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Essential 10: New Mommy Must-Haves

Most of us OB editors don't have kids yet, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate the struggle dedication it takes to get through those first couple months of parenthood. (Plus, who can resist the sight of a cute widdwe baby?) Anyways, we, like you, read a lot of blogs, and one of our favorites is Amanda of MODGBlog.com. If you recall, we helped her find a baby shower outfit! Anyways, she recently gave birth to one heckuva cute little guy, and asked the interwebs at large for advice on how to stay sane while home alone with a newborn. That got us thinking.... What are the must-haves for a new parent?

You Tell Us: Calling all Outblush readers with kids! What are the products (and advice) you couldn't live without those first few months of parenthood?

1. Mama Mio You're Amazing! New Mama Kit ($49) - Includes Omega Super-Rich Body Cream to help revive your tired skin, a Gravida Candle to soothe your senses, and a snuggle cap for junior's wee head.

2. Amoralia Nougatime Nursing Bra ($88) - Most nursing bras are just plain ugly and don't do much to help you feel like your normal, sexy self again. This one, on the other hand, is easy to nurse Junior in and looks fabulous on those post-pregnancy ta-tas.

3. Weleda Baby Starter Kit ($10) - Scented with soothing Calendula flower, this kit includes baby cream, diaper care cream, lotion, oil, and soap for use on tender baby skin - or even on Mom.

4. Republic of Tea Get Maternal Tea ($10.50-41) - Formulated with raspberry leaf, nettles & horsetail, ginger, parsley, and other natural herbs, it's designed to help you relax, tones uterine muscles, and also provides necessary nutrients for little ones. (P.S. We think it should have been called "Maternitea".)

5. Aden & Anais Muslin Baby Wraps 4 Pack Jungle Jam Swaddle Blankets ($45) - According to friends who've been there, these are just about the best swaddling blankets around. They're lightweight and can be easily doubled up on in cold weather or left as is in warmer months.

6. Glamourmom Long Nursing Tank ($39) - Once you're finally out of the house, a cute nursing tank top like this lets you feed the baby anytime, anywhere, without exposing anything you don't want to.

7. Belabumbum Lotus Nursing Robe ($78, in 2 colors) - You may not feel glamorous with spit-up and breast milk coating every surface in your house, but this soft cotton robe with lace trim will help you feel more put together, especially if you have to answer the door.

8. Woodours Baby Activity Bear ($40) - Every kid needs a teddy bear, and this one doubles as a learning tool once baby is out of the sleeps-all-day-cries-all-night newborn stage.

9. Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($35 for 2 large jars) - Not only will this miracle goop help heal chapped, over-nursed nipples on you, but it even helps cure diaper rash on your baby!

10. Itzbeen Baby Care Timer ($25+) - Friends with kids tell us this is a sanity-saver. Every time you feed/change/soothe your little one to sleep, hit the corresponding button so you know exactly how long it's been since Junior was fed. It even includes a slider button to help you remember which side baby nursed from last. Genius!

P.S. Congrats again, MODG! We're rooting for you! (Heh. Sorry.)

Comments


Stephanie

Posted on 01.05.11 at 1:26 PM

It's not pretty, but I actually set up a mini kitchen in the nursery. It makes those bottle heating times a lot easier. A mini fridge stocked with bottled water and even snacks and non-caffeinated drinks for mommy, bottle warmer, etc. It made it so much easier than going back and forth to the kitchen at 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and 4 a.m....you get the idea.

Rachel H.

Posted on 01.05.11 at 1:45 PM

The bouncy seat is so important. Just bounce your little human with your foot while you eat dinner, read, or watch some well-earned tube.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=bouncy+seat&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=1953610401861981154&ei=OOUkTdvHN4KasAPb_KDLAQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CEAQ8gIwAg#

Also, since it looks you're breastfeeding (go boob! breast is best!), Lansinoh is essential for avoiding hurty nips.

Another thing that was great was noisy, ugly white-noise sheep: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=sleep+sheep&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=13146077336973627320&ei=TOYkTYmzCY7EsAP43sTNAQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CD8Q8gIwAg#

modg

Posted on 01.05.11 at 2:04 PM

Thanks outblush!

Megan

Posted on 01.05.11 at 2:18 PM

You left out the Moby wrap!! Those things are awesome.

abl

Posted on 01.05.11 at 3:00 PM

Skip the Aquaphor for nursing nipples -- you won't want anything petroleum based on 'em. Just leave a little extra milk on there then let them dry. If they're really sore/chapped, use Newman's Cream (ask your Dr for the Rx). And for a diaper rash, aquaphor has NOTHING on Triple Paste Medicated Diaper Rash Cream (you can get it anywhere - target, etc). That shit's MAGIC.

I'd add the Under the Nile swaddler blankets, those were a go-to bc they're also a little bit stretchy and stay put all night (well, until the next feeding/changing).

Also, since it's chilly, a great pair of slippers that can also get you outside too (someone's gotta bring in the mail, and that's an easy task but let's you feel like you did SOMETHING that day).

I 100% agree with snacks! Preferably ones that can be eaten with one hand, like Larabars or leftover pizza. And a nice new water bottle would be great for mom too to encourage liquid intake.

forr

Posted on 01.06.11 at 7:06 AM

Lansinoh. Not to knock abl, but Lansinoh is the bomb. Sure you can leave some It helps to leave some milk on the nipples and let it dry, but lansinoh heals and protects dry skin, and you don't need a prescription.
Added bonus - it works on lips, hands, legs especially this time of year when dry skin can be a problem.

AliOrr

Posted on 01.06.11 at 8:33 AM

I try to always give my new mom friends a bag of my favorite goodies. A couple of my absolute favorites:

-- Grobag Egg Nursery Thermometer (for making sure baby's room is just the right temp)

-- Any brand of microwavable steam bags (so much more convenient and space friendly that big steamers for bottled and pacis)

-- Cloud B Sleep Sheep: We took this with us everywhere to help our little one sleep.

-- A cool mist humidifier: A double whammy - helps keep congestion away and drowns out loud noises to help them sleep.

I could go on and on!


Jen c

Posted on 01.06.11 at 6:25 PM

Granted I've only been a momma for 7 days now, the things I can't live without are: Swaddle me blankets, wipe warmer helps keep my little guy asleep during 3am changings, medela breast pump, and definitely the snacks. I keep a store of snacks and water in my bedroom because I am always hungry.

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