Must-Haves for New Moms

September 23, 2018

Everyone knows the basics you need for a baby, such as a crib, stroller, car seat and
diapers. Usually, it’s the smaller items that get overlooked. Here’s what might not be on your baby registry—and why you need it.

1. Feeding Pillow

One of the most challenging aspects of nursing is figuring out how to hold the baby
comfortably, without hunching over in an awkward position. A nursing pillow really helps,
whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Look for one that wraps around your waist
and gives you a support for the baby.

2. Sleep sack

These are making their way over from Europe—they’re a brilliant way to keep Baby warm at night without complicated swaddling. It’s like a sleeping bag, but has open arms for ventilation and a zippered bottom so diaper changes are still easy.

3. Baby-specific body wash and shampoo

Your newborn will be getting sponge baths at first, then baths in an infant tub. Adult soaps
are way too strong and can dry Baby’s skin, and those with acne-fighting ingredients are actually dangerous for babies. Be sure to have something baby-specific on hand that is tailored to a newborn’s skin.

4. Baby nail clippers

It’s shocking how fast a newborn’s nails grow, and even more shocking when you learn that you’re supposed to trim them! Have a pair of baby nail scissors and a pair of baby clippers handy, and see which is easier for you to use. Some strategies: have your partner trim the nails while you nurse the baby, or try cutting them while Baby is sleeping.

5. Tiny swing

Lots of parents resist buying a swing because they think it will take up too much room. But
it’s important to have somewhere safe to put your infant while you cook or get dressed—and Baby gets tired of being plunked in a car seat or bouncy seat. Luckily, there are diminutive swings available these days that aren’t much bigger than the baby!

6. Pads for the changing table

Diaper changing is messy business. Most parents get several covers for their changing table cushion, but you don’t want to have to change the cover with every diaper change—which can be up to 10 times a day! To save yourself time (and laundry), get little waterproof pads. You just put the square under Baby’s bottom for easy cleaning.

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