There are plenty of products on the market for new moms and babies but which are necessities?
We asked the question: How does a new, first time Mama know what to spend her hard earned cash on?
The answer? By asking the advice of seasoned moms.
Below is a list of the top ten products recommended by moms who are out in the field today, they’re listed in no particular order.
10. Atlas A-Band
The Atlas A-Band is ideal for recovery from childbirth, whether via section or vaginal delivery. What makes the Atlas A-Band revolutionary is it embraces the concept that the new mom’s recovery starts before the baby is born. By wearing The Atlas at the 3rd trimester, new moms have the advantage of prepping their body mentally and physiologically to face the challenges of what is about to come.
9. Happiest Baby on the Block
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s technique – Swaddle, Side or Stomach positioning, Shushing sounds, Swinging and Sucking. The argument is that while babies are in utero they are constantly being swayed and rocked and don’t ever experience any real “quiet time” but instead hear loud gurgles and noises from Mom’s body. His DVD is the best for new, sleep deprived parents, and there’s a bonus white noise feature that I certainly took full advantage of to help my baby sleep.
8. Nuggles Diapers
Canadian company Nuggles has grabbed our attention with their sweet prints, excellent attention to detail and quality, along their outstanding customer service. The company’s commitment to working with responsible and fair-wage production facilities worldwide, and keeping the roots of Nuggles’ operations local (Kelowna, BC is home to the Nuggles headquarters) means they are growing a brand and a business we, at Matraea, can really get behind.
Made with soothing Calendula and nourishing Shea Butter, this balm will comfort and protect cracked, sore nipples. Formulated for midwives, this lanolin – free, soothing nipple balm is safe for baby so there is no need to wash it off before nursing. This balm provides a gentle barrier and deeply moisturizes the delicate nipple area to protect it during breastfeeding. It softens and prevents cracking, and also heals chafed nipples, which- as many new moms can tell you – is crucial when trying to establish a good latch.
Undercover Mama is not your average nursing top. It doesn’t have hidden panels or tricky zippers. These inventive tops are made from a super stretchy (read: comfy) material that is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The tops come with attachments so that they can hook onto your nursing bras maintaining the one-step process of opening a nursing bra – but your mid-section stays covered and comfortable: ingenious concept.
The natural ingredients in this cream safely prevent fungal or bacterial growth in the diaper area, while providing a gentle barrier to protect baby’s bottom. The zinc reduces redness and together with the Calendula and other ingredients, promotes healing. Spreads easily and can also be diluted for a thinner application. Read more about our Better Baby bum cream here.
4. Aden & Anais Swaddles
I can’t say enough about these airy, feather-light blankets from Aden + Anais. Made of rayon– from bamboo fiber–muslin, these luxuriously soft aden + anais® blankets are the ideal fabric to use on baby’s delicate skin. The patterns are adorable and some are so gorgeous you’ll want to display the blankets in your home!
If you and your baby are fans of swaddling these are the swaddles for you. Even if you don’t swaddle your baby, these blankets are great to have on hand for spit ups, snuggles and sleepy time.
3. Dr. Brown’s Glass Bottles
The Dr. Brown’s unique ventilation system helps to reduce colic, spitting up, burping and gas because as we all know, good digestion is important (essential even) for little tummies. The internal vent system and silicone nipple work together to provide a controlled flow so babies feed at their own pace rather than gulping in too much air, which can cause uncomfortable tummy problems.
2. Nose Frida
We love the Nose Frida so much that we dedicated an entire blog post to it! Gone are the days of trying to hold a bulb aspirator just so while squeezing it just right against the nose of a Baby who probably wants nothing more than to get that thing out of her nose! The Nose Frida has made clearing a stuffed nose a million times easier.
Studies have shown that babies who are “worn” cry far less than their counterparts and this is especially good news for mamas with colicky babies. When a parent carries a baby in a sling or carrier regularly they become much more attuned to Baby’s gestures, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues. This leads to increased confidence in one’s ability to parent along with increased trust on the part of Baby that Mom and Dad understand what Baby needs.
Another excellent bonus: Carrying a baby burns more calories than not carrying a baby so even when you can’t make time to get in a workout – you’re still staying active. There are a great many slings and carriers on the market and you’ll do best to shop around and find one that suits your lifestyle.
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