To be honest, this working mom hardly remembers those first three months of my daughter’s life. I was either sleeping, wishing I was sleeping, or playing with the new love of my life. What I do remember, though, is the items that got me through it all.
The ones that I couldn’t have lived without. There wasn’t a whole lot of working going on those first three months, but as I got into the third month, I finally got my brain back. (It’s a good thing, too, because I had to fly to Brazil for my first international speaking engagement at three months post-partum).
Here are the items I needed for success the first three months of becoming a first-time working mom:
Hands-Free Pumping Bra
Hands down (get it!:) this is one of the most important things you need. No one told me that before I had my baby, though! Here’s the thing. I didn’t even set up my breast pump before I had my baby because I was convinced I would never use a bottle in the beginning. That was until my daughter dramatically dropped weight and on day 6 I was told I had to start pumping.
My friend recommended this pumping bra and it was amazing. I could pump and hold my baby or feed her a bottle at the same time! Genius! As a working mom, I could also work, but not much of that was happening during that time anyways!
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
I read this book before giving birth, and I am so glad. It set me up for success because breastfeeding was a humongous challenge. You don’t have to read it all before birth, but I would recommend skimming the beginning, so you have an idea of what to expect and know where to find more information when you need it. I picked this book up quite a few times in the first three months for help and ideas to handle my daughter’s tongue tie issue.
Solly Baby Wrap
I wish I had a little one so I could wear this again. This was by far my go-to accessory with a newborn. Once I figured out how to wear it (I had to watch the videos over and over but I got it!) I LOVED it. It’s important to feel great when you are just becoming a mom and this did it. I love scarfs, so this was my baby scarf. I took it anywhere and everywhere, and carried my daughter in it all over Brazil. I could easily get her to fall asleep in it because she was up snug. The only drawback is that once she got about 5-6 months, it was harder for me to wear her in it and I transitioned to my Ergo. But for those newborn days, I would never have done anything else! Thank you, Solly!
Working mom plus is that many times I could get her to fall asleep while rocking her and then put in an hour or two at my stand-up desk! 🙂
Baby Leg Warmers