New Mama Survival Kit

I'm going to a friend's baby shower this weekend and she'll be a new mama so I thought I'd throw together a list of 'New Mama Needs' based on what I found helpful when I came home from the hospital with Olivia.



1. Beauty: Chapstick, dry shampoo and Wisps. I spent most of my time on the couch the first week holding Olivia so showers weren't a priority that week. To keep from stinking I relied on dry shampoo, chapstick and these toothbrushes. Pre-Baby I kept wisps in my purse when I'd go out with friends and not know where I'd be sleeping that night. Now those days are a thing of the past but the Wisps were handy for a quick brush on the couch.
M.A.C. Fix + is a great refresher for your face for quick moisture. I like this stuff nowadays after a workout or after a long flight.

2. Her favorite snacks and gatorade. I lived off gatorade my first couple months for quick refuel and to increase milk supply. Tip: Gatorade is great for upping your stock. When someone drank one of my Gatorades I wanted to cut them. (Hormones are out of control after giving birth.)

3. Comfort: A pair of cozy socks, a Netflix subscription and a few copies of some trashy magazines to keep her occupied after day 5 of being on the couch and losing your mind. Throw in a pair of silk eye shades for nap time when you are too tired to get up and close the blinds or turn off the lights.

4. Do not Disturb Sign. I wish I had one of these on my door. I had a strict "Text me first, please" rule because
a. I was gross and unshowered 99% of the time
b. I just got the baby to sleep and a knock on the door meant the dog would go nuts and bark
c. I was pumping and needed privacy
d. I was just plain tired and not in the mood for visitors
It's wonderful having friends and family visit because they're as excited as you are to meet the new baby but for your sanity you need to put a gentle foot down on needing your privacy and alone time with your new bundle.

5. A large water bottle. I was always thirsty especially breastfeeding. Get one large enough to not need refilling every 30 minutes.

6. Sanitizing wipes for spills and puke.

7. Nuff said


After she is up for visitors bring some food. That was my favorite thing to receive that first month. Mama will be too tired to cook dinner for herself so when people brought casseroles, sandwiches, etc. I was overjoyed. I was always hungry but too exhausted to even make a quick sandwich.

Offer to throw in a load of laundry for her or to take the dog for a walk. Cleaning and dog walking were the furthest thing from my mind so when someone folded clothes or moved them from washer to dryer I was so thankful. Initially I declined the offers because I didn't want to seem rude but don't be ashamed to accept help.

Hopefully this helped you as a soon-to-be new mama or ideas to get your soon-to-be mama friend.

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