"Must Have" Products for New Mommies

Preparing for your newborn can be an overwhelming and frustrating task. There are so many products on the market that clam to be the "must have" for new moms. Of course we all know the basics like crib, car seat, stroller, bottles, clothes, diaper bag, diapers, etc.

Here is a list of the extra accessories that are on the market that you will not regret.

"Must Have" Products for New Mommies


Use a co-sleeper, a bassinet with an open side that attaches to your bed. This item is a godsend because it permits you to take the baby into your bed to feed her two or three times a night without having to leave the bed yourself. This ensures your babies safety and gives you extra time to sleep, and even a few minutes of extra sleep can add up to a better day.

Car seat Head & Body Support

As small as a car seat looks you will be amazed how big it is compared to your newborn. Trying to get your newborn into that car seat without their head flopping around is so hard. These "inserts" are made to go right into the car seat and conform to your newborn. Making for a more comfortable baby and a slightly less nervous mommy.

Boppy Pillow /Nursing Pillow

You will not regret this item when breastfeeding your newborn. What seems like a natural bond between mother and child is actually quite awkward. This product gives support under your baby so your arm doesn't tire so quickly. In addition it helps hold baby if your baby decides he wants to breastfeed in the football position!

Slingrider or Baby Carrier

Once you have a baby you will be wishing for another set of hands. These products are a good compromise. You'll have your baby close to you but be able to use your hands more freely. My only suggestion would be to try them on before choosing one. Some carry your baby low or don't have as much head support. Remember this is your second pair of hands so being picky is okay.

Soothing sounds toy

For the first few weeks you'll have very little need for baby toys. The only one I suggest from the start would be a soothing sounds crib toy. It could be a water sound, heart beat sounds, a toy that hangs on the crib or a stuffed animal that does the trick. Soothing sounds in the background can help a baby sleep better thought the night.

Bath Sling

Bathing your baby will be a great bonding experience but also very scary at first. There are so many baby bath tubs out there it is hard to decide. From experience, I have bought quite a few, the best is a simple bath sling. This product is the perfect size for baby and enables you to hold your baby at the same time without the tub being in the way.

Travel Powder Formula dispenser

Powder Formula Dispenser makes on-the-go feeding easier. Depending on the model it can hold up to 4 pre-measured 9-oz feeds, and features an inner plastic divider that keeps the formula separate and ready to mix. When baby gets hungry just open the bottle with water already in it, pour in the formula, shake and serve.


What more can I say about this product. I always keep 2 in the house. You will be amazed at how fast you can lose or misplace one. The last thing you want when your baby is burning with a fever is searching for a lost thermometer.

Pacifier clip or holder

The pacifier clip is specially designed to secure the pacifier to the baby's garments preventing it from falling onto the floor if spit out. The pacifier holder is made to attach to bags, stroller or belt loops so babies pacifier is always with you and stays clean. Colors and styles may vary.

Many to choose from- $3-$9; any product works well, just remember to detach pacifier clip from baby if sleeping out of your view to prevent injury.

Year supply of batteries

I know this seems like a weird thing to out on a baby list but imagine you grab the camera to get a shot of your baby's first smile and the batteries are dead and you can't find new ones! Imagine all the first times that could be missed because you didn't think of having the extra batteries nearby.

Disposable diaper trash bags

I never jumped onto the whole Diaper genie band wagon. I knew from experience that you don't actually change your baby in the same place every time. If I'm downstairs in the living room I'm not walking upstairs to throw it in the garbage pail. I also don't want my downstairs, or car, or friends' house smelling like dirty diapers. So this product works so well and the people around you will thank you.

Any product can do the trick. I usually find it at any local dollar store in the baby area. I get a box of 100 scented disposable diaper bags for $1. You can't beat that price and trust me you go through then very quickly.

Nursing Cover

While I do believe nursing is a beautiful experience I also think it can be intrusive in public. I, like many others, prefer for my 5 year old son not to see this. Many stores now have family rooms for this but sometime your baby wants to eat now and this product can provide the privacy needed. Breastfeeding is a time for mommy and baby to bond not for the rest of the onlookers.

There are many products on the market that will do the trick. Just make sure you get a fabric that is light and airy. You don't want to over heat your baby and yourself.

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  1. All these products are great and it's wonderful that you have them all in one article so new mothers know what other things they need besides the obvious. I didn't have some of them for my 13 year old son when he was a baby but I had them for my twins and my 6 month old baby. My twins are 3 and they still use the boppies as pillows when they want to relax in the living room. My other favorite is the powder formula dispenser. It helps wherever I go and it helps when my Mom watches the baby because I can separate the powder beforehand to help her out so she doesn't have to deal with the scoop. Love it, love it! The co-sleeper was wonderful because my twins were premature and had to come home with monitors so to have them that close in the middle of the night was a Godsend. These are great ideas for any new mother. Great article!