We were blessed to receive so many lovely and generous gifts at our baby showers and we had little left to buy on our own. That we knew of, anyway.
Once we were home from the hospital, we realized that there were many small things that we didn’t have, things that would have made life much easier in the sleep-deprived state we staggered around in for weeks.
So, what do I wish I had gotten at my shower?
Check out my list of the top 10 things I wish I’d gotten for my shower after the jump!
1. Gripe water
We relied on gripe water when hiccups were relentless and to relieve gas. Made from all natural ingredients, including fennel and ginger, gripe water is also said to work wonders for some colicky babies.
2. Gas drops
These are truly a must. I kept a bottle in my diaper bag, the changing table, the kitchen drawer…everywhere. I’ve yet to meet a mother who hasn’t needed them at some point.
3. Reusable Water Bottle
I would have loved great reusable water bottle to keep at hand to help hydrate me during those early days, which we ended up picking up before our second baby. I preferred a water bottle to a glass because with my hands full, I didn’t have to worry about spills.
4. Tucks medicated pads
I used these pads to soothe my perineum after the birth of each of our babies. My nurse taught me to use them to line my maxi pads and they made a world of difference. Though you could make your own by soaking cotton pads with witch hazel, you’ll appreciate the convenience of having them ready for you.
5. Infant Tylenol and Infant Motrin
You will need each of these at some point, so having them waiting in the medicine cabinet will be a life saver should you need them in the middle of the night.
6. Saline nose drops
These are so helpful to keep your baby’s nasal passages clear, as they help to make the nasal aspirator work much more effectively.
8. California Baby Non-Burning and Calming Diaper Area Wash
Once I tried this product, I never bought another tube of diaper cream. This is chemical-free liquid magic. The organic tea tree oil, witch hazel, calendula, and aloe vera are super soothing.
9. Happi Tummi Natural Relief Waistband
We had to make a desperate late night run to buy ours. This helped our little guy get some relief from his newborn gas. Filled with lavender, chamomile, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wheat and flax seed, the Happi Tummi Waistband smells great and is incredibly soothing.
10. Baby massage oil
I loved massaging our babies. If you’re like me, you will want to stay home for a while after you come home from the hospital as you and your little one get to know one another. Baby massage is a great way to get to know your baby.
How about you? If you’ve had a baby, what items did you wish you had on hand? What did you have to run out for in those early weeks? What advice could you offer other new moms?
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