When it comes to having a baby there are a lot of things you expect and a lot you don’t. That is especially true when it comes to the products you buy for your baby. Of course, there are those things that you know you’re going to need like a car seat, a diaper bag, a crib, etc., but there are also a lot of items that you would never in your wildest dreams think you would need, especially as a first time mom. I’m here to tell you about all the products that were essential for mine and my baby’s survival during the first few days, weeks, and months of his life. Without these 15 items, life with a newborn would have been much more difficult.
There are some disagreements when it comes to using pacifiers with newborns. When I had my first son I didn’t really think twice about using one. I just put one in my son’s mouth after his second day here on earth. Some of the nurses were unhappy with me when I did this, but I’ll be honest, it made my son happy and quiet, so it made me happy, as well. Even if you don’t plan on using pacifiers, it might be a good idea to have some on hand just in case your baby is inconsolable and a pacifier might be just want they want.
2. Breast Pump
Maybe I was just naive and young when I had my son, but I thought breast pumps were only for moms that didn’t want to nurse, but still wanted to give their baby breast milk. For some reason, it never occurred to me that even though I was breastfeeding, I would need to pump some milk for bottles while I was away from my baby for dates, hair appointments, and more. Being able to pump some milk for bottles was also amazing on those nights when I was just simply too tired to get up and nurse, because then my husband could get up with the baby and feed him. It can give you that much needed relief when you feel like you can’t go any longer.
3. Milk Storage Bags
If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll certainly need some storage bags for the breastmilk that you pump. That is one thing I did not realize as a first time mom. At first I was storing it in the extra little bottles that came with my breast pump, but then I ran out of those and had to run to the store to get some bags. One of the last things you want to do a few days after you’ve had a baby, you’re sore, your breasts are engorged, and your baby eats non-stop is to have to go to the store. So, go ahead and stock up on some storage bags now.