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Things New Moms Need for Themselves

Don’t forget about mom after the baby comes! Here are some things new moms need for themselves to make life easier.

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Don’t forget about mom after the baby comes! Here are some things new moms need for themselves to make life easier.

There are a ton of lists out there of things new moms need for babies, but there aren’t many things new moms need for themselves.

You probably had a baby shower and got all kinds of things for baby like a car seat, changing pad and some Amazon gift cards. But new moms need some things for themselves, like a cool diaper bag. Check out the list below for some more ideas.

pregnant lady is white shirt, sweater and grey leggings sitting on bed holding her belly in her hands

Things New Moms Need for Themselves

New Purse

I feel purses are so personal so I’m not going to add links under this heading. After you have a baby, what you carry in your purse will change. More than likely, the small cute purses will go away for awhile and some bigger, catch-all bags will become popular.

This is a great for a new mom or a for a new mom to buy herself as a little treat. Doesn’t it feel good to move into a new bag?

New Clothes

When a new mom comes home, they won’t be able to fit in their old clothes. Be prepared to purchase a couple of new shirts, skirts, pants and underwear to wear out until your weight stabilizes. I lost a ton of weight while breastfeeding and ended up smaller than when I started. After I stopped breastfeeding I gained weight.

If you’re looking to purchase a gift for a new mom, buy a gift card to their favorite clothing store.

A Good Baby Wrap

When I had my first child, I got a big bulky baby carrier that wasn’t very comfortable.  An article that I read later claimed these carriers weren’t good for the baby’s legs because of the baby’s poor positioning.  

There are so many more to choose from today.  I quickly learned how to use a wrap comfortably and even had one that was made for the pool.  It could get wet, but it dried super fast.  My 3rd child loved it and I wore her around the house all day.

Having a good wrap is more comfortable for mom and is helpful when she needs to get things done.

Dad hand with little baby gripping onto finger

Easy Meals to Make

Make sure to find some easy meals that you or your partner can make AND make sure to have all the ingredients in your pantry. Here are a few of my favorites.

I could go on and on with a bunch of easy recipes, but I’ll stop here. 🙂

A subscription to a place like Blue Apron will work too. Food is ALWAYS good!

Apps for moms  

When I was pregnant 10 years ago I only had a flip phone. Now some apps help keep track of nursing times and baby’s weight gain. I would have LOVED a nursing app.

I nursed all 3 of my kids for at least one year. I had notes all over the house when I was nursing. I even wore a bracelet that I rotated between my left and right wrist to remind me of the side my baby needed to nurse first. That app would have made breastfeeding a little more efficient.

Here are some good ones that link to the Apple store

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Helen Neale

Thursday 16th of April 2015

You forgot sleep! ;-) Some good ideas here - we all need a bit of guidance to make sure we don't get mental and get everything, or be too overwhelmed and get nothing! Thanks so much for linking this up to the 100th parenting pin it party.

Holly

Thursday 16th of April 2015

You're right!

Emma T

Monday 13th of April 2015

My son's only 4, but I wish I'd known more about wraps at the time. By the time I did, he was really to big and heavy to be learning on.

Things do change so quickly.

#pinitparty

Becky Mansfield

Saturday 11th of April 2015

Thanks for the great advice! This is awesome to know!!