November 5, 2012

Month 1 Must-Haves

We survived the first month with the twins.
Here are some of our must-have items that really made our life easier this past month. If you are pregnant and don't have any of these items- I would definitely suggest getting them!

1. Boppy Newborn Loungers - These have been so helpful for me when I'm home alone and feeding the babies.  I like to sit on my bed with these propped up in front of me. The babies each sit in one and I can easily feed them both at the same time. If I'm feeling really confident I pump at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking! 

2. Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper- The babies slept in these in our room for the first month. They were so comfy in them and slept really well.  The babies are now sleeping in their crib, so these aren't getting much use anymore.  But they were lifesavers that first month. I'm thinking of bringing them out into the living room for the babies when they are having some awake time. I hate to not use them!

3. Swaddle Blankets- Our babies (like most) need to be tightly wrapped in order to get a good night's rest. If they weren't swaddled they would wake themselves up with their thrusting arms and legs.  I know some people aren't crazy about the Swaddle Me blankets because of the Velcro  but I find that the babies are nice and secure in them.

4. Aden + Anais Muslin Blankets- These blankets are awesome. They are lightweight and are perfect to swaddle, cover a chilly baby, or cover a carseat or stroller.  They are huge and very soft. 

5. Bag Balm- When the babies were 2 weeks old, Harper got a terrible case of diaper rash. I felt so bad. It seemed to really bother her.  I tried Desitin and Aquafor but nothing seemed to work.  Then  someone recommended Bag Balm to me.  At this point I was ready to try anything.  I got it at CVS (on the bottom shelf in the hand cream isle)  and it was a miracle worker! It's a totally random product but worked! 

6. Oatmeal- Producing enough breast milk for twins is hard work.  I was doing a lot of research and  willing to try anything to try to boost my supply. I tried Fenugreek and it only made my babies CrAzY! (those of you who warned me- you were right!) So I started eating a bowl of oatmeal every day for breakfast and boy is it working! I'm producing around 29 ounces a day and I feel confident that it's in large part to do with the oatmeal.
7. Medela Hands Free Pumping Bra- This thing has been amazing.  I am kicking myself that I didn't have it when I was pumping for Reagan. Sitting there and holding the bottles seems like the biggest waste of time! With it I can now pump while feeding babies, catching up on my social media on the phone, or doing a blog post. It's amazing. 

I hope this list helps someone out there! 


Nikki said...

I'm not pregnant yet but I hope I can find this when I am! Looks super helpful!

lori said...

i'm not pregnant yet either, but i love these types of posts so i will know what in the heck to register for when i am {hopefully it won't be TOO much longer}... i'm going to pin it to remember it :)

Victoria said...

Excellent information for future moms!!! Your experience/advice I valuable to others!

Emily said...

I love this post! I used a lot of the same things. :) The FP rock'n'play was a lifesaver when Carson was little!

Jaime Keel said...

THANK YOU !!!!!!! :)

Jamie said...

Thanks for sharing!

We got the rock and play sleeper as a gift and I'm hoping he'll like it!