Having a new baby means a lot of new stuff to buy! But before you know it, not all things can be useful to you, and you might be surprised that many of the products that rise to the top of your favorite list aren’t the big, flashy purchases. Instead, they are those little things or hidden surprises that make your life easier for you in a moment when you need them the most.
Here are some helpful, must-have items that baby parents can’t live without:
All babies love to be held and touch. And it can be a pickle if they start crying the minute you put them down on the crib so you can do your household chores or other things to do. Thanks to the new generation of baby carriers – it’s now possible to do so without causing harm to your baby’s back, spine, and hips. This Ergobaby carrier can support babies until they grow. It can carry the baby in all carry positions, including ergonomic, forward-facing options. This way, your baby can feel close to you while you’re hands-free – free to do other stuff! It’s the best multi-tasking mama’s tool.
Parents of newborns need a swaddle to keep their babies comfy and ready to sleep. Swaddling can help imitate the cozy conditions that babies were used to inside the womb, so they can sleep soundly. These lightweight blankets are perfect for swaddling, but their softness and coziness also make them perfect for serving as your baby’s receiving blankets or security blanket. It’s so lightweight and breathable, so you can swaddle your baby even in the summer without overheating them.
Car seats are essential, but sometimes they can be hard to clean. If your baby is a notorious spitter, this car seat from Britax will be a time saver. The fabric is super easy to clean – the spills wipe just right off, and it repels stains. Also, this brand is dedicated to superior infant and child safety, making them a great choice.
Afraid that your baby’s toys would compete with your lovely, modern home décor? The Play Gym by Lovevery is nothing but beautiful. It comes in an ideal color palette and modern prints and patterns, which comes with just the right amount of bright colors to stimulate your baby. This play gym includes five Montessori-inspired development zones that reveal or conceal to prevent overstimulation, offer focus, sound making, sensory exploration, color discovery, and hiding and finding.
With the help of this portable changing mat, you’ll be able to change your baby’s diaper and clothes anywhere without worrying about germs. This bag comes with a zip-off changing pad, a built-in pillow, and a translucent wipes case. This changing pad also has a large surface to provide plenty of space for the baby, and it also wipes clean because you know it’s going to get dirty. The large mesh pocket is especially helpful because it can hold diapers, baby clothes, and other changing essentials. You can use this for quick trips instead of bringing your whole diaper bag.
Babies are helpless in all ways, so when their nose is full of snot and boogers, they can’t blow their nose themselves. They need their caregiver’s help to keep them uncongested. This is where the Snot Sucker excels. Unlike traditional nasal bulb aspirators, the Snot Sucker comes with a plastic receptacle that first just into the entrance of your baby’s nostril and sucks the baby’s nasal congestion much faster and more efficiently than any other bulb. Because of the tube that you have to use to suck the snot out of your baby’s nose literally – it may seem weird and disgusting – but to clarify, the snot isn’t going to go straight to your mouth. It has a disposable filter that does exactly what it is meant to do: keeping your mouth nowhere near your baby’s boogers.
Here’s another carrier that you may probably want to add to your arsenal. Some parents swear by this product as it blends the lightweight softness of a wrap carrier and the structure and durability of a soft-shell carrier. Your baby can be comfortable and snug with this carrier made of soft, stretchy material. It can handle three carrying positions from newborn to toddlerhood. Also, it’s super easy to use – you can put this on completely by yourself in just a few minutes in any situation.
Your instincts may tell you that babies need total silence to sleep, but the white noise from a sound machine can be a better alternative for soothing your baby. White noise can mimic the whooshing sounds of the womb the baby is used to. This tiny but mighty white noise machine is a great pick because it can deliver some powerful sounds, but it’s small enough to bring anywhere or clip into the stroller for walks.
This car seat cover is one of those do-it-all items you can’t live without. It doesn’t only keep the sun and wind away from disturbing your sleeping little ones, but it can also keep prying hands away from the baby. And when it’s time to feed, you can slip this cover over your shoulders as a breastfeeding cover. Not to mention, when your baby gets older, you can stretch it over shopping carts of high chairs to keep your child from touching potentially dirty surfaces.
This isn’t just a breast pump; it’s an amazing breastfeeding helper. This manual tool is great for breastfeeding moms who need help starting milk flow or relieving engorgement. It can capture the letdown on your other breast while nursing instead of letting it get soaked up by a nursing pad. Also, you can easily fit it in your purse or diaper bag, and it takes just seconds to hook up.
Let’s be honest, when you’re a brand new mom, and your belly is all squishy, and your boobs are all leaky, you give up some of your fashion sense for function. But with these nursing tank tops, you can get comfy because they are super soft and so easy to unlatch to feed your baby, plus they are also super cute! It comes with a fashionable lace racerback design, and when it’s cold, pair it with a light flannel or a cardigan, and you will look fashionable again.
peaking of breastfeeding, it can really wreck your posture if you’re not careful. This breastfeeding pillow comes with straps you can attach around your waist to help you prop your baby at a comfortable angle and height. It comes with two distinct surfaces: one firm for helping your newborn latch and one soft to meet your needs as the baby grows. You can buy multiple replacement covers so that if one is soiled, you’ll have a backup. Trust us; this pillow is going to get soiled.