Real Moms Reveal the 8 Things That Made the First Month Easier

Parents-to-be love to prepare for their little bundles of joy as best they can, but any new mom will attest that parenthood often requires surprising products they never dreamed they would need. Whether a child prefers an old family quilt in lieu of a fresh new blanket, or the one sound that lulls them to sleep is the car keys instead of a musical mobile, infant care often requires that parents think outside the box during the first month. Moms find a moment of relief from special things, too, like that fellow mom friend who magically has all the answers or the perfect cup of coffee and a quiet moment to enjoy it. If you're planning for your own little miracle, read on to discover the items real moms depended on to keep their newborns and themselves happy during that first month.

Homemade baby food
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Homemade baby food

"I made virtually all of my baby’s baby food with the help of a small food processor. While organic foods were not readily available, at least I knew the foods were fresh and a trusted source for the ingredients." — Anne Cinderey

A coffee maker that creates coffeehouse taste in your home

A coffee maker that creates coffeehouse taste in your home

"No one can prepare you for the unpredictability that comes with new parenthood, so you have to take advantage of those moments of peace before the day kicks in. My Keurig® K250 coffee maker was a lifesaver — strong, delicious coffee, just like I’m used to from my favorite coffee house.” — Rebecca Gruber, POPSUGAR's VP of Editorial Partnerships

Gentle, natural products
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Gentle, natural products

"Coconut oil is a great natural product for things like diaper rashes!" — Elizabeth Norris

A sleep-inducing swing
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A sleep-inducing swing

"The swing was a lifesaver for us when the kids were newborns. The motion rocked them to sleep, and we had a chance to sleep ourselves (which I highly recommend) or get something done around the house!" — Margie Vignos

The perfect swaddles
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The perfect swaddles

“Keeping our little guy swaddled was key for us in the beginning. Being bundled up like a burrito seemed to keep him calm and made him feel less fragile to carry around when he was still so tiny.” — Lauren Turner

A sound machine
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A sound machine

"I lived by a sound machine so that my other kids and everyone else in the house didn't wake up the baby! Nothing is worse than a baby that gets woken up right after falling asleep." — Lauren Mitrani

A hands-free baby carrier
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A hands-free baby carrier

"A carrier made it easy for me to get out of the house as a new mom and allowed me to be more adventurous than I thought I would be! We could go out to eat and he'd sleep in the carrier or I could keep him close during quick errands and still have my hands free." — Lauren Turner

A dose of humidity
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A dose of humidity

"The single most helpful (and often not mentioned) item for me was a humidifier or vaporizer. All of my girls benefited from a moist room." — Rachel Parker