1. Bouncer with vibrating feature - Reid does not spend much time in his bouncer but the time he does each time is priceless in my mind. Each morning I put him in the bouncer (on the kitchen table) and have about 5-10 minutes with 2 hands. I am able to make (and sometimes eat) breakfast and wash last nights bottles.2. Swing - Reid sleeps in his swing at night. When he wakes up and starts fussing, I just turn the swing on until he falls back asleep. Yay, for more sleep.
3. Swaddle blankets/sacks - We either use the Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets or the SwaddleMe Sacks at night. They work wonders and Reid still flails his arms around in his sleep and wakes himself up.
4. Pacifiers - Heaven. Reid had his first pacifier his second night in the nursery. I had read that breastfed babies were supposed to wait to get a pacifier as to warrant off "nipple confusion". Eh, the boy takes to a pacifier and boob great. As for kinds of pacifiers... We have the soothies that he had at the hospital, the nuk pacifiers and the mam ones. He likes them all. I like the mam ones the best, they don't fall out as easily and he doesn't pull them out. They also fit his little face the best.
5. Mirrors - Reid loves his play mat and loves his mirrors. He stares, coos and smiles at himself for awhile before getting bored.
6. Breast pump - This was an essential when my milk came in. I also pump overnight while Neil feeds Reid a bottle. It is much quicker and easier for us this way. Of course, the pump will be necessary when I go back to work but in the meantime it is helping build a freezer stash of breast milk and making it so that I can run out in the evening without the baby.
7. Bottles - We picked up some Born Free Wide Neck bottles at Target a few days after he was born. He took to them great. They have a vent to help prevent gas and are super easy to clean. Bonus points for being on clearance.
8. Clothing - For the first 2 weeks of Reid's life he wore onesies and footed sleepers all the time. I didn't and still don't care if the sleepers have snaps or zippers. Neil prefers the zippers as he has a hard time with the snaps.
9. Mama's Clothing - I have spent most of the last 5 weeks in nursing tank tops. With a few days in nursing bra's. I got a few target nursing tanks for Christmas. They are worth their weight in gold. I also picked up a couple nursing bras on clearance at Babies 'R Us. Nothing special or great about them but they do their job. I also wear yoga pants most of the time.
10. Food for Mama - I pretty much only eat quick and easy breakfasts and lunches anymore. I need to be able to prepare it in a minute or two (or a couple minute or two increments). Bonus points if I can eat it on a paper plate.
11. A Water Bottle - I drink so much water a day it is crazy. I thought I drank a lot when I was pregnant until now. I always try to keep a full bottle of water by my side. Nursing makes me soooo thirsty.
12. A Breast Feeding Pillow - I have a boppy pillow that Neil's sister passed onto us. I don't know if it is because she used it for a bit or if it just the pillow but it is too flat for me to easily use while breastfeeding. I was given an infinity at one of my showers or as Neil calls it "The Shrimp". I love this pillow. The bigger side where his head goes is higher and it fits around me better. Score one for the infinity pillow.
13. White Noise - We do not have a fancy white noise machine. We were using the static on the stereo in our room, but not we are using a cd (from the happiest baby class) of a box fan. I am not sure if it helps Reid sleep better, but it helps me sleep better. I do not hear every one of his little grunts all night (god, there are a lot).
14. Baby Carrier - We have both the moby and an ergo. I love both. Reid loves to snuggle up to us and they hold him in this position. Usually within a couple minutes of being in the carrier he falls asleep.
15. Patience - There was a lot of crying by both of us when we first came home. I couldn't figure out why he was crying and how to make him stop. Over the course of the past 6 weeks and through the help of Neil, my mom and sister we both survived.