When I first arrived home with my sweet Penelope Jane, I didn't really know what to expect. I tried to plan as much as possible, but like many things in life, until I was actually doing it (taking care of Penelope, nursing, and adjusting to my new life), I realized what I needed and what I didn't. There were some items that became my favorite things and new best friends. I would recommend all of these items to any new (and nursing) moms out there!
clockwise from top left:
Pretty pj's (via Target): In the first few weeks, I spent a lot of time in pajamas and so having some nice new sets made me feel like a chic new mom, instead of a hot mess.
A large purse (via Cuore & Pelle): Though I've since traded off to a giant diaper bag - more on that later - in the first few weeks, I loved having a large enough purse that I could throw in a couple of diapers, wipes and an extra outfit for small trips to the pediatrician or for a walk around the neighborhood.
Dimmer switches: Shaun switched out the nursery switch for a dimmer and it has been a godsend. We also keep our other lights dim in the evenings so that Penelope can unwind without being overstimulated. Dimmer = Mom's best friend.
Water bottle (via Camelbak): I was simply amazed at how thirsty I felt all the time in those first few weeks, especially when nursing Penelope. I loved having a brand new (non-spilling) water bottle to carry with me all over the house and while out and about.
iPad mini: I know this is a bigger ticket item, but I think this has been my number one product as a new mom. For all of those sleepy, late night feedings, the iPad mini fit perfectly in my hands to keep me awake and alert (and not bored!). I loaded up my favorite blogs, downloaded the Kindle app and continue to use it all.the.time. Not to mention it's perfect for tracking feedings and diaper changes in those important first weeks.
Thank You cards (via Invitation Box): Though our family threw us a huge baby shower, we continued to receive gifts from our extremely generous friends and family after Penelope was born. I was so happy that I had pretty, girly Thank You notes on hand to send out as gifts came in.
Nuts & dried fruit mix: I loved having this as a snack next to my bedside for middle of the night feedings. In addition to thirst, I could not believe how HUNGRY I got while nursing. Dried fruit and nut mixes kept me feeling satisfied and healthy.
I have lots of other favorites that I've come to love over the last 10 weeks. Stay tuned for more coming soon!
New moms: What are some of your favorite products?