If you’re an expectant mama you can be forgiven if you feel baffled by the amount of stuff there is geared towards pregnancy, birth and caring for your newborn. We’ve sifted through the best products for new mums and come up with these key essentials we think you’ll find useful once your baby arrives, and in many cases, before too!
Mum Bundle, Kit and Kin
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’ll want to be prepared, and we think Kit and Kin’s Mum Bundle is the perfect go-to.
Kit and Kin’s body butter contains a blend of naturally nourishing butters and oils in a deeply moisturising thick and creamy formula that leaves your skin hydrated and gloriously silky smooth. The breast balm cools, heals and protects sensitive nipples whilst their stretch mark oil contains 15 naturally nourishing oils that will keep your skin supple and stretch mark free.
Approved by dermatologists and certified natural by the soil association, all of Kit and Kin’s products are made without any harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Nature at its best.
Tastily is a fresh, pre-made meal subscription service, that delivers delicious and nutritionally balanced chef-made meals, making Tastily an essential for any new mum struggling to find the time to cook.
Tastily’s meals are free from artificial ingredients, preservatives and refined sugar and are never frozen. The brand uses cutting-edge packaging technology to keep each dish fresh for seven days so subscribers are always delivered healthy, fresh food that tastes great.
Each and every dish has been created by Michelin-trained chefs, and they use as many British ingredients as possible. The service starts at £32.00, with individuals able to order four to fourteen meals a week, all with free delivery direct to the door.
Baby Bonding Top, aden and anais
Breastfeeding when you’re out and about can be a daunting prospect for many reasons, and that’s why this Baby Bonding Top from aden + anais has made our essential products for new mums list.
The Baby Bonding Top allows mum to feel covered and supported while enjoying skin-to-skin contact with her newborn for the closest cuddle.
We love this limited collaboration by Glossybox and Mother & Baby. Full of many essential products for new mums, this gift box will make a fabulous present.
Hand-picked skincare products include heavenly hair treatments to nourishing skin oils and body lotions, all of which are ideal for some much-deserved ‘me time’ as a new mum, or to pamper yourself before your new little bundle of joy arrive
bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow, Mori
A fabulous essential for pregnancy and beyond, the bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow available at Mori is a key product for new and expectant mums.
The bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow was developed by three Norwegian female chiropractors to help pregnant women sleep better by supporting the belly, pelvis, lower back and legs. The pillow can be adjusted to find the perfect firmness and shape for your body as it grows and changes using the pebbles at each end. Due to the pillow’s versatile design, it can be used as a full body pillow, backrest or doughnut shape allowing you to rest on your stomach. The pillow can also be used post-pregnancy as nursing support or to lay your baby in. The washable cover is made from cotton with stretch so it’s soft against the skin.
When it comes to shopping for the best products for new mums, a baby carrier is the way forward. Being about to wear your baby frees you up to get out of the house, and be free at home to get things done. It’s also a great way to bond with your baby. It’s important to note that choosing the right carrier is an important decision, as everybody is different.
We love the Stokke® MyCarrier™. It’s been carefully designed and ergonomically developed to offer a tailor-made fit to mums and dads of all sizes as well as your growing baby. The MyCarrier is completely adjustable to ensure the correct weight distribution, and with its softly padded cotton fabric it makes carrying comfortable for parent and child alike.
The Lola & Lykke Curved Bamboo Nursing Pads are an essential for breastfeeding mums. Made from sustainable bamboo with a waterproof layer, the pads can be washed and used again and again. The curved shape gives them optimal comfort and ensures they sit discreetly under clothes, and their three layers of protection mean they stay dry and comfortable against the skin.
The Lola & Lykke Core Restore Postpartum Belly Band provides support for weakened, unstable core muscles and pelvic floor muscles after childbirth. With dual compression technology to support the core, hips and back, it helps to alleviate back pain and improving posture. The band is designed to gently realign your abdominal muscles too. It’s safe and comfortable to use during all your daily activities as well as use during physical exercise.
Genève II, BÉABA
You’ll need a decent changing bag from day one, and you can pack yours full of hospital essentials for when you have your newborn. It’s worth considering what you want out of your changing bag, whether you prefer to wear a backpack, a shoulder bag or one that can clip to a stroller.
We love Béaba’s gorgeous Genève II. It’s an adjustable changing bag with a large capacity in a decidedly modern style. It has a detachable pouch which is ideal for short trips, and its integrated stroller straps with snap links are adaptable to the majority of strollers with handlebars or handles.
Stretch Mark Oil & Mother & Baby Massage Oil, Matchstick Monkey
Matchstick Monkey’s soothing and calming oils are suitable for sensitive skin and offer an extra moisturising layer for you and your baby.
Stretch marks are part and parcel of most pregnancies, and it can be difficult to know which products to use to help ease itching and soothe skin. This new Stretch Mark Oil in the Matchstick Monkey babycare collection promotes skin elasticity and can even help to minimise the appearance of stretch marks over time.
There are so many benefits of baby massage, from easing of colic and reflux symptoms, to deepening the mother and baby bond to offering a bit of mindfulness for mums. This beautifully soothing formula is perfect for mother and baby. A deeply nourishing massage oil, it works to strengthen skin from the very first use. The Matchstick Monkey Mother & Baby Massage oil will also leave skin feeling soft, supple and nourished,
Body Silk Seamless, Bravdo
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you will need to invest in a few decent nursing bras to make life super easy. Bravdo’s guide to choosing the right bra is a recommended read, and includes the best nursing products for new mums.
We love Bravado’s new release, The Body Silk Seamless. It’s the ultimate seamless, comfortable nursing bra, making it a great choice for everyday wear. Designed to be worn throughout pregnancy right through to nursing, the luxuriously soft fabric moulds to your changing shape. Featuring Bravado’s signature ‘B’ nursing clips, which open with one hand, this bra is ideal for supporting breastfeeding as well as that all-important skin-to-skin contact for new mums. The Body Silk Seamless is also available in full cup sizing options for cup sizes F-GG, for larger busts.
Solo Single Electric Breast Pump, Medela
Choosing the right breast pump can be confusing at the best of times, that’s why we have our handy guide to here.
Medela is always a brilliant choice, and their new, compact and super-efficient single electric breast pump, the Solo is a good place to start. A favourite for mums globally, the iconic Swing Flex has been reborn with a sleek new look, with even more features to keep single pumping simple and straightforward, fitting into mum’s life as easy as it does her handbag!
The Solo is light, compact and quieter than the previous generation, now also including an integrated USB rechargeable battery supporting up to six pumping sessions on full charge. Featuring a closed system to prevent milk from entering the tubing, the new model is easier than ever for mums to use at home or when out and about.
Baby Carrier Harmony, BabyBjörn
BabyBjörn newest babywearing design. the Baby Carrier Harmony is another fabulous choice of baby carrier. Designed to deliver the ultimate in comfort for both parent and baby, it offers an ergonomic and pressure-relieving waist belt, padded lumbar support for back relief, and wide padded shoulder straps. For your little one, it has airy mesh which hugs the baby and provides proper support for their back, neck and hips.
The Baby Carrier Harmony is made from a breathable, soft mesh fabric that’s ideal when you’re out in the summer heat. The functional fabric is 3D mesh which dries quickly after washing and works to keep you and baby cool. The Baby Carrier Harmony can be used from birth up to approximately three years old.
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