Breast Pump (even if you don’t plan to use a bottle for the first year, have one on hand for the unexpected)
Pack and Play
Weleda Diaper Cream
Sitzbath-cheap, found at drugstores, and great for perineal recovery and hemorrhoids
thermometer, bulb syringe, nail trimmer (you may need to use this right away!)
wet bag for all sorts of wetted things!
night light-preferably in red or dim in tone-just enough to see what you are doing when breastfeeding or changing.
WARM, COMFORTABLE PAJAMAS-you will be getting up alot-to burp, breastfeed, change, and, especially immediately post birth, pee multiple times a night while your body expels excess fluid.
White noise machine
Comfortable rocker-some of those breastfeeding rockers are really uncomfortable. Choose one that you personally like.
A breastfeeding setup: create a corner of the room with your rocker, good books or magazines, some trail mix, your water bottle, your ipod/phone etc with movies, podcasts. Basically, you will be breastfeeding kind of all the time in the beginning. Gazing into your newborn’s eyes the whole time is great….but don’t feel bad if you find yourself wanting a little entertainment once and a while…after all, you are breastfeeding all the time….
Food Tree-and a food tree that doesn’t mind dropping off food, but not necessarily staying for a long visit
Trained dogs. Yes….start training your dogs not to bark at every little thing-mail carrier, visitors, your car when coming home…ahead of time. Although it is true that you can’t tiptoe around your house forever, and that babies have to get used to some sounds, anything you can do to help you and your baby establish an uninterrupted sleep routine in the beginning is critical
Good friends: Which friends have had babies lately? You can compare notes, have mama meet-ups and share stories. Which friends had babies a while ago and can give you advice? And which friends or acquaintances soon to become friends might be interested in being an extra grandma, to provide loving support or help out hear or there? And, never underestimate the value of friends without kids-they often have the freedom to meet more spontaneously. and can provide the free hands and support you might like on adventures (hiking etc). They will love supporting you!
Cordless Headphones for dad, or anyone else who likes to watch loud movies of the action adventure or horror sort