Hannah Cleater

Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

Are you about to become a mum for the very first time? Have you been wondering what you need to buy for your baby before he or she arrives? What, if anything, can you get now that will save your sanity, and make the next leg of the journey easier? If so, this post is for you! Read on to find the 25 essential items that will make life easier for every new mum.

Overwhelmed by all the stuff?

As a recovering new mummy myself, I know firsthand that there are many aspects of parenthood that can’t be controlled or prepared for. During my third trimester, I tried to be proactive and stock up on all the items “guaranteed” to make life easier later, but there was too much information to digest, and I ended up just feeling overwhelmed by it all. Do you know what I mean?

I see your struggle. I get it! And I’m here to help you.

Look no further, you have come to the right place. From a mum, to a mum, read on to find the 25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum. I deliberately haven’t called them ‘baby items’ because they’re not all things for the baby. I believe that as a new mum, taking care of yourself is just as important as looking after your precious new baby. All of these 25 essential items have made my life so much easier both in terms of how I care for my babies, and how I look after myself.

What do you actually need?

Before I had Zoe, I was pretty clueless about what she would need. Sure, I knew the basics: pram, car seat, moses basket, clothes, nappies. But other than that, I didn’t know where to start, or how to determine the useful from the useless. I didn’t want to get a load of things that would end up as clutter. I knew that clutter would simply stress me out, rather than enrich my life. I didn’t want that and I’m sure you don’t either.

Fast forward three years and two babies. I am now in a great position to know what baby and mummy actually need. Items that are essential for thriving, and not simply surviving, life with a newborn. And I am going to share these with you in a few seconds.

This post may contain affiliate links. This simply means that at no cost to you I get paid some commission if you make a purchase through one of my links. You should know I ONLY recommend products that I have personally USED and LOVE, and that I think you’ll love too! My disclosure policy is a bit boring, but if you want to read it, you can find it here.

So without further ado, here they are:

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

1. Comforter

It is recommended that babies do not sleep with anything in their cot until they are 6 months old.

Having a comforter helps Zoe and Sophia sleep better during their daytime naps and at night. It’s something familiar they can hold onto and cuddle when I’m not there. Not only that, but it can go everywhere with them. If they’re sleeping somewhere different to usual, the comforter provides something familiar. This in turn, helps them relax and go to sleep.

There’s a huge choice of comforters out there, and you’ll probably receive at least one as a gift. My Mum bought Sophia these super cute little Elli and Raff comforters. Love them! She’s 10 months old now, and sleeps with one during every nap and at bedtime.

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

Zoe is three now, and she still sleeps with 2 of her original comforters!

Top Tip: Buy multiples – my girls are very attached to the ones they have and struggle to sleep without them. If your baby shows signs of being attached to one in particular, I recommend you buy at least one spare. Then you’ll be prepared when you need to wash said favourite comforter or (gasp) it gets lost.

2. Muslins 

As a mum who’s babies both suffered with reflux, both the silent kind and the projectile vomiting kind, I can’t stress enough how essential I found it to have a large selection of muslins. It never felt like I had too many, and I probably had about 30! But by the time there were 6 in the wash, a few on their airer, a selection in my changing bag, some in my breast feeding station, and a few night time ones by my bedside, I found that I just needed loads. I also seemed to be constantly losing them, for which I blame baby brain. (Look out for my upcoming post on Things Nobody Told Me Before I Became A Mummy. Baby Brain is on this list. Or you can subscribe here to be notified when this article is published).

Not only have the muslins proved indispensable for catching or cleaning up sick, I also found them essential to Sophia’s well being when used as a thin shade in the heat of Disney World, when she was only 8 weeks old. That’s another story entirely!

Top Tip: Keep spares all over the house. You never know when you might have a milk related emergency and need a muslin close by.

3. Bouncer

As much as you might want to, it’s impossible to hold your baby all the time. I promise you, at some point you will need to nip to the toilet or stop the pan boiling over. In these moments, you need somewhere safe to put your baby down.

I used a couple of different bouncers with Zoe, but when Sophia was born, I invested in this baby bjorn bouncer.

