When you become a new mom, your life does completely change. It is for the better, but it can just take a bit of getting used to. Gone are the days of leaving the house quickly and promptly. Get ready to always have an arsenal of baby gear with you, even just to take a trip to the store or going for a walk in the park. Babies may be tiny, but they do need a lot of stuff! There are certain things that all new moms need too. Anything to help with your recovery and get you onto enjoying life with your baby is key, right? So if you’re a momma to be, then here are some essentials that all new moms should try. If they help you to feel more like yourself again, then it has got to be a good thing.
After giving birth, you need to give yourself time to heal. Your body has been through something amazing, so it does need time to recover from growing and birthing a human. One way to help along the process is by using some essential oils. Things like lavender oil can be especially good when it comes helping to heal you ‘down there.’ If you have had to have stitches, then it is a good idea to wait for them to be removed or dissolved. But after that, regular baths with lavender oil can be a great way to help heal that area, as well as help you to relax. Lavender is a great way to help when you’re feeling sleepy (though with a new baby, I’m not sure that feeling sleepy is going to be too much of a problem)!
If you have chosen to breastfeed your baby, then a breast pump is a must. It doesn’t mean that you have to use one every time, of course. But it can mean that you can have the option. It helps when you might need to sleep a little more. Having a partner or family member that can help give the baby a feed can be a massive help. So looking somewhere like Ameda Direct could be a good idea to see different styles of breast pumps that are available. Having a pump can also help to relieve the pressure if you are feeling sore, or just really engorged. It can take the edge off and means you can store some breastmilk in the freezer for a later date. Having a night out with the girls might help you to feel back to normal too, so a pump would be essential for an evening like that.
When you don’t get much sleep, you can feel quite rough. When you don’t feel yourself, everything else can feel like it is going wrong. So if you have got time to get yourself ready in those early days, then you need to try all you can to take that time. It can do you the world of good! From time to time, though, it can just be one of ‘those days.’ So having some quick fixes, like a tinted moisturizer and dry shampoo can be a lifesaver. They can help you to feel fresh and ready, but save you so much time.
If you are a big fan of having your tea or coffee each day, then you might find that it is hard to adjust to having lukewarm tea or coffee each morning. You can have all the best intentions, but then the baby might need feeding, or they might have a diaper explosion! Meaning that your dream of a peaceful time having a warm cup of coffee are gone. So for a new mom, a thermos mug is a great thing to get. You can put the lid on and take it out and about with you, as well as just keeping it at home. The best thing, though? It keeps your drink nice and hot! So if you need that pick-me-up each morning, then it is better when you can have it warm. This makes a great gift for a friend that is a new mom too. Such a simple thing but it would get pretty much daily use.
However you choose to feed your baby, you need to have some breast pads in the early days. Even if you are bottle feeding, you will more than likely still get the feeling of your milk coming in, a couple of days after birth. Breast pads are great for absorbing any leaks of milk that can happen, breastfeeding or not. So having a pack of those in your hospital bag is a good idea. You can then monitor how many you need over time, but in those early days they are a really good idea.
Slippers and Loungewear
When you first come home from the hospital, the chances are that you will be at home for a while. It can take a couple of weeks to get in the swing of things with a new baby. Plus, you’ll want to try and rest as much as you can to heal from the birth, as well as sleeping as much as you can. People will more than likely want to come around and help you, though (as well as calling in to see the baby). So getting yourself some comfortable slippers and loungewear is a good idea. Then you’ll be ready for any guests coming around, without feeling the need to be dressed in ‘proper’ clothes. They wash well too which is good when you have plenty of baby sick or milk to wash from your clothes every couple of days.
One other thing that I think I would add is burp cloths. You can’t get enough when babies are little! They are so helpful and serve a multitude of functions. So make sure that you get plenty of those too. What other things were helpful to you when you had a newborn?