As a new mom myself, I had no idea what I really needed when my son was born. Many of the items I thought were necessary turned out to be useless and there were so many things I didn’t even think to put on my registry that were essential. If you are a new mom looking to items to add to your registry, or if you are in search of the perfect gift for a new mom in your life, you will love my 15 must have gifts for new moms.
What do newborns do all day? They sleep, eat, and well, you know….
I’ve broken down the items into each category and added a fourth category called “Why Won’t You Stop Crying?” Let me tell you, whatever gets that baby to stop crying will be the gift of the year. Enjoy!
15 Must Have Gifts for New Parents
Our son used a swaddle every night until we sleep trained him. He simply couldn’t sleep without either being swaddled or held, and after a few weeks of constant holding, we were pretty grateful to have a swaddle available. As much as new parents love holding their baby, they have to sleep too!
This gadget is seriously cool. It includes a noise machine which is a must for getting babies to sleep, and a nightlight for late night changings. Additionally, as baby gets older, it helps them to know when it’s time to wake up (and when it’s not)!
Around 4 months, my son decided that he wasn’t going to sleep any more. Well, that’s an exaggeration, but not by much! We finally decided around 6 months, that we needed to sleep train him in his nursery. I don’t know what I would have done without a video baby monitor. I could always check in on him and make sure he was ok. We also loved being able to use our phone to access the video. Who doesn’t have their phone with them and charged at all times?
Want to know more about sleep training? Read about Why I Chose a Parent-Led Schedule
For moms who don’t plan to breastfeed, this pick is definitely a winner. When your newborn is hungry, it’s best to get them what they want as quickly and easily as possible!
There are a lot of baby food makers out there, some of which can be pretty pricey. While I thought I wanted something fancy when I created my registry, it turns out, those things can be more of a hassle than they are helpful. The baby bullet is a great and simple alternative. obviously, a newborn baby won’t be eating baby food immediately, but those first few months go by so fast. New parents will be glad to have this when the time comes.
For the nursing mother, a Boppy is a must. It’s tough to figure out how to breastfeed a baby, especially when they can’t hold themselves up. The Boppy makes nursing much easier. It also comes in handy for so many things we never thought of. I can’t tell you how many times we propped our son up in our Boppy and handed him a toy to keep him busy long enough for us to take a breather (with supervision of course!)
No sleep deprived nursing momma should be held accountable for remembering anything. These clips serve as a reminder for which side was last used for breastfeeding. With how often newborns nurse, it’s harder than I expected to keep this straight.
Whether you are nursing or using formula, at some point, you will need to warm up a bottle. What I didn’t realize was that you can’t just zap it in the microwave! It needs to be heated slowly and evenly. Before we had one of these, we would microwave a bowl of water and then put the bottle in it, checking to see when it was the right temperature. Try doing all of that when your newborn is screaming! This nifty little device simplifies the whole process. Put some water in the bottom, put the bottle in and turn it on. The light turns off when it’s ready, which is pretty quick! (It’s also super easy to manuever this one-handed, which is always an important consideration).
I’m ashamed to admit how many times my son has peed on me. I swear, baby boys never stop – it’s like a constant stream. These hilarious little things are a life saver (and a shirt saver!)
I just happened to see this on Facebook a while back and my grandma (an avid Facebook user) saw that I liked it and bought it for us! She’s good like that. I just think this thing is so cool. Not only does it keep your little one from reaching down while you are changing them, but it keeps them happy! Our son absolutely hates being changed and this keeps him occupied for just long enough.
I was completely against wipe warmers when I created my registry. I read these articles about the things you don’t really need, and this was listed as one everywhere. Then I moved from the west coast to the east coast. My mother insisted on getting us one and boy am I grateful. Not only does it make my son more comfortable, but I really think it helps with the efficiency of each wipe. Think about it, have you ever tried to wash your dishes in cold water?
“Why Won’t You Stop Crying?!” Essentials
One of the first things I do if my son won’t stop crying is check is temperature. If he’s sick, I want to know about it as soon as possible. The only problem is that an extremely upset baby isn’t going to be too happy about having a thermometer put somewhere unpleasant, to say the least. Not to mention, if they are squirming around, it can be pretty tough to accomplish. This has to be one of the greatest baby related inventions ever. Not only can you get baby’s temperature easily, but the pacifier also helps with the crying!
Sometimes baby’s just need a little help clearing things out. Nose Frida can help! I know, it looks kind of gross, but I promise you won’t end up inhaling anything. You’ll be glad you tried if it keeps baby happy.
Yet another interesting device by the makers of Nose Frida. One of the most common reasons for young babies to cry is because they have gas. Sure, there are gas drops and other remedies you can try, but this could potentially provide immediate results. And when your newborn is screaming, every second counts!
If you want to give the gift of humor, this should do the trick. New parents can always use a good laugh.
Coming from a new mom with zero prior baby experience, I’m here to tell you that these gifts for new parents are priceless. All any new parents really want is a happy baby and some peace of mind when they can’t make baby happy (and maybe some sleep too).
New Parents – What essentials can YOU not live without? Let me know in the comments below!
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