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My Baby #4 Must Haves

Baby should be arriving soon, so I thought I would share my Baby #4 Must Haves!
I picked some items for baby and items for mama in my round up.
It’s really all for mama in the end…haha. Happy baby is a happy mama!
Some are new favorites, and some are “I used this with all my babies” items.
If you are trying to figure out what you really need after baby arrives, hopefully my list helps!baby#4musthaves-athomewithnatalie

1. Little Giraffe – Chenille Baby Blanket
Ok first up is a baby essential…for comfort but also for photos!
I just added this blanket to my hospital bag so I can snap some sweet newborn photos
of baby in this fuzzy blanket. It’s SO soft and pretty. I went with white
(for either boy or girl) but you can find colored ones.

2. 4moms- mamaRoo
This is  a MUST. It’s a game changer.
When we had our first baby 7 years ago, someone gave us a different version of this but it worked wonders.
It’s kicked the bucket but I wasn’t able to find one similar until now!
Mamas don’t swing our babies…we sway and do other motions and the mamaRoo mimics those motions.
I’ve heard amazing things about this one and so many of my instagram mama friends have one for their new babies!
We just put ours together and it went up like a breeze and fits in great with our space.
Doesn’t take up much room at all!

3. Printastic App – Photo Books for Phone photos
This is a must if you are like me and take a million photos on your phone but want to
be able to enjoy them long after your phone fills up and you dump them on your computer.
I used the Printastic App to create a photo book of our Outer Banks
trip this summer and LOVED how it turned out.
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I’ll be using this app for the baby’s baby book! I’ve made books like this for
all my kids and they love looking through it.
It’s something you can make happen even in the delirious sleep
deprived first few weeks. You won’t regret it.

4. DockATot – Deluxe Dock (with Chevron Cover)
I am SOOOO excited about using this with our baby.
I’ve heard incredible things about it’s sleeping baby magic.
It arrived and is made so well and I love the chevron cover I picked out for it.

5. BLANQI High-Waist Maternity + Postpartum Leggings
First time mamas…I’m going to speak some truth to you…
After you have a baby, you will have a tummy. for a while.
Sometimes longer than you want. But these postpartum leggings are EVERYTHING.
They smooth you out and offer you that support you want.
Great to wear with a long tunic. You’ll be comfy and feel “pulled together.”
If you are having a baby in the fall or chillier seasons..this is a must.
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6. Gilligan and O’Malley Nursing Cotton Cami
This is probably my most recommended new baby suggestion.
I have lived in these, the first few months, with ALL of my babies.
They are amazing nursing tanks that are functional and comfortable.
I have 3 of them. one grey, one white and one black. yup. Just cycle through these and you’re set.
I have one in my hospital bag!

7. MAC’s Mineralize Concealer
Ok ladies…..two words for you.
I use this daily, but it’s especially essential during those first months of newborn baby.
This under eye concealer immediately brightens your face and makes you look
like you’ve actually slept and haven’t been crying off and on for weeks from your crazy hormones. haha.
I’ve tried other cheaper options…but always come back to this one. It’s worth it and lasts a long time.

8. BLANQI Bodystyler, Maternity High Performance Belly Support Tank Top.
I wear this during my pregnancy…but after you have baby you are
still going to want some help in that tummy area.
It smooths and supports and is easy to nurse in.
I use a size medium through most of my pregnancy and keep wearing it till I’m too small for it.
It’s a good maternity piece because it can last you for a long time in both seasons.
(I’m wearing mine below at 37 weeks and 6 days)
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I hope this post was helpful! I always love seeing what other mamas love and swear by.
Follow me on INSTAGRAM to see all of these items in action.
Hopefully SOON! I’m 38 weeks and 5 days right now.
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My world is currently being rocked with prodromal labor, but hanging in there.
Soaking up the moments with my three littles, but can’t wait to find out what we are having!
Almost EVERYONE tells me I’m having a boy….but we shall see!
Praying for a healthy baby and good delivery experience.
Have you checked out my hospital bag post?
It’s been one of my most popular posts this year!

My System for Saving School Projects

My Sienna’s Preschool teacher, last year, gave us a binder at the
end of the school year filled with all her work and fun projects.
It was SO AWESOME having it all in one place and able to see how much she learned and grew in that year.
I am taking that same idea and putting it to use with my girls’ school projects this year!
I have a system made up to help me stay on top of all the papers that are coming through the door!
They LOVE their binders and it’s going to be something special to look at throughout the projects-athomewithnatalie

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the idea of doing this all year, but if you have
a good system in place it’ll help you stay on top of it!
Here’s how I’ve been doing it…

+Two Binders. (try to grab on clearance with the end of back to school supplies up!)
+3 Hole Puncher
+Card stock paper
+Container for school projects/papers as they come in
+Label for binders.
(I made one in photoshop. You could have your kids draw

