I’m going to give you a tip that will make life sooooo much easier after baby arrives (and help you to relax a little beforehand, too!)…
For $99 / £79 a year, not only do you get free, next day shipping (so important when you suddenly realise you need more wet wipes / more muslin / a nipple shield), you also get 20% off nappy (diaper) subscriptions and other household products when you choose their ‘Subscribe and Save’ option.
This will save you a ton of time – and trips to the store – trying to pick up bulky items that are impossible to balance with a new babe in arm!
Here are the links you need to sign up to the Amazon Prime / Amazon Family programs: Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com (US). Go do that now (before you have a little one trying to clamber all over your keyboard…!)
…And now that you’re all signed up, here are 15 of the most useful items for the first three months. All pretty life-saving stuff for me. I hope you find this super valuable, too.
Best wishes for your impending, beautiful arrival! It’s such a fun time, enjoy.
MUCH love, Pep ❤
- Size 1 Pampers with a wetness indicator – to ensure baby is hydrated
In the first few weeks, you want to ensure that little one is staying hydrated, which is where these premium Pampers come in. The wetness indicator is a line that turns blue when baby pees. You think it would be obvious, but baby and his / her bladder is so tiny, it’s not easy to know.
These are definitely worth the extra pennies because as the old saying goes, “buy cheap, buy twice”! Cheaper, no name nappies just went straight in the bin as we experienced too many leaks with them. Pampers work out quite reasonably when you order them on Prime subscription.
2. The Anello Backpack – A nappy / diaper bag that’s practical but not fugly
Staying organised is the key to making those first few outings out of the house as stress-free as possible. Most baby bags are hideously unstylish – but not this one from Anello. While it’s not strictly a nappy bag, it works great as one as it has several pockets for various items, two straps (great if you use a baby carrier), and a hook for clipping it onto the pram. Made in Japan, this bag is great quality and you’ll no doubt be using it for years to come making it a great investment. Daddy will be happy to carry it around, too.
3. Mam Glo In the Dark dummies – so that you’re not scrambling around in the dark
This was a tip from one of the ladies in my ante-natal group – if you’re going to use a dummy / pacifier, make sure they glow in the dark!
There’s nothing worse than searching around for it in the middle of the night and resorting to putting all the lights back on in order to find a dropped soother.
4. A Mam dummy/ pacifier clip
Because baby (or you) will drop that soother several times a day, you’ll be constantly washing it if you don’t clip it to something. We clip G’s dummy to his pushchair, his car seat and his baby carrier.
5. This BT monitor: for their sleep and for yours!
Shop: UK (Not available in the US)
The guys in our ante-natal group did the research to find the best baby monitor – and they all unanimously agreed upon this video one from BT. At first I thought we didn’t need such a fancy one and we almost returned it, but now I’m so glad we didn’t. We don’t use the music on it but we pretty much use every other feature as G gets older and his sleep needs change.
6. A Soup Maker: This one’s for you, Mama
You might be thinking this is a bit of an odd thing to include on a baby list, but I’m telling you, I rave about this product all the time for a reason!
After your baby is born – and regardless of how he or she made their entrance into the world – your body needs several weeks to heal. (Forget those images of celebrities on the beach the next day; let yourself rest and be at peace with it.)
Time is short in the first few weeks and it’s easy to neglect your own nutritional needs in place of your baby’s. You need nutrient-rich foods that aid in your recovery and you just can’t beat a good old bowl of wholesome soup.
This soup maker SAVED me from eating toast and cereal at every meal!
All you have to do is buy packs of vegetables (which are often already washed and chopped), throw in an onion, seasoning and water and in 20 minutes you’ll have the most delicious and nutritious soup. No need to stir, boil or blend and very little washing up afterwards. And it never gets boring since you can mix up the veggies and seasoning each time you make it.
I’m pretty sure this soup maker is the reason I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight within 8-10 weeks and with no signs of a baby bump at 3 months. (To the left is a picture of my stomach at 5 months post-natal.)
An added bonus with this soup maker is that when it comes time to introduce solids to your little one at around 6 months, you can make all kinds of purees with so much less mess than using a saucepan and food processor. If you buy nothing else for yourself postnatally, get yourself this!
Your health is your biggest wealth, mama.
7. An anti burst gym ball: for pregnancy and beyond
A doula recommended I buy a gym ball whilst I was pregnant to aid with the baby’s positioning. Sitting on a gym ball instead of leaning back into a chair or sofa (as much as I know you want to!) can really aid in getting baby into the right position, resulting in a less complicated and potentially faster labour.
