Settling into life at home with a baby is an exciting time for every new mum. With lots of changes in store, it’s important you are prepared so that the transition is as smooth as possible for both of you. Friends and family are sure to have endless advice on everything that you need for your new arrival, so to keep things simple the team at Nurofen have summarised an essential guide of the five items that every new mum needs.
1. Baby Sling
As your new baby begins life, they’ll love to spend as much time as possible with you and your partner. A baby sling means you can keep your baby close to you while you’re out and about, helping you to bond. You can also wear it around the house so that your hands are free whilst you ease back into everyday life. Take some time to choose the right baby carrier or sling for you, making sure that it is comfortable and easy to adjust if you and your partner both plan to use it.
2. Feeding Pillow
If you have decided to breastfeed your new baby, a feeding pillow will make things easier and more comfortable for both of you. Nursing can take some getting used to and hunching over to feed your baby can lead to back and shoulder pain. A feeding pillow will help keep you in a comfortable position by propping up your baby. It will also provide reassuring support for your baby during feeding. You’ll probably find that this pillow will come in useful for other things later down the line, such as propping your baby up when they’re learning to sit!
3. Dummy Clip
A dummy can help to soothe your baby between feeds, but choosing whether to use a dummy or not is a personal choice and entirely up to you. If you do decide it’s the right option for you and you are breast feeding your baby, it’s best to wait a month or so before introducing one. A dummy clip is a must have for any new mum whose baby has a dummy. It clips on to your little one’s clothes and means no more dropped dummies while you’re out and about.
4. The Nurofen FeverSmart Temperature Monitor
The Nurofen FeverSmart Temperature Monitor should be a staple in every new mum’s first aid kit. It’s not uncommon for babies and small children to get a mild fever, especially after their first immunisations, so it is really important to be able to monitor their temperature. The Nurofen FeverSmart Temperature Monitor means you can monitor your baby’s temperature continuously over time . You simply apply the wearable patch to your baby’s underarm and sync it to the app on your smart phone. You can then check your baby’s temperature straight from your phone without needing to disturb them. It’s still advisable to check on your baby regularly if they are suffering from a fever – just ensure the temperature reading is correct and to make sure your baby is in the right position to give an accurate reading. You should see a doctor straight away if your baby is under three months and has a temperature of 38 degrees Celcius or over .
It is still advised to check on your child in person, as usual. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
5. Scratch Mittens
Babies are born with very soft, thin finger nails. However these nails are still capable of scratching. A few scratches are inevitable, as your little one will touch their face a lot, especially when they are asleep. Wearing soft baby mittens will help to prevent this. Make sure you don’t leave the mittens on all day however because it is important for your little one to be able to explore through touch.
So there you have it, hopefully we’ve given you some good ideas about a few essential items that every new mum should consider to help manage daily life with a new baby.