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The 14 things a new mum *really* needs

Forget oh-so cute outfits featuring 400 buttons and luxurious bubble bath to enjoy while the baby sleeps (when exactly is that?). Those first few days after birth, a new mum is often sore, tired and shell-shocked (sometimes all three) so rather than add to an already-busting 0-3 months wardrobe, focus on the new mother. If you turn up on her doorstep offering a few of these then you’ll be enjoying cuddles with a newborn before you can say ‘breast pads.

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1. Maternity pads

Let’s cut straight to the glamorous part and save her a(nother) trip to Boots the Chemist. We love these which are only £1.29. 
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2. Muslin cloths 

​She’s probably only bought a pack of six. Try not to laugh as you deliver another dozen to her. You can never have enough muslins. Actual parenting fact. We are big fans of aden + anais Muslin Cloths from John Lewis. 
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3. Cake. All the cake 

 She’s knackered, sore and probably fairly confused. Whether you bake her something from your new Hemsley + Hemsley cookbook, or buy a Colin the Caterpillar, give the woman sugar.
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4. A Netflix subscription 

he’s going to be trapped under a feeding, sleeping, mewling baby for the foreseeable. May as well get mum up to speed on Orange is the New Black.
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5. Glorious food

This woman is HUNGRY. Go armed with a lasagna, or a Domino’s delivery: she won’t care. She’ll be too busy eating – one-handed, obviously.
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6. ​A shower

 Not literally. But half an hour to wash her hair in the bathroom on her own is her equivalent of two weeks in the Caribbean at this point.
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7. Coffee

Obviously not enough to wire her infant – that would not be helpful. A lot of our new mums said a thermal mug was the best present they ever recieved, as with a newborn, drinking a hot cup of tea is impossible. 
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8. A rubber ring 

 It’s not glamorous but she’s uncomfortable and you understand.
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9. A pair of marigolds

Cleaning will be right at the bottom of her to do list so a quick bleach of the bathroom, 15 minutes of hoovering or washing the dishes will make you friend of the year.
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10. Gossip 

Instead of grilling her for gory birth details; how she plans to feed and whether there’s a routine in place, arrive with a few nuggets of gossip so she can sit back, listen and feel a bit like her pre-baby self.
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11. Tissues 

Her hormones are going haywire; she’s sleep deprived and probably quite overwhelmed. A few tears are inevitable.
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12. Groceries 

Dull, yes, but also incredibly useful. Arriving with a few items from the supermarket is really helpful when she’s still at the stage where leaving the house with the pram is on a par with a maiden space voyage.
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13. Handcream 

She’s never washed her hands this much before. We love The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Lotion by Rituals which smells gorgeous! 
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14. ​Reassurance

Everything is new and she’s worried she’s doing it all wrong. Give her a hug, tell her she’d doing brilliantly, and that no one knows her baby better than her.

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  • Author: Joanna Dunbar Joanna Dunbar
  • Job Title: Contributing writer

As a freelance writer, Jo covers parenting, health and lifestyle with the odd opinion-based rant and celebrity interview thrown in.

Before freelancing (and juggling journalism with two young sons), Jo was on staff at Good Housekeeping, Bella, Woman and The Mail on Sunday. When not typing furiously or refereeing the kids, Jo can be found pulling on her trainers for a gentle run or baking up a storm in her quest to produce the perfect brownie batch.


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