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19 BABY MUST HAVES FOR FIRST TIME MOMS THAT WILL MAKE LIFE EASIER

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Having a new baby is both scary and exciting. These baby must haves for first time moms will make your life easier.

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It’s been proven that 43% of new mothers only get 5.5 hours of sleep each day. That’s a loss of 900 sleeping hours per year!

Since you should be getting most of your sleep now, I want to save you some time by letting you know my favorite baby items for the first 6 months.

I understand how hard it is to know what you’ll need for your new baby and you don’t want your baby registry to be 30 pages long.

While I was pregnant, I researched an excessive amount of sites and read hundreds (maybe even thousands) of reviews to figure out which baby products would make life easier.

Having a baby is already hard enough. You don’t need to make it harder by buying a stroller that breaks in the Target parking lot.

Now that I’ve figured it out and use every single one of these products myself, I feel comfortable recommending them to you.

This list of baby must haves for first time moms will help you conquer motherhood with confidence!

1. Newborn boppy lounger

A newborn boppy lounger is different from the boppy that’s used for breastfeeding. It has a seat your baby can sit on so they don’t slide down to the bottom.

This is great for those times when your baby is fussy and you can’t get them to stop crying no matter what you do.

Your baby will finally take a nap and you can move the lounger to whichever room you’re in.

It’s so convenient, especially for a minimalist who doesn’t want to get all of the unnecessary items.

And it’s also great for sitting your baby up if they have reflux.

2. Baby car mirror

When you’re in the front seat you want to be able to see what your little one is doing in the backseat.

Probably sleeping, but at least you know!

With this mirror, you can see your baby clearly and it’s shatterproof so you won’t have to worry about injuries in case of an accident.

It’s easy to put on and doesn’t shake when you go over bumps. It’s also nice and big so you can see the entire car seat.

3. Swing

A swing is essential because babies love to be rocked. At times when you have to sit your baby down to get things done this swing will be handy.

Or when your baby is fighting their sleep and won’t stop crying.

The music and mobile keep your little one distracted until they drift off to dreamland.

This swing is rather large and takes up quite a bit of room. But you can adjust the speed and the direction of which way it swings.  

Now, of course, you can always try the more compact mamaRoo which is great for a small space.

We have both and they’re both a great option.

4. Pack N Play with bassinet and changing station

A pack n play is a must! Don’t bother wasting money on a bassinet you only use for a few months.

This is something you’ll use for many years to come.

It’s super convenient especially when you’re traveling. They’re compact and you can pack it up in seconds.

The changing station is easy to clean which is great because somehow my husband can’t seem to change our daughter’s diaper without getting peed on.

If you plan to room share with your baby, which is recommended until at least 6 months, this is nice to have.

5. Zarbee’s chest rub

You will definitely want to have this on hand so you’re not running out to the store in the middle of the night because your baby is congested.

This chest rub has all natural ingredients and smells amazing without taking your breath away!

I would only put it on my daughter’s feet before I put her socks on at bedtime and it still worked fabulously with such a small amount.

It does specify on the box which areas are safe to apply it to.

Give your little one a bath and rub some of this on whatever areas you prefer and the congestion should get drastically better.

6. White noise

Don’t underestimate the power of white noise! You would be surprised how calming it will be for your little one.

This is the only way that I can get my daughter to lay down before she’s completely asleep.

For a free option, you can play this video on YouTube. It lasts for 10 hours and the screen is black so there’s no light in the room.

It will also help you sleep.

When you’re waking up every 2-3 hours, sleeping to white noise will help you get in a deeper sleep. You get a better quality of sleep and wake up more rested.

7. Diaper bag backpack

A backpack makes the best diaper bag! They’re super easy to put on and they hold a lot of items.  

It will fit everything you need for your baby whenever you leave home. 

You can even put items from your purse in the backpack instead of carrying 2 bags.

There are so many compartments that you can pack as much as you could possibly need.

It has slots in the front pocket that keep bottles warm which is great for pumped breast milk bottles.

Although it’s nice and roomy, you won’t have to worry about it being bulky.

They also have cute designs.

We received ours monogrammed with our daughter’s initials as a baby shower gift and we absolutely love it!

8. Nursery kit

Instead of buying things like nail clippers, brush, comb, and medicine syringes separately, you can get it all in this kit.

You may not use all of the items, but they’re nice to have on hand just in case.

A good old fashioned thermometer is still the way to go even though it does take longer. But if you prefer a quicker method I like this thermometer.

Emery boards are a must since baby’s nails are sharper than razor blades.

Trying to clip their nails in the beginning is nerve-racking. It may be easier to file them regularly for the first month.

You can also try these nail trimmers to make it easier for both of you.

9. Swaddles

Your baby is used to being nice and cozy in your womb so being in this big world is scary for them.

