10 MUST HAVES for New Mamas & a Few Can Do Withouts
Zoe was 5 weeks old when this original post was published and updated at 9 months postpartum. This new mama can share with you the MUST HAVES and a few that may be unnecessary. Here are 10 MUST HAVES for New Mamas & a Few Can Do Withouts. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.
10 MUST HAVES FOR NEW MAMAS
1. Wipe Warmer
I fell in love with the idea of a Prince Lionheart POP Wipe Warmer, Pink when completing our registry and when I plugged it in the afternoon we got home with baby, even more excited. However, when I woke up around 4am, the wipes were cool. Sure enough, I was prepared and the poor girl still had to go a week with cold wipes.
2. Baby Carrier
I’ve still yet to get one of these. And I can only imagine the amount of stuff I could get done around the house with the baby strapped to me, or how much easier it would be shop for groceries without a baby carrier. Shopping with two carts is not possible when the husband is not with us.
I got a Boba Baby Wrap, Grey
and I absolutely wearing her, however, I find it difficult to put on by myself as the baby moves the opposite direction. Honestly, I need two more hands for this. Not just for the wrap but for mamahood in general. I’d like to try this one, Bibetts Pure Linen ‘Gray’ Ring Sling Baby Carrier
. She’s just under 20 lbs and the max recommended weight is 35 lbs, so we still have awhile to get some use out of it.
3. Packed Diaper Bag
Yep, forgot this on our third outing to her second doctor’s appointment for a weight re-check. OF COURSE, she was wet when I removed the diaper for her naked weigh in. I can’t imagine putting on a wet pair of panties. And felt like I earned the bad mom of the day award with this one. (I know it won’t be the last time!)
Update: I now use two diaper bags. One is my personal and the other is for when she goes places: to grandma’s, to daycare, or out on the boat with daddy.
4. Baby Health Kit
The bugger bulb, and the nail files are priceless. Do you know how many snots a baby makes? And lets not forget the tiny finger nails we are expected to cut. Words of advice: Despite having baby finger clippers, the nail files do the job well and it doesn’t result in bleeding. File them, mitt them, and finished. There are other valuable pieces in these kits that I haven’t needed yet.
5. Bouncer AND Swing
I made the mistake of not putting a swing on our registry and I didn’t push my husband on the importance of it until we’re 4 weeks in. BIG mistake. Though she likes her bouncer, its not as helpful as swinging.
is her favorite. My husband even said if it broke, he would happily buy another. She has 5 more lbs (25 lb weight limit) and then her swinging days are over.
6. Carseat/Stroller Travel System
I am so grateful to have a carrier, two bases, and snap-n-go stroller. We actually went to the mall, each had an eye doctor appointment and 5 hours later with travel, no outbursts. We really are blessed. We kept her moving in the stroller throughout the appointments and lunch. Whatever works, right?
Update: I absolutely LOVE my Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller. The canopy covers her completely from the sun and it is easy to set up and break down with a baby in tow.
7. Boppy Pillow
I feel like a kid with a blankie the way I tote the Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Owls
around with me. Done. Get one if you’re breastfeeding. Get one for positioning and support even if you are not breastfeeding.
Update: Still love the Boppy. And I love her owls. 🙂
People may claim that this is an unnecessary expense. I thank the wonderful cousin of my husband for gifting us one. If I didn’t have one, I’d probably end up sleeping in the glider or on the nursery floor so I can hear every sound and check on her a few times a night. And though she has slept in bed with us twice due to a bad night, I’m sure it would have been far more occurrences if she was sleeping in the nursery.
9. Travel Changing Pad
I use this in the bedroom on our bed for night time changes and as long as she’s in the bassinet, this will be her evening changing table. Its also convenient for its intended purpose, too. I also enjoy these
for public changing tables.
10. A Working Keurig Machine (and some stock in K-Cups)
This is serious though. Zoe wasn’t even two weeks old when our Keurig machine crapped out. It started with lime build up due to hard water, then loosening of the lime caused more blockages. It was three days of diligent work from my husband (soo thankful for paternity leave) cleaning, poking and prodding. My husband was determined to fix it, I was ready to lose my shit.
He just didn’t want to spend unnecessary money with me on leave for 9 weeks and Christmas quickly approaching. This is serious though. Luckily, I survived for now (as long as the Keurig is still functioning).
The amount of coffee consumed as life fuel by both of us makes me realize we should have invested in K-Cup stock when initially trying to conceive.
Update: His damn fix is holding up. I still have the same Keurig Machine. Luckily, no more service hours have been put into it aside from some minor cleanings/descaling. Then one night when he was bringing me coffee in the tea cup pictured above. I laughed and asked “Is this a joke? Mama’s don’t use tea cups.” Husbands are funny.
& A FEW CAN DO WITHOUTS
1. Huggies Newborn Diapers
I was under the impression that Huggies is a quality brand but my experience has been everything but positive. I thought it was fit but as she put on weight slowly, Huggies never proved to be ‘our’ diaper brand of choice. I have 135+ Huggies Newborn diapers that cannot be returned, the ones that could be returned went back immediately. I brought Pampers home from the hospital and continue to use Pampers Swaddlers.
As long as my #10 MUST HAVE is functioning and on hand, like pain, these sleepless nights are temporary. I can handle this for her. (She’s actually a pretty good sleeper on most nights.)
Update: I have been blessed with the best sleeper (but I still need my coffee). At her 9 months well baby check, doctor asked how she’s been sleeping and I could only recall 2 times that she woke up during the night in the previous 3 months. I miss my baby some nights and wish she would occasionally get up for a change, a feeding, and a cuddle.
3. Hemorrhoids (I will spare you the pictures!)
After unsuccessful pushing for 2 hours that ended in a c-section due to positioning face up, I could do without the hemorrhoids. Stool softeners and tucks pads it is, yay! I got the scar and the hemorrhoids but I’ve only had one baby. haha.
Update: Improved. Nearly non-existent.
What are your go to items and which ones could you skip?
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