Motherhood Survival Kit

26th Nov 2014

When you’re looking to get pregnant or already in that stage, you’ll quickly realize how magnificent companies are at marketing towards you. You’ll eventually start to think that you need every product available and it’ll make you crazy.

Here’s the deal – you really won’t need all of those products. So, how will you know the extremely necessary vs. they extremely well advertised products?

There are a few different ways. One, you can ask your friends that are already mothers and they will be more than happy to tell you what they got a lot of use out of and what sat in the corner. Another way is to do your research. Each product has a number of reviews that are worth reading.

Lastly, you can read through this blog post. Why not? You’re already half way there!

  1. Sleep
    While this isn’t a product; it is the most important on the list. Sleep for you and your partner will only happen every once in a while and when it does, it won’t be long enough. Those few peaceful moments will be worth about a million dollars.
    Don’t be afraid to ask one of your close friends or family members to watch the baby for a little while, especially in the beginning. They will be excited to spend time with him or her anyway and it will give you a much-needed break.
  1. Baby Carrier
    For the first few months, your baby will want to be constantly held.

    The thought of lounging on the couch with your baby in your lap for hours sounds great but the reality of it is that things need to get done. The best solution is to purchase a baby carrier. This method allows you to keep your baby close while you get stuff done.

    Another perk to using a baby carrier is that it helps you bond with them.

  1. Inexpensive Onesies
    You will probably get 1,465 onesies at the baby shower, which is great. However, make this clear: the more inexpensive, the better. Your baby will have a habit of spitting up and it is best that they are doing it on a onesie that costs $4 instead of $45.
  1. Wraps or Swaddles
    Newborns have a desire to feel snug, just like they were inside the womb, which is why swaddles are so important.

    When my baby was born, I found that it was virtually impossible to get her to sleep without a swaddle.

    Swaddles are a little different than wraps because wraps require a little bit more work. I recommend doing a little research and trying out both methods before sticking to one.

  1. Cooked Meals

This is another one that isn’t exactly a product but it is very important.

Newborns don’t exactly have a sense of time, which means you will lose yours too. You’ll find yourself sleeping at dinnertime and then wide awake in the middle of the night.

With that being said, you’ll never know when you’re going to be hungry so it is best to have something already prepared and waiting for you in the fridge. It is really important for you to eat right during this time, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

What do you think is important for the first few months of motherhood? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section below!


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