Nothing is worse than the frustration you feel at 3 a.m. when the baby won’t stop crying. But what if there were tools, gadgets and accessories that could make being a mom a little easier? Here are just six ways to bring back the joy of new motherhood.
1. Swaddle Blankets
Swaddle blankets are one of the best-kept secrets of experienced parents. They wrap your baby in a gentle cocoon, reducing fussiness and allowing them to self-soothe. Swaddle blankets also keep the baby from rolling or crawling away while you change the cribbing or ready a meal.
2. Teething Rings
There isn’t a lot you can do for your baby when they start teething, but teething rings will take at least some of the discomfort away. You might also consider teething toys in bright colors and animal shapes for visual interest as well as pain relief.
3. Baby Wraps
Give your arms a rest by buying a few baby wraps from specialty manufacturers like Solly Baby. Essentially functioning as soft, over-the-shoulder slings, they’ll let you keep your infant close without the usual upper body strain. They can even be adjusted in size and strength as your child goes from newborn to toddler.
4. Travel System
In layman’s terms, a baby travel system is a car seat that snaps into a stroller. It allows you complete on-the-go convenience whether you’re running errands or just taking a walk around the block. You can also save hundreds of dollars when you invest in a multipurpose system instead of its individual components.
Baby swings are an excellent addition to your furniture collection. Not only will they keep your little one safe and secure while you clean the house or take a bath, but if you buy one with hanging mobiles, soothing music or automated rocking motions, it can lull your baby to sleep without you having to lift a finger.
6. Nursing Pillows
If you’ve decided to breastfeed, it can put a lot of pressure on your back, shoulders and arms, and it can also irritate your baby if you aren’t holding them in a natural position. Nursing pillows will allow you greater comfort and precision during the process.
These are just six essentials for the mom or mom-to-be. Good luck, and congratulations on your new bundle of joy!