This post featuring my best list of totally unconventional baby necessities is sponsored by Gorton’s, however, all opinions are my own.
We are now five months into this baby thing…for the fifth time around. I’ve learned quite a few things with each new baby and one of those things is that there are a number of unconventional baby necessities that can make your life as a mom new SO much easier! These are the things you’re not going to find as suggestions to add to your baby registry, but you should TOTALLY have them on hand before your baby is born.
The Best List of Totally Unconventional Baby Necessities!
Coffee (or your caffeinated beverage of choice)
You’re about to embark on a year of limited sleep. Did you know it’s estimated that a new mom will lose 44 days of sleep during the first year of baby’s life. FORTY-FOUR days! No, I’m not joking. Research revealed that a new parent reportedly lost 2.9 hours of sleep below the recommended eight hours every night. The results indicate that parents lose a total of 20.3 hours of sleep per week, equating to 1,055.6 hours or 44 days in the first year of a newborn’s life (source). That’s a ton of sleep guys!
I am surviving these days off of caffeine and it’s likely you will be too once your baby arrives. It’s so bad, I can drink a cup of chai tea at 8pm and still fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow at 10pm!
Stock up on coffee or your caffeinated beverage of choice before the baby arrives. Not only should you get plenty of coffee for your coffee maker, you should also pick up a few bottle of the premade, ready to go bottles so you can grab them as you dash out of the house (trust me, you’ll be late already, there’s no time to brew a pot!).
Deodorant For Your Vehicle
Yes, I know you probably already have deodorant but take my advice and purchase an extra stick to keep in your vehicle, diaper bag or purse. There are two reasons why:
- Lots of times you’ll be dashing out the door late for something and you’ll forget to put it on (and inevitably those will be days that are hot, hot, hot!
- If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you’ll likely have stinkier armpit sweat. Don’t ask me how or why, but I’ve discussed this with a number of other breastfeeding moms and we all agree. Breastfeeding makes your pits stink! So, there’s a good chance if you’re out for a while, you might want to reapply.
Gorton’s Shrimp Bowls
When you are already lacking in sleep, it’s even more important to make sure you are eating regular meals, and healthy ones at that. The problem is, babies have this thing called the witching hour. It’s a real thing and it tends to pop up right about the time you go to fix dinner. They want to eat, they want to be held, they have a dirty diaper. Dinner is planned for 4:30 pm and before you know it, it’s already 6 pm and you haven’t even started dinner. Trust me, this happens WAY too often. Before our baby was born I stockpiled the deep freezer with easy, frozen meals, like Gorton’s Shrimp Bowls, one of our favorite go-to meals for nights when I either don’t have the time or energy (or both!) to fix a meal from scratch.
Gorton’s Shrimp Bowl flavors include Stir Fry with Soba Noodles and Black Garlic and Wine Risotto. My personal favorite would have to be the Stir Fry with Soba Noodles, but they are both wholesome and delicious! They are so easy to fix too since I can pop a bowl into the microwave with one hand while I hold the baby with the other! PLUS they are ready to serve in their own bowl already, so that means no dirty dishes either, except for a few forks!
Since these bowls include protein, veggies, and carbs all in one bite, it’s also an easy complete meal for me to eat quickly while holding the baby. I can tell he already REALLY wants to try some too!
For those times you do manage to fix a meal, keep disposable plates, bowls, and cutlery on hand. I’m all about saving money when I can, but the ability to just throw dirty dishes away when we are done a meal is a lifesaver some days! No washing and no putting them away either!
Portable Space Heater
No matter what time of year your baby will be born, you’ll want to have a space heater on hand for the bathroom. The winter months can get awfully chilly, but the air conditioner can also put quite the chill into a bathroom. You won’t want your baby to get cold while giving him or her a bath, so making sure you have a portable heater for the bathroom to warm it up while you are in there is a must-have!
Quality Multivitamins For the Whole Family
It’s horrible to be sick but it’s even worse to be sick when there’s a baby in the house. The best way to keep baby from getting sick is to work hard to keep others in the house from getting sick. That means we are all washing our hands more often and I ensure everyone in our house takes a good, quality multivitamin each day.
Carpet Stain Spray (great for stubborn baby blowout stains)
You will be cleaning up so many stains for the next few months! Diaper blowouts and spit-up happen on nearly a daily basis! Sometimes those stains are extremely stubborn! When the laundry stain stick doesn’t work, I turn to my favorite carpet spray. Not only does it get the baby spit-up out of the carpet, but it’s also great on stubborn poop stains in clothing too!
Some days it’s hard to fit a shower in, much less clean my house. Having a robotic vacuum is one of the best things that ever happened to my motherhood journey! Lots of times I will just set it off when I head upstairs to play with the kids or read them books. Then, when I come back downstairs, my floors are spotless. I think ever mom totally needs a robotic vacuum!
In those first few weeks, especially if you are breastfeeding, you will spend a LOT of time sitting around holding and nursing your baby. This is the best time to binge watch, so make sure you have a subscription to your favorite streaming service (or two!).
These are the unofficial mom uniform pants for a reason! Yoga pants are comfy, comfy, and did I mention comfy? They are perfect for the postpartum period when you aren’t fitting into your regular pants yet but your maternity pants are now too big. Oh, and did I mention they are so comfortable!
Being a mom is tough! Luckily for me, I have a wonderful husband to help me! When we need extra help, we call in for backup from the grandparents, aunts, and uncles. And when they aren’t available, we always know we have support at our church too. A support team can look different for every person, but every mom needs one, so find yours, even if it’s among other mom friends in your area or a mom’s support group online!