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Ok, so I know there are plenty of lists out there of items that are useful for a new mom to have. You got your usual items such as breast pads and slippers. Although these things are indeed very helpful, there are also some additional unexpected items that you probably haven’t thought of off hand.
These items I found to be very useful in the days and weeks following birth. I only wish that someone had told me about them earlier.
#1: Okeeffe’s Working Hands
This may seem like an odd one to start off with, but it is definitely the most useful. When you have a newborn, the first thing you think about before you pick up your baby is “are my hands clean?”
Before you pick up your baby you wash your hands, after you change a dirty diaper you wash your hands, after you cook a meal you wash your hands, after using cleaning products you wash your hands. Now that you are around baby 24/7 and doing household tasks, you are washing your hands a lot!
The second week into motherhood my hands were cracked and dry and blistered from so many washes. They hurt and itched, it was terrible. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream saved me by providing some needed moisture to my hands.
Now I’m sure your wondering why I didn’t just say hand lotion. I tried hand lotion of all kinds and nothing helps dry, cracked hands like O’keeffe’s Working Hands. It is made especially for dry, cracked hands and just a little bit will go a long way.
#2: Carpet Cleaner
Why is this a new mom item? I didn’t have any carpet cleaner in my house before baby arrived. Then it happened. She threw up. It was easy for me to just throw my clothes in the laundry, but what wasn’t easy was cleaning the spit up that was soaking its way into my carpet.
A good spray-on carpet cleaner will make it easy to clean up those messes. As well, it will prevent your room from smelling like sour milk.
#3: Delicates Laundry Bag
The delicates laundry bag is the small bag that normally you would put a bra or two in to keep its shape as it goes through the washer and dryer.
Sometimes the washer eats my socks, I can only imagine how many small little baby socks I would lose if they were loose in the washer and dryer. I got a small round laundry bag that had the snaps on the zipper so I could put my baby’s mittens and socks in it and it works wonderfully.
It is also great for traveling to store socks and mittens in. It folds nicely so it doesn’t take up much room and it prevents those tiny items from escaping.
#4: Purified Bottled Water
Even though I have a Brita filtration system on my tap for fresh water, my baby was still throwing up her formula. I changed to purified bottled water and she stopped throwing it up. Maybe it’s Florida water, but those filtration systems can’t get everything I guess.
Bottled water also works great when I’m on the move. I can just throw it in the diaper bag to make formula with or to clean off a pacifier that fell.
#5: Container for Formula
In the beginning, I didn’t realize that formula can only be made up for an hour before it goes bad. Traveling with my baby, I would make up formula and give it to her when she was hungry. Luckily we didn’t go anywhere for more than an hour.
Having to travel away from home for a few hours, I now bring a container with a measured amount of formula in it along with a bottle of water so when she is hungry I can just quickly make up a bottle.
Want to find out how I saved on formula? Check out my article: Smart Ways to be Frugal in Real Life
#6: Microwavable Measuring Cup
Whenever I’m home and making up a batch of formula, I make sure I warm the water before I mix in the formula so baby has warm milk. Using a measuring cup with a spout makes it easier to warm up in the microwave and pour into a bottle.
#7: Bottle Sterilizer
My hubby’s stepmom first told me that I need to sterilize bottles before I use them. I had no idea. She told me that when she had her baby, she had to sterilize the bottles by boiling water. That sounded terrible. Who has time for that?
When I got my Philips AVENT Anti-Colic Bottle Newborn Set, it came with a microwavable bottle sterilizer. It is the most convenient thing that I have. You place a small amount of water in it, put the bottles in, close the lid, and microwave it for 4 minutes. The steam sterilizes all the bottles and nipples.
#8: Firming Lotion
After birth, you will want to get your body back in shape. I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter and Palmers Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter. These have both worked well for me. I put them both on after my shower in the morning and at night before bed.
These lotions do take some time to work and they don’t work in completely getting rid of stretch marks. If you are not on a budget, I would try something stronger.
#9: Large Water Sport Bottle
When you get home from the hospital, you will need to drink lots of water. Furthermore, you will not want to get up multiple times to get more water while you have baby in your arms or you’re trying to get a nap in.
Getting a large, 2 quart to one gallon water bottle will help you get the water you need and have water always conveniently by your side.
#10: Gripe Water
After several nights of non-stop crying and fussiness, we asked the pediatrician if there was anything that can be done. She recommended Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water Night Time. It is an all-natural supplement that helps with gas, fussiness, and colic. The first time I gave it to my baby, she got silent then went to sleep.
It is definitely a great product although I will caution you, you have to feed it to baby slowly or else it could make her throw up all the milk she just drank. It must have a strange taste because she will make some pretty alarming swallowing noises drinking it, almost like she is choking. It doesn’t tell you in the directions, but make sure you burp her after she drinks it.
These items aren’t on the traditional list of what a new mom needs, but they were extremely helpful for me. I hope my experiences can help you prepare for your first few weeks with your baby.
I’m sure you will find products that work well for you in the first few weeks, feel free to share them below.