When you’re preparing for your baby’s birth, you have, just like everybody has, a list where you have all the items you will need to take good care of your little love. You might have already found out that people around you, family and friends know a lot of items you will need once the baby arrives, and according to each of them, the items they mention are essential.
There are a lot of baby products out there on the market and there are many of them claiming to be the best. With such a huge variety of options, it’s quite hard to make a decision: all products have their features and advantages, and the huge range of products might not help at all. So, what are the must-have products for a new mom? We have gathered here a list, after listening to hundreds of moms about their first days/months with their babies and we extracted the most important products they used. We added here only time- and life- saving products, those that made new moms’ lives easier. For real! Of course that this list is not the complete list with all the necessities, but we included here some of the products that you might end up sending your partner out for in the middle of the night or ordering them online and praying to be delivered overnight. You won’t want to forget these must-haves for new moms!
Maybe you won’t be going out too much in the first days, but a diaper bag will become one of the trendiest and most fashionable accessories you’ll wear in the next…year? Yes, the truth is that a diaper bag is a wonderful solution for an organization on the go. These special bags have unique designs that keep everything in its place and some models even have pockets with interchangeable Velcro labels. These features make diaper bags masterpieces that come in handy for every new mom that needs to go out with her baby. Diaper bags come in hundreds of models, colors, and shapes, this meaning that you will definitely find one to fit your style and preferences.
What to take into consideration when choosing a diaper bag?
Quality - don’t go for low budget on this product, you’ll be using it a lot, choose top quality products;
Material – well, some materials are harder to clean, get stained easily and break easily. What you’re looking for is a dark colored, thick, resistant material diaper bag. But if you fall in love with a light colored one, don’t miss it as you will use it a lot in the following years and you want to be happy with it.
Style – No matter if it’s a simple bag, a backpack, a sling bag or a messenger bag; choose the most comfortable model that fits your needs and the type will be the most useful for you! And regarding fabric pattern, don’t forget that your partner will also use the diaper bag and you don’t want him to push a stroller in the park with a pink rainbows bag on his shoulder…Also, if you could choose a diaper bag with a handler that can easily be strapped onto your stroller’s handlebar, it would be a great choice. It will save your back and you will move freely around your baby in the stroller. If you’ll go for the sling bag model, remember that when you will have that bag full of baby stuff, you will definitely need padded straps to save your shoulders.
Pockets & changing pad – Many inside and outside pockets are very helpful. You can use the outside pockets for bottles for example, but inside pockets can be used for almost anything: bottles, spoons, little toys, pacifiers, baby food, elephants, etc J Basically little, important things that you don’t want to lose in all those diapers and clothes. If the bag you have chosen does not feature a foldable changing pad, buy one. Having a changing pad is very convenient when you travel with the baby or when you’re somewhere out. Check that it fits your baby’s dimensions (and don’t forget that they grow so/too fast), and that It can be easily cleaned. If it is a little bit padded, it will make the diaper changing experience more comfortable for your baby.
Easy to close – You need a bag with easy access to the essential pockets. Opening and closing the diaper bag with a baby in your arms should be piece of cake. So check how the bag closes, and do some test while holding something in your arms.
2. NURSING ESSENTIALS
For some new moms, breastfeeding can be a challenge. First weeks with a baby can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming, and breastfeeding can be even painful. For some moms, breastfeeding their baby is a beautiful story, but let’s see how can you prepare to live a beautiful nursing story and to easily overcome challenges.
The breastfeeding survival kit for new moms includes the following items:
- Nipple butter/cream (lanolin recommended)
- Soothing breast pads
- Absorbent breast pads
- Nipple shields (in case your newborn baby has trouble latching on)
- Hands-free pumping bra
- Breast pump (manual or electric, single or double, depending on how much and how often you think you’ll express)
- Milk storage bags, 2 bottles, bottle drying rack and a bottle brush (in case you will feed the little one expressed milk)
- Bibs and burp cloths (many, many burp cloths)
- Nursing pillow (makes breastfeeding muuuch easier!)
- Nursing tanks, bras, and blouses
- Nursing cover (for 100% privacy for you and your baby; most nursing covers are multi-use and very helpful)
- Lactation tea (in case you will need it, don’t make large stocks)
3. INFANT TRAVEL SYSTEM
Deciding how to transport the little one can be a tough decision, and when checking out the market you might feel that you have many items to buy. There are some essential items you need if you want to take your baby out and about: a car seat for trips in the car, a pushchair for traveling and walks on foot and a carrycot for those times when you carry the baby from one place to another. A travel system is a great must-have for new moms mainly because you will get a better deal buying all these elements. Even if most travel systems have high prices, buying one can actually mean that you save money. For example, sometimes, if you buy separately a pushchair and a car seat you pay more than you would pay if you bought a travel system. During baby’s very first days, even for a month or more, you can actually have her sleep in the carrycot, as an alternative to a basket or a baby bed.
Before purchasing a travel system, test the car seat to make sure that it fits your car and your home (you don’t want your entrance hallway blocked by a huge travel system). If storage is a problem, then you might think twice and go for separate items.
4. MULTI-USE CAR SEAT COVER
If you get a travel system, you will also have a car seat. But what to do when you need protection on the go? Multi-use covers are specially designed to protect babies from sun, wind, insects, bugs, mosquitoes, dirt, pollen, and very important, from curious strangers willing to see and touch the baby (and they usually appear next to you and your baby in the most inappropriate moments!)…
Multi-use covers are added on registry lists by hundreds of future parents (both first time and experienced parents love this type of product!). The best part is that you can use these covers in multiple ways: car seat cover, nursing cover, highchair cover, shopping cart cover and fashionable scarf. Some parents use it when they change the diaper and they don’t have a changing pad with them, because they don’t want the baby to come in contact with germs or bacteria. Moreover, multi-use covers are very easy to clean: wash in cold, 30 degrees Celsius water and iron at low temperature.
Made of stretchy and breathable fabric, they are great if you want to breastfeed in public, but don’t want a lot of eyes on yourself and the baby. A nursing cover will keep you comfortable and provide you with full coverage. The stretchy fabric allows you to easily access the baby for a proper latch and any other adjustments. We know how sensitive is baby’s sleep is, so a multi-use cover is amazing because it blocks out light, allowing your little one to sleep without distractions.
Where to find a top quality, fashionable multi-use cover? Check out our Featured Products Collection!
5. TUMMY TUB
When it comes to baby bathing, it might be tricky and challenging for new parents, but Tummy Tub is the best solution ever. In was invented by Dutch midwives in the early 90’s and it is so great because it emulates the warm feeling of a womb. The babies sit in a prenatal position and are embraced by the water around them that makes them feel safe and relaxed. A wonderful bathing experience! Besides the safe feeling and relaxation, Tummy Tub is loved by new parents around the world for its practicality. It can easily be used anywhere in the house, it is compact and can be used while traveling. It can be used right from birth, with little support for baby’s head and as they grow and have more head control, they can sit by themselves. Many children love the Tummy Tub and take baths in it until their toddlerhood, usually until they don’t fit anymore.
You wouldn’t believe it, but a combination between a flowerpot and a bucket is the best solution for baby’s bath. See-through and small-shaped, keeps the water warmer for a long time, Tummy Tub has a low center of gravity for perfect baby safety.