Nursing pillow: It’s a gamechanger. I have both a Boppy and a My Brest Friend. I like them both, but I like my boppy more because I used it as a pillow (for myself) while I was in the hospital. I also use it as a pillow at the house.
Easy to clean, slip cover is VERY easy to change, comes in a billion different colors, versitle, cozy, works wonders. Works great for propping up baby, tummy time, and keeping baby from toppling forward during the learning to sit stage.
Not a lot of support, slips off easily.
My Brest Friend PROS:
Clips around back, firmer in texture, acts as a “baby table” if you stand up while nursing the baby.
My Brest Friend CONS:
Slip cover is stupidly frustrating to get back on.
Other pillows WILL do, but a boppy is the tits. If I had to choose again, I’d choose a boppy.
My must haves:
Mamaroo (My daughter had terrible gas for the first three weeks of her life and this thing was a lifesaver),
A good nursing bra (I prefer the ones without underwires since I sleep in them)
White noise. We were gifted a Sleepy Sheep and this thing literally has a place of honor in the house. It has saved our bacon more times than there are stars in the sky. My daughter sleeps with it every.single.night. It knocks her out cold in no time.
I did cloth & disposable diapers, so I bought a Diaper Champ for diaper “disposal.” It uses regular kitchen bags so I use those, no fancy diaper genie-like cartridges, and I have a reusable, washable liner I put in it for the cloth diapers so I can just chuck it into the wash.
Swaddle blankets/Swaddlers — I swaddled my daughter out of desperation when she was about a month or so old and it was like she was an entirely new baby. She slept happily and ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. It was amazing, especially as a worrying first time mom. My parents and In-Laws would give me shit that she looked too cramped up, but she was happy. They would put her right to sleep. I eventually upgraded to a Halo Swaddle that allowed me to swaddle her with her arms out. Works GREAT for gas. She doesn’t need them anymore, since she’s six months old now.