As joyful as it is, being a first time mom is overwhelming. How do I best care for this new baby? What products are just for luxury versus what do I really need? To help ease a bit of the stress I’ve put together this list of 10 essential products every new mom needs to clothe, transport, bathe, and feed your baby, including suggestions for a comfortable a safe place to sleep, play, and explore.
As cute as those adorable little outfits are, you do NOT need to buy a newborn a full-on wardrobe! They’ll barely wear any of those outfits before they’ve already grown out of them. Instead, just opt for some basics. Love From Mommy suggests bodysuits and vests, sleepsuits, cardigans, cotton hats, pairs of socks, scratch mittens, and a good jacket (and/or snowsuit for winter). Be sure to check out the blog for more information!
2. The Bottom Line
Keep that little bottom clean, dry, and happy with the proper diapers, wipes, and changing station. Cotton or disposable diapers? Which wipes will really clean without irritating? How to treat rash? Do I really need a changing table? Diaper changing is messy enough without having to stress over all these questions. Get answers to these and so many other diapering questions from What To Expect.
3. Push Forward
It’s no question that you’ll need a stroller. The question here is which stroller? Push on over to Baby Center where they share all you need to know about strollers from the plain and simple to those with all the extras and doodads you can think of.
4. All Bottled Up
Whether you’re nursing or bottle-feeding, you’re going to need some specialized equipment. You’ll want to do your research on feeding pillows, lanolin ointments, breast pads, burp cloths, and bottles. Here is a great list from Parenting.com that shares a list of gear that will make breastfeeding easier. Alternatively, if you’ve opted not to nurse or if you’ve simply just moved on to the bottle-feeding stage, What To Expect offers an excellent list for bottle-gear.
Another clear baby essential is a crib. However, many pediatricians are now recommending that cribs come after Baby’s first few months. New moms will want to first consider other sleeping options such as bassinets and sleepers. Find the best option for Baby and you from Lucie’s List. While you’re there be sure to also read about swaddle gear, bedding, bumpers, blankets, and sleeping monitors.
6. Food For Thought
Here’s some food for thought… when Baby is ready to start with solid foods, you’re going to need some new feeding essentials. Bibs, utensils, and more…. read about all the musts and not-so-musts here from Parenting.com.
7. For the Health of It!
All that growing sure is hard work!! And boy can it lead to some unhappy symptoms that will require some very essential health gear. Good thing Babycenter.com has us covered! Get the 4-1-1 on medicine cabinets, First Aid kits, bulb syringes, teething, nail trimming, and hair care. Being a new mom can be hard but you certainly aren’t alone!
8. Baby Got Bath
With the right products, bath time can really be a joyful time for Baby and Mom. Learn how to make your own splash by reading up on bath time essentials from Pretty Neat Living.
9. Safe and Sound
Snuggle time is precious time but we can only cradle and protect Baby so much. Recruit the best safety gear to help protect your Little One. Find some recommended safety travel gear on Parenting.com. Baby Center also offers a guides for buying a car seat and safety in the home.
After everything else is all said and done, playtime is what’s it’s all about. Learning, developing, laughter, and fun… make the most of these miracle moments with some of the best gear you can find. Head to What To Expect to do some fun learning of your own about playtime games, developing new skills, reading with Baby, and playtime gear.