- Diaper Dekor plus and liners – I love this diaper pail!
- Huggies diapers or Target brand diapers.
- Seventh Generation diaper wipes – Has no chlorine or additives for being extra gentle on new baby’s bottom. Buy in bulk on Amazon.com and autoship for decent pricing.
- Sleep positioner/wedge - keeps baby on their back/side.
- Munchkin disposable changing pads – use during your outings and travels.
- BebeSounds Nasal Aspirator – a battery-operated aspirator to clear baby’s nose. Sounds ridiculous (and it is more of a luxury item, I'll admit), but it's much gentler on baby’s nose than a bulb syringe with a strong enough suction to help baby to breathe better.
- Philips Avent Breast Pump – just as good if not better than an expensive electric pump (if you'll be staying at home, that is. If you'll be working, an electric pump will probably make the job much easier).
- Playtex bottles with disposable liners
- Boppy pillow
- Japanese Weekend Hug bra (nonsupportive & overnight bra)
- Bella Materna bras – expensive but worth it!
- Thermal breast gel packs such as BustBuddies – used for relief of engorgement.
- Washable breast pads – you may have to research these to find the best ones for you. There's pure wool pads with their natural healing properties of lanolin or moisture-wicking pads like the ones made by Bravado.
- "LilyPadz" - silicone, reusable nursing pads that help prevent leaking. They didn't work for me (Erin) until I wasn't engorged anymore, but then they worked like a charm and meant I didn't have to do as much laundry or use disposables.
- IF you are going to use formula at all, I (Erin) highly recommend making your own. Here's one recipe:
A liquid pediatric multi vitamin like Liquid Peds
Evening Primrose Oil
Cod Liver Oil
(You can also find other great all-natural recipes for baby formula at the Real Milk website.)
Maternity Clothing & Stores
- One Hot Mama – not a large selection, but everything sold here is awesome!
- Old Navy & Gap - I bought most of my pg wardrobe from here.
- Bella Band - "the most versatile maternity accessory you'll ever need" - great from 1st trimester until postpartum
- Maternity Mall – many maternity brands/stores at one site
- Swaddlers by Kiddopotamus (find at Babies R Us) or Miracle blanket (on Amazon.com) – no need for receiving blankets. These things are great and will allow baby to sleep more soundly.
- A sling like the New Native Baby Carrier – simplest and nicest carrier out there; just be sure to buy the right size and get some pointers on their website. I know other KGs prefer different slings...
- Bundle Me by J.J. Cole – perfect for infant car seats & strollers – no need for a bulky jacket or suit in cold weather!
- Britax car seats – the best and safest car seats on the market.
- Baby swing/bouncy seat/exersaucer
- Doorway jumper (they now also sell these jumpers with a stand-alone frame – no need for a doorway.)
- Bumbo baby seat (great for when baby wants to sit up but isn't developmentally ready yet - makes them feel big and keeps them entertained for a bit)
- A baby back pack/carrier - for hiking or going anywhere where a stroller is impractical.
- A food grinder or blender - for making your own baby food.
- A co-sleeper or crib with a removable side and good, quality bungee cords - this creates your own bedside sleeper so that you don't have to get out of bed for nighttime feedings, but keeps the baby out of your own bed.
- Mothering magazine – Forget Parents. This magazine will open your eyes to much better all-natural mothering than anything out there!
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin - my #1 recommendation of all time (get this book!!)
- Great with Child by Debra Rienstra – amazing, spiritually poetic, thought-provoking account of one woman's journey through pregnancy
- Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis & Judith Shuler
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League – I learned new things about nursing from this book even after nursing three babies!
- 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky – This book has every name imaginable plus their meanings! I was actually able to find all of my kids’ names (with correct spelling!) in this book. Found it at Wal-Mart.
- The Baby Book or The Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears - (stay far, far away from the What to Expect... series!)
- “Prep for Parenting” video series by Growing Families International
- Arnica – Hands down the best miracle cream for bumps, bruises, strains, etc. Good for everyone in the house! It comes in cream or oral tablets for adults for internal pain. Take internally for the two weeks before labor, and it will help with the physical effects of labor and postpartum.
- Perineal cold compress – If the hospital does not supply these to you for the first 24 hours after birth, bring your own!! These unbelievable instant cold compresses are a cross between a maxi pad and an ice pack. They feel absolutely amazing for your soreness!
- Lansinoh cream (lanolin) – Essential for sore nipples during the first couple weeks of nursing and anytime thereafter.
- Gripewater – Heard this is a necessity for when baby has gas or colic.
- Hair powder, spray-on or dry shampoo - for those times when a shower is impossible but you don’t want to look like you haven’t showered. Can be found on Amazon.com
- Chocolate Mint Zone bars – Kim swears by these to help with morning sickness.
- Witch Hazel and an analgesic spray such as Dermoplast - After an episiotomy, you may need some relief. Also use the peri-bottle (you'll receive after delivery) filled with warm water in order to urinate comfortably.
- Take care of yourself!!
- Wear comfortable slip-on shoes in the later stages of pg and after delivery.
- Take advantage of the free lactation consultations.
- Check baby’s tongue to make sure he/she is not tongue-tied. This can interfere with nursing, and it’s extremely quick and easy to take care of.
- Get plenty of fiber after birth.
- Research vaccinations & circumcision.
- Find a MOPS group near you (at local churches) or come to Kajiji Girls! ;-)
- Cook meals ahead and freeze.
- Do your dreaded Kegel exercises – they really work!
- Buy the softest, most luxurious bath towels (Marshall’s or TJ Maxx) to use when your nipples are extremely sore during pregnancy and in the postpartum period while learning to nurse – it makes all the difference in the world!
- Use cold cabbage leaves on your breasts to relieve the pain of engorgement.
- Sore nipples require air drying right after feeding and then immediately apply lanolin gel for between feedings.
*All links included here were working as of 12/30/09. I cannot guarantee they will be working anytime in the future.