Guest Post: New Mama Must Haves

Hello there Nap Time Crafters friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs over at kojodesigns, and I’m thrilled to be here today.

For our Bundle of Joy post, my sister Jordan and I thought we’d put together a list of New Mama Must Have’s. These are the things that we (and our friends and blog friends!) found to be indispensable in those foggy newborn-baby days. A quick disclaimer before we start- not all of these items were helpful with all of our babies (there are five little ones between the two of us), because, you guessed it, all babies are different. But if we had to buy everything again, this is where we’d start.

1. Nursing cover (by Ninnie’s Nappies, shown- several tutorials for making your own here).
2. Boppy.
3. A supercute, could-be-mistaken-for-a-purse diaper bag. I made a diaper bags for both of my sisters and myself and would highly recommend this tutorial.
4. Soothies Gel Pads (for that beginning part when breast feeding is less than enjoyable).
5. Wipes case/changing station (this one’s by JJ Cole). If you want to make your own, our changing pad caddy tutorial is here.
6. Kiddopotamus (swaddler for dummies). Just FYI- Jord swears by blankets with a little stretch, but I am less than proficient at swaddling, so these things saved my life.
7. Soothies pacifiers.
8. Phil and Ted Stroller. If I had to choose just one New Mama item, I think this would be it. The number of walking and running miles put on this stroller must be in the hundreds by now- plus it is a double stroller that fits in the trunk of my car (not SUV, car). Love.
9. Bjorn/Hot Sling (pictured).
10. A whole pile of burp rags and receiving blankets.
11. Open bottom layettes (this one is by Baby Star… cute, right?).
12. Medela Breast Pump. Getting Burke enough food that first month was, how do I say this, tricky. Much trickier than I’d anticipated. And the Medela was a life saver for me.
13. Sandra Boynton board books.
14. Nursing tanks- lots of them (the one shown is Glamourmom).
A few other things that we haven’t tried, but our friends swear by-comfy gown with easy access, wine, chocolate, coffee, a nightlight, a Moby wrap, Lanolin cream, baby swing, video monitor, and a Maya wrap.
What about you? What was indispensable to you in those foggy brand-new-baby days?
What a fantastic list! Thanks so much ladies!


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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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    I just wrote a similar post a few weeks ago, and you covered almost everything on my list! One thing that I found with this 2nd baby though is the Fisher Price sleep and play rocker. Most other Moms that I’ve talked to agree that this thing is super amazing! My baby has been sleeping in it since he came home from the hospital, and it’s so easy to move around the house as I do chores! Plus, who really wants to spend the nights stuck in a glider if you can easily do the rocking without leaving your bed?

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    These items are great. Definitely lanolin cream for me. Also reusable breastpads. So much more comfortable and breathable than plastc backed disposables. This is especially the case if you get any breastfeeding issues. Plus they save a ton of money

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