Products Every New Mom Needs to Make It Through the Day
Product Reviews| | By Sierra McCleary-Harris
Over and over you hear about how decades — and even centuries — ago, parents got the job done without all of our modern bells and whistles. Well, that’s nice for them, but thank goodness we don’t have to! Parenting is hard enough; there’s no reason to tough it out without a little help from technology and ingenuity. We know you’re busy molding the future and all, so let’s get to it! Below you’ll find some products that every new mom (or dad!) needs to have. They’ll make your life easier so you have more time for the fun parts of parenting! Are there other products that you couldn’t live without? Let us know, and don’t forget to SHARE this list with other new parents!
Matimati Baby Bandana Bib Set, 8-Pack Super Absorbent, Soft, & Chic Organic Drool Bibs for Boys & Girls (Arrows & Triangles) – $18.99What’s so special about some bibs? Glad you asked! The Matimati Baby Bandanas feature snaps so they’ll stay put where they belong — on your baby! — without that itchy, uncomfortable Velcro we’ve all grown to bear. The bibs are 100 percent cotton and fleece, so they’re just as absorbent as you expect, but without the eco-unfriendly plastic. Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser. Adios, icky, lingering smells!
Unless you want to take the Samantha Jones approach to soothing your cranky baby, the MamaRoo Infant Seat is a lifesaver well worth the investment. The seat features five distinctive movements — mimicking a car ride, the way you move when you comfort your baby, and more. It adjusts to full recline for your baby’s comfort (because, hopefully, they’re going to fall right asleep once you put them in it). Thanks to Bluetooth, you can control the seat using your smartphone; it also features some built-in tunes and an MP3 plug-in. Have you ordered one yet?
Infant Seat and Swing Insert – $23.50You’ll come to rely on the MamaRoo quickly. Avoid tantrums (probably more from you than your baby) due to laundry days with this spare seat insert. It’s machine washable and reversible, just in case! white, if you want to shake things up a bit.
Babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes – $15.98Babies get into everything. Every. Thing. Even before they can walk, they are rolling, crawling, and grabbing at everything they can. That’s why it’s important to keep things tidy. But we know you’d rather spend quality time with your baby than constantly run to the pantry to break out the mop for every minor mess, or rely on less-than-natural cleaning wipes that could potentially harm your baby. Babyganics has you covered. These all-purpose wipes are plant-based, fragrance-free, and non-abrasive. (They won’t hurt your tabletops, either!)
In this short book (what new moms have time to sit around reading lengthy tomes?), pediatrician Robert Bucknam, along with co-author Gary Ezzo, tell you how to sync your baby’s feeding, waking, and sleeping cycles. Nope, it’s not magic, just science.
Symphony Lactina Double Pumping Kit – $71.77Symphony’s hospital-grade double-pumping kit, which works with the Medela Symphony Breast Pump, is comfortable and convenient. The kit includes two breast shields, two milk bottles with lids, and more. It’s also dishwasher-safe because convenience and brevity are key for new moms.
Medela Breastmilk Storage Solution – $25.59While the two storage bottles that come with the Lactina Kit are great, you’re going to need more than that. The Storage Solution set from Medela is a complete system that not only stores your milk, but lets you organize it, too. It includes labeling lids, bags, bottles, and a holder. New from Carter’s Amazon-exclusive Simply Joys line, these 100-percent cotton shirts feature side snaps for easy changing. The snaps also are nickel-free and reinforced, so you don’t have to worry about allergic reactions. The thicker, quality materials make these shirts sturdy so they can stand up to the rigors of your baby — and your washing machine!
Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns – $12.50-$15.50Available for normal and eczema-prone skin, Mustela’s Foam Shampoo is specially formulated to cleanse and treat simultaneously, helping rid your baby of pesky Cradle cap with BHA and salicylic acid. Avocado perseose and climbazole help protect the scalp and prevent recurrence. The hypoallergenic formula is free of parabens, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol, too.
These bamboo washcloths are organic and super soft, and they only get softer as you continue to wash them. They’re made from natural bamboo fibers and don’t contain any dyes or artificial chemicals, so your baby’s skin doesn’t get irritated. Plus, they are antibacterial and anti-fungal. Seriously, they do most of the work for you. Fun fact: These washcloths are biodegradable, too!
Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier – $12.95The Soothie is designed specifically for newborns and babies who don’t yet have teeth. The one-piece construction adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics, with more than 2,000 hospitals around the country using Soothie as their newborn pacifier of choice.
It’s a scientific fact that babies learn through play. Well, how does one play? With their hands. The flip side of all that beautiful exploration — feeling and touching their way around the world — is that the world is pretty grimy. Babyganics has come to our rescue with these wipes. They are alcohol-free, but they still kill 99.9 percent of germs, all while soothing and nourishing your baby’s hands.
Babyganics Foaming Dish and Bottle Soap – Fragrance Free – $17.97 (3 Pack)We’ll never cease to be amazed at just how messy such tiny bundles of joy really are — so much cleaning, so many supplies! Babyganics’ foaming dish and bottle soap is sustainable; it’s made with plant-based ingredients, and its foaming formula means less water and no residue. Plus, it’s free of artificial fragrances, dyes, and a bunch of other icky ingredients.
Dr. Brown’s Bottle Brush – $4.89Whether you’re breast or bottle feeding, a good bottle brush is a necessity. What makes Dr. Brown’s so great is its suction-cup bottom, ensuring that it stays put when you’re not using it. Also, let’s face it: You’re probably exhausted. Sleeplessness plus slippery suds mean you’re more than a little likely to drop this puppy on the floor at some point. Let Dr. Brown knock that likelihood down a few notches. Plus, the combination brushes mean you’re getting a deep, deep clean.
Boon Drying Racks: Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack White – $19.99, Boon Stem Drying Rack Accessory – $3.74, Boon Twig Grass and Lawn Drying Rack Accessory – $3.99Baby supplies — such as bottles, nipples, pacifiers, and the like — are a bit too small to fit into your existing drying rack nicely, so maintain some “kitchenly” order and pick up a Lawn drying rack and a bottle drying accessory. The above options from Boon are BPA-, Phthalate-, and PVC-free, plus they’ll look great in any kitchen. Win!
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Nursery Fresheners – $4.50-$16.48Tiny humans are messy, and sometimes smelly. It obviously doesn’t mean we love or adore them any less; it’s just a fact. But it doesn’t have to be a lingering fact thanks to these nursery fresheners from Arm and Hammer. The mini discs use baking soda for a portable freshener that you can stash around your nursery, leave in your car, or take with you on the go.
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner – $29.84
The Boppy is a time-tested favorite. There are dozens of designs available for the slipcover, but the distinctive shape and plush cushion are the same. It can be used as a nursing pillow, or just to provide your baby with support as he or she moves through different stages of development — from “tummy time” to learning to sit up on their own. Whichever slipcover you get, it’s removable for the machine washing. Easy peasy.
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