10 things for Tuck // first month survival

I researched like the dickens when it came to what we needed for Tuck.  And need is a very loose term… could I get by without these things?  yes.  But they sure have made surviving my first month as a mommy a lot easier.

Honest Diapers and Products  //  I love these diapers.  Not just because they are cute (though I love that!) but a good value and free of nasty chemicals.  We haven’t tried all of the products out yet.  So far we love their body wash, lotion, healing balm, dishwasher pods, and detergent.  They are delivered to my door, when I need them, and in the quantity that I need for the month.  When you’re a new mom // someone paranoid about your babe getting the flu … you don’t want to leave your house much.  And when you do leave, you aren’t itching to go to Walgreens.  So delivered to your door is perfect when you’ve got to hibernate a bit.

Swaddle Me Blankets //  JB is obsessed with swaddling.  We call him the master swaddler over here.  These get the JB seal of approval.  They are great for teeny tiny newborns.  I know the others we got will be perfect as he gets bigger, but for now Swaddle Me’s are #1.

Kissy/Kissy // These are easily my favorite line for newborns.  They are so soft!  And the gowns are great for night time.  I don’t have to wake him to change a diaper.   

 Lamby Mat // I must admit that when I first got this as a gift (thanks stephy!) my sister and I were being a bit silly… okay scratch that, just me.  But I was in the passenger seat and kept pretending like the lamb was the passenger and waving his hands at people.  I was very pregnant, and in a state of pregnant induced insanity?  I’ll claim that.  People in the other cars were mostly amused. (:  BUT other than being a weirdo… Tuck seems to really love it.  And it’s super soft.  and so cute!

Sleep Sheep //   Trying to get him in the routine of night time is tricky when their internal clock is off.  We turn on some calming music, give him his blanky.  Eventually we hope this kind of repetition will signal his brain into sleep mode.  He’s sleeping about two shifts of four hours so far… on most nights.  The Sleep Sheep has a couple different sounds and it seems to soothe him during bedtime.  We use the whale sound. of course (:  And it’s small enough that we will be able to take them on trips. 

Brest Friend // I mentioned a bit about nursing in another post.  Those first few days my hormones were plummeting and I was learning to nurse.  It was tough for me!  For the first ten days, I’d have one cry a day.  And every single time it was related to nursing.  Plus when you’re sleep deprived, everything is a whole lot worse.  Amen?  But I’m happy to report that after the first ten days, I stopped crying about it.  Maybe this had something to do with my hormones leveling out a bit.  My quick bout of baby blues going away?  But It got easier, and though it’s still a work in progress we’re getting closer to really enjoying this time together.  Kelly Mom has been a great resource for nursing.  And if you choose not to nurse, no big … I’m just jealous of your normal looking nipples now. 
oh!  but this brest friend pillow.  It helps a lot!  So does a sweet husband that brings you water and snacks when you’re nursing. And hulu!  I was shocked to learn how much time I’d be hanging out nursing for the first month… that’s really all I’ve seemed to do. 

Medela Pump // I use this daily to store up, and then about every five days to make a bottle for JB to feed him the 2am shift.  I felt guilty about it at first, but after my mother doing the same with all four of her kids, and my doctor encouraging me to do this in order for some sleep …  I now just enjoy the little extra sleep.  I have three weddings the first week in March and I am just so thankful for the pump!  

The Bob // One day pre-tuck, JB and I went out to baby stores all day.   JB tested EVERY stroller out.  The Bob was the winner for strollers!  We’ve gone on quite a few walks around the neighborhood with Tuck in it, and JB’s still in love.  I love it too! 

Soothie Pacifier // Some people aren’t binky fans, but I am.  Tuck came into this world very alert, and a pacifier saves me from nursing 24/7.

baby carrier (solly // ergo ) //  The Solly is for me, and the ergo is mostly for JB.  I pretty much have Tuck laying on my chest or holding him throughout the day.  The Solly helps me actually do things that are essential to being a normal human.  like laundry and dishes.  they say to forget those things now, but maybe those people had full time help? … because I just can’t let go entirely.  So enter the baby carriers (: 

My apologies to all of those that don’t have babes // are not even close to it.  What a snooze this post must have been!  But to someone pregnant or in those early weeks, I hope this helps.  And if you are a mom, what are some items that really helped you out those first few weeks?? 

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  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    I have the Brest friend… TWIN pillow. Ah- You should see it. It's the size of a life raft or small love seat… but man, I have no doubt, I'll be wearing/using that thing in the weeks to come. Glad you like yours!

