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10 Products Every New Mom Should Know About

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Bringing a new life into this world can be overwhelming all on it’s own. Many new moms have no clue where to begin when making a baby registry. I remember spending THREE hours on our first trip to Buy Buy Baby to make a registry. Half of that was spent looking at the entire wall full of different kinds of bottles, all good for different reasons. My husband had to leave to get me food and bring it back so we could finish the registry! I sure love Buy Buy Baby but looking back, I wish I had just created a registry online from the comfort of my own home! You can do that here. Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry  You’re welcome! 🙂

 

When the baby finally came we figured out there were so many things actually needed but didn’t have.In order to save you a trip back to the store or stressful moments without something you might need, here is a list of the top 10 products I never knew I needed as a new mom. If you order on Amazon, you never even have to leave your house to get it! Even better, become an Amazon Prime Family Member and get free two-day shipping right to your door along with 20% off diaper subscriptions and exclusive coupons and deals.  Join Amazon Family 30-Day Free Trial  With two kids at home and two full time jobs, we usually don’t have time to run across town to Buy Buy Baby, so Amazon is our main go to for diapers, wipes, and many other random baby products.

 

Now, for the products you may not know you need as a new mom (at least in my opinion). The links listed below are affiliate links. If you buy a product through one of my links, I will receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I know and LOVE! Please visit my Disclosure and Privacy Policy for more information. Thank you for your support!

 

  1. Infant tub for the sink- When your baby is first born, before they are big enough for the toddler tubs, you will most likely bathe your newborn in the sink. This fold-able tub can fit in most kitchen and even bathroom sinks making it easy to set your baby in and freeing up one hand to actually bathe your newborn with.
  2. Love to Dream SwaddleAnother product, I cannot get enough of. This is my go-to gift for new moms! When babies are placed on their back to sleep, they naturally raise their arms to self soothe. This swaddle allows the infant to be snug and confined while still allowing them to raise their arms and even put their hands by their face to self soothe. You also don’t have to worry about it becoming loose and covering the baby’s face while they sleep. When I found out about this product, my life became so much easier!You can also find the next level when you want to start transitioning your baby out of the swaddle here. The arms zip off so the baby’s arms are free while the rest of their body is swaddled.
  3. Rock ‘n Play Sleeper- The Rock ‘n Play is a small rocker that the baby can sit in when you need to set them down for a minute or sleep in. The nice thing about it is that it is easy to move around from room to room while swings and cribs normally stay in one room. It was a life saver when we went on trips too! This one has a feature that will rock itself. Another nice to have product!
  4. My Brest Friend Nursing PillowOh boy, I almost couldn’t get over the name when I heard about this product from my actual best friend. She ended up getting it for me as a gift. As a new mom that was struggling with breastfeeding, it really did become my brest friend. 🙂 There are many nursing pillows out there, but this one has a buckle feature that allows you to move while feeding, without having to situate the pillow each time. Heck, you can even stand up and walk around while using it. Yes, please!
  5. MamaRoo Baby SwingThis infant swing, if you can call it that, is genius. Rather than swing back and fourth it goes slowly from side to side while also going up and down, mimicking the bounce and sway motions of a mother. While I never personally used this product with my babies, I have seen others use it and I would buy it in the future. It is simply magic! It even has an app that lets you control the settings from your phone. How convenient is that?
  6. Medela Pump and Save Breast Milk BagsThis is a product I didn’t know about until recently and wish I had! Instead of pumping into a bottle and having to pour it into a milk storage bag later and wash the bottles, save yourself some time and pump straight into these milk freezer bags. They attach onto your pump shields (made for Medela, but can probably be used with other brands as well) and catch the milk. You can then zip it up and stick it in the freezer! ANYTHING to save time is a must have in my opinion!
  7. WubbaNubI cannot rave about this product enough! I know many people think they are a waste of money and just something cute, but for me these have been a life saver. My daughter was OBSESSED with her pacifiers! We had hundreds of them but we were lucky if we could ever find one at any given time. They would fall down behind the crib or in the car and we could never find them! The WubbaNub on the other hand, falls out of the baby’s mouth but doesn’t go anywhere. The stuffed animal prevents it from falling and if it does, it is easy to find again. It also provides a little lovey for the baby when they get old enough to hold on to something.
  8. Moby Wrap- The Moby Wrap is perfect for carrying around a newborn. It is soft and stretchy and much less bulky than most baby carriers. I found it was perfect for carrying around my babies when I wanted them to sleep but they didn’t want to be put down or when I had a lot to get don
  9. Nose Frida- When you have a sick baby, this is a MUST HAVE in my opinion. It may seem gross, but when your baby is stuffed up and can’t breathe through their nose making it impossible for them to sleep, eat, or do anything else, you are going to wish you had one!
    Forget those bulbs they send you home from the hospital with. For me they never seemed to get much out and then once it is in there, they’re hard to clean out. The Nose Freida is a nasal aspirator that consists of four parts. The main tube, the filter, the tube, and the mouthpiece. Once assembled, you put the pointed part in your baby’s nostril and the mouthpiece in your mouth. Then just suck the air from the tube. It gently sucks whatever is in your baby’s nose into the first tube. You don’t have to ever worry about getting anything in your mouth because it has a filter. Again, I KNOW it sounds gross. Disgusting even. I promise once you try it, you won’t regret it. You can even use it on toddlers that have trouble blowing their nose. *Tip: I also suggest using a nasal saline mist before using this to loosen things up and to keep your baby’s nose from drying out too much. I prefer to use Little Remedies however, there are many other brands like it out there that would work just as well.
  10. Humidifier– Another product you’ll want to have when your newborn is sick is a humidifier. This is an item that you can find at most stores so it is not hard to run out and get one when you need it. However, it is nice to have ahead of time so you have it when your child gets sick. If your child is congested, using a humidifier at night will help loosen up some of the mucus and snot.