It immediately became my favourite for a number of reasons:

  • It’s easy to put Sophia in quickly and safely
  • It supports her tiny body perfectly
  • It’s machine washable – say no more…
  • Apart from the baby carrier, this was one of the few places where Sophia was actually content
  • It folds flat which makes it super portable
  • It bounces as Sophia’s moves (so I don’t need to sit there bouncing it with my foot!)
  • You can get this cute little wooden toy to go with it
  • Sophia loves it!
25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

Top Tip: It’s fairly pricey so if you’re able to pick one up second hand, go for it. Otherwise, I would say it’s a worthwhile investment, and you won’t regret it. They don’t lose their value so you can always sell it on when you’ve finished with it.

4. White noise

I have found white noise to be a really useful sleep aid for two main reasons:

  • it can mimic the noise of the womb which is familiar to her and therefore helps her fall asleep
  • it helps to drown out background noises which might disturb her sleep

When it comes to white noise products, there are a loads of different options to choose from. How do you know which one you should use? I’ve used three different white noise products, and I’m going to share the pros and cons of each one:

White noise app

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

I downloaded this white noise app for free on my phone. The fact that it’s on my phone makes it super portable, and I always have my phone with me. This means it’s not something additional I need to think about packing if I go out. If I’m out, all I need to do is put my phone in the pram and the familiar white noise will help settle her. There’s lots of white noise sounds so it’s easy to find one that your baby likes. The only downside is that when your baby falls asleep with the app playing, you can’t use your phone for the duration of the nap. A small price to pay for a sleeping baby I think.

Grow hush

Someone gave me this at my baby shower when I was pregnant with Zoe. And it’s great. Again, it’s hugely portable, I can just pop it in the top of my bag if I go out. It’s completely reliable, I’ve had it for over 3 years and I’m still on it’s original batteries. It’s also very comfortable to use, thanks to a little pocket on the side that you can tuck your hand into. The down sides are it’s limitation to only three choices of white noise, only having one volume option and only playing the noise for 10 minutes and then turning off. (I found the ten minute playtime handy during the nighttime when used as a timer!)

White noise machine

When Sophia was young, and I was starting to think about how I could encourage her to sleep for longer stretches, I decided to invest in this white noise machine. It has lots of volume settings and different noise outputs and has been great at blocking out the sound of her excitable older sister playing outside the bedroom door. It also helps me sleep and I may have to invest in another one when Sophia moves out of our room into the nursery, taking the white noise machine with her. Sad times. The only downside is that if you want to use it out and about you need to take a portable USB charger with you. It’s no biggie, you just have to remember to pack it.

Top Tip: If you buy the white noise machine and you have other children in the house, you may want to turn the volume down when you go to bed, otherwise, you may not hear your other children if they call for you in the night.

5. Baby carrier

This was one of THE best things we bought. And to be honest, I don’t know how mums survive without one. I’ve used two different types and love them both:

The wrap

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

A friend very generously bought us this ‘Mother’s Cuddle’ wrap when Zoe was born (don’t you just love the name!). As Zoe was a winter baby, it was the perfect way to have Zoe wrapped up all warm and cosy next to me, while I pottered around the housing attempting to get things done. She also suffered with reflux, so keeping her upright in this wrap helped her stay more comfortable and pain free.

It was a bit fiddly to put on, and the first few times I wore it, I had to watch a YouTube clip showing me how to put it on. But after a few attempts, this quickly became second nature. It’s also great because anyone can use it without having to adjust any straps and it lasts ages because as the baby grows, you don’t need to upgrade to a bigger version.

Bjorn baby

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

When Sophia was eight weeks old, we took a family holiday to Disney World, Florida. Because the temperature was expected to be 36 degrees while we were out there (plus humidity), I needed to invest in a baby carrier that was light and had a lot of air flow. After doing some research, I decided to get this one, and it was a life saver!

I have never been so hot in my entire life and trying to keep a newborn comfortable and not overheating was a constant concern. But this baby bjorn carrier was brilliant! It was super light and super easy to adjust. This meant that my husband and I could take it in turns carrying her – result! Also the padding on the shoulder straps made it super comfortable to wear. It’s also washable. This proved very useful the first day Sophia used it as she did the biggest poonami known to mankind. Perfect timing as always. Cleaned up like a dream.

Top Tip: Baby carriers are lifesavers. They’re not cheap to buy, so before investing in one do your research and try some out first. There is a local sling library near to where I live that actually enables you to try different carriers before you spend any money. If that isn’t an option, borrow from friends to make sure you’re happy before you invest.

