It is no secret that the market today offers endless products for babies and new moms. Just ask any mom, and they will tell you that the products you will find on the market range from very useful and necessary to a bizarre one like a glove that feels like a real human hand and is used for hugging your baby to help it sleep. Insane, I know!
Below you will find a list that According to ParentingNerd consists of the most necessary and useful products that any mom needs. The new moms can get overwhelmed when they search for baby products, and we hope that this list can assist you and ease this rather complicated process.
List of first time moms must-haves:
1. Postpartum Support Tank
The support tank has a design that will support your stomach and back while regaining the pre-baby stability. Few brands offer this product, and it is one of the essentials after giving birth.
2. High Waist Postpartum Support Leggings
This kind of leggings can be dressed either down or up. They are usually made with built-in core support and seamless moisture absorbing fabric, which will help you feel comfortable and stay cool. Also, they will make you look chic.
3. Overnight Diapers!
It’s very obvious that overnight diapers are an essential item. What you need to pay attention to is the kind that offers comfort and maximum absorption. Also, stay away from diapers that contain ingredients like lotion, fragrance, latex, dye, rubber, heavy metals, phthalates, parabens, VOCs, optical brighteners, and Chlorine.
4. Baby Wipes
Diapers and baby wipes go hand to hand, and just like with the diapers, look for baby wipes that do not contain ingredients that can cause irritation. Baby wipes are also very useful and helpful in many baby care situations.
5. Diaper Bag
Getting a good quality diaper bag is almost a must. I am saying this because you will carry it for years, especially if you plan on having more than one baby. You should also look for one that is machine washable and that has big pockets outside, which will come in handy for bottles. Also, inside pockets are good for organizing all your things. Some models come with a changing pad and adjustable straps that will allow you to wear it on your back or your shoulder.
6. Infant Lounger
The infant lounger will allow you to place your baby in a safe and cozy place while you are getting dressed, taking a shower, or doing any other simple task. It is a very useful and helpful item to have.
7. Nursing Pillow
Feeding or nursing pillow is a super way to support your neck, back, and arms while you are breastfeeding. They are also comfortable for sleeping, and you can also use it when your baby starts sitting up.
8. Baby Bouncer
Babies simply love movement! The baby bouncer can be used for your baby to rest, sleep, or play. This product will save your life.
9. Baby Bathtub
A baby bathtub is also an essential item, and maybe you should look for the foldable ones as they will take up less space in your home.
10. Hooded Bath Towel
The hooded bath towel will keep the baby’s ears and head warm, which will make him less fussy. Make sure that the hooded towel is made of quality cotton so that it can absorb water properly, and it will dry quicker.
11. Changing Pad
The changing pad is a necessity, and it can be a mobile one that you set up wherever you need it, or you can have a dedicated space for it in the nursery. You should look for those made from cotton and have polyethylene food-grade waterproof coating.
12. Fuss-Buster Kit
Babies can get fussy over anything from snotty nose to gassy tummies to hangnail and many other things. Fuss-buster kit can help you get over these little issues much easier.
13. Ear and Forehead Thermometer
Fevers are a very common issue with babies; it is recommended to have a thermometer on hand because the fever should be monitored, and you know that high fever is dangerous. You are going to need one that is accurate and be used either in the eat or on the forehead.
14. Baby Carrier
With a baby carrier, you will have your hands free, and the baby will have close contact with you, and they love that. The carrier is best to be made of light and breathable material, and the design should be ergonomic and able to keep the baby’s hips appropriately. Their body weight should be evenly distributed across your body. Moreover, baby carrier is must-have product when you travel.
15. Stroller and Infant car seat
It is no surprise that a stroller is a must-have item, and also it would be very helpful if it comes with an infant car seat. The infant car seat will come in very handy, trust me.
Swaddling will provide better sleep for the baby because it protects the baby from the natural startle reflex. It imitates the parent’s touch, which eliminates the baby’s anxiety. Also, it will keep its hand away from the head, thus preventing scratching.
17. Organic Cotton Baby Basics
You will be changing your baby’s outfits multiple times a day, and that is a fact. Needless to say that you should look for the ones made of organic cotton, as those are the best for your baby’s skin.
When it comes to pacifiers maybe, it would be better if it is combined with some plush toy so that the baby will enjoy using it. Once the bay gets a bit older, he can put the pacifier in and out of its mouth by itself.
19. Baby Bottles
No matter if you are breastfeeding your baby or you use formula, either way, you are going to need a good set of baby bottles. Having more bottles will save you from the trouble of constant washing and sanitizing. The market offers bottles that are outfitted and have an internal tube that prevents the baby from swallowing too much air.
If breastfeeding is not your way of feeding the baby, then the other option is feeding the baby with formula. There are many options on the market, and you are going to need to look for the organic ones that use no artificial flavoring or additives, because these might cause diabetis. Make sure to get enough for a few weeks.
21. Nipple Cream
Trust me, if you are breastfeeding, nipple care is something you need to start right this moment. You don’t want your nipples getting cracked and bleeding. Ouch! You are going to need a cream that is free of parabens and preservatives, that is soothing for the nipple area.
A nice and safe sleeping spot for your baby would be a bassinet. It is also a nice way to keep the baby close to you during its first months. You can simply put the bassinet next to your bed at night, thus making it easier for you to feed the baby at night time or change its diapers.
23. Breathing Monitor
This is the kind of gadget that will help you monitor your baby while you are in another room. The breathing monitor can come only with audio, but for some extra money, you can find ones with video as well.
I hope this list will come in handy for all the new moms out there. After all, in purpose is to help you with the entire process of adjusting and taking care of that little bundle of joy.