I spent some time last week going through all of the comments you guys have left on my blog. Thank you so much! It means a lot that you enjoy my thoughts and recommendations that I put in my little corner of the internet! 🙂
A couple of you commented on some things they wanted to me to recommend. Jireh Gama (from Facebook) and @danesagum (from Instagram) asked me about the baby stuff I use for my kids. So, to make this edition of my monthly favorites a little different, their wish is my command.
Before I start listing all my April favorites, I want to thank Jireh and Dane for their suggestions! If there’s anything you guys want me to talk about, please leave me a comment! I read each and every one of them because I hope to connect with you guys more. 🙂
As promised, here’s a list of all the baby stuff we’ve been using lately for Kai.
Medela pump kit
Since I breastfeed Kai, and breastmilk is pretty much liquid gold, I’ve been using a Medela pump kit to make expressing milk easier. Medela has manual and electric breast pumps that make this process a breeze. It’s well worth the initial investment; the double electric variant, in particular, helps save so much time. It’s designed for you to be able to take around wherever, so if you need to pump, you can do so quickly, and store it in the insulated compartment.
Breast Milk Storage Bags from @drmamaph
I’m thankful that I’m able to have a good supply of breastmilk for Kai. These bags from Dr Mama help me store my excess breastmilk. These sterile bags are leak proof and can be stored flat in your freezer. If you formula-feed, they also have convenient powdered milk storage bags that are sterilized and perfect for travel.
Mothercare cotton and any brand of alcohol
I have a ton of sterile disposables from Mothercare! When you’re around a newborn, you do have to make sure that your hands are always clean, and anything that comes in contact with them are hypoallergenic to protect their sensitive skin. I’m sure any mom knows how much alcohol and cotton you can go through with a newborn!
Honeycomb breast pads and wipes from Pigeon Baby
We go through so many wipes, too! Pigeon wipes are 99% water, and have no harmful chemicals, parabens or harsh alcohols. I swear by their honeycomb breast pads because they’re so soft that they sort of act like a sponge when it comes to leaking milk.
Lanisoh Nipple Cream from Mothercare
I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog, but Lanisoh Nipple Cream is a lifesaver! Its natural ingredients relieve sore nipples due to breastfeeding, and are safe for your baby too!
Mustela wipes are also great for delicate baby skin. They are also really durable! We use this a lot when cleaning up Kai in between changes.
Super Twins diapers or Pampers diapers
Diapers are such a common baby necessity that it seems strange to talk about this! When you are caring for a newborn, you have so many options, from using cloth diapers to easy disposables. I just look for diaper brands that are known to provide comfort for my baby and are reliable in terms of absorption. After all, diaper rash is no joke! Super Twins and Pampers have been great for this purpose, but I am sure there are more in the market that are equally great.
Extra shirts and bottoms
Kai is just a few weeks old, and so we’re always making sure he feels fresh and that nothing irritates his baby soft skin. We keep a good stock of extra shirts and bottoms. Honestly, we’re not very particular about the brand for his clothes, as long as the material is soft and won’t make him uncomfortable.
These April favorites are things that have personally worked for me, but if you’re a new mom, feel free to explore what works for your needs and budget. There are a lot of good brands lately that fulfill a lot of modern mom wants, whether it’s organic, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and more. In fact, if you have your own recommendations, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