6. Infacol

As a newborn, Zoe suffered with silent reflux. After every feed, she would be uncomfortable, arching her back, crying, and then eventually sometimes, she would be sick. One evening, some friends picked me up some infacol and dropped it round. What absolute legends!

Infacol contains an ‘anti foaming agent’ which brings together all the small bubbles of gas that can get trapped in the tummy. These form large bubbles that are more easily expelled by burping or passing wind . Trapped wind is only one of the symptoms of reflux, but anything that helps your baby feel more comfortable is a winner. Giving Zoe infacol was part of my normal breastfeeding regime, and whilst it didn’t cue her reflux, she was certainly happier as a result of taking it.

Top tip: It can take a couple of days to work, so you need to persevere in the early days and don’t just give up because you don’t see any immediate results.

7. Nappy cream

It’s not exactly rocket science to know that nappy cream is kinda essential for every new mum, but in my experience, not all nappy creams were created equal. I wanted to give a shout out to Burts Bees Diaper Cream, which made a huge difference when Sophia suffered terrible nappy rash as a newborn (sob).

This pediatrician-tested cream made from natural ingredients was an absolute miracle worker on Sophia’s very sore tushy. My sister in law gave me a tube and I have never looked back. Sophia’s nappy rash cleared up in a matter of days. Brilliant. Since then I’ve been using it every day as a preventative measure, and her nappy rash hasn’t come back in ten months.

Top tip: Using a fantastic nappy cream like Burts Bees is just one factor in helping relieve, and keep away, nappy rash in babies. I’m working on another post that goes through all the other factors as well, so watch this space.

8. Car mirror for rear facing car seat

Keeping your baby in a rear facing car seat is recommended as the safest way for your baby to travel by car. Using this car mirror meant that I could maintain a visual on her at all times and make sure she was OK. It’s super light, easy to attach to the back seat, easy to move if i’m driving a different car and cheap to buy. I love being able to see her as I drive, and it’s useful in letting me know when she’s fallen asleep so I can keep track of her sleep time.

Top tip: It’s easy to knock the mirror when putting your baby in the car, so just make sure it’s at the correct angle before you drive off, otherwise, you’ll be looking at her little legs for the entire journey.

9. Fan

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS as it’s usually called, is a terrifying prospect for any parent. In the UK, more than 200 babies die every year from SIDS, and according to the NHS, overheating is one factor which increases the risk of this happening. Sophia was born in May 2018, just before we had a heatwave summer, so keeping her cool at night was essential both for helping her sleep better, and more importantly, keep her safe.

We used this fan for about 10 weeks every night. It’s very easy to use and program, and doubles up as an air conditioning unit during the day time. It even comes with a handy remote control, which meant I could adjust it in the night without having to get out of bed! I can honestly say that using this gave me great peace of mind which helped me sleep better knowing my little one was cool enough.

Top tip: The fan is a bit noisy, which simply meant it doubled up as white noise machine in the early weeks before we bought a separate white noise machine.

10. Swaddle sack

When Zoe was a couple of months old, a friend from church gave me a bag of clothes her daughter had outgrown. In it, were these very strange looking SwaddleMe Pods. Her husband said it made their daughter look like a mummy, as in the Egyptian kind, not the maternal kind. But appearance aside, they were so great that I bought more.

Why I loved them so much?

  • They’re safe
  • They help prevent the startle reflex which wakes up the baby
  • They’re much easier than swaddling with a blanket
  • There’s a two way zip that makes nappy changes easier
  • There’s a zip cover to protect babies neck
  • They allow for movement of the arms

Top tip: When feeding during the night, unzip the pod halfway to give baby the freedom to use their hands, which they like to do whilst feeding. You can then zip it back up when they’re done. Easy peasy.

11. Bogey sucker

Say what? I was warned I would suck bogeys out of my babies nose, but adamantly said that this was never going to happen. Yuk! Then Sophia had a cold. I could literally hear the bogey whistling in her nostril but had no way of getting it out. I did a lot of research and asked for recommendations on a few Facebook groups before purchasing this SnuffleBabe, Nasal Aspirator. The main selling point for me was that any mucas sucked (gag) out of her nose would collect in a sealed chamber, and would under no circumstances end up IN MY MOUTH!!

I can honestly say that despite all my initial reservations, I did use it. Bogeys were extracted. My mouth remained clean (phew) and Sophia breathed, fed and slept better as a result.

