With motherhood comes a totally new life, in more ways than one. Sure, your love will be infinite and your joy unlike any other. But how do you begin taking care of your beautiful baby when your hormones are on overdrive, your body is still changing, and sleep seems so out of reach?
As challenging as this new stage in your life may be, always remember you’re not alone. It’ll feel like a crisis, but having backup helps—especially during those first few months. Believe us: as long as you have your loving support community (we’re here for you!), a good coffee maker, and these 6 new mom essentials in your corner, you can get through anything!
THE BABY CARE STARTER KIT: WHAT EVERY NEW MOM NEEDS
1. BREAST PUMP
WHY YOU NEED IT: Much has been said about breastfeeding: emotional, painful, relaxing, rewarding. But at one point in your nursing journey, you may find yourself in need of a breast milk pump. Whether it’s to keep milk supply flowing (not all new moms will be able to feed on demand, and that’s okay!), relieve engorgement, or take a much-needed break, it’s sure to come in handy. So, take a bit of the pressure off and scout for a pump you can trust. Whatever your specific need is, you can’t go wrong with one that’s not only comfortable and portable, but can withstand daily usage, too.
WE RECOMMEND: The Orange & Peach Silicon Milk Saver Pump (P550) collects milk effortlessly with zero leakage, so you save every drop!
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2. BREASTMILK STORAGE BAGS
WHY YOU NEED THEM: Wherever breast pumps go, breastmilk storage bags should follow. They’re incredibly useful for all the same reasons, helping you ensure that your little one always has access to what they need the most. Pro-tip: label your bags with dates! Breast milk can last up to 2 weeks when stored at the back of the freezer, so you’re sure to always have some in case of emergencies.
WE RECOMMEND: The Orange & Peach Breastmilk Storage Bags (350ml) (P350) are pre-sterilized, leak-, and tamper-proof. They’re also from BPA and phthalates, so you don’t need to worry about any potentially harmful chemicals. They can even stand on their own, which makes them a cinch to fill! Plus, they can be lined up in the fridge for efficient storage.
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3. FEEDING BOTTLES
WHY YOU NEED THEM: The Philippine Pediatric Society recommends breastfeeding your baby for 6 months up to 2 years, if you want them to reap the full benefits of breast milk. Inevitably, the time will come when you’ll have to wean them off. Feeding bottles help make the transition as seamless and intuitive as possible. By gradually introducing bottles to your baby’s feeding rotation, you’ll help them adjust to the change better. If possible, get help from your partner (or any caregiver you trust) to let your bundle of joy get used to new faces, to lessen any dependency issues.
WE RECOMMEND: Chicco’s Natural Feeling Feeding Bottle (P650) is specially designed to replicate the breastfeeding experience with an extra-soft angled teat, allowing for correct, comfortable suction. Paired with a great quality, easy-to-hold bottle, this one is mom-tested, mom-approved, and available in different flows.
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4. BABY POWDER
WHY YOUR BABY NEEDS IT: As your little one starts seeing more of the world, make sure that the products you’re using to keep them safe out there are as good as can be. Only use nurturing and all-natural products, so as not to risk any allergic reactions or negative side effects. To start: a gentle powder is an absolute must if your baby is super active and enjoys the sunshine. It’ll keep them fresh and comfortable throughout the day!
WE RECOMMEND: The Tiny Buds Rice Baby Powder (P135) comes highly recommended by moms and pediatricians alike. It’s talc-free and made with 100% rice grains. It’s so fine, it doesn’t create dust particles in the air! Perfectly compatible with your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin, while keeping pesky diaper rashes at bay. (It even doubles as a great setting powder, if mommy is ever in a pinch!)
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5. INSECT REPELLENT
WHY YOUR BABY NEEDS IT: When you’re out and about (or even just staying in) on particularly warm, humid days, make sure you have bug repellent sprays and lotions in your bag. After all, baby skin is extremely sensitive. Not to mention they’re only beginning to develop a resistance to issues that come with bug bites. Once babies get to 2 months old, all-natural, DEET-free formulas are safe for use, so do avail. Keeping your baby swaddled in lightweight fabric would help protect their pelt, but it’s still best to come prepared for mosquitoes.
WE RECOMMEND: Tiny Buds Insect Bite Gel (After Bites!) (P175) is a great remedy. It instantly soothes itchiness and redness from bites, minus the chemicals, unpleasant scents, and greasiness that come from the usual options. It works with minor skin irritations, too, such as cuts, scratches, and bruises.
6. BABY WIPES
WHY YOUR BABY NEEDS THEM: Stock up on soft, alcohol-free wipes for bath time to ensure your baby’s skin is thoroughly clean, particularly around the diaper area! Ladies, I’m sure we’ve all learned from double-cleansing that just water and soap isn’t enough.
WE RECOMMEND: Giggles Unscented Baby Wipes (70 Wipes) (P71) have moisturizing and disinfectant properties at a budget-friendly price point. They’re so reliable, you should have your own stash: they remove makeup and clothing stains, clean just about everything, and freshen you up on-the-go. Being a new mom is a tough, messy (literally) job. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too!
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