I pretty much worked until the week of my due date.
The last few months were pretty insane and having all of these big projects happen all at the same time was definitely not intentional. It was right after we launched the Chriselle Lim Collection that I had a soft panic attack. I realized that I was only 2 weeks out from my due date and had absolutely nothing prepared!
Literally nothing! I had given all of the baby stuff from Chloe away to friends and family who were having babies. You would think I would have remembered everything that I needed but I couldn’t remember a single thing…. mommy-brain is REAL.
That’s when I wished I could have had a single master list of all of the best and most needed items for new moms and a newborn. So, I decided to ask my amazing IG followers via the “ask me anything” feature on stories! I asked what the most important products and items to have for a newborn… and you guys answered! I got so many responses… I discovered some new products through you guys but also some old favorites that I had forgotten about since Chloe’s birth. I condensed down all of the answers you guys gave me and picked the top 20 to share.
These are baby products that I’m currently using right now as we speak with Colette and wouldn’t be able to go a day without them!
If you are planning on breastfeeding, you definitely need a good pump. There are a lot of good ones out there but I decided to stick to the traditional Medela Pump as it’s the one I used with Chloe and your insurance usually covers and sends you one!
Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump
This one is actually amazing and really easy to carry around as it’s a manual pump. There are no parts and no large machine. It’s one tiny little pump that’s so efficient. You just suction it to your breast and let the pump do the work! Great for traveling, for work, and if you’re on the go. I like having both the Haakaa and Medela pump so I have the option of using either or.
Earth Mama Nipple Butter
This is best nipple cream. Totally necessary when breastfeeding as your nipples will get sore, chapped, and dry. I apply the nipple butter at least 3 times a day and let it soak in. It’s like skincare for your nipples! Also, it’s all natural and totally ok for baby to taste it in his/her mouth. I actually tried some just to make sure! Also, it works really great as a moisturizer for the skin and also for your lips as well. I’ve actually replaced my usual balm with this for my lips because it’s so soothing and moisturizing.
Earth Mama Perineal Spray
This mist is a must-have after a vaginal delivery as most women (including myself) are in discomfort and in pain down in that area for a few weeks to a few months. It’s a mix of cooling organic cucumber, witch hazel, lavender, and peppermint. This may be TMI, but I literally use this after every toilet visit.
Cotton Candy Nursing Bras
Love this seamless and wireless stretchy nursing bra. I’m pretty much feeding all day around the clock so the nursing bra I’m in has to be super comfortable. It has quick release clasps making it super easy to go about feeding during the day and in the middle of the night.
Lansinoh Nursing Pad
This pad is another absolute necessity if you’re breastfeeding. You don’t want to be caught leaking through your shirt in the middle of the day!
Tucks Medicated Hemorrhoidal Pads
These pads are another must-have if you had a vaginal delivery. They are pretty much cooling pads soaked in witch hazel that will help with any swelling and soreness. At the hospital, they’ll usually give you some but I definitely went through my hospital batch quickly and made sure to order more on Amazon.
This is something that might be overlooked because it doesn’t seem like your typical need as a new mom but trust me you will be LIVING in your robe for the first few weeks. I don’t think I threw on normal clothes until I had to leave the house (which was my first doctor’s visit). I literally lived in my Eberjey robe and PJs. I got the Gisele tuxedo robe which is the softest and lightest fabric you can find as a robe, but it’s also super chic.