something or create something on your computer.)
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I have a metal tray that goes on top of the fridge, when I check their backpacks I
pull ones that I think I should include in their binder.
Not everything makes the cut….. There is SO MUCH.
TIP: If you do toss some of the extra papers, make sure your kids don’t see you. lol.
I gather the papers in the tray and then at some point during the week pop them into their binders.
I use the card stock for any of the smaller projects. Just stapling them to the
paper and then using the 3 hole puncher to pop them in.
For the pages of construction paper that are too wide for the binders,
I just use scissors to trim off the extra parts.
Or, like my Sienna’s old teacher did, just use the 3 hole puncher on part
of the large piece and fold up the rest of the paper to fit.
Sophia does a weekly spelling test. she is SUPER into it and loves practicing her sight words.
I made a page for the little test sheets and I’ll be adding them to it
for a while before starting another page of them. My baby bump crashed the photo. ;)
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When I finish, I just pack up the stapler, card stock paper and hole punch into the
tray and put it back on top of the fridge for the next time.
We also keep their Faith Formation books in their since it’s a once a week thing.
If it was down on their level, they would always be pulling their books and folders out.
Helps keep my sanity in check that one day a week we actually need those books and folders!
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I hope you give it a try! With a system in place, you’ll be able to tackle this project with no problem
at all and have some great memories all in one place!
So proud of my girls and how much they are learning and growing.
I really enjoy this little time where I can sit down and look at their hard work.
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Baby #4 Hospital Bag

Baby time is around the corner!
I wanted to share what I’m packing in my Hospital bag for Baby #4’s arrival!
I know everyone has certain things they always pack or don’t care about packing… here’s my list!

Camera Bag.
I love being able to snap some photos of our babies when they are hours old!
I’ve never had a photographer come, but usually take turns with ben capturing some photos.
I’m going to grab some video footage of just the baby this time too…
I saw another mom do that and then put together a video for their birthday and it was SO precious!
We usually set up the camera to video when the kids see their sibling for the first time.
Memories I never want to forget!

Clothes for baby!
We don’t know what we are having, so I have a few outfits for boy and a few outfits for girl!
Some old and some new. I love buying baby clothes after the baby comes…probably even more than before.
I wear the baby and head to target. ;) Mommy date!

Clothes for Me!
There are certain items I can’t live without when going to the hospital.
1. Outfit to go home in. Maternity clothes because you’re going
to want to be will still have the bump. ;)
2. Comfy pajama pants! I got these at Target for the end of my comfortable!
I have two pairs of these knit pajama pants: purple and grey.
3. I had this pajama set for Micah’s birth..and loved how comfy it was and presentable for company.
They don’t have these specific ones anymore but here’s a similar option in silk: Pajama Set
4. Hospital gown and a robe.
The Designer Hospital Gown is by Dear Johnnies.
The robe is from Target – Xhilaration Robe in Pink
5. THESE….are my all time most suggested thing for your hospital bag and first few months of baby.
They are a must for easy nursing. I lived in these. Target – Gilligan O’Malley Nursing Tanks

Toiletries and Makeup
I pack the basic toiletries you would bring on a trip away…
(Facewash:neutrogena foaming cleanser Toner:neutrogena pore refining toner
Moisturizer: cetaphil moisturizing cream)
But one key thing. Dry Shampoo! I use the Dove brand daily. (even on clean hair for some texture!)
I also pack some lansinoh breast pads and lansinoh cream.
I used to pack always infinity pads, but the hospital usually gives you ones that are way better!
You won’t need those till you run out later when you get home.
I packed the products I use for my curly hair..but also a straightener.
Sometimes you get a little stir crazy in the little hospital room and have
time to actually do your hair while daddy holds baby.
I don’t know if I’ll use it, but I like having the option!

I know some people don’t care about packing this stuff…
But I like to freshen up and pack the basics!
Some key makeup items I use to make me look awake and not totally sleep deprived:
Mac Mineralize Concealer (for Under Eye) – Mac Cosmetics
Benefit Cosmetics Foundation Stick – Ulta
Maybelline Full n’ Soft Waterproof Mascara (Very Black) – Target
Items not linked….a blush and an eyelash curler.
I can do this makeup in 5 minutes and feel fresh and ready for the day.

Treats for Mom. (and dad.)
A little something chocolate and a little something sour!
If I don’t have this baby soon I’ll keep adding more. lol.

Soft things for Baby
I always pack a few burp cloths, swaddlers and blankets. Loveee a little baby burrito!
1. Yellow Stripe Swaddle from Pehr Designs
2.  Burp cloths from Witt’s End Design. They are so cute and soft.
3. I think I got the green and white stripe blanket years ago at target.
I’ve used it with the past 2 babies. It’s great for nursing and is sentimental now. Had to pack it!
4.LOVE these blankets from lulujo baby! A Pink one for a girl and a Blue one for a boy!
5. I used these SwaddleMe’s from Target when I had Micah and they were great.
I didn’t use them till he was bigger, so I grabbed the smaller size for this baby!

Of course..bring the car seat!
And I’m SO excited to use this product I’ve seen all over Instagram… Milk Snob Cover!
It’s multifunctional and I love the stripe! perfect for a boy or girl.
You can cover the car seat with it, nurse with it or even swaddle the baby in it.

I always bring gifts for our Labor + Delivery Nurses.
I think they deserve it. Nurses are amazing! It also helps you quickly become their favorite patient! haha.
I shared a post on this version I made up: Labor + Delivery Nurse Gifts DIY
I usually bring about 12 to the hospital with me. And then pass out any extras at the desk when we leave.
Usually I give the kids or other hospital visitors some too. I just like having something to pass out. :)

I also pack (in an IKEA bag and leave it in the car) gifts for the kids from baby!
This year I picked out something snuggly for each of them to take home after seeing us.
I added a little pink bow to the girls’ stuffed animals. (all from IKEA!)

I hope this post on my Hospital Bag was helpful!
(Here’s my Hospital Bag from Baby #3– Micah)
Everyone likes to bring different things, but this is what I like to have with me!