9 Must-Haves to Help You Care for Yourself, While You Take Care of Baby
Chances are you’ve planned and prepped every gadget, doodad and device required to make baby’s arrival as comfortable as possible. But when was the last time you thought about you? As a new parent, you deserve (and need) a few creature comforts of your own to help ease the transition into this blissful, but exhausting new life. Thankfully there are some supplies, services and, yes, even pants, that can make those early days much more manageable for you. Check out our recommendations you might not have thought of below.
1. A Mug That Actually Keeps Coffee Hot
Lukewarm coffee still gets the job done (caffeine is caffeine, right?), but you still deserve to enjoy a hot cup of joe, especially if you’re the lucky parent of a newborn who’s got their days and nights confused. Ember’s battery-operated, temperature-controlled coffee mugs use built-in sensors to let you set and keep your coffee at your preferred temperature, so you’ll never have to reheat your mug five times a day again.
Ember mug, from $100, Ember.com
2. Next-Level Comfy Leggings
Buttons are definitely overrated. And with the number of hours you’re going to spend parked on the couch snuggling your new arrival, you could definitely use some upgraded lounge pants. Loads of new moms rave about these supportive, super-soft and non-restrictive leggings that prove you can be stylish and comfy on the days when real pants feel like a real struggle.
Lululemon Align pant, $98, Shop.Lululemon.com
3. A No-Brainer Baby Carrier
A hands-free, baby-carrying option is a must if you want to get anything done (or just give your arms a rest). But a carrier is only as good as it is easy to use. That’s where the lightweight BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini excels: It’s simple to get on and off even by yourself—and without waking baby, to boot. Plus, the convertible design means that, unlike some carriers, you can use it from day one and move on to more positions as baby gets older.
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini, $100, BabyBjorn.com
4. A Seriously Cool Water Bottle
Staying hydrated with a newborn doesn’t have to mean sniff-testing a glass of water on your nightstand. Swell’s lightweight water bottles—which come in dozens of cute and classy designs—keep your H2O cold for up to 24 hours.
Swell water bottle, from $25, Swell.com
5. Headphones That Won’t Leave You Tangled
Late-night feedings are unavoidable, but you can at least make them more enjoyable by listening to some soothing music or catching up on your favorite podcast. Bluetooth-enabled earbuds are the key to doing that and not waking your partner in the process. A long battery life also means they’ll be ready when you need them. Bonus: There’s no cord to get in your way.
Jabra Elite 65t wireless earbuds, $80, Jabra.com
6. Ready-Made Meals You Actually Want to Eat
You know you’re not going to feel like cooking those first few weeks, but when you can’t face another takeout order or bowl of canned soup, a meal service could be a worth-it splurge. Ritual Meals delivers organic, ready to heat-and-eat dishes (read: no chopping required) to your doorstep. Think: grass-fed beef soup with moringa noodles and warm chard, golden beet and grains salad. Even better, the meals, snacks and teas are specifically designed with new moms’ nutritional needs in mind, inspired by postpartum rituals from around the world.
Ritual Meals Postpartum Program, from $186, RitualMeals.com
7. A Convenient Seat
Sometimes you just need a safe spot for baby to relax while you take care of yourself. Whether you’re making a meal, doing a workout or taking a shower, baby will love being nearby while propped up to view the world around them. The BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Bliss has a soft 3D jersey cover that’s machine-washable, plus it’s super lightweight, folds flat for storage, and even converts to a toddler chair as your little one grows. The gentle rocking motion of this seat can help soothe baby, and once they discover that kicking their legs will really get them bouncing, watch the real fun (and the giggles) begin.
BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Bliss, $250, BabyBjorn.com
8. A No-Shower-Day Savior
Trust us, there will be days when a shower just doesn’t happen (no judgment here!). But that doesn’t mean you’re destined for oily, limp locks. Dry shampoo soaks up excess oil and gives your hair some lift on the days when a shower is out of reach. This budget-friendly pick is a drugstore favorite that’s available pretty much anywhere, so you can be sure you never run out.
Batiste dry shampoo, $7, Amazon.com
9. A Mask to Help You Catch Extra Shut-Eye
As annoying as it can be when people tell you to sleep when baby sleeps, it’s not the worst advice. If the only chance you get happens to be when the sun is still shining, this light-blocking sleep mask makes it easier to catch some zzz’s. It’s also weighted to apply gentle pressure to your face for a calming effect that can help you drift off to dreamland more quickly.
Calm x Gravity weighted sleep mask, $40, GravityBlankets.com
This article is sponsored by BABYBJÖRN. Want to know more about why a baby carrier is such a game changer in baby’s early days? Here’s all the reasons you’ll love using it.