I feel like I’m a new mom again. Balancing two kids is a game changer! Accordingly, here is my list of new mom must haves. I sure hope it helps some of you expecting mamas out there.
I’m a minimalist at heart, so I like to streamline the items I actually need as a mom to a newborn.
Did anyone else get overwhelmed with gift registries? There are many items out there, and not every baby responds well to each item. That said, here are a list of items I have found to be extremely helpful as we added baby number 2 to our family.
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
Initially, you’ll want to keep your baby nearby at night. Especially, if you’re nursing, as he will feed often. Enter the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper.
With Jada, we used a pack-n-play, but it was cumbersome and made navigating our bedroom a pain, especially at night. The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is the ultimate space saver, and allows us closer to baby for bonding, care and intimacy.
I have ours placed right next to our bed, so I can easily nurse Cole or peek through the breathable mesh at him sleeping soundly.
The height is adjustable, so I can actually raise it even further it, so sits directly on our mattress for safe sleeping.
The bassinest swivels to easily allow me in and out of bed for bathroom breaks and diaper changes.
Cole’s nursery is at the opposite end of the hall, so we plan to use this for several months. I can’t recommend this product enough, and it has already exceeded my expectations. You can find them HERE and keep an eye out for the HALO Bassinest LUXE editions.
Baby wearing is popular among many moms, but it is necessary when you’re the mom of more than one!
The Soothe Shirt from Lalabu is perfect for a newborn. This shirt has a built in pouch for newborn babies up to 15 lbs. Cole isn’t quite big enough for a baby carrier, so I have been wearing him in the Soothe Shirt on outings or at home.
It is not completely hands free, but it calms him immediately and leaves me with one free hand.
HALO SleepSack Swaddle
My friend gifted me with a HALO SleepSack Swaddle when we welcomed Jada, raving about it’s ability to soothe a tired baby. I quickly understood why! Cole loves his equally.
Cole self soothes with his hands by his face, so when we wrap him, we allow his hands free.
Jada had a prominent startle reflex, so we swaddled her arms inside the SleepSack. Plus, it was the only way we could actually swaddle her. She broke free of her swaddle blankets almost immediately.
I love that the SleepSacks can transition to wearable blankets when baby begins to roll over. In the winter months, keeping him warm is essential.
If you’re breastfeeding, a nursing pillow like the Boppy, is a life (and back) saver.
Trying to bend towards baby puts you both in a bad position, so make sure baby is supported with a pillow, like the Boppy.
I had my doubts about these blankets, but never realized how much I would use them.
They are breathable, cotton blankets ideal for swaddling, but I use mine to keep baby warm when I’m nursing and even as a burp cloth. Jada still sleeps with one to this day.
Other Items to Consider:
- Nursing bra/tank top – currently living in them
- Pacifier – Cole isn’t as fond of the paci as Jada, but I’m going to continue to offer it.
- Diaper bag or backpack – I’m using a backpack this time around.
- Breast pump – most health insurance covers one of these per pregnancy.
- Stroller – I just found a used BOB dualie!
- Car seat – this one is obvious, but find one that isn’t on the recall list and is compatible with your stroller.
I’d love to hear what your new mom must haves are!
Disclaimer: I was provided the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.