The number of baby items for new moms seems endless. It’s not only bottles but also bottle cleaners, warmers, sterilizers, different sized nipples… right? Well, not exactly. As I wrote elsewhere, buying more stuff doesn’t equal being more prepared. However, the accruement of stuff that comes with a new baby is unavoidable.
But you don’t need to drown in an ocean of consumerism. It’s more like a stream to cross. Here are the best new baby products that are essential for new moms.
Postpartum Products for New Moms
My Facebook and Instagram besties unanimously voted for this product. This handy kit comes with over thirty items (including a handy caddy!) meant to soothe the postpartum experience.
Listen, you bleed a lot after having a baby. Don’t mess with those giant maxi pads. Throw on some Depends and go about your business. Trust me on this.
Sitz is from the German word sitzen, which means to sit. This bath is a type of therapy done by sitting in warm, shallow water. It can help soothe pain, itching, and other symptoms in the anal and genital areas, which you know, can happen after birth.
You may push so hard that you develop hemorrhoids. Or they may appear during pregnancy. These can help.
- Breast Pump
I just want you to know that if you have insurance you can get one for free.
This is the brand that both of my kids loved (fingers crossed that this third one does, too). And, with Big A, it took some trial and error before he settled on this brand.
- Infant Nail Clippers
Doesn’t seem like a feeding item, does it? It will when those sharper-than-you-think newborn baby nails are shredding your chest.
- Nursing Bras and Shirts
Make it as easy as possible to get those boobs out. And make sure the fabric is a kind that can be easily cleaned.
I’ve seen these on nonessential lists, but we adored our bottle warmer. It was so quick and easy to get the formula to the ideal temperature. (We don’t have a microwave.)
I want one of these. Boiling bottles is such a pain. (We don’t have a dishwasher, either.)
- Bottle Brush Cleaner
Old formula can smell really gross. A brush cleaner gets in there and gets all the stubborn gunk out.
I found these to be so helpful with nursing. It eased my arms and kept the babies off my c-section scar.
- Nipple Cream
Breastfeeding can hurt. This will help.
New Baby Clothes
It can be tempting to go overboard where this category is concerned. I know everything looks so cute. But remember that babies grow fast. And they poop on everything. Also, keep seasonal appropriateness in mind. If you’re having a summer baby, go with light cotton. If it’s winter, you’ll want heavier fabrics and a couple of those cute baby hats.
- A Few Sleeping Sacks
These help new babies maintain proper body temperature without becoming overheated from too many blankets.
- Onesies with Zippers
Snaps and buttons are the devil.
People go nuts over these sets.
- Multipurpose Rags
I know, they’re not really clothes. But you’ll be constantly wearing them over your shoulder as you burp your new baby. Don’t spend a bunch of money on burp cloths. Any old soft rags or multipurpose blankets will do.
New Baby Medicine Items
- Gripe Water
Newborns can be super gassy. If your little one is crying and you can’t soothe them (or figure out why) try a few drops of gripe water. It’s like a miracle.
- Baby Fever Reducing Medicine
That first fever is gonna come at 3 a.m. on a random Tuesday. Be prepared with a fever reducer now.
Get a forehead thermometer so you can check fever status without having to wake the baby up.
- Teething soothers
The first teething trouble sounds like a long way off, huh? It’s not. Get soothing stuff now.
Diaper Changing Accessories for a New Baby
Don’t go crazy here. Your new baby may be allergic to a certain brand or not fit a certain size.
You don’t want to have a bunch from a brand your new baby ends up being allergic to so don’t go crazy here either.
- Changing Pad
This could be a waterproof cover you put on the floor or something sturdier that you can use on a dresser (I’m anti-changing table). A blanket on the floor will work too.
Sleeping Arrangements for Newborns
- A Place to Sleep
This could be a pack and play, crib, bassinet, or co-sleeper. I’m not your boss. But you’ll need something.
- Water Proof Sleeping Cover
Whatever your new baby sleeps in, make sure they have something water proof under them. You know, for all the bodily fluid.
- Baby Monitor
Some moms swear by video monitors. We used an audio one and it was fine. But being able to hear (or see) a new baby breathe and stir is reassuring.
The Big Stuff
Our Moby wrap was indispensable where Little A was concerned. He even napped on a parent for the first six months of his life. Using a baby carrier meant that we could do other stuff at the same time.
The ease of attaching the car seat to the stroller and jetting off was very helpful.
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