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Can I just be honest for a moment? I’m getting a little nervous for the newborn phase. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very, very excited to have a sweet little newborn baby, but what makes me nervous is all of those sleepless nights, re-learning how to be the parent of a baby, and juggling being a mom to a newborn and the mom to a six year old. It’s all kind of scary! Afterall, I’ve never been the mom to two kids before and it’s been 6 years since we’ve had a newborn in the house!
Not to mention, I’ve never been a working mom to a baby before and I’m nervous to see how the pumping at work thing goes. I’m completely fine supplementing with formula if needed, and I want to make sure that we have some formula on hand to supplement with. I’ve done my research and decided on Gerber® Good Start® Stage 1 Gentle for Supplementing Infant Formula. From what I’ve learned, it’s designed to supplement breastmilk with Comfort Proteins® and probiotics specially designed for tiny tummies. Sounds like it’ll be the perfect formula for us! Gerber sent some samples for me to use, but I also was able to pick some up at my local Target. Here is a CARTWHEEL offer for you to use on Gerber® Good Start®.
Here is everything I’ve gotten prepared so far for baby’s arrival…
1. Gerber® Good Start® Stage 1 Gentle for Supplementing Infant Formula: Like I mentioned before, we feel as though this formula is going to be the perfect one for us to have on hand when supplementation is needed. I do plan to breastfeed as much as possible, but knowing that I’ll go back to work somewhere between weeks 10 and 12 makes me a little nervous and I want to be sure I have everything we need to keep our little girl’s tummy full and happy.
2. Baby Bottles: I’m no naive mama, here! I know that baby girl may be picky when it comes to bottles. I’m starting to stock up on a variety of different bottles so we have plenty for her to choose from when we’re ready to introduce the bottle! That’s a pro-tip I learned the first time around!
3. Burp Cloths: I feel like we went through dozens upon dozens of burp cloths with Alea. It was the one item that we always had an abundance of in our laundry. It was just never-ending. If I learned anything the first time around, it’s to keep an extra stash of these on hand!
4. Blankets: Baby girl’s due date is the end of October (October 27th to be exact) and I know it’s going to be chillier here in Wisconsin. We’re going to need to keep her cozy and warm and swaddled in lots of blankets. Aren’t these ones adorable?
5. Pacifiers: Alea never took a pacifier, but it doesn’t mean I won’t have a few on hand for baby girl. Desperate times call for desperate measures in the early days of newborn parenting and I’m not opposed to using a binky if need be!
I know we still have lots of items to check off our list for our baby girl, but I think this is a great start and includes some of the basic essentials when it comes to caring for a newborn.
What other items would you recommend I have on hand for a newborn?