A car seat, a stroller, a diaper bag, a crib, and clothing – it’s pretty obvious that these things are needed before your baby arrives. But what about the other stuff? What are the must-haves in the other categories, the “soft-goods” categories, that are beneficial for first-time moms?
Covered Goods Nursing Cover
Figuring out nursing for the first time is definitely tricky and most likely painful! Having a reliable cover to depend on in public helps ease some of the stresses of breastfeeding, and the 360-degree coverage of a Covered Goods cover is sure to come in handy in more than one way!
A perfectly designed device used to suck the snot out of a baby’s nose. By now, everyone should know that the NoseFrida isn’t nearly as gross as it seems because, as mentioned above, it is perfectly designed--there is NO possible way for the snot to get into your mouth. But just in case you’re still on the fence about this, just know that it was designed and highly recommended by doctors!
Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
Bathing a fresh little baby is easily one of the most stressful things about bringing home a newborn. The Puj Tub is the absolute best option for sink baths and it hangs flat, making storage a cinch. There is a little less to worry about when you're prepared with something this amazing.
Technically, this could go in the clothing category, but little mittens play a more functional roll than just simple accessories! Goumikids Mitts have a small Velcro strap, which not only helps these stay on, but also allows babies to wear them longer since the size is adjustable. No feeling sorry for baby scratches all over your babe's face!
Logan + Lenora Simple Changing PadLets face it: public places are gross. Having a portable changing pad can be a great way to combat germs while out and about. A good handful of diaper bags come with some type of changing pad – whether attached or separate. But it’s not a bad idea to have another on hand, even for around the house!
Billy Bibs Pacifier Clip
Obviously, this depends on a baby or parents’ preference, but pacifiers are handy dandy. IF a pacifier is being used, pacifier clips are a pretty convenient route. They make life a heck of a lot easier, especially in the car or while out and about.
Happy Baby Wrap
Baby carriers are more gear oriented, but a wrap is a lot less hassle (and money). These are great for small strolls around the block, shopping, around the house, or just to keep baby close while having both hands free!
Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother
Not everybody uses white noise machines, but depending on the noises surrounding your house or apartment, you may want to consider using one. Some baby sleep experts recommend using them, especially during sleep training, but many people’s opinions vary. This Skip Hop Elephant isn’t your average white noise machine, it features 4 nature sounds and 4 songs that can be set to a timer or play continuously, there are also different levels of volume. This elephant also projects stars on the ceiling, and it’s belly glows – creating the perfect night light.
Little Unicorn Swaddle
Most babies enjoy being swaddled. For good reason too! The womb is nice and tight and cozy, so being wrapped up nice and tight (safely of course) is comforting to them. Swaddling can be accomplished by using a light blanket to wrap up baby in various ways, or an actual fail-proof swaddle like the Ollie World Swaddle that fits the baby in and is fastened with Velcro, or some are tied off.
Little Unicorn Single Cotton Swaddle - Lava Lava
Bamboobies Boob-ease Therapy Pillow
As mentioned before, breastfeeding can be a beast. It's definitely hard to know what to expect and how your body will respond (cracked nipples, inverted nipples, painful letdown, excessive leaking, etc.), but it's never a bad idea to have backup just in case things get bad. Therapy pillows are perfect for heating or cooling the breasts to help out with pain and swelling.