Get a ball that is the right size for you – meaning your hips are above your knees, not below them – and ensure it has anti-burst technology so that if it pops you and your baby are safe.
Another added bonus of this ball is that it helped a lot in the first few months to calm baby down when he was upset. I used to sit on it with him and bounce while he looked at the trees out of the window. It worked like a charm to stop him from screaming, every single time 🙂
8. A bouncer
Having one of these means that you can do things like eat hands-free and actually drink a cup of coffee whilst it’s hot. G really enjoyed lounging in this both in the house and garden and having him at floor-level meant that him and the dog became friendly quite quickly.
9. Car seat
A no brainer – you’ll need this to get home from the hospital / birthing centre! I can’t speak for US law but the Maxi Cosi complies with UK regulations, works with most travel systems (push chairs) and is a reasonable price. All eight of us couples in the ante-natal group purchased this one after thorough research – a unanimous winner!
10. A Nipple shield – (you may well thank me later)
Breastfeeding is fantastic for so many reasons, but darn can it cause you some grief.
Though I’m 11 months in and a big fan now, there were certainly several issues in the first few months. I managed to contract Mastitis twice, which is a really painful infection that makes feeding excruciating. I ended up in the hospital at 10pm one night begging to see a doctor as I hadn’t been able to feed G without lots of pain. Long story short, the nipple shield (or nipple guard) was a simple fix to the problem – when I was wearing this it meant that baby could feed and the infection cleared up quickly and without the need for antibiotics. Purchase one now as Mastitis can creep up on you very suddenly.
11. Nursing scarf – for the first few public feedings
I just whip my top up now anytime I need to feed baby in public (seriously, #ZeroShame!), but I wasn’t always this confident and care-free. Whilst you’re still getting the hang of the latch, breastfeeding in public can be rather daunting. A good, stylish nursing scarf is the answer to that, and as an added bonus you can usually use them as a pram cover, scarf or muslin.
12. Lansinoh Nipple (Lanolin) Cream
Lanolin is a safe and natural cream that is great for sore, cracked nipples, an unfortunate side effect of breastfeeding in the early days. I cannot tell you how important it is to have these easy tools to make the breastfeeding journey a little easier in order to keep going.
There are challenges with nursing that I never envisioned, and I think I was quite naive in that regard. I just thought; “this is a natural process, it’s going to come to me and my baby quite naturally”. Ha! How wrong I was.
There were SO many times when I thought I wouldn’t make it past 30 days, but here I am nearly a year later and me and baby are still going strong. Lanolin provides great relief for sore nipples and there’s no need to remove it before feeding, so it can be used as much as you need it.
13. Nursing pillow – Great for tummy time later on, too.
Can you tell that I’m all about the nursing props?! This nursing pillow is another great purchase that helps get baby in a comfortable position and gives your arms a rest while he or she feeds. It’s also great for practicing tummy time with when they get a little older, too.
14. On-demand movies
You’re going to find yourself with a lot of free time whilst nursing; sometimes a feed can take up to 40 minutes! That’s the perfect time to sit back with a cup of tea and dive into a new TV series or movie, guilt-free. Looking back, this was really quite a blissful time that I doubt I’ll have the luxury of experiencing ever again (something tells me life won’t be as quiet with baby number 2…)
15. Chocolate on Subscription!
“Tissues and chocolate” were what the midwife ordered me to get in for the notorious 5 day baby blues. If you don’t know about this phenomena, 3-5 days after baby is born and when your milk comes in, you may get a little teary. Your hormones are going a bit mental, you haven’t slept much and you’re starting to wonder when you’ll get your pre-pregnancy bod back. Don’t fret, it’s totally normal. Be prepared though with a few treats to get you through it.
In the US there’s this amazing service that sends you a monthly subscription of sweets and chocolate. And the contents are a surprise! What an exciting gift to receive.
In the UK, the Goodness Project offer a box of exciting vegan snacks, either one off or on subscription.
Best of all; there’s no need to feel guilty – if you’re breastfeeding, you need an extra 300-500 calories a day to keep your supply up, so get stuck in and enjoy it.
Those are my top 15 recommendations to get you through the first few months and beyond. I hope you find them useful and I wish you all the love and light for your very very exciting time ahead. I feel emotional just looking back to that gorgeous time, nearly a year ago! Enjoy every second of it.
This post includes Amazon affiliate links. I receive a very small percentage if you choose to buy anything through them, at no extra cost to you. This does not in any way influence my recommendations; all of these products are actual life savers for me!! 🙂 The money simply goes towards the cost of running this site. Thanks for understanding XO