Being a first-time mom can be hard, freaking hard! You have no clue what is going on, what you need to do, why your baby is crying this time and how you can keep functioning on 3hours of sleep a night. Everything is new, you don´t have a minute to yourself anymore and you can´t remember the last time you showered or got properly dressed. So yeah, being a new mom can be quite overwhelming!
If you´re still in that phase or will become a first-time mom soon, don´t despair, it will all get better at some point, I promise! However, to keep your sanity during those first months it can´t hurt to get some help. These days you can shop as much as you want for your baby, and it´s possible to spend insane amounts of money on things you “really need” for a newborn. As a new mom you often don´t know what is useful and what´s not so you end up buying a lot of expensive stuff because hey, people are saying that you need it and you don´t want to be short on baby stuff. Things will already get crazy enough right? Well, newsflash, a baby doesn´t actually need that much and a lot of the items that are being sold to us as super required didn´t even exist a few years ago and mothers also survived right? (How do you think our mom´s or grandma’s did it without these super useful things? I guess we turned out quite all right without!)
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If I look back at the past year (can´t believe the bichin is almost turning 1!), there´s 4 items that I used a lot and that made my life as a new mom so much easier. The rest of the stuff, not really necessary to spend a lot of money on! So if you go baby shopping, make sure you are looking at these 4 life savers because they will literally make your life as a new mom a lot less stressful.
New mom must haves, 4 life savers
My number one live saver BY FAR! I seriously wouldn´t know what I would have done without a bouncing chair! It´s a great tool for when your baby doesn´t want to sleep (they will fall asleep in this thing!) or if you just need two hands for a little bit to get that well-deserved shower or to prepare some food for yourself. Baby in the bouncer next to you and there you go!
There are a lot of brands and types out of there, but I love the one from BABYBJORN because it´s easy to take with you (you can just fold it and take it under your arm or in the stroller, so also a life saver for when you´re visiting someone!), the material is really good, breathable and can be washed easily, and it bounces like crazy! The bichin seriously loves this chair (and so do I for all the times it made my life easier!) and he is doing some serious exercise in it. (If you want to make it even more fun, they also have some great toys that you can attach to the chair).
Definitely my 2nd most important life saver, a carrier to walk your baby around with. I don´t even know where to begin with the benefits of this one! First of all, it was great for when the b ichin didn´t want to sleep. Just walking down the stairs in our apartment building and he was already asleep (hallelujah!). Also when you need your hands free or for example when taking a flight, this thing was golden! We had one Carrier which you could use in front or on the back and also a Ring Sling Carrier
3. A good stroller
This one can get expensive, but I am so happy we invested in a good stroller. First of all, it´s great for making the baby sleep (notice a pattern here? guess we didn´t have a very sleep-loving baby) and, speaking of sleeping, if you have a good one you can also use the basket as a travel bed for the little one on trips. Also, babies love to be outside which is also really healthy for them so you don´t want to find yourself pushing a heavy monster for hours. And, if you´re planning on having more kids a good stroller can survive all of them! Choosing which stroller to get can be a challenge (you can seriously do a Master in this, there are so many options out there!), but it´s helpful to decide for yourself what your must-have´s are and thereby limit it down. We decided for the Bugaboo Buffalo because we love to be outdoors, going to the mountains and take long walks next to the river so wanted something robust with wheels that could deal with all types of terrains. Initially, I wanted to get the Bugaboo Bee because I found it really cute but in the store, I realized that´s a great stroller for city-life but with our country-side walks we would probably destroy the wheels in a week time.
4. Baby gym
When we got this gift, I wasn´t sure what to think. I honestly found it a bit ugly with all those colors. Until we put the bichin on it…. He loved it! This baby gym from Tiny Love is great for entertaining him a bit either on the floor or in a playpen. That will give you your hands-free for a little bit which is scarce for a new mom!
These 4 items made my life so much easier so I can definitely recommend them for any new mom!
Which items were your life savers? Any additional tips for new moms?
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