Books

If you’d like to expand your knowledge on certain topics regarding pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and child development, here are a few great books women in our Whole Mamas community have found helpful. While every baby is going to be different, it’s nice to have an idea about these seasons. Please don’t feel like you need to read all of these. More information isn’t always better when it comes to motherhood. If you trust your gut on most things, you’ll be great.

For Mama, Postpartum


Here are some of our favorite products that may be beneficial for you to have on hand after baby arrives. This way you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your new addition instead of running last-minute errands. And don’t worry about forgetting something. Amazon Prime and members of your community can come to the rescue and bring last-minute things while you rest with your baby.

Beauty & Home


Once you have a handle on what you’re putting in your body, it’s a great idea to consider what you’re putting on your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. Like your diet, you want to choose beauty products that are as close to nature as possible.

For cleaning, we recommend products that use plant and mineral-based ingredients without harsh chemicals.

Travel


You’ll want your baby’s car seat installed well ahead of time, and ideally properly inspected once installed. Purchasing a car seat is something you’ll want to research. Some families choose to skip the portable infant car seat and only buy a convertible car seat. Here are the car seats we purchased, along with some other travel essentials we’ve found helpful.

Bedtime


Your newborn will typically sleep around 16-17 hours a day. Since they spend so much time sleeping, this may be an area where you decided to splurge. Great options include those that offer organic fabric and are free of flame retardants and other harmful VOCs. You can spend a fortune on a beautiful crib, but you really don’t need to. If your budget is tight, consider purchasing a less expensive crib and investing in an organic mattress and sheets. Regardless of your choice, you’ll want a comfortable place to let your baby rest while you rest.

Baby Carriers


Many babies will sleep best when snuggled up close to mom. Wearing your baby can help you get work done around the house and may be a necessity if you have more than one child. As a bonus, it can even be a strength workout! There are so many options out there for babywearing devices. The best option for you will depend on things like your height, weight, and the size of your baby.  See if any of your friends or local shops have carriers you can try out before making a purchase.

Healthkit for Baby


You’ll want to have a mini health kit ready for your little one. Here are a few of the examples of products you’ll want to have handy after baby is born.

Diapering


There are so many options for diapers. Disposable and cloth both have pros/cons, some mom choose to use more natural diapers and wipes, and all diapers fit slightly different. It’s often a matter of trial and error! Here are a few options for diapers and other diapering products we’ve loved and our community has used.

Playing


Your baby’s favorite toy is you, so you won’t need a ton of toys. Tummy time is key, so we’ve provided an example of the activity mat we used. We’ve also included a few swings and bouncers as these nice options to soothe your newborn and give you a well-deserved break.

Bathing


Here are great options for your baby to bathe independently as well as our favorite baby soaps and lotion.