 

This is by no means a comprehensive list of things you will need for a newborn, nor are they all necessities. They are simply products that I found were great to have as a new mom. As always, all babies are different. These are all products that have worked well for me or close friends and family. Not every product will work for every baby, but you never know until you try!

 

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How to Avoid Mom Guilt

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That dreadful feeling you have every time you aren’t with your child? It has a name. Mom Guilt. Some moms experience mom guilt at higher levels than others or for different reasons. This in no way makes you a better or worse mom than the next. It is simply something that comes with being a mom. There are several situations that might cause a mom to feel guilt. Being a working mom, being stay at home mom not bringing in any income, having a date night without the kids, not breastfeeding, or breastfeeding and hating it. The list could go on and on for miles. Heck, I am sitting here writing after my kids are in bed and I am feeling guilt that I am not getting more sleep in order to have more energy for my kids. Ridiculous, right? Us moms should be able to do things for ourselves without feeling guilty. So, I have compiled a short list of things that can help lessen the dreaded mom guilt.

 

 

Be intentional and engaged

I find my mom guilt is at it’s worst when I know I wasn’t completely engaged with my kids that day. Be intentional about focusing your attention on the kids while they are awake. Try leaving your electronic devices in your bedroom. If you feel uncomfortable not having your phone, check it briefly at planned intervals throughout the day.

Try to wake up shortly before the kids and get a few chores done. This will help you feel like you have accomplished something, leaving more time to spend time with your kids. Knowing that you are usually 100% engaged with your kids will lessen the guilt when you need some time for yourself.

 

Stop comparing yourself to other moms

I remember when I had my daughter I would see other moms  with their newborn, smiling in Facebook photos at a baseball game or trying out a new restaurant. I would automatically feel like I wasn’t as good of a mom because I couldn’t fathom taking my colicky newborn in a crowded public place. The thought would send my anxiety levels through the roof! It wasn’t until I had my second child, who is much more easy going that I understood how this could be done. Remember, every child is different, every mom is different, and every situation is different.  I should also note here that this can be a viscous cycle. As moms, we tend to post the highlights of our day while leaving out the messy aspects of real life. This is all great and fine but let’s all remember to be real with each other too. Help each other out, and lift each other up at the same time. We are all in this together!

