Published on 21st March 2019

As an expecting or new mom, you have probably spent hours upon hours trawling online and talking to other mothers for exactly what you need for motherhood. Not only is this an exhausting process, but it’s often overwhelming. That’s why we have teamed up with MORI to curate a list of absolute essentials so you can feel prepared and enjoy those first few months of looking after your new tiny human.

1. One for nights:

Whether it’s called a sleepsuit, romper, baby grow or onesie, this is one item you definitely cannot live without. Babies spend approximately 80% of their first few months sleeping - hard to believe we know - so a breathable, thermoregulating sleepsuit is a necessity.

2. The baby must-have:

An item that could be considered the ultimate essential, the muslin. It is perfect for mopping up the myriad of spillages that come with having a newborn. This versatile life-saver can also be used for discreet breastfeeding, napping, covering a pushchair or hiding inevitable stains down the back of your t-shirt. Muslins can also be used for swaddling (the burrito technique) as they’re breathable and soft on your baby’s skin.

3. Perfect for everyday use:

Deemed to be the ‘little black dress’ of every baby’s wardrobe, the bodysuit is a must-have piece of clothing. Perfect for wearing as pyjamas or as a layer under clothes as those little ones feel the cold much more than us. The all-rounder of baby clothes, bodysuits have a variety of necklines depending on whether your baby is happy having clothes pulled over their heads.

4. Something for your independence:

An evolution in motherhood, the Elvie Pump will change your life. Say goodbye to fiddly tubes, ducking awkwardly into toilets and sourcing a socket and say hello to the world’s first silent wearable breast pump. Small and lightweight, it fits comfortably into a standard nursing bra so you can pump hands-free, on-the-go, in a meeting or simply wandering around your house. Revolutionary technology ensures the Elvie Pump is completely silent and responsively switches from Stimulation to Expression mode when it detects let-down. It’s so smart it even pauses when the bottle is full! This hassle-free device means you can pump anytime, anywhere completely stress-free.

5. Gentle exercise goes a long way:

It is so important to take some time for yourself (and your body) postpartum and one vital part of recovery is strengthening your pelvic floor. This is a powerful set of muscles that play a significant part in core stability and bladder control, which is highly important as up to 70% of new mums experience incontinence. The award-winning Elvie Trainer is specially designed to help you train the muscles you cannot see through Kegel exercises. Using biofeedback technology, the Elvie Trainer visualizes your pelvic floor movements in real time to personally guide you through exercises, constantly monitoring your form to improve technique. The small and sleek device is inserted like a tampon and connects to an app on your smartphone which means this very personal trainer can be used in the comfort of your own home.  

6. A way to sleep a little better:

As a new mom, you will find yourself talking about sleep a lot, specifically a lack of it. Unfortunately, there is no magic product guaranteed to give you that longed for 12-hour sleep, but a white noise machine certainly helps! Aiding in relaxation, white noise mimics the sounds your little one heard in the womb, to soothe them into a peaceful sleep.

7. The ultimate accessory:

Women are often mocked for carrying everything bar the kitchen sink in their handbags, however, nothing prepares you for how much stuff you’ll need to lug around when you have a baby. An all-round changing bag is absolutely key for days when you are out and about. Gone are the days of ‘frumpy yet practical’ bags, the new age of changing bags include detachable mini bags for food, changing mats built in and even anti-smell technology, meaning that you have everything you need in one stylish and functional place. They can even be used long after your little one grows up as an everyday accessory; practical and economical.

Of course, there are many more products to make a new mom’s life simpler, but we hope these little bits of wisdom help.