Top 5 Must haves for a new mom that you may not have of thought of…Love, Knowles Photography

So many people will chime in ideas of the must haves for a new mom. There are so many cool things these days to make your life easier with the transition of a new baby in to your home. You will always need the basics…stroller, car seat, crib, pack in play, diapers, wipes, teething toys, baby toys, books, swaddles, etc

But I am here to talk about five items that weren’t talked that much about but as a mom I fell in love with them. And one item I even use during my newborn sessions.

Here are my top 5 must haves for a new mom (that you may not have heard about):

  1. Baby Susher
  2.  Battery Operated Nose Sucker
  3. Nursing Top/Baby Cover
  4. Pack in Play Mattress
  5. Aquaphor

Lets dive in to each of these items for a little more detail as to why I love them.

BABY SUSHER

This is the one that I love and I also use it during newborn sessions. It is so awesome because the volume is easily adjustable. So you can start off really loud when baby is fussy then slowly turn it to reduce the volume as baby starts to calm down. It also has a timer for 15 or 30 minutes, which is great since it is battery operated and helps to prevent the batteries from dying so quickly. The sushing sound is one of the 5 S’s I talked about in an earlier blog post “The 5 S’s to help soothe a newborn“. For both my babies and all my newborns during their sessions I will shush really loud to help calm them. The sound mimics the sounds they hear in the womb so it provides comfort for them. Plus the baby susher is so easily portable.

BATTERY OPERATED NOSE SUCKER

So when I had my first baby we started with the regular nose sucker bulb. That lasted one time before we switched to the nose freeda. Which I will be honest takes some mental adjustment as you are sucking the boogers out yourself. Then!! I learned about a batter operated nose sucker!! And let me tell you this is my new favorite especially for when they have those colds where their mucus is thick. This sucker works great and it has a clear compartment that you can see easily how much you are getting out of your little one to help them be able to breathe better. It is super easy and quick to clean.

NURSING TOP/BABY COVER

When I had my two little ones I used a more traditional nursing cover, but now they have some really cute trendy ones that I love. They are super functional where they can be used for multiple purposes….a nursing cover when you pull it down, a scarf when you keep it scrunched up around your neck, or put it over your carseat as a cover to prevent people from touching your little one if not desired as well as blocking the sun or wind.

PACK IN PLAY MATTRESS

OMG have you ever actual felt the pack in play “mattress” that comes in the pack in plays. It is so freaking hard!!! No wonder my kids never slept well on it until I learned about the pack in play mattress. It is about an inch and half thick and still pretty firm, but not HARD. It is very comparable to an infant crib mattress. It makes traveling with a little one or toddler so much better because they can sleep more comfortably. This is one item I usually buy all my friends because it is not something that you would think about but definitely something you would get a lot of use out of for traveling or even having a place for your little one to sleep downstairs or at family’s house for those visits that fall during nap times.

AQUAPHOR

I was actually introduced to this in college by one of my classmates. Since then I have found it to be more and more useful with having kids. I keep one in my purse, my car, nightstand, kids room and bathroom. It is everywhere and easily accessible. It is so great for dry skin. You can use it on your skin or chapped lips. I use it for diaper rash or preventing diaper rash when your little one might be sick because virus poops usually always result in a bad diaper rash so as soon as they show the first sign of it I would put it on each diaper change to help prevent from a diaper rash. I mean it is bad enough when they get sick then to add diaper rash on top of it….sad. It also makes a great mixing agent with essential oils. My favorite is for lavender oil and aquaphor. I learned this combo when I burnt myself and put this on it and the next day you couldn’t even tell I had a burn.

I love to learn about new gadgets and what not that comes out. So if you have a cool item, tip or trick please share it with me. Send me an email at amanda@amandaknowlesphotography.com . I can’t wait to hear from everyone on their favorites too.

Hugs,

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

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Newborn Tip – The 5 S’s to help soothe a baby I Marshville Newborn Photographer I Knowles Photography

The 5 S’s of Baby Soothing

These imitate the womb. There are lots of variations out there (ie: riding in a car, turning on a vacuum or blow dyer, etc). These are ones that I used on my own two little ones when they were babies.

1 – SWADDLE

This recreates what I like to call “womb packaging”. Babies generally respond better or faster to the other 4 S’s. The baby might still be fussy but swaddle through the cry.

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2 -SIDE LYING/STOMACH

Back is best for sleeping. Some babies may have gas and during the fussy period will find relief on their side or stomach. If they are swaddled side lying is better for this S.

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3 – SHUSH

When you make a loud and long “SHUSH” sound it sounds very similar to the sounds of blood flow the baby heard in the womb. A white noise machine or app is a great alternative when you need something portable.

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4 – SWING/SWAY

This helps mimic the motions of in womb movement. When you were pregnant they would be moving when you were walking, going up steps, or just your daily routines. You do not want to shake the baby, but instead fast tiny movements similar to small vibrations.

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5 – SUCK

This is a natural reflex for babies. It is a built in calming mechanism for them. There are a long debate on whether or not to use a paci or not, but it is still a good resource to have in case needed during those super fussy moments. As well as most photographers will recommend bringing one to a newborn session in case needed during transitional posing since they are being messed with more and moved than during their typical sleep. Personally I recommend the soothies for pacifiers as you can easily turn them slowly while in the baby’s mouth to break the suction and remove from the baby’s mouth with minimal disturbance.

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A lot of photographers will implement these and do not even realize they are. I’d love to capture your little one for their maternity & newborn sessions. Click contact us and lets chat more on planning your sessions. I can’t wait to anchor your family’s memories with capturing these memories for you.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography