My Top 3 Newborn Must Haves

Our precious little girl is three months old now, quickly navigating our way from newborn to baby. These first few weeks, getting to know our daughter, has been amazing but there is a clear line drawn of what she wants and what she simply will not tolerate. Here are the top 3 things that made these first three months easier and provided me with some sanity.*

1. Soothies - I bought these Avent Soothies after seeing many moms use them during the everlasting "Wubbanub craze". I really thought these would be just like any other pacifier/dummy but I was surprisingly wrong. It was so helpful in the first few weeks whilst Q and I were learning to breastfeed. It taught her to suck with a wide open mouth which in turn made her latch on so much better. I did a test once by giving her a normal pacifier and at her next feeding she didn't open her mouth as wide and we had difficulty getting a comfortable latch. That being said, at about 6 weeks, once we both knew we were in a good breastfeeding routine, she weaned herself off of the Soothie and preferred normal pacifiers/dummies. If you are interested in trying the Soothies on your newborn, I would recommend only buying two because they use it for a short time (in my experience).

2. Glow baby App - I was inadequately prepared for tracking Q's every poop, feed and sleep pattern. Nurses in the hospital popped into my room every few hours and asked so many questions on what Q was up to since they last checked. Did she feed?, for how long?, did she have a nappy change?, what did it contain?, has she slept!? I was already so overwhelmed with having a new baby and operating on very little sleep, remembering ever detail was just impossible (but still made me feel like I was failing as a new mom). I searched for tracking app's from my hospital bed to help my stress levels and Glow Baby was my favourite. You can time feedings, time naps and track nappy changes with a comprehensive list of other options like tracking weight etc. This is really an all-in-one app which I still use to this day for tracking Q's feeds. (Image source)

3. Tasty drops - I in no way have a colicy baby but there are times that Q cries for no real reason and I found having some tasty drops on hand helps soothe her when she herself doesn't know whats wrong. I use the Telament Colic drops which has a sweet milky "medicine" taste as well as Spasmopep Junior which has a very strong sweet herbal taste (her favourite). I especially use these drops when she is going to sleep because she does fight a bit. It calms her enough to drift off. You could also use gripe water but I have found these two easier to have on hand as they have little droppers in the bottles already, making it less messy and more convenient.

What are your must haves for those first few weeks with a new baby? Follow me on Instagram for pictures and updates on my little Princess Q.