Swaddling your baby will bring them comfort and remind them of their happy place.

My go to swaddle is the muslin swaddle.

They’re soft, comfy and breathable so you and your baby will love them.

My daughter would hate when we swaddled her arms so I would put her in a long sleeve onesie and swaddle her with her arms out.

These are also oversized so you can use them for much more than just swaddling.

10. Travel system

A travel system is the way to go!

You get the car seat with a base and the stroller instead of buying everything separately.

The jogger stroller has cup holders for your drinks when you’re out running around or when you jog.

Having only one wheel in the front makes it easier to maneuver and it glides along smoothly.

It folds in seconds when you’re trying to put it away. You can also collapse it with one hand making it even easier to deal with.

11. Car seat toy

Any soft hanging activity toy should keep your little one busy while in the car.

The bright colors will help with eyesight and their hand eye coordination.

12. Car seat cover

A car seat cover will keep your baby warm and typically people won’t try to touch them while they’re covered.

If you have a winter baby like I do you’ll be very cautious about trying to keep them warm and not catch any germs while out.

You can choose whether you want the top flap open or closed.

Even with the flap closed it’s still breathable without allowing too much air in.

13. Baby Carrier

Babywearing is a lifesaver! This is by far one of the best baby products you’ll have.

It’s a struggle the first few weeks trying to get anything done because your baby cries every time you sit them down.

It starts to take a toll on your mental health and become depressing.

With the Baby K’tan, you will be able to have your baby right next to you and have both hands free to get things done around the house.

It’s also super quick and easy to put on which is an added bonus!

You’ll definitely want to make sure you get the proper size. The description said for anyone under 5’2 to get a size smaller than you normally would, so that’s what I did.

I tried it on as soon as it was delivered and there was no way we were both going to be able to breathe. I sent it back and got my normal size and it works wonderfully!

A few other great options that my friends use and love are the Boba wrap and the Ergobaby carrier.

No matter which one you decide, baby wearing will help you keep up with the cleaning and get so much accomplished.

14. Co-sleeper

If you want to have your baby in bed with you in their own safe area, a co-sleeper is the best option.

If you plan on breastfeeding, this will make it easier so you’re not dragging yourself out of bed every 2 hours.  

You have your little one right next to you whenever they get hungry.

Even if you’re not breastfeeding it’s still reassuring to be able to raise your head and see your baby snoozing away.

It’s also great for traveling or moving to different rooms around the house.

If you were planning on getting a Rock N Play, a few of my close friends have replaced theirs with this Rocking Bassinet.

They’ve said it has a lot of room and it’s lightweight so they can easily move it around their home.

15. Nose Frida

I use the Nose Frida almost every single night! I love this product and you will too!

Bulb syringes have been shown to grow mold when not cleaned properly and since you can’t see inside of them you’ll have no idea.

The Nose Frida is not as traumatic since you’re not sticking anything in their nose. It has a long tube and a filter so nothing yucky even comes close to your mouth.  

My daughter actually laughs while I’m using this which is a HUGE difference from her reaction when I would use the bulb syringe.

If you’re still not sure about the Nose Frida and prefer to stick to a bulb syringe try this one.

It can be opened and cleaned so you know there isn’t any mold in it.

16. Glider with Ottoman

Instead of putting your baby in a swing, sometimes you want to rock them to sleep yourself.

This will provide a nice place for you to relax with your baby.

This glider has pockets on the side which is super convenient. Mine are full of granola bars and other snacks.

It can sometimes be a little tricky to sit on it while holding your baby, but you’ll be fine if you sit down slowly.

17. Sleepsack

A SleepSack will let you breathe easier at bedtime knowing you won’t have to worry about a blanket falling on your baby’s face.

Something as thin as a sheet falling on their face can cause them to stop breathing.

And since babies can’t control their hands well in the beginning, they can’t reach up and move it from their face.

This sleepsack is lightweight and comfortable to use year round. You’ll put their pajamas on and use this instead of a blanket.

I also put mittens on her hands so they don’t get cold during the night.

18. Bouncer

When your baby can hold their head up a bouncer is a fun place for them to hang out.

Every time they spin around they’ll be surprised there’s another toy to play with.

This will keep your baby busy so you can do whatever you need to.

You can move it around to different rooms while you clean the kitchen or put up the laundry.

It’s also adjustable so you can make it taller as your baby grows.

19. Playmat

This is great for both tummy time and laying your baby down to play with the toys.

At first, it’ll seem pointless because your baby can’t grab the toys.

Once their hand eye coordination gets better and they grab a toy for the first time you’ll jump around the living room like you hit the lotto.

Their coordination will keep getting better and better.

This one folds easily so you can take it with you when you travel.

Famous last words…

This list of baby must haves for first time moms will make your life so much easier.

I love every single one of these products and will use them again with my next baby.

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