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Lil Mark It Mission: Newborn Essentials

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New parents are bombarded with things to do before their newest family member arrives, but one of the most overwhelming parts is figuring out what to buy.

Help out expectant moms and dads by sharing your ideas for newborn essentials that parents-to-be will want to have on hand before the baby comes, or soon there after. From a swing to bottles to binkies, the list is long but it's also a lot of fun. Bookmark your find on TeamSugar and if you tag your finds as "Newborn Essentials," I'll do a recap of everyone's picks next week. I already added the Boppy Pillow ($30), as well as the scary, but helpful Newborn Nasal Aspirator ($2). Feel free to add as many as you'd like.

Not sure how to bookmark in Team? geeksugar has written an explanation of how to bookmark items on TeamSugar if you need a helping hand.

roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i cant figure out how too bookmark either... the hospital nasal aspirator was also better than any of the ones that we got w/the "health care kits" (got multiples) from my shower. another essential... (organic) calendula oil (badger or weleda easily found at drugstore online)... my baby's skin was dry and cracked around where the lil id tag was... i also think its helped keep his hiney shiney and diaper rash free
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The Boppy does work better for putting baby down in it, at least for us. The Brest Friend was too bulky for it, whereas the sloped side of the Boppy seemed to feel like an arm. I didn't leave them in it unattended, but it worked great on the bathroom floor when I had to pee.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
The one from the hospital didnt work well for us, but shes always had fairly small nostrils. We had to go out and buy a mini version, an it was so great. Id suck the sides of her nose endlessly with the one we took home.
beccalu beccalu 8 years
I also heard that the My Brest Friend is better, so that's what I bought to use with my son, who is due in February! I've heard that one of the main reasons it's so much better (besides the fact that it has an adjustable belt and a handy pocket) is that the flat surface allows the baby to be in a better position for breastfeeding than the Boppy. The Boppy has a curved surface, which causes the baby to roll forward into mom. I'll just have to see how it works for me when baby gets here!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I was a big Boppy person until my last baby when the lactation consultant let me try the breast friend, it was night and day! I agree with the rest of you that the aspirator from the hospital was the best one.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
oh swoon ... can't wait for 2010 when I think we'll have our first baby
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I feel really stupid, but I still can't figure out how to bookmark something to TeamSugar. I've watched the video, followed the links, and all I get is a really disjointed page where everything overlaps.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The one the hospital gave us is the one in the photograph. It worked best for us but others work in a pinch. I agree about the Brest Friend being better as well, although no nursing pillow worked for me at all.
LilaBo LilaBo 8 years
honestly, the only nasal aspirator that actually worked was the one from the hospital. make sure you take it home with you!!! i've tried several others that did not work.
kia kia 8 years
What a great list idea. You can be easily intimidated if you don't know what you are doing the first time heading to "babie'r'us" for the registry process.
hpl55 hpl55 8 years
I don't have time to bookmark it, but the My Brest Friend pillow is so much better than the Boppy. I have both, and the Boppy just doesn't work well. My baby sinks into the area between the pillow and my body, it doesn't hold her up, etc. The My Brest Friend belts onto your body, is snug (adjustable) and holds her up perfectly. Now if the rest of breastfeeding were this easy....
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