At 25 years old, I became Mama. And then again at 26 years old. For fifteen years I heard, “Wow! Your kids are so close in age.” Until I had my next child at age 39+ and now I hear, “Wow! Your kids are so far apart in age.” And both exclamations are on point.
I loved being Mama at age 25 and I love it even more now, with two teens and a baby. But, GEEZ, have things changed. I could go on for pages about the ways that things have changed, but I promised my friend, Jenn, that I would talk about how the products have changed. At the risk of sounding old, there are so many more products available for new moms now that make things so much easier. If you have a baby shower coming up, pay attention. Any of these 5 products will be a big hit.
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My Top 5 Favorite “New Mom” Must-Have Products
1. Net Teethers
Teething is the worst. And teething rings were not cutting it for my little one. With my older two, I remember putting an ice cube in a ziplock bag and letting my babies bite on it. The bag would rip, I would have to take it away and the screaming would resume.
But now, there are Net Teethers! When I found out about these, I realized how much things had changed in 15 years, since my older kids were babies. These are brilliant.
Simply put an ice cube, frozen fruit, or even froze breast milk in the net, latch it closed, and your baby will love the taste and the feeling on his sore little gums. I bought two sets, one for the diaper bag and one for home. This is a must-have baby essential and a great, affordable baby shower gift.
2. Boppy Covers
When I became a Mama 16 years ago, one of my favorite gifts was a Boppy. It is perfect for nursing, propping your baby, and for early tummy time. But, back then, they did not have removable covers and were very awkward to clean. I was overjoyed to learn that Boppy slipcovers are now a thing, and come in so many adorable patterns.
Breast milk squirts on the Boppy? No problem…simply remove the slipcover and change it with another one. Toss the gross one in the washer. So stinking easy now!
3. Side Sleeping Crib
I am a big fan of co-sleeping. I do not want to get out of bed every time my little angel wants to nurse during the night. And, I love to watch him sleep. I have heard the cautionary warnings about co-sleeping. And, although I co-slept with both of my older kids, I totally get that there are risks. When I found this side sleeping crib I fell completely in love. The side sleeping crib allows me to cuddle all night and be safe!
4. Baby Sling
The week after I delivered my new baby, my oldest had a high school football game. I have never missed one of his games and I didn’t plan on ever missing a game. Thank heavens for the baby sling. At least five times I heard, “Oh my goodness, is there a baby in their?” And, there was a baby in there. My newborn fit so comfortably down into the sling with nothing by his tiny nose sticking out.
The baby sling is the perfect solution to staying active while having your baby snuggled up closely to you. It also comes in so many cute colors and patterns and makes the perfect baby shower gift.
5. Echo Dot
I know you are probably thinking, “What does an Echo Dot have to do with baby stuff?” But, just hear me out.
My husband bought me an Echo Dot one month after our son was born. He thought it would be a great way for me to keep track of things “hands free” while I tended to our baby and tried to work a few hours a day. At first, I gave him a side eye, but he was so right.
I use the Echo Dot in the following fun ways:
- Alexa, play baby lullabys.
- Alexa, play spa music.
- Alexa, add baby wipes to my shopping list.
- Alexa, what is a good food for a 4 month old?
- Alexa, I have potatoes, pasta sauce, white fish, and cheese. What can I make with these ingredients? (By the way, she gave me the tastiest recipe.)
- Alexa, do babies get laryngitis? (They do, by the way.)
The list goes on and on. This was a big score for my husband and a great idea for all new moms.
I would love to learn about your favorite Mama products. Leave your faves in the comments!
Self employed for over a decade, Julie Wilson is the mother of two teens and a baby. She owns multiple businesses and has worked from home for over a decade. Her blog, www.allaboutselfemployment.com is designed to help anyone with a yearning to ditch their 9 to 5 escape to live a life of freedom. Email her at Julie@allaboutselfemployment.com.