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Not really a physical gift per se, but personal space and not being bombarded 24/7 with messages from people asking to visit and asking to see pictures of the baby.
For my husband and I: filling snack food (meals are great too but we weren't always able to sit down with a bowl of something), socks/pajamas/comfy clothes, hair ties/bobby pins, body lotion, grocery gift card to somewhere with delivery or click & collect, amazon gift card
For baby: boppy lounger, diapers/wipes. Only one friend brought diapers and food - all other visitors brought clothes mostly. Which of course were appreciated, but in terms of practicality, diapers and wipes would have gotten more use. My daughter has so many clothes, some weren't worn and still have the tags on
I have a wrap carrier and I’m making a little “nest” out of a nursing pillow and blankets on the carpet. They also have baby loungers which are basically nursing pillows but with a closed center that will do the same thing.
Got the idea from my sister in law, it’s where she changes her daughter and hangs out with her on the floor. We would have her there and play cards at the coffee table next to her.boppy lounger pillow
That's a good question! I think I started drinking coffee my first day home, so I'm not sure if I can give a pre/post-coffee comparison. With that having been said, she takes plenty of naps and from 1-4 months would sleep throughout the night without waking up (we're currently dealing with sleep regression!). I'm just waiting for someone I know to become pregnant because I will give them ALL the Starbucks gift cards!
Two more things:
Those early days are rough. It's just all about surviving them. I'm pretty sure our baby spent the first month in 4 outfits TOTAL--I was so tired and didn't have it in me to change her into something cute everyday! I think the whole goal of that first month was to get her to go back to sleep when she woke up because I needed sleep!
Remember: you've totally got this!
A lot of babies are this way. I had some success with the baby boppy lounger. It's supposed to be supervised so that baby doesn't get into a compromising position, but I think the shape is somewhat like being held so my baby was okay with sleeping on it. Here's one on Amazon: Boppy Original Newborn Lounger, Elephant Love Gray [link]
But you can also usually find them cheaper on Facebook marketplace or someplace similar.
Mine is about to be 6 weeks and we are slowly heading towards this path... the things I’m currently trying are: this boppy pillow that’s a whole circle and kind of makes her think I’m still holding her; Boppy Newborn Lounger, Elephant Love Gray [link] when I put her in it I line it w a Muslin blanket and then oil the edges up and tuck them in around her to try to stop the startle reflex. I also use a swaddle that is different from the one we use at night. The nap swaddle lets her mi e her arms a bit more since I feel bad restricting her arms all day w a swaddle. The nap one is the swaddle up. The night one is the swaddle me. I find the white noise to really be the difference. If I put that on, she stays asleep. If I forget it.. we play the in sleeping...nope I’m awake game for the hours in between feeding. It is impossible for me to get her to nap in the crib during the day. But she will sleep a good 5hr stretch at night. Pacifiers are new for us but seem to be helping. I had to switch the type we were using a few times to see which she liked. I always thought that was nonsense but it was clear she didn’t like the mam but was happy w the soothie.
I'm a second-time mom and I'm still freaking out! I didn't know anything the first time, and it's true, I did figure it out. And hopefully some of it actually comes back to me haha. But it's all a blur at this point. I do remember plenty of time with sleepy baby laying on my chest, or laying baby down in the Boppy Newborn Lounger and just talking to her and singing to her and playing with her feet haha. But I do remember the feeling of, "Okay sooooo what do we do now?"
Our 1st baby was very fussy (didn’t like being cuddled much) and liked to chill alone on this a lot
Boppy Original Newborn Lounger, Elephant Love Gray [link]
Peanut baby changer (or something similar), we're still using it! We gift it to all our new mama friends.
This disgusting thing is a miracle worker (I might spoil myself and opt for something electric this time 🤣)
Ugh, these also.
So grateful we were gifted this
Our favorite brand of pacifier (all babies are different and like different ones, but these were the easiest to clean and our baby also loved them)
Forehead thermometer is a must have (we spent too much time trying to get a super accurate temp with a butt thermometer....nope!)
This sound machine is kinda expensive but someone gifted one to us and it's awesome. It has lights and sounds and you can control it from another room with your phone
Any type of gas relief drops
These bibs are incredible (the ones with velcro sometimes irritated our baby’s neck, and the ones with strings were impossible)
I really loved these burp clothes
Other things to remember: nipple cream, a baby carrier (make sure it can have the baby forward facing AND backward...otherwise..when your baby gets a little older you'll have to buy a new one so they can forward face also), scratch mittens, onesies and bodysuits (with zipper, not snaps)
I have that play gym with the clouds and stuff. Very cute, but I wish I chose something with brighter colors/more contrast.
I don't know why these aren't more popular- wipeable changing pad covers:
This was my favorite and most used registry gift by far: