5 Things Every New Mom Should Hoard
We all have our favorites, here are my top 5 for any new mom!
1. Ziploc bags: Between diaper blowouts, unexpected car-sickness, never-ending stomach bugs, inconvenient potty accidents, incessant drooling, through-the-mud crawling, and unrepentant puddle jumping, I can't seem to keep enough of these indispensable baggies on hand. The giant-size ones are perfect for packing when traveling, and the smaller ones keep stinky items contained when you're in a train, plain or automobile. Much like all the stuff at the Container Store, I have found that resealable baggies are sort of catnip for moms—something universally loved and capable of inciting enthusiasm you wouldn't think possible for a piece of plastic.
2. Pee Wee Multi Use Disposable Changing pads: These are the best thing to have under your loved one's tushie during diaper changes--hands down. Unlike other pads which can get instantly soaked through during a mid-change pee or poop, the plastic backing on this means you won't end up with a soiled changing pad or changing pad cover. Just toss the pad and you're all good. I used them for snacks on the go—again, they can contain messes way better than a paper towel, and would tuck one underneath my diaper-less daughter when she was perched on my couch pre-potty training.
3. Glamourmom tanks tops: both for nursing and non nursing. As a full D-cup, these are the only tank tops that can harness my chest, without requiring under wire or thick straps. With camisole styling, you can layer these tanks under everything, they are extra long (to cover any mummy tummy or other bits) and the thick, stretchy fabric holds up fantastically. Two-and-a-half years since having a child, the non-nursing ones are still my go-to tanks winter, spring, summer and fall.
4. Aquaphor: Remember the running gag in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where Toula's dad thinks you can solve every ailment or problem with a squirt of Windex? I feel that way about this perennial favorite. Perhaps it's placebo effect, but with just a swipe or two, my daughter's rashes, legitimate boo boos, and imaginary owwies disappear.
5. Aden + Anais swaddle blankets: Look, you can swaddle a baby with anything. But these are by far the ones that will help you do it faster and better—and with your little bundle looking adorable, to boot. These muslin blankets have just the right amount of stretch to make a tight swaddle, a nice way to block out bugs, light and noise while in the stroller, and are great as light blankets once baby is old enough to have one in her crib. (And in general, the light fabric helps allay fears of overheating the baby.) We still use ours for a variety of purposes. Since my daughter is still in a crib and tends to sweat a lot while she sleeps, I'm currently craving their new, adorable muslin crib sheets. If you feel too clumsy to DIY swaddle, the one that kept my little Houdini cozy (and I tested nearly EVERY SINGLE ONE, mind you) was the Swaddle Me. Straight-up brilliant.
What are YOUR must-haves and must-hoards??