The first few weeks with a baby can be the most exciting and exhausting days of your life. Your entire world has changed, you don’t recognize your body, and you can’t stop staring at this tiny human who you just met but can’t imagine how you ever lived without. It’s a magical wild ride that’s made infinitely easier with a few essential items.
You’ve probably spent the last few months becoming ultra-prepared, but in case something didn’t make your list, here are a few essentials for you and baby that I’m glad I had my first days as a mom. I hope your postpartum journey is filled with sweet newborn snuggles and less frantic-late-night-Amazon-shopping than mine was.
Most providers recommend taking a multivitamin after birth, and it makes complete sense given everything your body has been through. Rainbow Light’s Prenatal One Multivitamin provides the support your body needs from pregnancy all the way through to postpartum. With clinically proven absorption of seven key nutrients and high-potency folate, you can rest assured that you’re helping get your body the nutrients for your changing body. The best part? It’s only one pill each day, so even the most sleep-deprived new mom can make time for that.
2. Adult Diapers
I may be the first person on earth to use “chic” and “adult diapers” in the same sentence, but motherhood surprises me daily. After birth, your lower half is going to be busted, to say the least, and it’s going to be a minute before you’re back to wearing your old underwear. These make the whole situation just a little bit better. There’s something about the black that hides how obvious the diaper is—my hospital nurse even joked that they looked “sexy.” But most of all, they are comfortable and can fit any combination of padsicle that gives you relief.
3. Baby Bouncer
I remember a point in my third trimester when I naively scoffed at the many baby seating options we had in our house. Then the baby got here and life quickly became a game of musical chairs. You’ve got to go to the bathroom or rush to the pantry and rapidly shove snacks in your mouth—and both of those require you to set the baby somewhere that will make them happy. The Baby Björn bouncer was the winner at our house, and five months later, I can adamantly say it is our favorite baby chair. Having a small home, I love the minimal footprint and that it is incredibly easy to carry from room to room. It doesn’t require an outlet, and if the baby starts to fuss, you can easily rock them with one foot while doing something else.
4. Pajamas for Mom
For the first few weeks of your baby’s life, showering can feel like a luxury. If you’re going to be wearing the same clothes for days on end then there is no better brand than Lake. LAKE pajamas are easily the most comfortable sleepwear I have ever owned. Their maternity collection makes nursing and pumping a breeze, but even if you aren’t planning to breastfeed, you’ll enjoy the generous cuts for your changing body. Mine have retained their shape and softness after many washes and spit-ups. If you stop by our home any day of the week, there’s a 90% chance I’m wearing LAKE pajamas.
5. Diaper Caddy
I know you’ve probably arranged the most perfect nursery, but you’re about to be changing diapers anywhere and everywhere you can. The couch? The floor? The kitchen table? It’s all fair game. This diaper caddy seems simple, but it is an absolute lifesaver. In addition to diapers, we keep the caddy stocked with all the baby toiletries, so in any instance, we aren’t running to the nursery to get what we need. It is light, has organizing compartments, and you won’t regret having it in your arsenal.
6. Extra Phone Storage
Go ahead: Purchase that iCloud storage subscription. Upgrade your phone if you must. You are about to take photos of that precious baby every chance you get. Every angle and every outfit is cuter than the last. You’ll want to capture every second on video without having to worry about your phone being too full.
7. Electric Nail File
An infant’s nails can go from perfectly fine to tiny daggers in an instant. Traditional baby nail clippers are TERRIFYING, and you don’t want to be traumatized by clipping their delicate skin. This blessed tool from Amazon gets the job done quickly and easily—plus, it has an automatic safety stop, so you’ll be able to avoid any manicures that end in shrieking or blood. My preferred time to give a baby manicure is during naptime, but it’s not impossible to do when they are awake. You’ll wonder how anyone ever lived without it.
8. Easy Clothes for Mom
I lived most of my postpartum days in a pumping bra or my pajamas. But there were moments when I’d want to enter the outside world or just answer the door for the UPS guy without showing him my boobs. I lived in this boxy button-down from Everlane through pregnancy, and at five months postpartum, it’s remained my go-to work shirt. Spoiler: I now own three color variations. The boxy fit means I can keep wearing my pre-pregnancy size and never have to worry about it not fitting. I don’t know what magical fabric Everlane created this top with, but it is never wrinkly. It makes no sense, but I’m eternally grateful. Bonus: The buttons are great for breastfeeding and skin-to-skin naps.
9. A Massive Water Bottle
I’ve never been more famished and dehydrated than I have since entering motherhood. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, you’re likely forgetting to meet your basic needs and will find yourself gulping down water any chance you can get. My secret is leaving one full bottle in each of the most commonly used rooms (bedroom, living room, and nursery), that way hydration is always within arm’s length.
10. Stool Softener
I’m going to keep this one brief because it truly needs no explanation. After birth, pushing anything in the lower half of your body is the last thing you want to do. Combine that with hospital pain meds and you’re going to need a little help.
This post was in partnership with Rainbow Light but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.