There are thousands of “new mom must haves” lists on the internet right now, and I am about to lay down yet another one. Because you have probably read 50 different lists already, and because some things you need (or don’t need) are just common sense, you probably don’t need another duhh-list.
So let’s get started! I bet you didn’t think you needed some of these items.
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1. External USB Hard Drive (with lots of space)
From a shot of your positive pregnancy test to your weekly baby bump shots, and from happy pregnancy glow selfies to the 40 weeks pregnant, still-waiting-on-baby-to-get-here selfie. Documenting your little one will be a lifetime thing so this is a life-time must-have. Whether you take pictures with your iPhone or with your Canon, you’ll need lots of storage space.
Gigabytes are for guys. Terabytes are for new moms and Kim Kardashian. You are not officially obsessed with your baby until you get the “Cannot Take Photo – There is not enough available storage to take a photo.” message on your phone.
I have the My Passport Portable External USB Hard Drive that has 1 TB (1,000 GB) of storage space. I made it a monthly routine thing to transfer all of my photos and videos from my iPhone and my Mac to the My Passport drive. You can have a folder dedicated to each month (“Month 1”, “Month 2” etc) that contains all photos and videos that you have collected for that month.
Not only will you be cleaning out your devices and making room for new pictures and videos, but this is a great way to keep everything organized (and in one place) for whenever you want to go back and look through those folders of nostalgia. This little thing will also keep your mind at peace knowing that every single memory is in a safe place.
2. Hand/Face Sanitizer
Okay, you probably already know that you and anybody that touches your newborn baby needs to have clean hands, for obvious reasons. You should keep a pump bottle of hand sanitizer in your baby’s nursery (Purell is the most trusted and used by hospitals). The best deal is to buy hand sanitizer in packs of either 6 or 12 bottles, you’ll be using it a lot.
I’d also get a box of individually wrapped sanitizing wipes for on the go. You can stash some in the diaper bag, your purse, or your pocket for quick cleanups away from home.
Sexy time might be the last thing on your mind while getting ready to pop out a little human and that is exactly why I am recommending the following: a pack of disinfectant facial wipes and/or a bottle of hand sanitizer for your nightstand. Let’s just say you might find them very useful whenever your little one wakes up scrying at umm… an inconvenient time. Its faster than having to run to the bathroom and wash and dry your hands or um…your face, before consoling your baby.
la la la…
Obviously if you have a bottle of hand sanitizer in the nursery you can just use that, but not every baby has a nursery and besides, you might prefer to get gentle, moisturizing, and disinfectant facial wipes to clean yourself up.
3. Cooking Gloves
When I find time to cook, I always end up with super dry hands at the end of the day because I wash my hands like 150 times with half a bottle of soap. I just feel like after cutting up meat or dealing with garlic, onion, or hot peppers, my hands are not clean or safe enough to touch baby. Not to mention that sometimes I am running from kitchen to baby, so I have to clean up fast.
WELL. I don’t know where I have been, or why I haven’t really experienced with many of the new technologies of the world, but I discovered that there are such things as GLOVES. For the kitchen. For cooking. There are latex ones that you can wash and re-use and there are disposable, biodegradable ones. My hands don’t even have to touch any food and so I don’t really have to wash my hands at all.
So get some kitchen gloves, chop up some jalapeños, and finally get a feel of real freedom.
Whether you are breastfeeding your baby or formula-feeding, you’ll be up at all hours. Keep some one-handed snacks near you and get some nourishment while you give nourishment to your little one.
Here are some healthy snack ideas:
- granola bars (try these Booby Bites)
For breastfeeding moms, keep water on your nightstand because oh, you’ll get thirsty. You can also get some Organic Mother’s Milk Tea to help with milk production.
5. Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser
You can keep an aromatherapy oil diffuser like this Portable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier going all day and night,
especially if you share a room with your little one. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil or chamomile oil into the water and let it diffuse. The entire room will smell amazing and help you relax. You can buy a pack of different essential oils and try them out to find your favorite.
An aromatherapy oil diffuser is also a quick fix if you don’t have time to keep your room smelling clean at all times like me, whether its because the trash can is full of diapers or because of the food I left on my desk for 2 days. Sorries 🙁
Plus, some aromatherapy oil diffusers have a little soft light thing going on and I bet your baby will love staring at it.
I’ll keep coming back and adding more items to this list, I hope this can get you started with