Saturday, April 27, 2013

What a Mom Wants...What a Mom Needs

As you read that title, think Christina Aguilera....

I see expectant moms every day here at A Nurturing Moment. We sell all sorts of cool things from baby slings and soft-structured carriers to cloth diapers to amazing products for breastfeeding mothers. We have post-partum belly wraps and snot-suckers. We have Baby Legs and Baltic Amber teething necklaces. And I am really thankful for the wonderful moms who shop with us and make up the ANM family.

But when it really comes right down to it, you don't actually NEED a lot of things for baby. You need loving arms and a heart full of love....of course, breasts that produce a lot of milk don't hurt either! However, there are two very important items that I think are pretty essential for new moms. In fact, I have them both prominently displayed within feet of each other in my store.

1.  A comfortable place to nurse your baby.
You will spend hours every day nursing your little one. You need a place that will provide you comfortable support for your back and arms when you are nursing. You don't have to have a boppy or special pillow (although it is nice to have one), but you at least need a firm bed pillow to support baby at your breast. Your nursing chair needs to have plenty of room for you and your pillow, and it needs to have comfortable arms that give you a place to rest your arms.

We sell the StoryTime Collection from Best Chairs. Made in Indiana, these chairs offer superior quality and workmanship at affordable prices. We always have several chairs available for sale on the floor, or you can order a chair in the fabric of your choosing, and receive it within 8 weeks. If you would like to take a look at the options available, check out the design center.

2.  A safe place for baby to sleep right next to your bed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep in a separate but proximate sleep environment. This means they need to be in your room as close as possible to you without being in your bed. The Arm's Reach Co-sleeper actually attaches to your bed and allows your baby to sleep right next to your bed, making it easy to nurse baby during the night. Available as either a mini-co-sleeper or a full size co-sleeper, it allows mothers who really don't want to sleep with baby in the bed or who don't have a firm mattress to enjoy the many benefits of proximate sleep.

We sell the full range of Arm's Reach products. You can order your co-sleeper and will generally receive it within a couple of weeks.

Whatever Makes You Happy

I asked our moms what two things they would say a new mom needs. Here are some of the top suggestions
  • A good support network - suggestions included friends who breastfeed, an encouraging husband, an older experienced mom to babysit and a lactation consultant. 
  • A baby carrier to wear your baby; several moms specified a ring sling.
  • Somewhere comfy and quiet to nurse
  • Foods and snacks that can be eaten with one hand
  • A fridge stocked with water
What would you add to this list? Leave a comment with your input!

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