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Welcome to my mommy must-haves page! Or my favorite things page…..or a great resource page for all things mommy and baby related.
However you want to think of it below I have put together a collection of items that I use on a regular basis that make my mom life just a little bit easier. From sippy cups to nursing bras and everything in between- I’ve got you covered!
Items are categorized (think baby, breastfeeding, toddler, kitchen, etc.) and categories are alphabetized. And please check back often as I update this page almost every week!
Onesies with mittens are an absolute must for me when I have a newborn. Messing with gloves is such a pain, and I hardly ever find a matching pair!
Pajamas with a zipper – because you do not want to be messing with snaps at 2 a.m.
Pampers diapers, hands down are the best. I’ve tried several brands and these are the best performing disposable diapers on the market. Hands down.
The Boba Wrap- I bought this wrap for myself when I was pregnant with my first baby and it has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite mommy must-have items.
I have used it with every baby (I have four!), it’s well worth the investment. Especially if you have older kids in the house, this wrap could be the difference between feeling like a normal human woman who can freely use both hands to eat – or an all-day milk buffet who never has the use of both arms at one time.
There are so many different wrap options these days but I linked the one I have and love (it’s a different color than mine but comes in lots of colors!).
I have three different wraps/carriers that I use to wear baby around. Each one I have used and loved for a very long time and they each serve a different purpose.
The classic wrap: you can’t go wrong with a wrap. If you are new to baby wearing I would start here, especially if baby is under 6 months old
A sling wrap: I just bought my first sling with my fourth baby and I have to say it takes some getting used to BUT I do really like it. It’s a different option for you and baby. If you have never worn your baby before I would suggest starting with a wrap, it’s easier to figure out.
An Ergo carrier: I love, love, LOVE this one! I don’t use it until baby has full head control (around 4-6 months) but I’ve used it with my two-year-old before.
It’s very comfortable, easy to use (you can even put it on by yourself, although that takes some practice). This is also my husband’s favorite way to wear a baby/toddler and he wears it when we take long hikes with the kids.
This kind of carrier has much more structure and is more of an investment than the first two, but well worth it. We’ve had ours for nearly seven years and it has lasted us through all four children.x
A good pump will be your best friend. Yes, the really good ones are an investment. Yes, there’s a chance your insurance will cover it (I’m not an expert on that but it’s worth a little research). If you’re looking for a powerful pump that will do the job in a short amount of time, this one from Medela is it!
A far less expensive option for a pump (but equally effective) is a manual pump like the Hakka. I discovered this with my third baby and almost immediately cringed at all the spilled milk I lost with my first two babies because I didn’t have it! This little guy will suction to your available breast while baby nurses on the other side, and catches all of that milk that runs out during your let down. Super awesome, easy to use and clean, and a great way to build up a little stash without any extra effort.
To say that these soft shells saved my breastfeeding journey is not an understatement. Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore because my nipples were sore, always wet, but somehow cracked and bleeding- I found these bad boys. They let my nipples dry so I could use a good nipple cream and kept my shirt from rubbing against them. Get. them. now!
Speaking go taking good care of your nipples….you need nipple cream. You just do. Especially in the early days when baby is latching and unlatching frequently. I could go on and on about the benefits of a good cream, but just take my word for it and try one. I linked all the ones I’ve used and loved!
Reusable breast pads will be your best friends, especially in those early days of breastfeeding. Newsflash: you’re going to leak. A lot. And that’s normal, but if you don’t have breast pads you’ll be going through shirts left and right.
You can buy disposable breast pads, but they can get expensive fast with how quickly you’ll go through them. I recommend investing in reusable breast pads that you can wash over and over. I’ve linked my favorites for you – I have several pairs and wear them often. They hold up in the wash and have lasted me for years!
Vaginal Birth- your basic vaginal birth supplies: perineal spray, numbing spray, Tuck’s pads, and a peri bottle. I highly recommend each of these items, and I suggest stocking up!
Maxi Pads- the bigger the better, some women opt for adult diapers but I find granny panties and maxi pads do the trick.
I found this book while I was pregnant with my second child and it completely changed my postpartum! And it shaped the way I prep for the arrival of my babies.
A comfy pregnancy pillow is a must! I own this Snoogle pillow and I absolutely love it- worth every. single. penny.
Maternity leggings are a must in my book, I pretty much live in them. Motherhood is my favorite brand, excellent quality and affordable.
Morning sickness supplies because you never know when nausea will hit and what will work. I’ve tried quite a few brands and varieties, Pink Stork has the best morning sickness items by far.
A good pair of maternity underwear will take you a long way. Somewhere along 24 weeks you might start to notice that your regular underwear are fitting a little…..tighter than usual. I highly recommend that maternity underwear from Kindred Bravely. They’re soft, stretchy, and meant for your growing belly. Enjoy!