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:
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.
- Water Bottle 650ml, R59.95, Clicks
- Marbleous large water bottle, R49.99, Mr Price Home
- Sparkle Pink Plastic Water Bottle: Do All Things In Love, R159.90, CNA
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!
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.
- Bennetts Nipple Cream, R49.95, Dischem
- Elizabeth Anne Nipple Cream, R56.45, Dischem
- Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream, R207, Clicks
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.
- Eucerin Lip Balm, R65.95, Dischem
- Bionike Proxera Repair Lip Balm, R89.95, Dischem
- Labello Classic Care Lip Balm Shea Butte, R24.95, Clicks
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.
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.
- Orthofit Bump Maternity Washable Breast Pads, R49.95, Dischem
- Clicks Made 4 Mom 30 Premium Breast Pads, R67,95, Clicks
- Medela Disposable Nursing Pads, R79.95, Dischem
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.
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.
- Pack of 3 burp cloths, R79.99, Mr Price Home
- Honey Bear Burp Cloths 2 Pack, R95, Woolworths
- Burp cloths, R90, Tulip & Lilly
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.
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.
Our experienced editors work with trained journalists and qualified experts to compile accurate, insightful and helpful information about pregnancy, birth, early childhood development and parenting. Our content is reviewed regularly by our panel of advisors, which include medical doctors and healthcare professionals.