After 10 (yes, it’s actually 10) months of pregnancy, a hopefully short labor, and a brief hospital say, you’re suddenly sent into the great unknown—your home, but with a baby.
It’s an exhausting time among uncharted territory as you adjust to your new life, all while recovering from birth. But, there are some items that can help both you and your new bundle of joy settle in.
Here are some of our favorite items you’ll want to ensure you have handy when you return home from the hospital as a new mom.
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Halo Bassinest Premiere Series
Those late night (or early morning) feedings and snuggle sessions can be made a bit easier with this bedside bassinet. Able to rotate a full 360 degrees, it provides easy access to your baby, complete with a lowering side wall, nightlight, soothing sounds and lullabies, two levels of vibrations, storage pockets, and more. This bassinet can adjust to fit beds between 24 and 34 inches high, and as an added bonus, it might make postpartum recovery easier too, since it saves you trips back and forth to the nursery while still getting adjusted to your new little family.
SHOP NOW: Bed Bath & Beyond, $249.99
With two versions available, for both c-section and vaginal birth mommas, this kit as all the essentials to help mommas heal. By selecting only the best quality ingredients, boxes include pads, the fridababy MomWasher, post-pregnancy panties, constipation remedies, sitz bath soaks, Earth Mama Organics Bottom Spray, and more. Instead of stocking up on items or worse, running out when you need them, you can be prepared and well on your way to healing with this handy kit.
SHOP NOW: Mom Box, $95
Boppy Classic Feeding Infant Support Pillow
Newborns might not seem like they weigh a lot, but when you’re constantly holding and supporting them, it’s bound to take a toll on your muscles and posture. The Boppy Classic Feeding & Infant Support Pillow is an essential to keep both you and baby comfy during feedings and snuggles. With a variety of adorable slipcover prints and versatile uses, it just might become your new best friend.
SHOP NOW: Target, $39.99
Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs
Eat, sleep, cry, poop—it’s about all a newborn does early on. But there’s another thing—they spit up, too. So, you’ll need to stock up on some burp cloths to keep your clothes as stain-free as possible (though is it really possible as a new mom?) We love these Burpy Bibs from Aden+Anais. Available in a ton of colorful prints, they’re made with 100%, super soft, pure cotton muslin, they’re versatile and can be worn draped over your shoulder as a more traditional burp cloth, and can be worn on your baby during feedings once they get a bit bigger, too. Easy to clean and machine washable, they’re also pre-washed to stay soft and durable use, after use, after use.
SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, 2 for $22
Nuna Pipa Car Seat & Base
Unless you’re planning on waking home from the hospital (which trust us, you won’t want to do) then you’ll need safe, secure transport for your new baby. Suitable for installation in your family car and also ideal in a taxi or Uber/Lyft with a simple seatbelt installation, the Pipa by Nuna has a cozy infant insert so they can enjoy their first ride home in comfort. This car seat also features a unique stability leg, that helps to absorb impact in the event of an accident and minimize the force to the baby. Safety first of course, but it’s also available in four colors and is beautifully designed.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $299.95
Olian Striped Pajama Set
Just because you’re likely homebound for the initial few days, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. This adorable and super comfy pajama by Olian is perfect for nursing, is loose-fitting for both c-section and vaginal birth women, and come with a comfy robe that enables you to cover up for baby visitors. The best part? The set includes a matching sleep sack for the baby. Can you say photo op?
SHOP NOW: Mia Tango, $156
Brief Transitions Disposable Underwear
Made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex, these little lifesavers are essential after giving birth. Brief Transitions are not only super comfy, but will also hold your pads and icepacks in place. Without an elastic waistband that puts pressure on your tummy (to keep things comfortable for c-section moms, too) these short term but reusable panties just might become your lifeline in the immediate days and weeks post becoming a mother.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $17.75