Congratulations if you are expecting a baby or have just had one! It’s an exciting time, but also an overwhelming one with people telling you what worked for them and others telling you the opposite, not to mention the abundance of confusing information online. Apart from having a cot, nappies and milk, you only need certain things to keep you and your baby happy and safe. Here are some of the must-have essentials you need to include on your checklist.
- Infinity Swaddles from The Mama Collective
Apart from making your baby look like a cute burrito, swaddles can make newborns feel secure and calm. Swaddling refers to the ancient method of wrapping the baby to help them sleep well. The swaddles from The Mama Collective are made with a soft blend of cotton and bamboo so that they are breathable and flexible. These swaddles are multi-use! They can be used as a swaddle, blanket or pram cover, making it essential on your checklist. Did we mention it comes in super handy as a burp cloth? This swaddle can hold up for several years. It also comes in several different colours.
- Nappy Bag
Never underestimate the importance of having an excellent nappy bag. It will be your faithful companion for several years. The most important thing to consider is the ideal design for you: strap thickness, backpack vs shoulder bag, fabric vs leather etc. Make sure the nappy bag has outside pockets to keep your baby’s bottles with ease. The inside of the bag should have pockets for easy organisation of essentials.
- Basic Onesies
Newborns have more costume changes than Beyonce on stage. On average, a newborn needs to be changed at least twice a day. While cute outfits are a lovely idea, what you really need are thousands of cotton onesies at the ready. Ok, maybe not thousands, but it’s worth having at least 10 washed and ready. Don’t forget to pop a few in your nappy bag 😉
- Nipple Care Cream (if breastfeeding)
Your baby is not the only one that needs taking care of. You need to make sure you are looking after yourself too. When breastfeeding, it is so common to get cracked and sore nipples, so it’s important to always carry nipple cream.
Invest in a rich and creamy formula of nipple care cream. It soothes the delicate skin. Choose a product with a formula free from parabens and preservatives.
- A (very very) Comfortable Baby Carrier
If you need to carry or settle your baby while having your hands free for other things, a baby carrier is a must!
You need the baby carrier to keep your baby close while going out (especially while walking, working, school pick-ups) without putting a load on yourself. The catch here is that not all baby carriers are made the same. The Infinity carrier from The Mama Collective, for example, is made from bamboo, which is soft and breathable and is extremely easy to wear for hours. It will help your little one snuggle close to you while keeping the hands free.
If you are looking for a one-stop place to buy essentials, The Mama Collective is a good place to start. You can get products that will support the motherhood journey while making you and your child feel comfortable. These products provide the love and support you expect in your motherhood journey.