As a new mother, you need to keep several things readily available and neatly organized. You may put together a new mom survival kit to keep your and your baby’s essentials in an easy-to-get and organized way.
Managing all your tasks as a new mom can be challenging, and you may often end up rampaging your room in search of that nappy rash cream or baby lotion. A survival kit can save you that trouble by ensuring your baby’s diapers, creams, lotions, wipes, and towels are within your reach for immediate use. You can also make one for yourself and customize it according to the things you’ll need. Also, you could put one together for a new mom as a thoughtful baby shower gift.
Continue reading this post as we tell you the important items you could include in it.
What Is A New Mommy Survival Kit?
A survival kit is something in which you keep all the items that are essential for you and your baby, ensuring your comfort and zero irritation wherever you go with your baby. These items come in handy when you have to travel or step out for a while with your baby along.
Kay Lakka, founder of Londontherapy and a doula, says, “A survival kit prevents unnecessary panic and clutter and the last minute rush to collect things. It also helps you keep yourself and your baby comfortable at all times.”
Things To Pack In A Survival Kit For New Mom
Here is a list of things you should have in your survival kit.
1. Oral care essentials
Yes, this list includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, and also floss and mouthwash.
2. Lotion or sunscreen
A body lotion that contains SPF will not only protect your skin from the UV-rays but also keep your skin moist and make you feel fresh.
3. Sweat pads
If you live in a tropical country and are prone to sweating a lot, these could come in handy.
4. Eye pads
Eye pads can help you catch on forty winks even when there are others around you.
5. Hand sanitizer
A small bottle of hand sanitizer would work in more than just one way. It protects you from germs and can also be used on minute cuts or bruises.
6. Facial wipes
When you do not have enough time for a shower, facial wipes can come in handy to keep yourself clean and fresh. Buy wipes that have a mild or no fragrance.
7. A pair of socks
The first few weeks after giving birth, your body temperature goes through a lot of fluctuation. A pair of comfortable socks will help keep your feet warm and snug.
8. Tinted lip balm
The truth is a new mommy does not get enough time for makeup. So, a tinted lip balm can sort your worries. Not only will it moisturize and hydrate your lips, but also add that pop of color and brighten your face.
9. A compact mirror
A mirror is a woman’s best friend. As you don’t have the luxury of rushing to the restroom for a quick touch-up, add a compact mirror to the kit. It is doubly good if it comes with a luminous compact.
10. Comb and hairbands:
While you may have little to no time to do your hair, carrying a comb, hairpins, hairbands, and maybe a few hair clips would help you look good. You could quickly do your hair if these are available.
11. Dry shampoo
For a new mom, taking a relaxing shower is a luxury, and shampooing is a distant dream. A dry shampoo will help you manage your mane and spruce up your look.
12. Healthy snacks
With all the running around and absolutely no time for you to rush to the kitchen for a happy meal, having a nutrition bar or a few healthy snacks in your kitty would be a blessing. These provide instant energy and help you until you get your proper meal. Two cautionary things to keep in mind: one, ask your doctor if you can indulge in them, and two, do not overindulge, as there is no real replacement for nutritious food.
Yes, you may have packed your mouthwash and floss, but what if all you want is a quick fresh breath? Carry a few peppermints, which are not very high in sugar and are safe to be consumed when you are still breastfeeding. You could also carry some mint leaves and chew them.
13. A scented candle
A scented candle can lift your mood, and that is why it finds a place in this kit. Get one that does not have a strong fragrance as your baby is your new roomie.
15. A graphic novel
Feeding times can be long and boring, and a graphic novel is a great way to break the monotony. Keep something that is an easy read.
16. Phone charger or battery backup:
Carrying a mobile charger, or better still a battery backup, will help you when you don’t find a plug point around.
It could help you tiptoe around the house at night and find everything you want without disturbing the other members of your family.