Top tip: It’s a little fiddly to clean, but I found the bristles on this bottle brush were brilliant at cleaning the sealed chamber.

12. Dummy

I must confess that I was never keen on the idea of using a dummy. And my attempts to get Zoe to take a dummy were very half-hearted at best. She didn’t like it. I didn’t like it. So I stopped trying. For some reason, I decided to try again with Sophia. It wasn’t until she was 5 months old that she eventually accepted it. What a game changer it turned out to be!

There are two absolutely huge benefits to Sophia taking a dummy:

  1. It helps her sleep better
  2. It paved the way for her to eventually start taking a bottle (hurrah)
25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

Without a doubt, Sophia’s dummy makes my life easier. Biggest understatement ever! I use these ones, but there’s a big selection available. It’s worth trying a few different ones until you find one that your baby is happy with.

Top tip: When using a dummy at night time, I keep a spare on the bedside table next to me. That way, if she wakes up in the night, because her dummy has fallen out, I don’t have to struggle searching for it in her cot, I simply grab the spare, pop it in her mouth, and can be back asleep within 2 minutes. Simples.

13. Ear thermometer

Having a baby with a fever can be a scary this. Being able to take their temperature quickly and easily is one thing that makes it slightly less stressful.

This amazing ear thermometer was not the first one we bought. But it was the best. Initially we had a cheaper more basic one that you had to stick under the tongue. Not only did she not like having something shoved in her mouth, but it seemed to take an eternity to actually give a reading. On the other hand, this thermometer is really simple and quick to use. Push one button to turn it on, wait for the beep, insert into ear, push a second button, wait for beep, remove from ear and read temperature. Takes about five seconds from start to finish.

Top tip: You can buy additional covers for the ear probe. After each use, throw away the dirty one, and put a clean one on ready for next time. That way, in the heat of the moment when you’re trying to take the temperature, you don’t have to faff around discarding the old one and putting the clean one on.

What about you, mummy?

Well done, you’ve made it (roughly) halfway through my list of 25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum. So far, I’ve been focusing solely on baby items which totally made my life easier. But what about you, mummy?

Looking after a newborn is hard work. In between breastfeeding around the clock, constantly changing nappies, doing a load of washing every day (seriously, it still bewilders me how someone so small can generate so much dirty washing) and keeping everything sterile, have you stopped to think that you need looking after too?

When I say, ‘looking after yourself’, I’m not talking about going on a spa break, (amazing as that may sound, I’m afraid it may be a little while before you’re able to treat yourself to one of these), I simply mean, what do you need in order to maintain your own physical well being?

Time to think about yourself for a change

So continuing on with my list of 25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum, here are some of the things that I found invaluable for looking after myself in those early days. Some of them were great at helping my body heal and adjust to all the changes, and some simply made all the stuff I had to do that bit easier and more manageable. And what’s not to love about that?

As with the above, all of these products I have personally used and love, and each of them literally saved me from either further pain, wasting time or boredom.

14. Breast pump

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that I do not know how I could have survived the newborn (and after) stage if it wasn’t for this medela pump.

Why it’s so great:

  • It helps prevent engorged breasts
  • In those early days when your milk comes in and your supply is much greater that your demand, it allows you to store all that excess milk away for later, without damaging your supply
  • It’s small and portable
  • If your baby is struggling with breastfeeding and you need to top them up, you can use your own milk

I should add, that I didn’t get a pump before Zoe arrived as I had been given a manual pump by my sister and planned to use that. But after one day of trying (pretty unsuccessfully) to use it, I gave up, and on the recommendation of my midwife, I opted to get an electric one. I never regretted this decision.

Recently, a friend of mine had a baby and I recommended to her that she buy one of these before her baby arrived, just in case. I told her to buy it so she had it, and if she didn’t end up needing it, send it back. She thanked me later when she suddenly found she needed one, and had one already there ready to use. I can’t recommend this highly enough!

Top Tip: I loved my breast pump and used it multiple times a day. If I was to do it all again, I would definitely get a double breast pump. It costs a bit more but it means you can empty both breasts in half the time.

15. Lansinoh Thera Pearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Pads

Engorged breasts are not pleasant. They’re rock hard and I swear they hurt if you so much as look in their direction. (That last bit may be a slight exaggeration, but everything feels worse in those early, hormonal days of the newborn era). Looking after your breasts is absolutely essential for surviving the newborn phase in one piece, and these breast therapy pads were a complete saviour in the breast department.

