Newborn Essentials for Surviving the Fourth Trimester | Ijeoma Kola

Newborn Essentials for Surviving the Fourth Trimester

I really can’t believe that I have a three month old already! Although babies really only need food and clothing to survive, it’s nice to have some additional products to make the transition to motherhood smoother. Although I shared a baby registry must-haves list, that was before I actually had a baby (aka before I knew what I was talking about). Now that I no longer have a newborn, I figured I would share some of the products that helped us survive the fourth trimester. I’ve broken them down into some categories: post-delivery must haves for mom, newborn essentials for feeding, sleep & naptime, diaper changes, and lounging, all of which you can find at buybuy Baby.

Post-Delivery/Postpartum Essentials for Mom

Frida Mom Postpartum Recovery Kit – I talked about this postpartum recovery kit in my baby registry blog post and I still think it’s hands-down a must have for every new mom. For the first 2 to 3 weeks after delivery you’re not even going to be able to think about wiping when you pee so a peri bottle is essential to clean yourself down there after going to the bathroom. The perineal foam is helpful for when do you get lovely hemorrhoids due to constipation.

Motherhood Maternity Seamless Nursing Bras – comfortable nursing bras are helpful if you plan to breast-feed and Motherhood Maternity make some of the most comfortable ones that I’ve tried. I have them in a bunch of colors and they’ve kept their shape despite many washes. I don’t know if I can ever go back to underwire.

Nursing Pads – once your milk comes in, but before your supply regulates, your boobs will be a leaky mess. Washable nursing pads can help reduce the number of shirt changes you have to make in a day.

Burp Cloths – speaking of messes, your baby is going to drool and spit up a lot. Burp cloths are great for using while you hold and feed the baby and for the shoulders of any visitors that might also hold the baby. For the first few weeks I pretty much lived with one of these burp cloths over my shoulder at any given point.

Newborn Essentials for Feeding & Pumping

Haakaa – Remember what I said about leaky boobs? When you breastfeed, your non-feeding boob also releases milk, which is called let down. Using a haakaa helps you passively collect this milk, which you can use to start building up a small stash.

Elvie Pump – If you need to pump milk to store to go back to work or spend some time away from your baby, the Elvie pump is a discreet, wireless, and quiet pump that you can use almost anywhere! More comprehensive review here.

comotomo Bottles – even though we also have these bottles from our registry, we’ve ended up using the comotomo ones simply because they’re lighter and easier to hold while feeding. Our little one took his first bottle at two weeks so we could go out for a date, and he has never had any nipple confusion with the bottle nipples.

OXO Tot Bottle Drying Rack & Brush – if you’re planning to use bottles or a pump, you’ll have to wash your feeding & pumping gear regularly. We use this drying rack and brush specifically for baby things, and the small compartment is especially helpful for storing pacifiers and other small items.

Newborn Essentials for Sleep & Naptime

DockAtot – I’m SO glad I listened to everyone who suggested we get a DockAtot! Baby Kola has taken 90% of his naps in this, and it is easy to move around from the living room while we had visitors in the early days to the office while we work, all without disturbing his sleep. Sometimes Jonathan just puts it in his lap while working – thank him for the parenting hack!

Avent Soothie Pacifier – Lol I thought I’d be one of those “no pacifier” moms but I broke down after 3 days and gave my baby this one. Though not pictured, it can be purchased with a little stuffed animal that is supposed to help your baby put the pacifier back in his mouth on his own. I didn’t find that to be the case at all, but when I’m driving and he’s crying in the back seat, the stuffed animal is much easier to find than the pacifier, which allows me to soothe him more quickly.

Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddles – so soft, so light, there’s a reason people love these swaddles! Even though our guy now breaks out of them half the time, these muslin swaddles have come in handy to help settle and wrap our baby.

Newborn Essentials for Diaper Changes

Huggies Little Snugglers – everyone has their preferred diaper, but we went with these because they are softer than the average diaper and we wanted something gentle for the baby’s skin in the early days. They are also super absorbent – we never changed his diaper overnight (I know, bad parents!) and only had 1 leak. Best part is that we’ve never had to use butt cream, and he’s never gotten a diaper rash, which I attribute to these diapers.

Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station – this is more for changing on the go rather than at home changes, but this system has been a godsend. It has a pouch for both diapers and wipes, and folds up nicely to fit into our diaper bag.

OXO Tot Wipes Dispenser – this pop-up wipe dispenser makes it easy to get wipes using just one hand, which you’ll need because the other hand will be trying to hold your baby while also not getting poop all over the changing table. It’s one of those things that you don’t think you need, but it actually makes a big difference.

Ubbi Diaper Pail – Jonathan and I fought over this diaper pail! He insisted that we didn’t need one, and I insisted that we did. I won the fight, and he has since thanked me for getting us a diaper pail – because when you’re running on very little sleep the last thing you want to be doing is smelling your newborn’s stinky diapers.

Felt Storage Caddy – we store all our changing essentials here, which makes it easy to bring from the bedroom to the living room or office. Also super helpful when the nanny is around because she doesn’t have to go into our bedroom (where the kid temporarily lives) to change him.

Frida Baby NoseFrida Snotsucker – idk why babies are so stuffy but our little guy’s nose would get clogged every single day. I’m not yet about that suck it out with your mouth life yet, so this apparatus + the saline spray it comes with has been heavily used.

Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water – whether you have a gassy, colicky, or hasn’t pooped in three days baby, gripe water is something that you should keep on hand for fussy days. I actually forgot that we had this, but I ate beans one day and the baby wasn’t feeling it, and was crying and constipated for a whole day. A few drops of this gripe water made everything better!

Newborn Essentials for Lounging & Travel

Baby Bjorn Bouncer – there are a ton of bouncers and gliders on the market, but I wanted one that wasn’t too loud, could fold down, and didn’t need batteries. Our baby loves this bouncer and has sat in it since he was a week old. We’ve since adjusted the recline position to be more upright since he now has more head control, but he can sit here for a good amount of time while we eat breakfast or when we want him to play independently.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier – I’m team carrier or baby wrap over strollers, and I’m glad we invested in this specific carrier. We were able to use it from birth since it has an adjustable seat that grows with the baby. He loves going for walks in it, even though he usually falls asleep! It’s also a huge reason I was able to maintain a social life with a newborn, I’d just

I know it seems like a lot of things, but these really are the items that have gotten us through the first three months! If there’s a newborn essential that you used to survive the fourth trimester, or a product here that you also love, please let me know down below!

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  1. thank you for this list, I actually use A LOT of the same items. Dockatot is Life especially for me and everyone in my mommy group. I’m curious to try the como tomorrow bottles I use the Philips Avent and Mamm bottles.