New Mom Hospital Survival Kit
While all the things mentioned above can keep you comfortable, there could be minor medical situations too. We bring you a short list of things you can include in the hospital kit, along with a few necessary items for first aid.
18. Oral medicines
These would include OTC drugs for headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and allergies. You could also include medications for dehydration (oral rehydration powders), acidity, and a few common painkillers or balms.
Caution: Before including these, check with your doctor if you can consume them during breastfeeding.
19. First aid
A few band-aids, a small bottle of antiseptic solution, an ointment to apply on minor burns, cuts, and wounds, a gauge, and a medical tape can come in handy in case there is a minor bruise to take care of.
Things To Pack In A Baby Survival Kit
20. Diapers and wipes
These are never enough. Your baby is still young and is not potty-trained. This means that you would need a lot of diapers and wipes. They ensure that your baby is not irritated, doesn’t have a moist bottom (as it might otherwise lead to rashes), and can be cleaned up easily. They also ensure that the baby gets a sound sleepl.
21. Bibs and burp cloth
If your baby is bottle feeding, you would need bibs to keep them from spitting up. Also, burp cloths protect your clothes from being soiled. Carry bibs and burp cloths that are made of skin-friendly materials.
22. Teether (if necessary) and toys
While a lot of mothers do not believe in giving their babies pacifiers or soothers (as they can cause nipple confusion), teethers can be given to toddlers who have begun teething. Make sure the teether is sterilized and you can keep it in an airtight, sanitized bag.
23. A cute and comfortable onesie with feet
You will need to change your baby’s clothes at the drop of a hat, especially during the first few days. Thus, a comfortable onesie can come in handy.
24. Extra pair of clothes
You may also carry extra pairs of clothing if you plan to spend long hours outside your home.
25. Anti-rash gel
Rashes are one of the most common skin problems in babies. While using a lotion is a good idea, you should use an anti-rash gel or ointment if the baby has heat or other rashes. Ask your doctor about the most suitable cream, and carry it in the kit.
26. A bottle of baby lotion
You can use this both for you and your baby. Choose a lotion that is free of chemicals and is gentle on your baby’s skin.
27. Baby powder
Baby powder is essential to prevent rashes on the baby’s skin. Always carry doctor-recommended and approved baby powders devoid of chemicals.
28. A blanket
Keep your baby warm and comfy by wrapping them in a blanket made of soft material.
29. Small towels
Small towels come in handy when changing the baby’s clothes or feeding them. They can be used as napkins or even as hand napkins to wipe hands and mouth.
30. A bag for waste disposal
Soiled diapers need to be wrapped or put in a disposal bag. Not just diapers, you can put all the used wipes, napkins, papers, etc., and dispose of them at the end of the day.
DIY (Do It Yourself) Survival Kits
Making a survival kit is easier than you think. All you need is a good box or bag to hold all the items well and neatly. Below, we share a few new mommy survival kit ideas for you.
1. Use a storage container
A storage container is perfect to put in small bottles such as lotions, powders, and mouthwashes. The container would make sure that the small items don’t get lost and don’t spill.
You can have two separate containers; one for items such as towels, napkins, diapers, and bibs; and the other for cosmetics and skin care items.
2. Travel bag pouches
You can add small items in airtight plastics or zip locks and put them in the pouches.
3. Old chocolate or wipe containers
You can use chocolate boxes and big wipe containers. These offer ample space for various small items.
All the above can be accommodated in one big bag if you are traveling. You can also use jars to make your survival kits. If you want to make one only for home, then you can put the essentials in glass jars and keep them in a safe place. However, if you want to carry a kit when traveling, do not use a glass jar.
Preparing a new mom survival kit is useful to keep things organized and easily available. Babies have a lot of requirements that include diapers, nappy rash cream, teethers, wipes, blankets, and extra pairs of clothes. Keeping everything in one place saves much time and effort, especially when traveling. A new mom may include personal care items such as lotions, creams, hand sanitizers, lip balm, hair ties, and even healthy snacks. Add some medications and a small first aid kit.