What was your one must-have item as a new mom?

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Stacey - posted on 08/23/2009

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Lots of things made my life easier, but one of the things I swear by is Gro-Bags. Its a specially made sleeping bag, once you stop swaddling baby they are great because you dont have to worry about them kicking off the blanket in the middle of the night and getting cold. Mine also came with a room thermometer and a guide of what to dress your baby in for certain temperatures.

Janet - posted on 08/23/2009

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Dr. Brown's Bottles. My daughter suffered from colic, and these bottles was a life saver, not only to me, but to my poor daughter!

C - posted on 08/23/2009

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A playpen with a bassinet and change table! It's portable and you have everything you need for your baby's comfort regardless of whose house you are at.

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Valerie - posted on 09/02/2009

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I wanted a rocking chair in the nusery so I had a place to nurse and rock and bond, I loved it! Oh, and one of those 3-wheeler strollers, we spurged on it.

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A friend gave me some body lotion when I had my son which I used in the hospital. It was such a special time and when ever I use the lotion is brings back so many wonderful memories of having a new baby. And I too love my Ergo!

Erica - posted on 08/27/2009

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swing, swing swing... at first, that was the best. a few months later, i couldn't live without my bumbo seats. i have twin boys and they are super-convenient for feeding.

Deborah - posted on 08/27/2009

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Honestly I can't say just one! The Boppy pillow & a Medela Breast Pump would have to be at the top of the list though.

Kris - posted on 08/26/2009

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Boppy's are a must. We live in a two story house. We actually bought two boppys, one for upstairs and one for downstairs.

Sarah - posted on 08/26/2009

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bouncer chair that vibrates..

used to put him in it and he'd fall asleep =]

Heidi - posted on 08/26/2009

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A loving supportive husband/partner. Life is about to change for the good and all the love and support you can get from your partner is a must.

Becci - posted on 08/26/2009

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one of the swings that rock and play music at the same time... and as my daughter got older you could detatch the swing and she now uses it as a seat.. hope this helps x

Teresa - posted on 08/25/2009

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I introduced my babies to "real" food with the Baby Safe Feeder.A little mesh type bag that held solid foods that the baby could "gum" and suck on without the danger of him choking.I loved it so much,I made sure to order them for all my friends that were expecting!

Jenna - posted on 08/25/2009

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a bumbo chair! it won't be used until about 2 months old, but they are awesome!

Alexis - posted on 08/25/2009

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I do love my BabyTrend playpen/bassinet/changing station, and having people bring you food is ESSENTIAL, but I'd say my must have is a wrap. It makes baby feel like they're back in the womb, so even if they fight it for the first few minutes, I find my baby asleep within ten-and then I can eat/clean/facebook.

Marabeth - posted on 08/25/2009

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as a new mom the things that most helped me would have to be the ice packs for my stitches.

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2009

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i would have to say my swing, bouncer chair, and portable swing. my first son was severely sick at birth til he was 3 months and the bouncer chair was our life saver! the hospital allowed us to bring it and leave it there. i dont know what we would have done without it. the portable swing i loved. we keep it at my moms. those are the 3 things i don tknow what i would do without!

Angie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting Emily:

two things - electronic swing and bouncy chair. I always knew where she was in these and could move them to whichever room I was in at the time



AMEN Emily!  My kids loved the swing and the bouncy seats.  I never would have gotten to eat dinner without them!

Erin - posted on 08/25/2009

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My Baby Bjorn!! Definitely. No question. It saved my life as I had a colicky baby who had to be held constantly for the first couple of months.

Tiffany - posted on 08/24/2009

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oh and the one other thing: fisher price soothing motions glider. yes it costs about $100 but it is SOOOO worth it!! my son slept all night long once i got this thing. So from about 1.5 weeks to 4 months old, he slept in the soothing motions glider. and it is quiet enuff to have in the room with you!! at 4 mos he went to his bed/room. From there, you want a VIDEO monitor! get it used or whatever, you will want one! saves your sanity!

Tiffany - posted on 08/24/2009

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a boppy, the breast feeding pillow. It is much more than a bF pillow. I used it to prop him up on the couch, keep him from rolling all over, and while BF if you are going to. (i suggest you try) Also works in the bed, if you are going to try and sleep with the baby. helps with reflux, and gas. also as a tummy pillow when they get older. if i only had to have one thing, it would be a boppy!! swaddle blankets are a lifesaver too, but you can do that with a regular baby blanket. which trust me, you will get plenty of!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2009

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Absolutely my bouncy chair!!! All 4 of my kids loved the lights, the music, the bouncing and the vibrating. We used it so much that it barely made it through our 4th child and we just finally put it out for trash!

Becki - posted on 08/24/2009

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I love my handheld video monitor! It easily hooks up to my tv so I can watch her sleep.

Lyndsay - posted on 08/24/2009

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Stroller/car-seat combo. I didn't drive at the time so I needed the stroller for mobility, and they won't even let you leave the hospital if you don't have a carseat.

Toni - posted on 08/24/2009

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I had 2 things.

1. The playpen with bassinet and a changing table which came with a strap to hold baby in place if needed...lol.
I had an emergency c-section and having the changing mat on the playpen at waist height was a life saver for me for those first few weeks at home.

2. Breast shells. When I breastfed I leaked copiously from the other breast, often soaking through several pads and my clothing. I would use the breast shells to collect my leaking milk and in the fridge I had a bottle with a milk bag. After each feed I would pour the milk into the bag before washing and sterilizing the shells, and at the end of the day, date the bag and put it in the freezer. That way I never had a need to pump and there was a supply of milk for my mum or baby's daddy for if they needed it.
I didn't learn about the shells until baby was about 2 months old. The next time they will be my first buy....lol.

Shelley-Ann - posted on 08/24/2009

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My sling! Wish I had known about it first time round! Life saver for second baby who had to be kept upright due to relflux.

Charlie - posted on 08/23/2009

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A bouncer !! it was so fantastic when i need him close but hands free.

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Lots of people mention the Boppy, but I used the Brestfriend pillow and could not have done without it. Stupid name, but WAY easier for nursing a newborn than the Boppy (though I did use my Boppy later when he got older and bigger). Also love my local consignment store for finding these kinds of things much cheaper!

Stacey - posted on 08/23/2009

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Oh & - the vibrating bouncers are great, but BEWARE, my son got to the point of ONLY sleeping in the bouncer, It was almost impossible to get him to sleep in his cot, not everyone would have this problem, but I did, so just be careful.

Hailey - posted on 08/23/2009

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A VIBRATING BOUNCER MY BABIES LOVED THEM WITHOUT IT I WOULD OF BEEN LOST IT HELPS TO GET THEM TO SLEEP N THEY ENJOY THE VIBRATIONS IT HELPS THEM KEEP RELAXED,

Stina - posted on 08/23/2009

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I have three children and with each one, found a new must have.



Child #1 An electric pump.

We rented but should have bought one... our son was in the hospital for a month. I would have been able to use it for #2 and #3



Child #2 A boppy pillow.

Not only was it a huge help for nurseing, it provided a valuable barrier between my toddler and my tender incision from a C-section.



Child #3 A moby wrap

(any comfortable baby carrier will serve the same purpose. The moby wrap is my favorite.) It frees up both of my hands to be able to hug, read to and care for my other children while keeping the new baby happy. I wish I had had this wrap for the first child instead of the snuggly. (I eventually used a bed sheet with the first two)

Kyrie - posted on 08/23/2009

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a swing is a must have item ... i dont know what i would have done without mine.

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