Over one million millennial women are becoming first-time mothers every year.
Because millennial women also put off having kids to later on in life, when the time does come, it’s a mixture of feelings. The more common ones are excitement and anxiety. There is also an understandable amount of confusion about what a helpless new being requires in their first months of life.
Not sure what to buy for your first baby? Here are seven new-mom must-haves for when you’re expecting your first baby.
1. Breast Pump
A breast pump is indeed a life-saver.
A pump allows you to provide nourishment for your little one. It also lets you express milk for your loved ones to feed the baby in case you are away.
There are great, comfortable brands in the market today. If your finances allow, a superior electric pump will be well appreciated as it allows you to plug in and pump while doing something else.
2. Car Seat
You will need to take your baby to doctor’s appointments, the park, its grandparents, and even on some leisure drives.
To do this comfortably and to meet legal obligations, you need a car seat.
The Silver Cross car seat is one brand to look at. This reliable brand offers a snug fit for your baby for extra comfort. It also has a simple, mommy-friendly mechanism that allows for single hand operation.
A rocker can gently rock and shush the baby when you need to get something done or to take a few minutes to yourself.
You can also use it in the yard when you want the baby to catch some all-important sun-rays. Good rockers are sturdy and have a simple maintenance regimen.
4. Baby and Mom Must Haves: Teethers
Teethers are absolute baby must-haves.
Baby teething is characterized by an extra fussy, irritable baby. As the little teeth fight to shoot through the gums, this causes some discomfort.
A teether is made of safe material that the baby can use to rub their gums and ease this discomfort.
5. Diaper Bag
Your diaper bag will be your signature look for a few months after baby comes.
Get one with different compartments to carry the diapers, clothes, baby bottles, wipes, and anything else you might need.
The bag should be easy to launder, sturdy, and should attach well to the baby’s stroller.
6. Baby Carrier
A baby carrier always makes any list of new moms must-haves.
This helps you wear your baby to soothe them, to go for a walk or as you complete easy household chores.
One of the few things to be alert to when selecting a baby carrier is its fit and durability.
When it comes to the fit, it should be able to evenly distribute the baby’s weight so as not to strain areas like your neck or shoulders. Also, pay attention to the fabric it’s made of. You want one that does not shed, or irritate the baby’s sensitive skin.
7. Nursing Pillow
For the first few weeks of your baby’s life, it will need to nurse every two hours or less.
Without a nursing pillow to bring baby to the breast, a mom is forced to crouch forward. This is not only uncomfortable but can also cause back neck and shoulder pain.
Get a nice, firm nursing pillow, but remember, this is just an aide. It will still be mommy’s job to help the baby latch properly at each feeding.
Ready for Baby?
When you tick the above mom must haves off your shopping list, you will be one step closer to being ready for baby. Above all, get ready to enjoy what will undoubtedly be one of the best phases of your life!
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