~ Newborn Essentials: Part 1!!

Preparing for a baby is hard work, in more ways than 1. Your life is about to change forever and mostly all for the good… Except loosing some sleep, that part is not so good. LOL!! But more on that later!

In a series of upcoming posts, I am sharing some newborn essentials, which in my opinion are a must. I am also working on a post of things that are “good to have” so that’ll be coming your way soon as well. But for now, my focus is on the absolutely necessary items. I am also working on a “what to keep in your hospital bag” post so stay tuned for that as well.

So without further ado, my list of newborn essentials, part 1, in no particular order, is as follows:

Clothes:

Clothes and many clothes is the key for preparing for a baby, but always a size bigger! Invest in just a few newborn pieces as they aren’t going to be that tiny for more than a week or two, if you had an on-time / full term delivery. The story for a premie baby is a bit different. So what I mean to say is that you should have more of 0-3 months onesies initially, and then 3-6 and so on and so forth. Also keep in mind the weather in your city when the baby is 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m and so on, and buy the clothes accordingly.

Onesies worked wonders for us especially since you are going to be changing a billion (no really, that’s the count) diapers!!! I like anything that opens up from the bottom and has easy access to the diaper. And that’s the reason why I am not a big fan of pants when it comes to babies and luckily since mine is a girl, onesies and baby dresses are all I need, mostly!!

Stock up on atleast 10-12 onesies. You’ll be amazed at how many times you can end up having to change the little one and having to do laundry everyday is definitely not what you want especially when you are already preoccupied with a newborn hence having atleast 10 onesies is a good idea.

For night wear, have a wearable blanket or a micro-fleece overall onesies so you can skip the need of a blanket and hence your little one will be safer when they sleep at night.

Mittens weren’t preferred by little Miss K, but it’s a must-have since kids scratch themselves all the time! Caps and socks are needed too. Having atleast 5 pairs of each is a good start. The story about mittens is a mixed one, our baby couldn’t care less to keep them on, so for us it was a waste of money. Also I read somewhere that mittens actually hinder sensory development, and it is better to let babies feel their face and other things with their hands without the mittens blocking them, so I guess you can skip these if you want to.

Burp cloths are an absolute must and so are Wash cloths. I would suggest having atleast 10 burp cloths (they do get dirty easily, thanks to all the spit-up babies do while you try to burp them, exactly for the reason that they don’t spit up, vicious circle I know!) and washcloths, you can never have enough. We have about 40 wash cloths and some weeks, they still are less as they are needed for all sorts of activities – sponging the baby after a massage, cleaning spit ups, cleaning the baby in general and what not!

Hooded towels are a must and we have 5 of these, but since here in the US, the pediatrician recommends a bath for the newborn once in 3 days , I would suggest that 2-3 hooded towels are more than enough for your day to day, coz trust me, that laundry machine is going to run often.

Diapers, Diaper Rash Cream and Baby Wipes:

Stock up!!!!! You’ll need MANY MANY diapers and even more wipes, trust me, consider yourself warned!!

We are always stocked up on at least a month’s supply of diapers and baby wipes. Since we live in a apartment and have carpet, we don’t prefer cloth diapers / nappies coz it can get messy easily and fairly quickly.

Diaper rash cream is a must, and if you aren’t too lazy, then apply it with every diaper change and if you are like us, a little lazy, then apply it atleast a few times during the day. Apart from this, also give the baby diaper-free time while you massage, as it’s good to air things out, atleast once everyday.

We swear by Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Sensitive Wipes. As for diaper rash cream there are a couple of good ones – Dr. Smith, Destin and Aquaphor.

A caddy to arrange all your diapers in one place is a good idea and also changing pads, like the rubber ones we get in India is a good investment. In my opinion a changing table is waste of money as it’s not necessary to run to the changing station every time. We just change her diaper in the room we are by bringing the caddy and a rubber changing pad along. It’s really convenient, trust me!

Bedding:

2-3 blankets are good enough and 3-4 crib sheets are good to start with.

You can skip pillows, bolsters, crib bumpers, and decorative pillows because it is usually advised to keep the baby’s crib empty of all decorative and unnecessary items.

If you want a pillow, consider getting one filled with mustard seeds as that usually takes the shape of baby’s head and helps in getting that perfect round head.

