I’ve got baby on the brain! And for good reason (no, not that reason). One of my good friends is expecting baby no. 2 in early September! Her impending arrival has gotten me to thinking about what’s really needed during those first few newborn weeks. Here’s a round-up of nine must-have products for mom’s of newborns (oh yeah, these make really great gifts, too!):
- These carefully curated bundles from A Little Bundle are maybe the one thing on the list that newborn mom’s could live without, but why should they? Delivered right to mom’s door and available as a monthly subscription, these bundles include products from around the world for both mom and baby. Follow these guys on IG for peeks at their latest gifts. No doubt you will fall in love!
- Next on our list are the far less glamorous pre-fold diapers. Although pretty plain and unassuming these bad boys put the multi in multipurpose. We’ve used them as burp cloths, hankies (perfect for sore little noses), diaper inserts in a pinch and even to prop-up boobies to get that ideal nursing position.
- For those of us who are space-challenged, the PUJ tub is a great investment. The PUJ tub fits into just about any sink (including pedestal), is adjustable for a more upright bath when baby is super little, folds flat to dry and comes with its own hook for easy storage. Your days of hiding the baby tub in the shower are OVER!
- Swaddling is a way of life for newborns. But once baby is strong enough to get out of a blanket swaddle, these Easy Swaddles from Aden and Anais seem like a great and safe alternative. The breathable organic cotton and snap closures ensure baby has nothing but the best touching his sensitive skin.
- It’s pretty much fact that babies like to be close to their mommas. Especially new babies. Babywearing helps mom and baby stay close while still allowing mom the freedom to do other things (like take care of an older child). If you plan to babywear, investigate options before baby arrives—there are a lot—and consider that you may need to purchase more than one style of wrap or carrier as baby grows or if you live in a climate with drastic weather changes (hello, Chicago).
- These newborn gift sets from KicKee Pants are genius for newborns. They provide the ease of a sleeper—because of the kimono-style onesie and footed pants—without having to strip baby down for diaper changes since only the pants need to come off.
- Ditch the bulb syringe and check out the Nose Frida from Frida Baby. The Nose Frida snot sucker is easy to use when paired with your favorite saline spray, and best of all—it actually works! It may seem a little strange or gross, but the filter keeps everything contained. If you can get past the sound (my husband can’t) you’ll reap the benefits of being able to clear even the littlest baby’s nose, which can help prevent colds from developing into something more serious.
- Dubbed the “sleep miracle device” the Baby Shusher soothes baby with a rhythmic shushing sound. If you’re a Harvey Karp believer you know that shushing is super comforting to newborns. With lots of positive Amazon.com reviews, try the Baby Shusher and save yourself from the inevitable dry mouth and light-headedness that comes with all that newborn shushing.
- The Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper seems like the next best alternative (or maybe even better) if you don’t have the space for a co-sleeper or side-car for your newborn. The Halo Bassinet has an adjustable base to fit closely next to almost any bed and rotates 360 degrees to make getting in and out of bed hassle free. It can be raised to keep baby visible at your eye level and its side wall lowers and returns automatically, allowing you to tend to your baby while still in bed. And, if that’s not enough it includes a soothing nightlight, sounds, music, vibration and nursing timer – bonus!