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The Ultimate List of New Mom Essentials

So, you’ve purchased all the must-have items for your baby, now it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need as a new mom — products to make your hectic day-to-day a little more comfortable, and more importantly, a lot more manageable.

Here’s a list of new mom essentials for all mamas whether you are a new mom or not! I simply couldn’t live without these items during my first few months as a mom.


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New Mom Essentials

HALO Bassinet

This is a pricey item, but in my opinion definitely a new mom essential and totally worth it. The swivel mechanism on the Halo Bassinet is a lifesaver for those early days with the baby.

It makes for easy access as it swivels over the bed bringing the baby closer to you.

Its retractable sidewall also lowers down easily, reducing stress on your back (especially as he or she grows bigger.)

The Halo even comes with a “back-to-bed” feature that’ll remind you to switch sides when nursing and return the baby safely back to its bed.

Think of it as a wake-up feature to prevent you from falling asleep during those middle of the night feedings.

Weighted Sleep Mask

As a sleep-deprived new mom reliant on daytime naps, this really comes in handy. A weighted sleep mask works the exact same way as a weighted blanket applying gentle pressure to your eyes, thus signaling your brain to relax while blocking out light.

Nursing/Pumping Favorites

If you are nursing or pumping the items shared below are essential for you!

Nursing Pajama / Sleep Shirt

You could just pull your shirt up and hold it as your baby nurses, but that’s just extra work. Nursing pajamas provide easy access to the chest with pull-down/button up/pull-apart fabric, plus they’re ridiculously comfortable!

Bonus tip: look for a pajama with pockets to slip pacifiers into.

Nipple Butter

Sore tatas will be your new norm – at least for the first few weeks. Nipple Butter soothes and moisturizes between feedings. All-natural butter free of petroleum, parabens, fragrance, and lanolin are best… that way you don’t have to wash off before nursing.

You can also lather the butter onto a couple of breast pads and stick them in the freezer for instant relief.

Hands-free Pumping Bra

Thought I could live without this, then quickly discovered how much time I spent pumping. Holding flanges was a real pain.

The D*Lite Hands-Free Pumping Bra by Simple Wishes was my go to pumping bra. It zips up in the front and has adjustable Velcro panel sizing, perfect for the ever-changing postpartum body. It also comes with additional straps for added support.

Haakaa

If you choose to breastfeed, this is a necessity. I’ll admit I was completely overwhelmed with breastfeeding when I first started. The thought of leaking out milk while nursing on the other breast seriously frustrated me.

The Haakaa solves that problem! It’s a silicone pump that uses suction to collect milk hands-free as you feed your baby. Just pop it on the opposite side you’re nursing, and stash away the milk.

It’s also great for relieving engorgement and calming your flow/overactive letdown, should that become an issue.

Digital Thermometer

Simply a must in COVID times. A quick temperature check for limited visitors (should you choose to have any) is peace of mind and helps keep everyone, including the baby, safe.

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Elvie

If you want to go anywhere outside your home, Elvie is a great investment. You can discreetly pump on the go, in the car, at work, at the gym, pretty much anywhere you want completely hands-free by sticking this wearable pump in your bra.

You’ll be able to offer fresh milk to the baby and it has just 5 parts making it super easy to clean. No cords, no fuss, and no loud noises.

My favorite thing about the Elvie is it switches from stimulation to expression mode when it detects let-down and automatically shuts off when the bottle is full. One less thing to worry about!

Baby Log

baby log essential

New moms have a thousand things to worry about and a constant brain fog that’ll leave you struggling to remember pretty much anything. An hour-by-hour log keeps you organized.

Whether it’s a whiteboard version or an actual book, you’ll be able to track sleep, feedings and eventually notice rhythms evolve over time. It’s also great for doctor’s appointments / making sure your baby is eating and sleeping enough.

Diaper Bag

Personal style is one thing, but functionality is everything when choosing the right diaper bag. It’ll be used for so much more than carrying diapers.

Look for one with plenty of compartments to carry your wallet, keys, sunglasses etc. and one that cleans easily! A cooler inside is definitely a plus for on-the-go storage of milk and bottles.

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Shannon Bonetti

Shannon Bonetti is a former TV news anchor turned PR consultant expecting her first child in July 2020. She’s originally from the Bay Area but has lived in Nevada for the last 10 years.When she’s not managing clients, Shannon is usually hanging with her hubby Brett and their two pups Timber and Bentley. Her hobbies are cooking, reading and volunteering with local nonprofits. Her favorite weekend activities include day-tripping to Tahoe or scouring the internet for good deals!