It can be used hot or cold to help relieve the pain of engorgement, blocked milk ducts, and symptoms of mastitis. All by simply putting it inside your bra and letting the pad work it’s magic. And if it gets milk on it? Don’t worry, it has washable covers, so it’s completely reusable. Hurrah!

Top Tip: If you use it hot whilst expressing, it helps to encourage letdown and therefore reduces the amount of time it takes. Anything that saves you time as a new mum is a winner in my book!

16. Nipple Cream

While we’re still on the subject of breasts, did I mention breast feeding is pretty tough at the beginning? I mean, it came as a bit of a surprise to me as well. It can take a while for you and your baby to learn how to do it properly and get a perfect latch, and in the meantime your nipples take the brunt of your inexperience.

This Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Soothing Cream helped soothe and protect my sore and cracked nipples. Phew! I kept a tube in my breastfeeding station and used it religiously for the first few months after every feed, without fail. It doesn’t need to be washed off before feeding or expressing either, which again, is time saving.

Top Tip: Keep a spare in your babies changing bag, for when you’re feeding whilst you’re out and about.

17. Milk Prep Machine

Unlike Zoe who was exclusively breastfed until she was sixteen months, Sophia ended up being fed a combination of breast and formula milk. This Tommy Tippee Perfect Prep Machine takes the faff out of formula feeding!

I still use it every single day and it saves me loads of time and stress when it comes to making up milk. Not only is it super quick to make the milk (it takes me less than a minute), but the milk comes out at the perfect temperature meaning Sophia can drink it straight away. Result! No hungry, screaming baby for me!

Top Tip: It’s not a cheap product to buy, but it was definitely a worthwhile purchase for me. As long as the machine is properly maintained, it will last for years, so maybe consider getting a second hand one.


18. Nappy Bin

The fact that babies poo a lot is probably not new information to you. It wasn’t for me either. Fortunately, I never had to ask myself the question of what I would do with all the dirty nappies my babies produced, as my sister gave me her Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Disposal System – thanks Becky!

I don’t honestly know what mums do without this? Do they put the dirty nappy in their kitchen bin and stink the house out every time the bin is opened, or do they make special trips out to the external dustbin every time they have a soiled nappy to dispose of? Or maybe there’s a third option I haven’t even considered.

For me, this was one thing I didn’t have to worry about. I used this bin with both of my girls and it just makes nappy changing that little bit easier. You can buy these refills in bulk, which I recommend, as you really don’t want to run out.

Top Tip: Make sure you empty the bin before it’s too full as this makes it difficult and potentially messy. Or even better, get your husband to empty the bin for you.

19. Baby tracker app

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

For the first few weeks after Zoe was born, I lived in a daze. Day and night were blurred into one continuous cycle of feeding, changing and (a tiny bit of) sleeping. This free app was my only way of being able to remember when she last fed, how long for and which breast she fed from, when her last nappy change was and whether it was wet, dirty or mixed and when her last nap was and how long it lasted.

Some of the benefits of this app:

  • It records all the information that midwives and health visitor love to ask. I literally had this information to hand.
  • When I was concerned that she wasn’t getting enough milk, I could look back on the number of wet nappies to make she wasn’t dehydrated
  • I could check the app to remind myself which breast she had previously fed from.
  • When she was a few months older, and I was trying to establish some kind of nap routine, I could look at the charts on the app to see any sleep patterns emerging.

It’s also super accessible as it’s on my phone, which I have with me wherever I go. In short, this app kept me sane!

Top Tip: I ended up paying for the app so that my husband and I could synchronize our apps with each other. This means, it isn’t just down to me to remember to record the nappy changes and feeds etc.

20. Baby monitor

This is another one of those products that I don’t know how mums get by without it.

There are lots of other baby monitors out there, but this Motorola Video Baby Monitor is brilliant for a number of reasons:

  • I can see her, which means I know if or when she falls asleep, and if she’s crying I can watch to see if she’s in the process of setting herself, or I need to go to her.
  • I can talk or sing to her through the microphone on the monitor. Great for trying to settle her after I’ve left the room without having to go back in.
  • The camera swivels, so for my toddler, I can check she’s still in bed, and if not, I can move the camera around the room (from the monitor) to check where she is in her room and what she’s doing. (If that sounds like the voice of experience, it is!!)

