Gah, that face! Bringing baby Mory home last month was the highlight of our year. We love her to pieces! (…so do the other kids. Literally. Pieces. As in, “be soft so you don't break her into pieces“, pieces…) Many of you have asked what my favorite, must-have baby essentials are. I've hesitated even saying, because I'm not one of those super trendy moms who's up on the latest and greatest never-before-seen-pay-an-arm-and-a-leg-for products. But y'all keep asking, and I want an excuse to plaster Mory's face on the web…so here you go! Happy to share!
I have a lineup of baby essentials that, while they may not win any rocket science awards, after 5 kids I can firmly say you NEED each of these things in every room of your house. I even have some creative uses for these products that you might not have thought of before! (Psst, and if you want to see what I stash in my Diaper Bag, I have a post and video on that too!)
But first, I've partnered with CVS and their #FindYourHealthy campaign to show you the all-star lineup…
…MY MUST-HAVE BABY ESSENTIALS!
Mmmm. That newborn baby smell…
…of spit-up and baby poop.
Ok, but for real, my babies do NOT come out smelling good! My secret weapon is that good ol' fashioned pink baby lotion we all know and love. When I think “newborn baby”, this is the scent that comes to mind. Not only doesn't it smell amazing, but it also is the best at keeping baby's skin soft and moisturized. Again, I've tried lots of lotions, and even other scents. But the pink bottle is the one I go for!
I like to use it after bath time, of course, but I also like to rub some in on my baby's head and neck when she needs a quick freshening-up!
Another trick for this lotion? I use it to style my kids' hair! True story. As shown in this (super embarassingly old) video from the stone age (and this super old post). It's the perfect way to tame that fine newborn hair that tends to stick straight up…
…and also works to style bigger kids' hair as well!
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It goes without saying that having a house full of kids means we have a need for large quantities of hand sanitizer. With four siblings who love on her all day long (and lots of welcomed pop-in visitors!), having a bottle of sanitizer in the main rooms of the house keep the kiddos as germ-free as possible.
I also like to have travel sized sanitizer in the glove box of my car and in my diaper bag.
PS – If germs are your trigger… may I suggest sanitizing your kiddy toys? Check out this post where I tell you the easiest way EVER to sanitize toys!
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Ok calm down…this isn't going to get creepy, I promise. But surprisingly one of my baby essentials for baby girls is lubricating jelly! Why? Because it acts as a fabulous adhesive for those tiny baby bows, believe it or not!
It's true! I learned this trick when Priya was in the hospital and came out of the nursery with the tiniest little bow secured to her head. The nurses said they had been using KY Jelly specifically for years. I got myself some generic jelly and BAM! It's true, it works! Just use a tiny dab to secure the bow, then use water to dissolve the jelly when you're ready to remove the bow. Weird, I know, but just trust me on this one.
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Pretty self explanatory, I know, but I promised my list so here you have it! Diaper rash ointment is a must for my babies. So far, all 5 of them have had VERY sensitive bums and I have to stay on top of the ointment or they are miserable with a capital M. I've tried all kinds, and I feel like they all work just as well as the other, so a generic brand like the CVS brand ointment really is great.
A trick of mine? Put ointment on with every diaper change, BEFORE diaper rash even starts! Prevention is key to a happy baby bum.
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Gas Drops are pretty much a staple in our house. My oldest had severe colic and reflux, so no amount of gas drops did anything to help. My other 4, however, were normal (thank HEAVENS), and just got (get) normal squirmy, mildly gassy tummies here and there.
My trick? At night especially, since I've just eaten a heavy dinner (…and I want the baby to sleep really well…) I leave gas drops next to my bed and give her a few after each feeding. Again, prevention is key. They are perfectly healthy for Mory, and help calm any gas that might have built up in the night and kept both of us awake unnecessarily.
Another quick mom tip: feed on one side, burb, change baby's diaper, THEN finish feeding on the other side. Baby wakes up when you change her diaper and falls asleep when nursing typically, so change her diaper in the middle so she's awake when you need her to have a good feeding, and falls right back to sleep when she's done.
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My kids have pretty dry skin thanks to livin gin Utah, and my girls all take it one step farther by having patches of eczema on their bodies. Healing ointment goes beyond lotion. It's greasier so I don't like to use it on their entire bodies all the time like I do lotion, but healing ointment is a must on dry or irritated skin because it moisturizes, creates a good skin barrier, AND heals all at the same time. A little goes a long way, so one of these tubs can last forEVER.
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Coconut Oil is my go-to diaper rash cream, lotion, and healing ointment alternative. Ok let's call it like it is, Coconut Oil is prom king and just does it ALL! If my baby has a nasty diaper rash that needs some healing, this stuff works like a charm. It also moisturizes skin well, and just smells delicious so why not…
Ps I also use coconut oil to remove my makeup! Works like a charm.
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Oh, yes. Soft wipes are a MUST. No scratchy, stiff, or overly scented wipes for us. We keep wipes in EVERY room of the house. Literally every room. The beauty of sturdy wipes is that they raen't just for changing diapers! You can use them to clean, wipe faces, and keep an 17 month old entertained while nursing your newborn…
Tip: wet them down! Again, another SUPER ancient video showing how I wet down wet wipes to get them to last longer, and work better. As you can see, I've been doing this for years!
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So there you go!
Those are my baby product staples! Again, nothing ground-breaking but those are my ESSENTIALS. They are affordable, work well, and I love that they all have several uses. The CVS health line of products has everything you need to make sure baby is well cared for…you just need to add the snuggles and you're good to go!
For more of my favorite tips, tricks and stories, check out the Baby/Kids posts to see loads of information and tid bits.
What are your baby product must-haves? Share with me in the comments below!
This post was generously brought to you by CVS but it was 100% my idea, my words, and my opinions of course.