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Now that we are [mostly] settled into our new place, I have finally started to get things ready for Simon’s arrival. As nervous and anxious as I am to
give birth again have two babies under the age of two, the more I think about having a sweet little newborn to snuggle on, the more excited I get.
The first few weeks at home with your newborn are so precious. As hard as it is to adjust to the new (non)sleep schedule and to figure out your new norm, those sweet baby snuggles and newborn coos make it so worth it. Being the total homebody that I am, I totally cherish those first few weeks holed up at home with my family just loving up on our little ones and soaking it all in.
Instead of focusing on some of the big ticket items, I’ve started my baby prep with the 5 essentials for baby number two’s first few weeks at home. Thankfully, I only had to make one stop at Target to pick up all of the essentials that we didn’t have on hand already – I was able to find everything on my list super quickly and was even surprised to find a new Little Remedies® product that I knew I had to try.
 I’m pretty sure I read in the “rule book of new babies” that sweet, snuggly outfits are essential to taking care of a newborn and, since I am a rule follower, I’ve made sure that Simon is ready to go with some comfy little ensembles. The shirt is actually one of Lyla’s old shirts. It was always one of my favorites so I kept it on hand for her little brother. I picked up the sweatpants from Target and wish they had them in my size – how comfortable do they look?!
 I can’t say enough good things about these Little Remedies® products. When Lyla was little, she had a lot of tummy problems that caused her discomfort. I was so hesitant to give my tiny baby anything besides breastmilk but felt comfortable giving the Little Remedies® Gripe Water a try since it was free from any artificial dyes and parabens. It always seemed to do the trick and I make sure to recommend it to all new moms and moms-to-be.
In case our Simon has the same tummy trouble as his big sister, I wanted to make sure that we had the gripe water on hand instead of having to make a special trip to the store. When I was at Target picking it up, I noticed the new Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief and decided to pick up a bottle of that too. A mama can never be too prepared!
 Long days (and nights) at home call for lots of snuggles on the couch so I’m making sure that I have blankets easily accessible all around the house. I much prefer “real” blankets to receiving blankets as they grow with the child. (and because I have a
slight obsession with blankets. Sorry, babe!)
 Our laundry pile seems to be never-ending no matter how many times I downsize our closets and it’s only about to get worse as we add another person to our family. So, to (hopefully) cut down on the number of times I have to change little man’s outfit, and therefore cut down on the number of laundry loads I do per week, I am going to give these soft bibs a try. I never really used any kind of bib with Lyla but looking back, I definitely should have.
 Pacifiers! Like so many parenting decisions, the decision on whether or not to give your baby a pacifier is pretty polarizing. We introduced the pacifier to Lyla while she was still in the hospital and it didn’t have any negative effect on her breastfeeding habits. Today, she will still take her “wubby” in the car and in her crib at nap/bed times and we are totally ok with that.
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Those are my 5 essentials for baby’s first few weeks at home. What would you add to the list?