It’s hard to imagine how I could possibly love this monitor any more than I do!

Top Tip: If you go on to have a second baby like we did, you can buy an additional camera and link it back to the single monitor and then simply switch between the rooms on the monitor.

21. Bra extenders

I think I may have arrived a little late to the bra extender party. And not in the fashionable sense. When I got pregnant my breasts started to grow. Yippee!! This meant that I ended up buying a lot of new (and pretty expensive) bras as I tried to keep up with this rapid growth. Fortunately for my bank account, after my third fitting, the lovely bra fitting lady suggested I could maybe buy bra extenders rather than completely new bras. Say what?

Bra extenders hook on to the back of your bra giving you extra width whilst keeping the same cup size. Oh my days! At a fraction of the cost of a new bra, they enabled me to breathe again and stopped me getting back ache because my bra was too tight! Anyways, you might be well ahead of the game when it comes to these little life savers, but if you’ve never heard of them before, you’re welcome.

Top Tip: You only really need to buy a couple, and then you can alternate them between your bras.

22. Bottle brush

I must admit that in the early days after bringing Zoe home from the hospital, my amazing husband did all the washing of pump parts and anything else that needed cleaning and sterisiling. With Zoe, I think it was only the breast pump that needed cleaning, but when Sophia arrived this also included bottles and teats as well.

Alex found this amazing little bottle brush that makes reaching inside the bottles for a thorough clean so much easier, and it also comes with a smaller brush for cleaning inside the teat. Simply put, it made bottle cleaning so much easier, and as I’ve said before, anything that saves you time and makes your life easier, is a winner in my book.

Top Tip: Whilst we’re on the subject of cleaning, if you have an eyebrow brush like this one, it’s the perfect size for cleaning inside the tiny pockets of a medela pump. Keeping this thoroughly clean helps the pump work efficiently.

23. Nursing Pads

Wearing these nursing pads on a daily basis whilst breastfeeding my girls became as normal as changing my underwear. In the early days, weeks and months after giving birth, my supply was constantly changing to meet the demand of my ravenous babies. My ‘let down’ could happen at any given moment, triggered by a baby crying, a hot shower or simply feeding from the opposite breast.

These discreet and comfy pads saved my bras, my tops and my modesty on many occasion. After all, nobody wants to see those telltale dark patches on your top!

Top Tip: Remove the sticky back to secure them to the inside of your bra. This stops them falling out in public whilst you’re trying to discreetly feed.

24. Nipple Shields

I hope that you never have to use nipple shields. It’s an extra thing to clean every day, something else to remember to pack when you go out, they fall off and milk goes everywhere and they can adversely affect your milk supply. *sob sob* THAT SAID, I literally could not have breastfed Sophia without them, and for that reason alone, whatever else I may dislike about them, I’m extremely grateful for them.

I started using nipple shields when Sophia was just two days old. It was discovered that she had a tongue tie and wasn’t able to latch on properly to feed. It was super stressful. A midwife gave me a nipple shield, to which Sophia immediately latched on and had a good feed, and we never looked back. It’s also possible that using these nipple shields paved the way for Sophia’s acceptance of a dummy and later a bottle. Both of which, I am immensely grateful for.

Top Tip: Buys spares. Also, these are intended for short term use to overcome specific problems. If you have to use them, wean your baby off them again as soon as you’re able to. Don’t get lazy/stuck, like I did.

One final thing before you go

25. Amazon Prime

I couldn’t make a list of 25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum, without giving an enormous shout out for Amazon Prime. It’s not an ‘item’ as such, it’s a service. (And one that I have used too many times to be healthy for my bank account). Their next day delivery service meant that all the things I forgot to buy, or every time I ran out of something crucial, at the click of a button, I could order it for next day delivery. A-MA-ZING!

And it wasn’t just useful for buying things for me and baby. (Although the next day delivery of my medela pump literally made me cry with joy!) Forgotten birthday presents could be quickly ordered and dispatched to the person directly. No fuss, guilt or apology needed. All at the click of a button. This is the apex of ease and convenience!!

Top Tip: Amazon Prime Video also came in very handy for all my late night breastfeeding marathons, where I would literally be pinned to the sofa for hours while my daughters would feed.

25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum

So there you have it. My list of 25 Essential items to make life easier for every new mum. I hope you found it helpful.

