velcro swaddle blankets are my nighttime life saver! The last thing you want to do at 3am is fuss with a blanket, these are so quick to just velcro them for a tight little baby burrito all night long. (tight & comfy = happy baby = long sleeps = happy mom)
6) It's not so much the beautiful Maskros pendant itself, but the light on a DIMMER that I love. I try and keep Alice's room as dark as possible while I'm feeding her at night so she knows this is "sleep time". Having the light on the dimmer means you can set it at the perfect lightness before bed and just slap that baby on and off with ease. Plus it casts some cool shadows on the wall.

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7) The Baby Jogger, City Mini stroller was one of our first purchases and I love, love, love it! It's a compact, lightweight stroller that moves with such ease. It's super easy to open and my favourite part is how easy it closes (one handed!).  Things that I can do with one hand are really, really awesome nowadays.  We've cruised the mall many, many times with this baby and even trekked through a bit of snow.  I have to say my only complaint is the little compartment (where you'd put your shopping bags of course ;) is kind of hard to stuff things into and I wish it was a bit bigger, but other than that I love it and would highly recommend.
8) For babies born in winter and in Edmonton this 'Easy' car seat cover is a must.  It goes on snug and keeps baby warm, plus her little head looks adorable peeking out the trap door.
6) I don't actually have this exact chair/bouncer - mine is a second hand one borrowed from my mom - but it's the main reason I get a shower everyday.  Basically, you gotta have something portable to lug baby from room to room.
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Every mom has to have her sanity savers...
7) I think the concealer is pretty self explanatory.  I like this one from MAC but now that I'm sporting some "mom bags" I'm kinda on the hunt for some serious concealer action, any recommendations?
8) Sometimes it's the little things in the day that make you feel normal... there is something about a hot, yummy drink in my hand that just makes me feel happy.
9) Pinterest: so addicted! My time for reading blogs has seriously been reduced and I love that pinterest is basically an easy one-handed dose of creative inspiration! You can follow me here.

I've got a few more items to share in Alice's list and pretty much anything she loves I'm going to love too because happy baby equals happy mom!

Even before I had a baby I loved hearing from other moms for future reference and great gift giving options. What are your must have items?


Christine

20 comments:

  1. I agree with you about the Aden and Anais blankets. They are the best! I give them as gifts (along with the Manhattan winkel toy) all the time and everyone raves about them.

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  2. Yup pretty much my exact must have list. Great life savers for!

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  3. My sister gave me the one line a day journal and I LOVE it. I've used it ALMOST every day since Leo was born (he's 14 months old now!) and it's so neat to overlap on the days now and read what he was doing at 8 weeks for example. I think I'm going to make this the go-to gift for new moms from now on.

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    1. Isn't it great? It's definitely my go-to gift now too :)

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  4. I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CONCEALER!!

    http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12661&categoryId=B70

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    1. Yay, I'll definitely check that out, thx Shannon!

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  5. Starbucks and those swaddlers are awesome. Haha.

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  6. I am currently loving Sydney's jumperoo, and she loves it too.

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  7. second the easy car seat cover... AMAZING!

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  8. I have the Maskros pendant as well, and I agree about the pretty shadows. Perfect for a nursery!

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  9. I'm not a Mommy yet and am not pregnant either, but we hope to be at some point in the future, and this is a great great list to come back to! Thanks for doing it. Whenever I watch my nieces I LOVE wearing the Ergo baby. One of the best inventions! (:
    Happy to be following you!

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    1. I've got the Beco Gemini and have only used it once so far, but she did fall asleep in it so that gets big points in my book! I've heard the Ergo is really good too.

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  10. WE loved our Sophie Giraffe when our daughter god a little holder and could hold onto things.
    New follower, found you via Pink Sugar and love your style!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amy! Alice has two Sophies! I'm sure she'll love it once she's a bit bigger, such a classic toy.

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  11. One of the things I loved when Avery was a baby was the J.J. Cole Bundle Me for her car seat. It kept her cozy warm in the winter.

    http://jjcolecollections.com/original-bundleme

    I wish I had the one line a day journal...it is easy to forget the little things.

    As for concealer I use a Mac one that I love, and I was blessed with the Wild dark eyes in addition to having a child and it works great for me
    http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/157/314/Studio-Finish-SPF-35-Concealer/index.tmpl

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    1. Thanks, cousin!! Cozy warm in the winter is a must (especially in Edmonton, remember how cold it was last time you were here!!!).

      oh boy, the "Wild dark eyes", I'll have to check out that concealer too. Hugs to you and Avery!!

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  12. I love the one-line-a-day journal, what a great idea !!! If I'm pregnant again I'll do it, and if my friends are pregnant, I think it's very wonderful gift !!! Thank you !

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  13. A good stroller is a must have, along with the Starbucks! In fact, when I was on maternity leave, I'd put James in the stroller and walk to our neighborhood Starbucks in the afternoon to get out of the house. One of my "must haves" was also a waterproof pad (a hand-me-down actually) that I put on the bathroom counter for after James' bath, so he could lay comfortably while I dried him off and put his pjs on. I still use it and he's almost 2! And my favorite books are the "Baby Whisperer" series, especially helpful for establishing a feeding/sleeping routine.

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  14. I'll have to checkout those waterproof pads, Megan, where do you find one of those?? I WISH we had a starbucks within walking distance, though it's probably a good thing we don't ;)

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