Some people would call me a experienced mom, I mean I have had two children now, both of which I took a very natural route. I ate as well as I could during pregnancy, trying to drink a gallon of water a day, eating 60-80 grams of protein and big handful of kale or spinach each day. I had natural waterbirths at home with a midwife, breastfed and cloth diapered. I have now worked with hundreds of clients who were also looking for a similar natural approach. Clients have said Im the best Cincinnati doula for this. Coming from those experiences, I am bringing you my top 10 must haves on your baby registry for natural families.
Top 10 Must-Haves on your Baby Registry for Natural Families
- Cloth diapers: Theres nothing that screams natural mom like cloth on your babies bum. Bumgenius are my favorite brand. A couple pro tips here…
- Get lots, like 24 or so. The baby goes through lots of diapers and you dont want to be doing laundry more than once every two days… just trust me on this one.
- Wait until after the first days of meconium poop days to begin to use them. Have a pack of newborn disposable diapers for this. Im telling you, that tar poop does not come out of your cloth ones!
- Try to buy second hand diapers first. Natural mom local Facebook groups are good for this.
- Dont fall prey to the diaper sprayers that connect to your toilet, the amount of watery poop that you will spray on your toilet and walls will have you regretting it. Get used to the fact that you will be dipping your poopy diaper into the toilet and you’ll get it on your hands. Gross… but what is being a natural mom about anyways if we are afraid of baby poop.
- Changing Pad for Home: This pad is something that I really liked and used to change a dresser into a changing table. Simply clear off the top of a dresser and put the pad on top. Boom! You have a changing table thats cute, functional and easy. This changing pad comes with a cover, but I would buy an extra.
- Diaper Bag: You need a bag. This one can be worn like a backpack and is so nice because your going to need your hands for holding the baby. It has the bonus of being neutral in color for your partner to use it too AND has a diaper changing pad. You NEED a pad because I honestly don’t think they clean the changing tables at restaurants and stores!! The times I have had to change my baby without a pad at a restaurant, I try to create a barrier with toilet paper, one handed, of course and then mutter apologies to the baby though the change. I make myself feel better by telling myself that if I do it fast enough the germs wont have time to attach! Just bring a pad, its must easier on your conscience.
- Baby Carrier: Oh my! There is a whole rabbit hole to go down to determine which carrier to buy and how many. There are so many colors and designs to choose from, Im talking neutral, bold patterns, etc. I’m a minimalist, so I love the Ergo Baby Carrier that will take you though newborn to toddler.
- Swaddle Blankets: So the thing about newborn babies is that they are used to loud muffled noises and being pressed tightly inside the womb. Hence the comfort in being swaddled and all the other tricks that Happiest Baby on the Block will teach you. Swaddle blankets come in handy because they are plenty big, breathable and these are sooo soft. Adien and Anias swaddle blankets are my favorite.
- Wooden Teething Toys: You’ll soon find that babies don’t need many toys. They will be just as interested in a tupperware lid, but these are fun to have around anyways. They are beautiful and natural. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D82KV45/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07D82KV45&linkCode=as2&tag=dreamcatc0f95-20&linkId=6a3ac73dd58128d23cd3201deba9f241">Wooden teething toys are the best.
- Teething Necklace: These are actually pretty useful. When your baby is getting their teeth in, drooling and wants to chew on something, your out and you know your baby is going to find anything to grab, a necklace thats made for this purpose is great! Its right in their face and ready to go. Heres the https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M1NPVQ6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01M1NPVQ6&linkCode=as2&tag=dreamcatc0f95-20&linkId=a5bb1290b55a58ced5a79e634215d97f">silicone teething necklace. Its cute, isnt it?!
- Teething Necklace for Baby: These https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M5CMRNE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00M5CMRNE&linkCode=as2&tag=dreamcatc0f95-20&linkId=5e4910f8f530fe4b6ee28a5c03940e5f">amber necklaces are a hit. Do they work? They might, but they cant hurt and look cute. Cutting teeth is painful so might as well try to make it a little easier on these little ones. Im telling you, its one of the ten things I would buy again.
- Sleep Sacks: Newborns really don’t need real clothes, they just need to be kept warm and these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072M3HSFR/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B072M3HSFR&linkCode=as2&tag=dreamcatc0f95-20&linkId=edccf52375fac4b6551be054194f19a9">sleep sacks do just that. You can put a onesie on and then slip them into this sack and they are good to go. Its easy for you to get on and off, the baby likes it because they can move their little legs freely. Its a winner.
- Glider: Theres nothing like having a cozy chair to sit in while you feed your baby. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075T5R99X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B075T5R99X&linkCode=as2&tag=dreamcatc0f95-20&linkId=fff648645b9c9d7586e8068a3c9b4845">This glider is so nice, with its soothing motion, foot rest and pocket. All I have to say it…. “Treat Yo Self”!
- Postpartum Doula: A postpartum doula will be able to answer any questions you have about baby care, self care and healing from birth. They will help you with your older children, stabilizing your home and making you feel a little more normal. They are incredible for the transition into parenthood and worth every penny, leaving you confident in parenting your baby.
- Meal Delivery Service: Look folks, you are going to be putting in some long hours in the early days of having a newborn, and Im telling you, it is hard to find time to eat. You need things that are ready and waiting for you. Im not talking about cheese-sticks, though Im not above them, Im talking about meals with protein, greens and fresh ingredients. Heres a local option. While your at it, have a friend set up a Meal Train for you and make sure you stock your freezer with meals.
Let me know what you found most helpful! What did you find helpful in the newborn stage?