If I had to pick my top 3 products from this list, I would go with:

  • Breastpump, for looking after mummy (current price is reduced by over 30% on Amazon)
  • Fan, for looking after baby
  • Baby Bjorn carrier, for looking after both of us

What about you? If you’re already a mummy, what did you find absolutely essential in those early days? If you’re about to become a mummy, was there anything on this list that you hadn’t thought about?

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Winging it through motherhood

Are you a mum? Are you winging it through motherhood. Do you ever ask yourself, “what on earth am I doing?” Do you ever feel out of your depth, unsure of yourself, or suffer from the dreaded ‘mum guilt’? Are you desperate to hear those beautiful words, ‘don’t worry, it gets easier’?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then I’ve got some great news for you. First of all, you’re not alone. And secondly, I’m here for you. I’m a mum who’s winging it. Just like you.

Who am I?

Welcome to Mum About The Home

Hey, I’m Hannah. A thirty-something mum from Kent, England. I have been married to Alex for 8 and a half years, and we have two beautiful girls, Zoe, who’s just turned 3, and Sophia, who is 9 months old and counting. Winging it through motherhood is my mantra.

Becoming a mummy was without a doubt, one of the best things that has ever happened to me. At the same time, I’m also increasingly realising that a) motherhood is hard work (biggest understatement ever!!!), and b) I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, hence the ‘winging it’ part.

If you’re still wondering what this blog is all about and what you can expect to find here, (and if you should bother to read anymore), let me enlighten you. You’ve probably already realised, this is first and foremost a blog about being a mum. Motherhood, faith and family are central aspects of this blog, as these things are very important to me, and are completely inter-related in my journey as a mum. And as for what you can expect to find? Honesty. By the bucket load. I’m winging it through motherhood and learning lots along the way.

Is being a mum as easy job? Nooooo. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely

Welcome to my blog, Mum About The Home

Winging it through motherhood

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I’m here to share my journey with you. To be honest about the struggles I have faced and continue to face as I navigate motherhood. But don’t worry, it’s not all struggles and late night pondering of ‘am I really cut out for this?’ There have been, and will continue to be, plenty of sweet and flipping hilarious moments along the way.

I live with a toddler, having a sense of humour is mandatory.

Here to help

I’m here to help you. To help you find new ways of doing things to make life just that little bit easier. I may be winging it through motherhood, but I also have lots of tips to share with you that I’ve found useful, or even life changing, along the way.

Comrades in the trenches

I’m offering you the friendship of someone who knows exactly how you feel when you’re finding life tough, and doesn’t judge! We’re on this motherhood journey together, so I hope we can be friends and wing it together.

Let’s find joy

Let's choose joy on our journey through motherhood

Finally, I’m here to help you remember the joy of motherhood, to celebrate the beautiful moments with you, and to strive to find these moments every day. And to do all this amongst the busyness, the sleeplessness, the frustrations and (let’s be honest) the tears of motherhood. Let’s chase joy. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.

Can you keep a secret?

Can you keep a secret? I'm not a have it all together kind of mum

Now that you know a little bit about me, and what you can expect to find here at Mum About The Home, I want to let you into a little secret right from the outset. I am not a ‘have it all together’ kind of mum. There are definitely mothers out there who qualify for this highly esteemed title, and I salute these superhero’s, I mean mums. You both dazzle, and inspire me. But superhero, I am not. I am very, VERY human.

Some mums simply take it all in their stride and seem completely unflappable. But not me! I love to flap. Lots of flapping. I’m basically a bird!

Winging it through motherhood

In fact, I think I am the antithesis of an unflappable mum. The expression ‘winging it’ sums up my experience of motherhood most succinctly. And I am ok with that.  

Being a mum is not easy. Some days, I feel like a complete failure. Other days, even though I now have two children, and should know what I’m doing, I still feel completely clueless. And then of course, there are the times when the sound of my voice drives me crazy – so much nagging. Urgh.  

But there are also days when I amaze myself by how calm, organised, creative and generally Mary Poppins like I can be. Unfortunately, these days do not come round as often as I would have liked. 

But I’m definitely learning. And with each failure I am brought closer to a more peaceful, pain-free, joy-filled way of doing life with two littlies. 

Learning on the job

Whilst winging it through motherhood, I’m constantly finding new and better ways of doing things that help me stay sane and keep my head above the water.