Toiletries:

Baby shampoo and body wash (often they are the same) is an absolute must and I recommend either Aveeno or Dove. Also a small soft bristle baby hair brush for combing that delicate head. A nasal aspirator and one for the mouth is necessary too. And definitely buy a thermometer and some nail files, since their nails grow like weeds, and if not filed, they will scratch themselves crazy! I really liked this Summer Infant Kit and would surely suggest buying this.

I guess this post has already become a long one, so I’ll be sharing more newborn essentials in the next segment – so look out for more posts of newborn essentials coming your way 🙂

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~ Island Style – 2!!

With Spring Break around the corner and a lot of you having some beach getaways planned, or for those who are still stuck with frigid temperatures and are surely dreaming of tropical weather, today’s post is on Island Fashion!

My 1st Island Fashion post can be viewed here: ~ Island Style – 1

For the July 4th long weekend last year, we drove to Florida, and went to Pensacola Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach! I’ll be sharing our trip details soon, but for now, wanted to share some of my looks for our beach getaway 🙂

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I was absolutely feeling the boho vibes while on the beach or in and about a beach town and most of my looks reflect the same!

My first look was a long skirt with a cute short top, not in any shape to show my mid section (that I call tummy) though, LOL!!

The skirt is from Target and the top is from Aeropostale and my headband is from Claire’s and Jewelry from Charming Charlie.

My second look was a coverup and a big beachy hat. This coverup is from Miami, and so is the hat. But I am linking some cute options here (Amazon Cover-upsAmazon Beach HatsTarget Cover-upsTarget Beach Hats). My swim wear is from Walmart and I love their Catalina line (Walmart Catalina Swimwear).

My third look was a Desi fushion look – pairing a demin shirt with harem pants! Harem pants are from India and the denim shirt is from Kuwait, I wasn’t able to find similar options for the harem pants but here are some denim shirt options (Target Denim Shirt).

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There’s something about the beach, it relaxes me completely and also gets the quirky side out in me!

My first look in this collage was a simple shorts with T-shirt paired with a funky sleeveless kimono. Linking similar options here (NY&C ShortsOld Navy TopTarget Kimonos).

My second look was for July 4th fireworks!! This cute dress was hanging in my closet for a good part of the year but I hadn’t found the perfect occasion to wear it, but fireworks at the beach sounded perfect!! The dress is from Aeropostale, wristlet from Coach and my funky wooden jewelry from Hawaii, head band from Claire’s.

For a day out on and about the beach, I wore this coverup that I got from Bahamas over my swim wear with my beachy hat. Similar options linked here (Amazon Cover-upsTarget Cover-upsAmazon Beach HatsTarget Beach Hats and lastly Walmart Catalina Swimwear).

For our sunset cruise, I wanted to keep it chic yet cool (and by cool, I mean cool temperatures as it was scorching hot!!) so I opted for this denim skirt I got from Kuwait along with this funky top from and beachy hat I got from our trip to San Juan. Similar options  linked – Denim SkirtCool Tops from GapAmazon Beach HatsTarget Beach Hats).

For my flip flops, I usually shop at one of the following: AeropostaleOld Navy and AerosolesTarget has a cute collection too!

It was a super fun trip and we had a great time! I’ll definitely be talking about these destinations and their details more towards the summer, so stay tuned!!

Also, here are some islandy destinations I have shared on the blog in earlier posts, in case you are interested in checking them out 💁🏻

– Cruise to Bahamas: ~ Cruise to Bahamas…

– Cruise to Mexico: ~ Our 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise to Mexico!

– Maui, Hawaii: ~ Maui, Hawaii…

– Big Island, Hawaii: ~ The Big Island of Hawaii…

– Oahu, Hawaii: ~ Oahu, Hawaii!!

– San Juan, PR: ~ The Perfect Vacation: San Juan, PR!

If you are staying local / around Houston:

– Austin: ~ Around Houston: Austin!!

– San Antonio: ~ Around Houston: San Antonio!!

– New Orleans: ~ Around Houston: New Orleans!!

– Fredericksburg: ~ Around Houston: Fredericksburg!!

– South Padre Island: ~ Around Houston: South Padre Island…

– Wall Murals around Houston: ~ Houston – Off the Beaten Path: Wall Murals – Part 1.

And some general information is always good, am I right?!

– Road Trip Ready: ~ Road Trip Ready!

– Crusising Tips and Tricks: ~ Cruising Tips & Tricks!!

– What’s in my Carry on: ~ What’s in my Carry-on!!

– Patio Maintanence (spring special!!): ~ Patio Maintenance!!

Alright folks, thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend and the upcoming Spring Break!! 🌴☀️