Who doesn’t love celebrating an expectant mom? In the pre-COVID world, a momma-to-be could probably expect a baby shower celebration filled with gifts, cake, and a whole crowd of people doting over her. Even with virtual baby showers, a few key things for mom get overlooked in favor of everyone’s obsession with cute baby onesies and swaddle blankets, despite good intentions.
If you are lucky, family and friends will spoil you with almost everything your babe will need during their first few weeks earthside, but few people are really thinking about what you, the new mom, will also need in those first postpartum weeks.
I found that despite endless research, mom groups, and forums, there were a few items I wished someone had told me about. I stocked up on more diapers than needed, bought too many cute outfits my son quickly outgrew, and spent time finding an adorable baby book I was too tired to actually fill out. Despite the various labor horror stories from my favorite aunts and jokes about never sleeping again, no one provided me with a list of items that would actually be game-changers for my postpartum healing and life with a newborn.
So, I’m here to help you out with a list of things I wished I would have gotten at my baby shower, so you can request them on your registry or buy them for yourself!