Registering As a First Time Mama: What Do New Moms Really Need?

Jan 30th 2020

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Registering As a First Time Mama: What Do New Moms Really Need?

Building a baby shower registry list can seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be! While there is a lot of gear out there for babies, you don’t need a ton to take care of your little one. If you’ve been asking yourself what do new moms need, the experts at  Milk Nursingwear are here to help!

What to Register For at Your Baby Shower

A New Car Seat

This is first on the list of  newborn must-haves because it’s the one thing you won’t be able to leave the hospital without! You should definitely add a car seat to your baby shower registry list, as you’ll want to transport your little one safely and soundly. Find a new (never used) car seat that meets all the current safety standards and includes a removable infant insert so your babe can fit comfortably while they are still small. Many car seats also work as part of a stroller system, so you can use your seat to take your baby for walks when they’re still growing and too small to face outward in their strollers.

Bassinet or Crib

When it comes to what to register for a baby shower, a crib or bassinet is  another essential for your list. Many moms prefer a bassinet for those early days, but there’s also no reason why your little one can’t go in a safe-and-secure crib early on. To make baby’s first nights at home go a little more smoothly, consider also adding a sound machine to you or baby’s room—the womb is a noisy place, and a little white noise will help your baby sleep more soundly and help establish a bedtime routine.

An Infant in a White Swaddle Blanket Sits Next to a Small Girl.

Swaddle Blankets

Many babies love to be swaddled because it reminds them of the comfort and security they know from the womb. Swaddling is also important for sleeping, as it helps keep babies on their backs and reduces involuntary arm and hand motions that can wake them from their slumber. So what do new moms need to become swaddling experts? We love swaddles with zippers and velcro to take the guesswork out of folding a blanket (especially in the middle of the night) and recommend bringing one in  your hospital bag for the baby's first few nights.

Breast Pump and Bottles

The first few weeks with your baby will be a happy blur as you get to know one another and work through those early sleepless nights. But once you are ready to get back-to-work, go on date nights again, or have your partner help with one of those nighttime feeding sessions, you’ll want to pump and get some bottles into the mix—or perhaps you plan on exclusively pumping to feed your bundle of joy. Whatever you choose, your baby shower registry list should include a breast pump,  pumping and nursing bras, and slow flow bottles, so when you’re ready, you’ll already have all the supplies you need.

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Clothes for Easy Feedings

If you chose to breastfeed your baby, your first few months of motherhood will involve plenty of time nursing. Newborns have tiny stomachs and need shorter, but more frequent, nursing sessions, and most doctors advise you nurse on-demand until your baby is about six months old. That means apparel for  easy-and-comfortable nursing is a must-have—but it doesn’t mean compromising your style. Milk Nursingwear offers plenty of cute nursing tops, nursing bras, and nursing dresses, so you can feel like yourself while nourishing your little one.

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Nighttime Apparel for Baby and Mom

What do new moms need to help with those sleepless nights? Nighttime wakeups are just a part of those first few months with baby, so make things easier on yourself with baby sleepwear that allows for easy diaper changes during those middle of the night sessions—we love infant sleep gowns with elastic bottoms, or footies with zippers (instead of snaps.) As with daytime, you’ll also want  nursing-friendly sleepwear for yourself that makes those bleary-eyed feeding sessions easy and comfortable. We love nightgowns designed for new moms and nursing pads that will keep you dry in case of leaks.

A Stroller for Your Lifestyle

There are so many strollers on the market today that it can be tough to decide which one to put on your baby shower registry list. When shopping strollers, ignore what is trendy and think about what works for your lifestyle and what to register for your baby shower. Do you want a sturdy stroller with big wheels that can handle bumps and uneven sidewalks? Or maybe a lightweight travel stroller that folds up easily is more your speed. Is stroller storage important or would you rather something compact for navigating busy stores and cafes? There’s no wrong answer—you just need to think about your family’s needs!

Seasonally Appropriate Clothes

How many items of clothing you add to your baby shower registry list depends on how often you plan on doing laundry and what season you’re little one is born in—but you probably need fewer clothes than you think. What do new moms need in terms of clothing? Stock up on five to seven onesies, five to seven one-piece outfits, a few caps, pairs of socks, and stretchy pants. If you’ve got a winter babe, a bundler that keeps their feet and hands warm will also be helpful. For summer babies, a hat with a brim to keep the sun off their face will be key.

Shop Cute Apparel for Moms

Milk Nursingwear provides fashionable and functional clothing for nursing and pumping moms. We’ve been supporting moms for over ten years with our high-quality apparel, bras, sleepwear, and more.  Read our reviews to find out what moms have to say about our items, and discover beautiful and functional pieces to add to your baby shower registry list today!