 

 

Create a routine

Having a plan for your day always helps. You may or may not get much accomplished, but if you have a plan, at least you know you have accomplished something.Having a similar routine each day will help you to get more accomplished and the kids will learn what they can expect each day.

  • Weather you work out, chat with a friend, sip a cup of coffee, or watch an episode of your favorite TV show, carve out some time for yourself each day. Maybe it is during nap time or when the kids go down for the night. Knowing you will have time for yourself at some point in the day helps you to focus more on the kids when they are awake.
  • Plan what times of day you will do some cleaning and how much. You may just plan to deep clean one room (or thing) a day, and that may be all you can fit in. That is okay! Write it in your plan so that you know what you need to get done and what can wait.
  • Finally, plan out some activities for the kids. I like to plan a small activity in the morning, like outdoor play, and a longer activity in the afternoon, like going to the pool. Plan to stay focused on the kids 100% during this time.

Check out my sample daily routine below!

Daily Routine

 

Just do it

If you are feeling guilt about going out and not being with your kids 24/7, ignore the guilt. No matter how bad you are feeling at first, just do it. Go out with your girlfriends, hire a babysitter while you get out with your hubby or significant other, go sit and have coffee alone. You may feel guilty for a little bit, but chances are, if you do something you enjoy you will end up having a great time and you won’t regret it. In fact, it may be just what you needed to come back to your kids feeling refreshed and ready to give them 100% again.

 

If you are having guilt about your work situation or breastfeeding, remember, there is a reason that you are doing what you are doing. Don’t let your guilt get in the way of what is best for your family. If you feel the guilt is because you are doing something you shouldn’t be or not doing something you should be, maybe it is time to make a change. Take some time to evaluate the situation and weather or not it is the right thing for you and your family. If not, take steps to make the change!

 

 

Give yourself some grace

Remember, you are human. You have needs just like your kids do. You cannot meet the needs of your children without meeting yours too. Trust me, if you take care of yourself you will be a better mom for it. It’s really a win-win for everyone!

Do you ever struggle with this feeling of mom guilt? Is there something you do to keep it at bay? If so, tell us about it in the comments below. We can all benefit from other mom’s words of wisdom.

 

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New Mama-You are Perfect

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To the new mama who cried this morning out of pure exhaustion. To the new mama whose seemingly, sole responsibility is to attend to her newborn’s every little whimper. The new mama who cried last night, knowing that her husband would be going back to work the next day. To the new mama who just can’t live up to other new moms who seem to have it all together. To the new mama whose every thought is consumed with feeding, pumping, changing, and sleeping. To the new mama, doing good just to brush her teeth each day. To the new mama who wakes up at night thoroughly drenched with sweat, milk, and Lord knows what else. To the new mama who is overwhelmed with feelings of love while simultaneously being anxious and filled with guilt. To the new mama who cries, but can’t really say why.


YOU. ARE. PERFECT.


You were made to be this precious baby’s mama. There is nobody more perfect for this job than you. Your baby needs you. As overwhelming as that might be, it is what makes you absolutely perfect. Your baby does not see your imperfections. She does not care that the house is a mess. She does not care that you haven’t showered in three days. Give yourself a little (or a lot) of grace. You are learning. As long as you are a mama, you will be learning.


Your exhaustion is proof that you’re giving it your all. Your emotions are proof that you love your baby with everything you have. Your loneliness is proof that you want to share this love with everyone else. Reach out to other moms. Reach out to family and friends. Be honest with yourself and others. Don’t put so much pressure on being perfect. Ask for help. Most of all, listen to your new mama instincts and ask for help when you need it.


You are doing your best, and that is what makes you perfect.


The above photo was taken when my daughter was 9 days old after a night of no sleep. Whenever I look at this photo, all of my new mama emotions instantly come rushing back. Do you have a memory that characterizes your life as a new mom? Post it in the comments below and tell me about it!


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