New Mum Essentials
I’ve been putting together a list of the things I’ve been using all the time since becoming a mum again – my new mum essentials. Some, I’ve been using for a couple of years since the birth of my first baby and others I’ve discovered more recently.
Here’s my new list of New Mum Essentials. Let me know in the Comments section if you have any to add that other new mums might find useful:
1. Changing Bag
A clear essential but not just any bag will do. It’s important to have a bag that’s big enough to hold all you need for your new baby but that is also both easy to carry and easy to find what you need WHEN you need it! The last thing you want when you’re out and about and changing your baby’s nappy is to have to unpack the whole bag just to find each separate thing you want.
While I don’t think it’s essential to splash out on an actual changing bag rather than a normal handbag, I do think the different sections and pockets of a changing bag make your life so much easier when storing and finding nappies, wipes, snacks etc.
I’ve been using the Babymoov Glober Maternity Bag and it’s amazing.
2. The Right Underwear
This is an entirely personal one and will depend on how you feel after the birth and what ‘kind’ of birth you had. For me, I needed to buy supportive and well-fitting nursing bras for breastfeeding. I also invested in some supportive knickers that at least attempted to flatten my not-yet-deflated tummy after the birth.
Of course, don’t forgot those lovely disposable undies for straight after the birth :)
3. Firming Lotion/Moisturiser
Whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your ‘ladies’ probably changed shape many times during your pregnancy. Despite already being larger than life, mine leapt up at least another cup size and I’ve been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream since the birth. It contains Vitamin E, Collagen and Elastin and helps to firm and tone the skin around the bust area. Although I was lucky enough to not get any stretch marks, this cream can help to reduce their appearance apparently – it’s worth a go.
4. Lansinoh Cream
On the subject of boobs and if you are breastfeeding, I think Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream is an absolute essential. I used it after both my children were born for the first month at least a few times a day to sooth the skin when breastfeeding had made me sore.
It’s brilliant for sore and cracked nipples and a lifesaver during those first few weeks when you’re adjusting to feeding. It’s 100% natural and there’s no need to remove it before breastfeeding either. I know people who also use it as a lip balm!
Now, I’m not pushing drugs in any way but in the early weeks after the birth, paracetamol and Nurofen helped ease my aches and pains and helped me feel more comfortable.
We have the Babymoov Swoon Motion Baby Swing which is great for popping Mini in when I need to get a drink, nip to the loo or ease my aching back. I’d highly recommend getting a swing or bouncer for those times when you need to put the baby down but want them to be comfortable and entertained. You can read my Babymoov Swoon Motion Swing Review here.
7. Breast Pump
Again, this is dependent on whether or not you are breastfeeding and of course whether you then wish to express milk or not. With my first baby, I had a low milk supply and needed to express after most feedings to build up the supply, especially in the early days when Miss M had jaundice. I also found the pump essential when I went back to work so that I could express while I was there. This meant I could send Miss M to daycare with expressed milk :)
8. Mum & Baby Groups
If you’re lucky enough to have a local mums group, I’d highly recommend you join. Whilst it’s handy to have friends with kids to talk to and meet up with, I found my Mums group were so in tune with what I was going through because they were going through exactly the same issues at exactly the same time.
Meeting up with those fabulous ladies kept me sane, got me out of the house regularly and provided a lovely social life for my baby as well as for me :)
No, I’m not joking, just try and get it where you can. Sleep when the baby sleeps (ha ha, yeah right), ask someone to take the baby for a walk so you can get some sleep, just sleep whenever you can. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes, it all helps because over the coming weeks and months exhaustion will sink in.
In fact, I’d recommend accepting any offers of help you get from friends and family so that you can rest whenever you can. Parenthood is hard work!
What did you find was an essential for YOU when you became a new parent?