Like most moms, my biggest concern during my pregnancy was for the little babe growing in my belly. I remember being at one of my normal check ups with my doctor (who I love) and she reminded me that I needed to think about myself too. She was by no means suggesting my worries for my baby were abnormal or unwarranted but moreso reminding me that I was a big part of the equation too. I think as
pregnant ladies moms we forget about ourselves. So to follow up to our newborn essentials post from last week here is a list of new mom essentials. And the giveaway for the $25 gift certificate to Diapers.com is still going on over at the newborn essentials post so head over and enter!
1 – Diaper Bag. The diaper bag is absolutely essential. I never thought I would travel with so much “gear”. Check out our what to pack: diaper bag edition for the details but the bag itself doesn’t have to be a diaper bag – a cute tote or large purse works too!
2 – Comfortable nightgown(s) and a robe. I got these nightgowns from Target and I love them. Not only are the soft jersey and roomy but they also work great for nursing (i.e., you can pull them down easily). A good robe like this one from Doie Lounge, is a wise investment too and something you’ll definitely get good use out of.
3 – Personal goods (not pictured). The hospital will provide lots of these items but it is good to have some back ups at home. And don’t be afraid to ask the hospital for extras. I know these aren’t the most glamourous items to make the list but I would definitely have a healthy supply of super heavy pads, Tucks medicated witch hazel pads, Dermoplast pain relieving spray, ibuprofen and stool softeners. Like I said the hospital should give you all of what is mentioned and will likely send you home with a good stash. If nothing else now you know what you’ll be getting!
4 – A cozy throw. You’ll need this so you can cozy up whenever and wherever you can. I love this pretty lilac, super soft herringbone throw.
5 – Baby carrier. The Baby K’tan is pictured – enter the giveaway going on now! But there are other great carriers too. I would definitely suggest a wrap type version that is soft and easy to wear. You’ll love this to serve as an extra set of hands and to wear around the house as well as to help soothe your little one. Pay close attention to the weight limit though as most require your little one by at least eight pounds.
6 – Formula. Even if you are breastfeeding it is smart to have formula on hand just in case. In case of milk supply issues, a natural disaster (I know it sounds extreme but could happen) or any other unforeseen circumstance. Ask your pediatrician for a recommendation but ours suggested a basic brand of traditional formula. You’ll also want to have distilled water to mix the formula with.
7 – Bottles. Perhaps this should have gone on the newborn essentials post… oh well. Again, even if you are breastfeeding, have a few bottles on hand for the reasons mentioned above.
These next few are for breastfeeding moms…
8 – Lanolin. A MUST! Use often and early. Be careful – it can leave oil like stains on bras and clothing.
9 – Nursing bra. I like these soft “sleeping” bras. I wore them all the time (and still do, don’t tell anyone!)
11 – Nursing pillow. It is no secret that we are big fans of the My Brest Friend and it was a lifesaver for me. Others love the Boppy. The plus about the Boppy is that it grows with your child and is useful for lots of things down the road (tummy time, sitting prop, lap prop, feeding pillow, etc) but the My Brest Friend worked much better for me while breastfeeding. So much so I think it is worth having the Boppy and the My Brest Friend.
Be sure to check out our breastfeeding accessories post for more details. I didn’t include a pump here because it is not necessary but in case it is for you, check out our breast pump reviews and buying guide.
There you have it an essential list for new moms. We didn’t mention SLEEP. Of course it is essential and they say to do it while your baby sleeps… I always had a hard time with that but at least try to do it. It can be tough but you’ll be glad you did. Are we missing anything on our list?