8 bedside table essentials every new mom needs

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

Your bed will be your number one place for comfort and rest once you become a mom. It’s important to have all the necessary items new moms need close at hand.

8 bedside table essentials every new mom needs

When you bring your newborn home, your bed or bedroom becomes the hub of all activity – but not because you’ll be sleeping. You’ll want a comfortable place to rest as you recover from a vaginal or cesarean birth, a quiet place to breastfeed, and a soft spot to cuddle up with your little one. It’s a good idea to prep your bedside just as you’ve prepped your nursery for your baby’s arrival.

Here are 8 things new moms should have by their bedside:

Water Bottle

Any nursing mom will know that the thirst is real, which shouldn’t be surprising since new moms have a lot going on in their bodies — from birth recovery to milk production. It’s essential to stay hydrated and keep a water bottle handy at all times.

Hand Lotion

Your hands can get dry from all the washing and sanitizing your hands. Having some hand lotion on standby is perfect to make sure you don’t  have rough hands rubbing up on your newborn’s perfectly smooth skin!

Nipple Cream

If you’re nursing, you might just want to keep this one on you at all times. Having some nipple cream nearby for those middle-of-the-night feedings is a must.

ALSO SEE: 13 great uses for nipple cream

Lip Balm

In tandem with constant thirst and dry hands, your lips can get chapped very easily after giving birth, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having to search high and low for the remedy. Keep a tube of lip balm by your bedside table.

Extra Pacifiers

Pacifiers, soothers or dummies, are a very useful aid to help your baby relax. It can’t hurt to have a spare pacifier or two nearby to help soothe your baby when needed.

Breast Pads

Leaking issues can be an issue for many new moms and you’ll go through breast pads almost just as quickly as your new baby will go through diapers. You’ll be happy to have extras at the ready for nighttime swaps, because the last thing you want to get out of bed for is a fresh breast pad.

Entertainment

Feeding your baby can sometimes get a bit boring and you might want to spend the little free time you have doing something non-baby related. Here are some entertainment options to get you through.

  • Anna Faris is Unqualified is a podcast where the actress doles out relationship advice which she is admittedly unqualified to do. This podcast is adorable and genuine.
  • One Bad Mother is a podcast started by two mothers but it’s not a commentary on their parenting style. It is a massive catalog of relatable stories and funny mom moments.
  • The Longest Shortest Time is a bold, daring podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. If you love talk radio, you will love this show.

Burp Cloths

Stashing burp cloths around the house will save you unnecessary trips to the nursery, and having them by your bed will mean one fewer reason to actually get out of bed.

Wipes

Boogie wipes or baby wipes serve endless purposes from cleaning up (literal) spilled milk to wiping off grimy hands. Get used to having these handy now, because you’ll be relying on them for years to come.

ALSO SEE: 15 unusual uses for wet wipes every mom should know

Baby Monitor

If your baby is not sleeping in the same room or bed as you and your partner, a baby monitor comes in handy to make sure your little one is okay.

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