Many keep asking, “So how does it feel being a Mom?” And people will give their opinions both negative and positive depending on their experience. Motherhood is exciting and nothing can beat being a new mum; it is a bittersweet experience.
The excitement of having your bundle of joy could soon be clouded by worry and anxiety about everything. Yes, you may have read all the books and articles on baby items, had a successful baby shower and get endless advice from your family.
However, you still feel like you don’t have enough information on what you really need as a new mom. Well, gue
ss what? Here’s a highlight of some items you might need;
1. Breast Pumps
You might think you don’t need it now but wait until it’s in the middle of the day, your baby is asleep and your breasts are full of milk. Pumping milk won’t reduce its value in any way. In fact, it’s advisable to pump milk whenever you feel like it’s in plenty so as to have some stock in case you run out or need to get out of the house.
2. Car Seat
Unless you plan on holding your baby every time you’re in a car (which isn’t safe), make sure you get a car seat. Ensure that it’s also the correct seat depending on your baby’s age. Yes, sister. Car seats are not a one size fits all. However, you can save on the cost by getting a detachable stroller that converts into a car seat.
3. Teething Toys
Once your baby starts getting her biters in, she’s going to turn into a baby shark and it won’t be as cute as the song. Chew toys not only keep her from biting you but also, they help soothe her gums so she’s not as irritable. Get them as soon as possible.
4. Nursing Gear
Nursing is a delicate procedure that requires the new mom to be in the zone so as to produce adequate milk. Apart from making sure everything is hygienic, you and your baby also need to be comfortable. Some must-have nursing gear includes a nursing bra, nursing pillow, cover-up, burp cloths and of course, some nipple cream.
This is a bit obvious but many new mums underestimate how many diapers they need. Make sure you have more than what you really think you need by a lot. The last thing you need is to run out of diapers in the middle of the night.
6. Changing Pad/Mat
Changing diapers is usually the least fun part about being a new mom but someone has to do it. To make your work and laundry less, use easy-to-clean changing mats whenever you need to change your baby. Ensure the mats are waterproof to avoid any leakage and simply wipe your mat when you’re done.
7. Baby Soap
Baby products are expensive but so are hospital bills. Babies have really sensitive skin which is prone to eczema and other skin infections. Therefore, avoid using ordinary soap and instead buy some baby-specific soap. Ensure that their towel is made from soft fabric as well.