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Newborn Sanity Savers

12 registry essentials to make those first few weeks easy breezy.

Newborn Sanity Savers
There is endless preparation when expecting (um, there are how many brands of diapers?), and one can never really know what works until baby arrives! Being the type-A, planful person that I am, I thought I had it all figured out. We were set. And then she came. While many of the items we scooped up beforehand were useful, I spent more than a few late nights ordering sanity savers from Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Amazon. Because sometimes you just don’t know what you’ll need until you need it. Here’s my hit list of 12 newborn essentials that have helped save our sanity during those first few newborn weeks.
  1. Tiny Love Mobile. It’s not always easy to keep baby still during diaper changes, and this mobile really helps. The combination of the black & white graphic and cute little faces on the characters will immediately soothe and settle your baby on the changing table.
  2. DOHM Sound Machine. This stays on constantly in our apartment. The sound reminds baby of being in the womb. It also blocks outside noise and dependent upon where you live (us in NYC and in a small apartment) it’s super helpful.
  3. Swaddle Me Swaddle. After 5 weeks of sleeping with us, we needed another solution to help baby girl transition to the bassinet. The swaddle me kept her tightly tucked, and helped troubleshoot the startle reflex. We’re talking 9 hours of sleep at 5 weeks!
  4. Look Look Book. You want your baby to love books, but it’s not always easy to get them engaged early on. We started reading this immediately. The graphic photos were extremely attention grabbing and kept baby’s focus.
  5. Medela HandPump. Most women invest in an electric pump, but if you’re exclusively breastfeeding, the hand-pump provides relief during those first few weeks of engorgement and is way less aggressive.
  6. Gerber Diaper Cloths. Even if you’re not cloth diapering, you’ll want a ton of these -- I use at least 2 per day. They are in every area of my apartment and serve every purpose, from burp cloth to changing table cover.
  7. SollyBaby Wrap. The SollyBaby wrap gave us the opportunity to be hands-free while keeping baby close.
  8. MZ Wallace Tote. Staying sane can apply to fashion too. This bag is not officially a diaper bag, but it’s super functional while keeping style on point.
  9. Organic Kimono Onesies. Despite buying a ton of newborn clothes, our baby only wore onesies for the first few weeks. I recommend the kimono style since it doesn’t have to go over baby’s head.
  10. Exercise Ball. We used our birth ball every single day to rock baby to sleep. There’s something soothing about that bouncing that a rocker just can’t replicate.
  11. Earth Mama Angel Baby. We were very nervous about what would be safe for our baby’s sensitive, newborn skin. After a bunch of research and firsthand experience, the Earth Mama products are our favorite because they’re super gentle and mild.
  12. Skip Hop Activity Mat. Although I do my best to interact with Vida as much as I can, I need to put her down sometimes. While your baby won’t interact with all of the elements on this for a couple of months, she will be super stimulated by the hanging toys starting during those first newborn days.
Photography by Lori Berkowitz.

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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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