I'm a new mum! It's true what they say - nothing compares to holding your baby in your arms for the first time, and the rush of oxytocin is second to none.
Of course, there are challenges - like sleep deprivation and the concern that my right nipple may never fully recover from its first few weeks of breastfeeding. But I've been incredibly lucky to have a positive postnatal journey so far, and I wanted to share some of the products that have been truly life saving for me during this time.
Most are pretty affordable, basic items - nothing fancy - just things that make me or my daughter Isabella more comfortable, or have eased our journey with breastfeeding and sleeping unattached.
But first, we asked mums for their one MVP when it comes to parenting babies and little kids. Listen to this episode of This Glorious Mess to hear all their recommendations in one place. Post continues below.
Starting with my biggest recommendation: colostrum collectors! I used these syringes from 37 weeks to collect my liquid gold, and it was invaluable to me for a few reasons. Firstly, I felt like it gave me an opportunity to learn my boobs! Before then, my nipples were purely ornamental, and not things I was used to touching much at all. Learning to hand express, and figure out how my breasts would feed my baby down the line, was such a great skill to start to master before the birth of Isabella. Having a bunch of full syringes of colostrum before my milk came in was also a lifesaver. My daughter was naturally a bit unsettled, and having a backlog of sweet, sticky colostrum to soothe her with, as well as start to build her immune system and gut health was such a comfort. My husband was even able to feed it to her.