There are countless lists of must haves for baby or postpartum care for mom; however, towards the end of my pregnancy and beginning of postpartum I had trouble finding a list of the things I would need as a new mom to make my life easier. So, in case you find yourself in the same boat I have compiled a list of things I have noticed that truly made my life easier as a new momma. To make it easy, I’ve found the items I have loved from my favorite one stop shop: Amazon! As a new mom not having to make a trip to the store is awesome, so free two day shipping is a life saver!
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1. Supportive Nursing Bra // The girls are going to be going through quite a time at this stage in life and one thing that is an absolute necessity is a comfortable yet supportive nursing bra. Even if you are not nursing or pumping it still is a good idea to stay away from underwire bras for the time being. Your milk will still come in and the last thing you want is mastitis from an underwire bra. If you are nursing/pumping, these bras are the bees knees! They are extremely comfortable and the adjustable straps allow for just the right amount of support. Not to mention the ones linked above are a three pack for just $21.99…if you have done any research you know that this is an amaaazing deal. I have been extremely pleased with these and they have held up and are worth checking out.
2. Leggings // There are the lucky few who can fit into there pre-pregnancy jeans days after delivery, but for the rest of us, trying to squeeze our new mom bods into our jeans can be a traumatizing experience. I have lived the past two months in my leggings and there is nothing better! Leggings can be dressed up or down and the best part is…they are comfortable, yet stylish. One thing I’ve realized is that I feel so much better when I look semi-put together and not still wearing my pjs. One of my faves are from 90 degree by Reflex. The high waist smooths me out and sucks me in, in all the right places! I only have the black pair, but I’m definitely going to be ordering a few more colors 😉
3. Rolling Cart // Functionality is a must in all of my must haves for baby and I, but this cart earns bonus points by being stylish as well. Baby still is in our bedroom so the majority diaper changes occur there and not in the nursery. Not to mention feedings can happen in whatever room of the house. Having some type of cart with wheels makes life a breeze. Stocked with diaper changing necessities/nursing supplies/whatever you want, it can be wheeled to wherever you are! Anything to help make life with baby just a little bit easier!
4. Diaper Bag // When considering a diaper bag I had to take into account that some times my husband would also need to carry it. I’m absolutely loving these backpacks specifically made to be used as diaper bags. This allows daddy to carry it and not feel like it’s too girly. Plus, it’s better functionally. Having the ability to put it on both shoulders means you can carry baby if you need to and not have the bag continually falling off your shoulder…as moms we have enough things to juggle! I have absolutely loved ours! Having so many pockets allows for me to carry my momma needs and eliminate the need for me to carry a purse as well as the diaper bag. I can just slip my wallet, lip gloss, keys in the side or front pocket and we’re off!
5. Bouncer // This has been a lifesaver for us! For daddy and I it allows us to get things done while baby is safely entertained in his little seat. Additionally, Caleb has been battling with reflux so for the first few weeks he needed sit/sleep slightly elevated to help combat it after feedings. He absolutely loves it and the one we have has the ability to vibrate and play lullabies/nature sounds. Having a bouncer I feel is a lot more functional than a swing as it is light weight and easily carried to different places around the house. As much as I love to hold my little one sometimes I need a little break (at his two month appointment he weighs 13lbs. 12 oz!) and this bouncer allows me to do that and cook dinner/wash dishes/do laundry etc.
6. Boppy Pillow // For me this is a life saver, well, more technically an arm and back saver! When you are breastfeeding this allows you to raise the baby up to the correct level without burning out your biceps lifting baby or breaking your back slouching down to his level. Even bottle feeding it helps to save your strength for when you have to walk around trying to soothe baby to sleep. As I mentioned, Caleb is a hefty boy and this item truly helps me conserve that energy for more needed moments. Not to mention it serves a double purpose as he gets older I can use it to prop him up while I’m doing other things.
7. Water Bottle // “Out of sight out of mind” is how the saying goes,and I have found this to be the case with my water consumption. If I have a bright bottle I find it helps draw my attention to it and remember I need to drink water. Water consumption as a postpartum mom is a must to help shed water weight and if breast feeding to help maintain proper hydration and a steady milk supply. I find having a bottle, especially one with markings helps me to easily keep track of how much water I have (or haven’t) had. One extra tip that you might not think of before hand…get a water bottle with a straw…most likely you’ll be holding baby and screwing off a cap is going to be harder than you think. Safe your sanity and keep baby safe for opting for a bottle like the one linked above…just push the button and out pops the straw. Easy, breezy and now you are hydrated.
8. Snacks // Postpartum munchies…they happen, and often, especially if breastfeeding. Help curb the hanger with keeping yourself stocked with easy to eat snacks. Once again, you’ll most likely be holding baby, so keep it things that you can reach for and eat with one hand! Snack bars are an awesome option and I loved the ones above from Natures Valley. If you want something a little more clean Larabars are an awesome way to go.
9. Cute Headbands // Now these are on the list for both practical and style reasons. I found that I got quite annoyed with trying to keep my hair out of my face while I was feeding Caleb. With both hands occupied it was hard to get my hair out of my face…and I wanted to be able to see my sweet baby! Also, I do recommend trying to get a quick shower in every day, but if not these cute headbands help hide any grungy hair and once you throw one of these on you’ll look put together and feel 100 times better. I had not thought about this at all before Caleb came along and wish I had, so I’m giving you a heads up now so you can stock up and be ready to go when little one comes 🙂
10. Something to make you feel human // Sleep deprived, hungry, a human milk machine, mom bod…sometimes it’s hard to feel like a normal human as a new mom. So one of the best pieces of advice I can give is to treat yourself (or have hubby treat you!) to something that will help lift your spirits and make you feel a little more like you. For me being able to take a shower rejuvenates not only my body, but also my mind and spirit. Perhaps you could treat yourself to a shower with an extra special body wash or scrub. Or maybe it’s being able to put on a little bit of makeup that helps bring back a spark of life. Even if it’s just a tinted moisturizer and a little mascara (this is my favorite) it can make you look a tad more awake and perhaps even feel a little more awake. If the mom bod is getting you down, give yourself grace, your body is awesome! It just grew a human! Gift yourself a cute top or dress that makes you feel pretty. I found some cute kimonos that pair super well with leggings. They work really great if your a nursing mom just to throw one over a nursing tank and you can head out the door feeling like one cute momma!
I’m learning as I go what works best for me and my family and of course this list could look a little different for yours! If you are a mom and have any favorites, let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what helps you in your journey and perhaps implement it in mine!