A Baby on the Way: What Are Your New Mom Must-Haves?

I’ll be sharing my mom-to-be experiences in a new column and hoping for lots of suggestions. Feel free to chime in! First question: What items helped you survive your first few months as a new mom?


I’m more than half way there. In less than 16 weeks (hopefully!) my husband and I .

Since my bump has become more obvious, it’s been so much fun talking to other moms-to-be and new moms. I’ve already picked up some really helpful tips — like what’s worth splurging on when it comes to baby gear and what’s not.

That’s why I’ll be sharing my experiences and asking questions (and desperately hoping for suggestions) on Roseville Patch in a new A Baby on the Way column.

From cravings and nursery planning to mommy groups and pregnancy fitness — I hope to use this column as a platform for moms-to-be and experienced moms to share tips, suggestions and experiences. I for one know all the tips and suggestions will come in handy as I move into the unfamiliar territory that comes with being a new mom.

First up, I’d love to hear which new parent gear is on your must-have list. I have a short list started, thanks to friends and family members, but what are your must-have items for parents-to-be?

Besides the essentials like a crib, changing table, diapers, etc, here are a few things I’ve heard make the transition from kid-free to new parents a little easier:

  • Itzbeen — Honestly, when I first heard about this little timer that tracks when the baby was last changed, fed and slept, I initially thought it was a waste of money. I wondered why that would be so important. But after being around my 5-month-old niece, I’ve realized time really blends together. Maybe it seemed like just 15 minutes ago you fed your little one, but in reality it was 2 hours ago. My sister and good friend both said this was super handy and helped figure out their kiddos’ routines.
  • BOB Stroller — One of the first items we heard about when becoming parents-to-be was the BOB Stroller. We were told it’s pricey but well worth the cost. The few times my husband and I have gone down the stroller aisle at the baby store, we’ve had strangers share how much they love the BOB stroller. So what’s all the fuss about? When I “test drove” it in the store, it seemed light, but sturdy. It seemed to maneuver well, too. One downside I noticed, besides the cost, is how heavy it is when it’s folded up, but reviewers online rave about it and so do some of our parent friends.  
  • Sophie the Giraffe Teether — Besides being adorable, I’ve heard this toy is a must-have when your baby starts teething. It’s soft and durable for your little one.
  • The Boppy — Whether you’re a fan of the Boppy or the Newborn Lounger, both seem to be pretty useful in the first few months. My niece loved to sit in her lounger and look around at what was going on.

What items would you add to the list? What helped you during baby’s first few months?

Lauren Gibbs July 18, 2012 at 06:32 PM
A Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play, Moby wrap and sleeping gowns that snap up the front for changes in the middle of the night were all suggested by readers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RosevilleCAPatch Have any other suggestions?
Gretchen July 19, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Congratulations on your baby! I think a local resource you really need is Herself Moms. It's owned by Julie Hurst, a childbirth educator and yoga instructor, at 8331 Sierra College Blvd. Ste 210 (near Douglas Blvd right at the Granite Bay/Roseville border). 1 of the must have items I bought there was the My Breast Friend pillow - I found it much more helpful for breastfeeding than the Boppy personally since it is more stable. There is also prenatal yoga, postpartum sculpting class that you can bring your baby to (great fun to socialize with other moms and babies too), lactation support and breastfeeding supplies, and a massage therapist specializing in prenatal massage, plus tons of classes. My friend Julie Magee also runs fabulous Baby Signing classes there for when your baby is a little older. You can check them out at herselfmoms.com and I also wrote a post about them on my blog from when they were featured on GoodDay Sacramento 2 years ago: http://whatarabelladid.blogspot.com/2012/07/blast-from-past-arabellas-first-and.html
Melissa July 19, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Swaddle Me Designs swaddle blankets!! They are the best; you can find the, in various patterns at Nordstrom.
Gretchen July 19, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Another great local business to check out for baby stuff is Me Gusta! Kids They are located in The Fountains and have great eco-friendly clothing, diaper bags and simple infant toys.
Lauren Gibbs July 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, Gretchen! I'm somewhat familiar with Herself Moms because we did a story on it last summer: http://patch.com/A-jGmD Sounds like a great resource for moms!
Lauren Gibbs July 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Thanks, Melissa! I just checked out their website and their blankets are adorable!
Help4newmoms September 19, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Have to have Ruth Yaron's book on making organic baby food, Super Baby Food!
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