    Glad to hear that things are going well… It seems like hard work, but I have no doubt, you are enjoying it! xx

    February 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Little Tuck is so darn cute! My boys are getting older (3 and 6!), but I still remember those sweet baby days. I actually wrote a post about some of my favorite stuff too, and it included a lot of the same things. Thank goodness for my sling! Whatever baby carrier you use, they are key not only to getting things done, but they are sometimes the only way to soothe your little ones. I also included Ultimate Crib Sheets, which may be my #2. (Changing crib sheets is really tough, especially in the middle of the night. These are lifesavers if your little one does get sick or have a diaper-blow out.) Other items: bouncer, food mill, outlet covers… I should've included the Bob, which I owned and adored as well!

    Here's the list:

    February 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Yellow Ribbon

    I so appreciate this post, even though we're not planning on starting a family for a few months yet. The sleep sheep is going on my must-have list for sure! And I totally agree on the Bob. My friend has one and as soon as I pushed it I declared that it was the best stroller on earth!

    February 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply katieokeefeblog

    How sweet, he is so precious. No babies here, but definitely keeping this post for future reference.

    February 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Laurel Hammond

    This is a great list- and while I don't have a kiddo. I know that there is so much out there, that I have pinned this post in my "Littlest Hammond" pinterest board!

    February 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    Ok, so we are just in the stages of talking about having babies. I have baby fever bad. But I'm definitely saving this post. Thanks, Sarah!

    February 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply kelseym

    I love these posts, Sarah, and I love that our babies are so close in age. Your posts have been encouraging and helpful to me being just a few weeks behind you. I ordered honest diapers today and I am super excited! Also encouraging that I am not the only one crying once a day at this point. My nighttime breakdowns are are practically routine 😉 Tuck is precious & it has been so fun to see all the photos of him on instagram. Too bad we don't live closer together-Benton would love a little buddy just his age:)

    February 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply jessiekays

    He's just so cute!!!! Gorgeous eyes.

    February 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    I'm nowhere near the possibility of having a kid (hopefully… at least, for a handful more years), but it's still so sweet reading these posts and getting to go along on this great adventure with you! Tuck is so precious… those big eyes!

    February 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Natalie | Mrs. Janney |

    Question for you about the BOB stroller:

    I just got one for my birthday (YAY!) and I was reading the recommended age requirements for it. I really don't want to wait 8 weeks after my little guy is born to go for a walk in the stroller. Did you guys do anything special to strap Tuck in? Does your car seat hook on or is he in there normal?

    Thanks for any help! I love all the advice and helpful hints. 🙂

    February 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Sarah Tucker

    @Natalie – We have the carseat attachment. I think it's $40, then we have the graco snugride that works with the bob. The bob site lists a bunch of compatible car seats. It snaps in easy peasey!

    February 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply holtkamp

    one thing i've loved is the boppy pillow, which looks very similar to the 'brest friend' that you have!

    February 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Denise Lopatka

    love these reccomendations! i'm 15 weeks preggy and love talking all things baby right now! eeeek. i'm so happy for you guys. and how cute is little tuck??

    February 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply Steph Sterjovski

    Eeee!! His eyes. When I have a little babe I need to reference these pages of your blog 🙂

    February 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Ahhhh the newborn days (my baby girl is 6 months:) is there anything harder or more exhausting? Totally cried alllll the time the first month. Joyous but being a mommy is HARD!! Fear not, it gets easier! I was totally one of those moms who bought things bc they were cute and not practical…ummm motherhood is all about practicality!! What saved me: lansinoh nipple cream (sexy) the miracle swaddle (Camilla was a master at busting out of standard ones) gripe water for gas and the lamb swing-this thing saved my life/sanity as she would nap for hours in it! Best of luck to you Sarah! You're starting on the most wonderful journey! Xoxo

    February 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply yourstruly

    Love seeing you as a mommy. I was thrilled for you when you found out. My baby girl will be 4 months old on Wednesday. The time moves on so quickly and I still find myself holding her as she sleeps because, really, they are only this little once! (I'm holding her now as she sleeps and I type clumsily, one handed on the ipad.) What I found helped to soothe her and me were the praise baby lullaby cd

    And the Hidden in my heart: a lullaby journey through scripture cd.

    The journey through scripture one is seriously so calming and some of the most beautiful music.

    Loved your list and I relate so well to this post! From the crying and the struggles with nursing and the sheer joy and pride in being a mama. 🙂

    February 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Kindly Kait

    You are embracing your new calling in Motherhood with more grace and elegance than ever! It looks beautiful on you, Sarah! Sweet little Tuck is such a loved and lucky boy!

    February 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    i mean…. i think he is a doll and not real life… so freaking cute

    February 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply ♥ CheChe

    im single and nowhere near ready or in a position to have babies. but im a sponge and absorbing as much as i can. i pray you tag these cuz i really enjoyed this post 🙂 and I love the extra wisdom from women walking through different seasons of life. blessings sweet girl

    February 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Julie Rogers

    Great list—I couldn't live with out my Swaddlemes:) If you get a moment, head over to our baby week and check out some great giveaways and posts all week long:!


