Life as a New Mom: How to Create a New Mom Survival Kit
Becoming a mom is no easy task; it can be overwhelming, scary and exhausting – especially in those first few weeks. The minute you leave the hospital, your new life as a mom begins and the sleepless nights, constant diaper changes and endless feedings become the new norm. That’s why every new mom needs a “new mom survival kit”. It’s the perfect gift for any new mom and includes everything they’ll need to take care of themselves in those first few weeks. Wanting to make a gift basket for one of your friends or family members? Look no further, we’ve compiled a list of the top 12 must-have ideas for your DIY “new mom survival kit”.
Between feedings and diaper changes it can be hard to find the time to eat. Nursing moms need plenty of fuel, so snacks full of protein are the perfect choice. Think trail mix, protein bars or beef jerky.
When you’re caring for a new baby, the last thing on your mind is your hair. A gift of some no-dent hair ties or cute headbands will help mom keep her hair out of her face.
Breastfeeding, especially for first time moms, can cause some real pain to your nipples. Nipple balm, made with lanolin, helps to relieve and soothe sore, cracked nipples.
Make a note telling her to sign up for online registries at stores like Babies R Us. Many stores have programs for new moms that include coupons and free samples.
Provide her with all the ingredients she’ll need to create her own post-partum herbal sitz bath at home. Sitz baths can help you relax, speed up healing and help with hemorrhoids.
Here are the ingredients she’ll need to create a sitz bath at home:
Red raspberry tea is great for both pregnant women and those who’ve just given birth as it helps to strengthen and heal the womb. Another great tea to add to your basket is Mother’s milk which helps to increase mom’s milk supply for breastfeeding.
After pregnancy your body goes through so many changes, one of which is dry lips. Give her some nice, all-natural lip balm to keep her lips smooth and moisturized.
It might not seem like an exciting addition to your basket but batteries are an essential item often overlooked by new parents. So many of today’s baby items require batteries – from baby monitors to nightlights. Having batteries on hand will help them avoid any late night trips to the store!
Another item that might not seem essential but is good to have on hand is gum or mints. With all the visitors coming to see the new baby, any new mom is going to want to have fresh breath when she interacts with them.
Any mom can attest to the fact that kids, even newborns, are messy little stain producers. There isn’t a day that goes by where a shirt hasn’t been stained by some form of spit-up or food. That’s where a handy detergent pen, like the Tide To-Go pen, comes in. A few swipes over top of any stain and your clothes will be looking clean again.
One of the things you hear many new moms say is that they often don’t have time to pop in the shower. That’s when dry shampoo becomes a hair lifesaver! A little dusting of dry shampoo on her roots before bed and, voila, she’ll wake up feeling clean and refreshed!
Taking care of a newborn can be exhausting, so giving mom something to boost her energy will be much appreciated! Give her an all-natural mood booster like grapefruit essential oil. It can help to increase mental focus and help reduce headaches, sleepiness and mental fatigue.
DIY Grapefruit Essential Oil Recipe for Anxiety:
A DIY “new mom survival kit” makes a great gift for any new mom in your life. When putting together your basket, choose one that has handles to make it easier to carry and one that is large enough to accommodate everything you’ve picked up. And keep in mind this list is only a starting point, there’s plenty of other ideas you can add to your basket. Pick up a great keepsake kit like Bubzi Co.'s Baby Handprint and Footprint Air-Drying Clay Frame DIY Kit. It’s a gift any new parent would treasure for a lifetime. But really, at the end of the day, whatever you choose to include in your basket will surely be met with smiles and gratitude from any new mom you give it to.
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