Becoming a first-time mom is exciting and scary all at once! If you’re like most moms, you have done hours and hours of research on the hundreds of items you may need for your upcoming arrival. From cribs to strollers, to toys, clothes, car seats and everything in-between, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you need. Here are five new mom essentials that we know you will want to have for the first few months of having your baby.
New Mom Essentials for Baby #1
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1. Teething toys
Before you know it, your baby will be teething. With teething comes all sorts of aches and pains and of course, plenty of tears. To help ease the teething stage, teething toys are perfect for babies to chew. Sophie la Giraffe Teether has great reviews.
2. Diaper bag
With a new baby comes all sorts of new items you have to carry around with you. Of course, none of these items will fit into your purse, so be sure to purchase a quality diaper bag. Diaper bags nowadays are cute and fashionable, which makes them that much better! You’ll find pretty much every type, from totes to traditional, cutesy to hip. I personally love the Soho Diaper Bag because it looks like a tote but has all the roominess of a traditional bag.
3. Breastfeeding pillow
If you plan to breastfeed your baby, a breastfeeding pillow will be a god send for you and for your new bundle of joy. These pillows are perfect for protecting you from straining your back which in turn means a happy baby. You can never go wrong with a Boppy! When you’re not using it for nursing, it makes a great tummy time pillow.
4. Baby gates
As soon as your baby begins to explore by crawling and eventually walking, you’ll want to ensure your home is baby-proofed, to include using baby gates to block off steps and other places where baby should not go. Check our extensive article on how to choose baby gates.
5. A baby carrier
Strollers are great for pushing baby around, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to carry your baby. For a hassle-free way of carrying your baby, invest in a baby carrier. One of the best carriers on the market is Baby K’tan, which is comfortable for mom and baby! The carrier can also be used as a way to swaddle your baby. Many moms use a carrier as a way to get their baby to sleep. A two for one product! Check out more of our favorite baby carriers for other ideas.