    February 5, 2013 at 3:58 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Yes, Sarah. Amen! My husband is the swaddling king around here too! We like using the Swaddle Design's receiving blanket.

    I've also been watching a lot of Hulu 😉 In the beginning, for nighttime feedings I would read books on my phone with the Kindle app. Now I just kinda doze off…

    February 5, 2013 at 5:12 am
  • Reply Erin

    The brest friend nursing pillow was a lifesaver for me too! I'm almost 6' tall and had a c-section and the boppy just required too much leaning over. Glad to hear you're doing well! Tuck is a sweetie!

    February 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply DiamondsandTulle

    I've done a TON of research on what baby gear and products are must haves and nice-to-haves! I'm glad a lot of what I've gotten are on your favorites list too! We were just playing with the Sleep Sheep last night and I love the whale sound too! lol!

    xx Vivian @

    February 8, 2013 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Julia D.

    If I ever become a mama this is going to be the type of stuff I want for sure and I will be hounding you for more suggestions. Soft, organic, adorable things are just necessary for healthy new babes.

    February 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply dreamsandjourney

    Great recommends for sure! Baby Tuck is so blessed to have you! Nursing will get easier and continue to be rewarding for you both in health and bond, may grace pour over you… I had to bottle feed at the beginning just as much and I too cried almost everytime I tried to nurse out of feeling defeated and nearly gave up after 2.5wks and him hardly latching BUT something all the sudden just clicked ( I think all my momma's prayers), as well as our pedi realizing he was tongue-tied and needed a slight clipping which made all the difference! Sometimes to get him to latch -I'd start with a paci or a bottle and then quickly insert my breast. After a month it felt like we finally had things down, then around 4 months we had another rough patch for about a week (as he got curious and disinterested -this too I found out is normal) but we were able to get through it with lots of prayer and the rest is history -we enjoyed nursing almost right about a year and it was so convenient (especially when we traveled) and I really am so grateful to have pressed through and been given the opportunity! I am one of those mommas who likes to support, encourage and love moms no matter their preferences and choices (every woman and baby and story is different!) , I know nursing isn't for everyone or some can't -to which I completely, completely respect -when I hear of someone who's tried and experienced some difficulties I want to say -I've been there and if not for "nights/days of googling forums of helpful advice and hearing others go through this too" I don't know if I'd had the hope to keep trying. No matter what happens -you've done your very best, that's all that matters. 🙂

    Not sure if sweet lil T. has had a bath yet, but this might help with sleeping routine -I thought I'd share some ideas… Around 4wks we started giving our son a bath every night… we had only a lamp on in the bathroom to set the mood and kept my blow dryer going right next to his lil tub the whole time for warmth and the soothing noise -after we lotioned him up, (at 6wks old I started reading him a book -the same book every night as we rocked, evenutally I got tired of the Itsy Bitsy Spider and added a few more options haha) then we'd nurse as I sang to him and then he went to bed with a sound machine in the background going all night long and the room was pretty room darkening too. We didn't plan on having him in his own room so early but for some reason one night we tried putting him in his big crib in his own room instead of ours (at only 3wks old!) and it made a world of difference for baby's sleep and ours -he immediately started going longer stretches. We had a video monitor otherwise I don't know if I'd been so brave to do that as a first time momma 🙂 We've done that same routine since he was 4wks old and he's slept 11-12hrs through the night by 3months old, and LOVES his crib 1.5yrs later. My son has probably only missed a handful of baths his entire lil life thus far, hehe and not because we're clean freaks but because he truly thrives on routine and wind-down time -I'm grateful to have a husband and teammate that helped. This time was also family time… all 3 of us were there during bath time. My husband and I could catch up talking while he soaked, we used it also as storytime telling time, then later every other bath only my husband was present, as that time away allowed me to finish doing dinner dishes or something. The extra bath time every night might seem like a nuisance but it truly brought much reward in the long run in our bonding time, storytelling time, definitely sleep routine and more. 🙂 May God continue to give you peace, joy and loads of love during this amazing time and journey!

    February 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Kelsey Ross

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the great post! I've been meaning to chime in for a week or so now- but I am a new mom too! We had our little guy on Feb 2nd- it was fun reading your blog knowing that I was just a few weeks behind you.

    I have the boppy for breast feeding (whoever said that was the easy is lying! Breast feeding is HARD!!) and it was not so awesome. Enter the Brest Friend- and life changed for the better! It truly is the best. Boppy can't even compare. We also have the Bob and love it. We live in Colorado and it will be great for walking on the trails around our house.

    Another product that I'm loving is the mustela bathing products. They smell so so yummy!

    We also LOVE kicky pants onsies. CRAZY soft. And so so cute.

    Great post.
    Have a wonderful week!

    February 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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