Things like:

  • getting my baby to nap for more than 25 minutes a day
  • being productive and actually getting things done as a stay at home mum
  • helping my toddler overcome her fear of pooing on the toilet
  • breastfeeding a baby whilst there’s a toddler on the loose

The list goes on. It’s a constant process of learning and improving, so life is certainly never dull.

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Although it turns out that being a mum isn’t quite the fairy tale I had been anticipating, neither did I expect how much joy it would bring me. Sandwiched between the challenges and the mundane, I continually find beautiful, heart changing moments. These moments often sneak up on me out of the blue. So simple, yet often profound. They are electric and yet they are so so real.  

Counting my blessings

Counting my blessings

A few weeks ago, I was putting together a bookshelf for Zoe’s room. When it was finished and we both sat back to admire my handiwork (it wasn’t that amazing, but she’s easily impressed), she turned to me, smiled and said:

‘Mummy, thank you for making my bookshelf. I really like it.’ 

When did she become so sweet?

Or the first time, she wanted to pray for her daddy who was “working hard to look after the family.” Her words, not mine. 

Such a beautiful moment. 

And of course, how can I forget all those times she tells me, “I love you, mummy.”.

Seriously, could my heart be any more full?

And what about Sophia? She has a smile reserved just for me. If you’re a mum, you know exactly the one I mean. 

All these moments are pure gold. They are treasure amongst the trials of motherhood.

Engraved in my heart

These precious moments are leaving their marks deep in my heart. One smile, one word, one cuddle at a time. I want to hit the ‘pause’ button and just soak them in. I want to savour each and every one of them. And then I want to hug my girls a little tighter, read them that extra story at bedtime, and generally be more extravagant in loving them.

Because just like that, these moments will pass.

Whilst being a mum might be a lot harder than I had anticipated, the sheer beauty of it all similarly transcends the heights I could have ever thought possible. 

So whilst, I may not be a ‘have it all together’ kind of mum, I am learning to see the beauty in the bedlam. And I will continue to wing it, finding wisdom along the way.

Enjoying the journey

Enjoying the journey of motherhood

I am absolutely determined to enjoy the journey, and not just look ahead to the destination. Whether that be a baby who sleeps through the night, or a toddler whose favourite words are no longer ‘no’ or ‘why?’ Each season is precious in its own right. Simply because I will never get to live these moments again. 

Let’s look for treasure in the tiredness, find joy for the journey and enjoy beauty in the bedlam.

I started my blogging journey by confessing to not being a ‘have it all together’ kind of mum. If you stick with me, you will see for yourselves just how true this confession is. But equally I hope you can learn from some of my mistakes and be inspired to live a fuller, happier life.

Laid bare

I'm not hiding behind any masks

I do not want to put on a motherhood masquerade. Motherhood is beautiful, no doubt about it and I sincerely hope this shines through as you follow my journey. But it is also messy. And all those hard, frustrating, sometimes ugly bits, that make me want to scream into a pillow, or worse, I think they are simply showing me how much of a work in progress I am. I do not want to hide those uglier bits from you either, because if we’re going to be friends, and I hope we are, we have to be honest with each other. 

I am going to work on them, by the grace of God, one day at a time. Because my girls are worth it. And because the process of motherhood is refining me, and making me more beautiful.

To quote from Ruth Schwenk, author and blogger at The Better Mom:

Just as God is using us as moms to shape our children, God is using our children and motherhood to shape us.

Let’s be refined together on the journey. As we wing our way through motherhood, let’s remember that this is a high calling and a privilege. Even when it’s hard work. Let’s count our blessings, pursue joy and hold onto the treasures we discover along the way.

Today might have been a disaster, but tomorrow is an unwritten page. 

And I am full of hope that it will be a good one. 

Who’s with me?

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For whatever reason you have stumbled upon my little blog, I’m so glad you did. As you can see, it’s not quite ready to launch yet so please be patient with me whilst I make the finishing touches, ready to go live at the beginning of March. Yay.

In the meantime, I’m creating a blog post about how to be productive as a mum with preschoolers at home – not an easy task! If you have a top tip, I would love to feature you on my upcoming post. Simply click on the button below to submit your wisdom. Thanks 🙂

I’m so excited that you found me, and I look forward to sharing this amazing blogging adventure with you soon!

Lots of love,

Hannah

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