My Top Five New Mum Essentials

presents for new mums

Right, I’ve covered my top five newborn baby essentials (read that post here) but what about stuff for new Mums? Here are the things I found incredibly useful and/or wish I’d had from the very start.

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Dressing Gown. Why, oh why, oh why did I not have a nice dressing gown ready for when I gave birth? Perhaps because I’d been gradually moving into smaller and smaller holiday lets and dressing gowns would have been bulky to transport, what with my little-sized suitcase, but still. The number of times I had to answer the door wearing bizarre get-up, hastily thrown on, stained with breastmilk. Choose a post-partum dressing gown (remember you’ll still have a bump, but nowhere near the size it is in late pregnancy) and make sure it satisfies the following criteria: closes securely and doesn’t do the “sexy gape” when you walk; is thick enough/patterned enough to not show milk patches should they occur if you have nothing on beneath; has at least one pocket for you to put your iPhone in, but preferably two pockets so that you can also store cereal bars like a squirrel; and finally one that is, perhaps, a slightly darker colour than you’d usually plump for, or maybe patterned. Because: accidental blood stains. This Christy one isn’t half bad, and I do like the striped version here, but I think that this one from Bodas wins for it’s fresh, crisp, toothpaste stripe.

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Feeding Pillow. I didn’t get one of these until a couple of weeks in, by which time my shoulders and back were so painful that I could hardly move my right arm at all! Holding the baby at a set angle and – I suppose – being tense about breastfeeding meant that all of my muscles sort of seized up. Had I known how much difference a proper support cushion would have made, I’d have had one in the hospital with me! In the end, I had a couple of pillows from Thrupenny Bits, which tied around my waist (very useful), but there are loads of styles and types out there. I’m sure I’ll be reviewing more once the feeding factory (me) gets going again. Equally handy for bottle-feeding, I’d imagine, as you still have to sit there in one place for an age, arms at awkward angles…

Read my Top Breastfeeding Essentials…

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Kindle Paperwhite. Just the best thing ever, if you’re into your reading – the dim glow from the screen is just enough to use as a nightlight, and you only need one finger tap to turn the page. I read dozens and dozens of novels on my Kindle in those first, sleepless months. They now make the Paperwhite in a rather snazzy, Apple-inspired white version – find it online HERE.

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Flask. Because sometimes you just can’t get yourself up to fetch water, can’t reach your bedside table, don’t want to balance a full glass on the edge of the bed. In these times of desperation, a flask with a leak-proof lid becomes the luxury item you never knew you’d need! I liked this from BRITA because the Bobble Bottle made too many noises (read all about it!) and I liked being able to see how much water I had left, so didn’t want a metal one.

Wireless Intercom. I didn’t have one of these, I still don’t have one of these. Am I getting one of these? Yes. Because about seventy-five thousand people knock on my door every day (bad Amazon habit plus constant beauty samples arriving plus friendly neighbours, etc) and there is nothing worse, when you’re a new Mum, than having to haul yourself up out of bed, pull the baby off your nipple, find something to put on and run down the stairs to answer the door only to find that it’s a man selling double glazing. How amazing would it be if you could vet your caller before you bothered to rush to the door? If you could speak to them and tell them to a) go away or b) please leave the parcel next to the door and do a squiggle signature on your behalf or c) wait two minutes for you to get down to them? I’ll tell you, it would be ten-out-of-ten amazing. Also, you could disconnect the actual doorbell, just for a few months, and, if you were particularly exhausted, you could “mute” the bell on the intercom system so that both you and new baby could sleep in peace. Because who cares about a missed parcel? I like the look of THIS little number on Amazon.

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15 Comments

  1. Una T. Tuna
    December 30, 2016 / 5:33 am

    I bought my Paperwhite the first year it came out. Still works great. Still holds a charge for days. Still does not give me headaches. Yay Kindle.

    • January 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Love it. Still also have the first ever one that came out. It’s heavy but works perfectly!

  2. December 30, 2016 / 6:37 am

    I only had a white dressing gown after delivery. Needless to say it needed to be binned after a few weeks.

    • January 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Haha! Yup. Ditto certain towels…

  3. Hannah
    December 30, 2016 / 8:32 am

    Hello. Check out the Ring doorbell. It connects to your phone, so your phone rings when someone is at the door and you can see and speak to them. It was fab in the early days with my newborn but to be honest I still use it now to vet visitors!!

    • Aromaology
      December 30, 2016 / 11:57 pm

      Hi Ruth,
      I was going to say the same – check out Ring as it sounds like a perfect solution for you.
      Xxx

  4. Lorraine Tresnak
    December 30, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Ruth, I don’t have kids but I moved into a flat with an intercom and can’t tell you what a godsend it has been. I live in a city and the cold callers just don’t bother buzzing because they count on seeing you face to face. It’s like a phone call, a quick no thank you and hang up! I think every home should have one!

  5. Lili
    December 30, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    My breast friend feeding pillow is the best – was recommended by lactation consultant and a keep cup/ thermos cup for tea!!

  6. Charlotte
    December 30, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I would add to this a glider nursing chair. I didn’t have one with my first baby but bought one for my second after I realised just how much time I spent breastfeeding! It’s sooo comfy and helps you get into good positions for feeding too, so eliminates the need for feeding cushions. I love my chair!

  7. Kerry
    January 1, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Hi Ruth I have a book suggestion for you (maybe for the kindle). I have two girls aged just over 3 and 18 months so very similar to where you are heading! My sister bought me it for Christmas, it’s called ‘Hurrah for Gin’ and is full of witty observations on parenthood accompanied by stick drawings. It’s laugh out loud stuff and may just keep you sane during breastfeeding marathons! There’s a great bit on comments people text you a few days before baby is due. Brilliant. Very best wishes for the weeks ahead!!

  8. January 6, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I second the insulated mug suggestion. It was the only way I had even the slightest chance of drinking a vaguely hot cup of tea in the early days. A really good one that stays hot for a few hours is a god send. Also, you want to make sure that the water bottle you use is completely leak proof. I discovered the importance of this after upending half a bottle of water into the baby’s bed at 3am. Not one of my happier moments by a long chalk.

  9. January 15, 2017 / 7:21 am

    I’m definitely going to get the robe. I’ve started wanting it even more after this. Thanks for saving my life. Good idea.

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