Hey Mamas! ❤️
I don’t think you can ever be prepared enough for a new baby! Whether that’s your first or second child 😆 I’m talking mentally and physically too! Every child is different but hopefully it’s nothing you strong mamas can’t handle 💪
To be honest there are so many things I bought that I never used and so many things I never imagined I’d need. There are so many little tips that I wish I knew after my first pregnancy but didn’t learn until my second 😅
There are plenty of ‘baby essentials’ lists on parent websites online but today I wanted to share a few life savers from my personal experience.
- Keep your hands free! 🙌 Use a baby carrier 💯
Oh my goodness, I wish I had brought a baby carrier with my first baby! Second time around this made life luxurious to me. I could get things done around the house, entertain my toddler, go out for short walks (without pushing a bulky pushchair around!) All while my sweet baby enjoyed being close to my chest ❤️ and this felt sooo good!!
2. Keeping clean🛀 🩸
It’s so important to feel refreshed and so try jump in the shower whenever you can even if that’s with baby. For the first few weeks after child birth you will bleed and this can be heavy for some mothers so try to give yourself a good clean often for your own comfort. I learnt that there was no need to spend so much money on maternity knickers or maternity pads- honestly I felt my normal knickers held my pad in place much better and the normal branded sanitary pads were much more comfortable- so no need to spend so much on so called specialist products.
3. Stay Hydrated and Energised💧
As water makes up about three-quarters of our body’s composition, it’s clear that it plays a vital role in all our bodily functions. Particularly if you choose to breastfeed, you will find that you’re thirsty more often than usual. Keep lots of bottles of water at home as this is important for both you and baby! And take your daily vitamins to maintain your overall health. The most important thing you can give your children is your time and attention but there’s no way you’ll be able to do that without making your own health a priority too!
4. Invest in your self care! 👑👰♀️
It took me a long time to stop feeling guilty about spending money on myself to buy the best products that benefit both my skin and my hair etc. Remember you are number one in your family. Good products like skin care, make-up and relaxation things such as bath salts and bath bombs usually come at a price. Yes self care can be expensive BUT self care builds our self-esteem and self-confidence. We know that the more a person takes care of themselves and their appearance the better they feel about themselves and the more confident they become. Self care is also very important for one’s productivity, energy and what ones able to give back. You know the saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, well that’s exactly it. You can’t take care of others, without taking care of YOU.
5. Get breastfeeding proof! 🤱
Buy clothes for yourself which allow you to breastfeed and make you feel beautiful at the same time. Don’t allow breastfeeding to get in the way of your well-being! If you’re anything like me, I still wanted to be able to go to restaurants, take my toddler to the library with baby etc. So I bought a whole new wardrobe mainly consisting of dresses and shirts with front buttons and of course plenty of nursing bras 👙this meant I didn’t feel chained to home just because I needed to breastfeed! Buy a breastfeeding cover too so it doesn’t really matter where you go, you’re always prepared! 💯
7. Resting at night or during the day💤
And lastly one thing I am so glad I bought after my second pregnancy was a ‘next to me crib’. I personally found this so much more beneficial than a cot. This literally attaches to the side of your bed which means that you don’t need to continually get in and out of bed to feed and settle baby. Mamas, you need as much rest as you can get, so try and get your hands on everything that is going to make life easier for you!
I hope these few life saving tips with a newborn benefit you as much as they have me! ☺️