Consider this the checklist for you.
In preparation for motherhood, you've likely phoned friends and family to advise on all the things your baby will need in their first few months. Your UPPAbaby stroller has been purchased, as well as your crib, bouncer, and infinite assortment of onesies, pacifiers, bibs, and linens. Busy ticking off the baby's checklist, you've likely forgotten about yourself... Welcome to motherhood. There are certain things no one tells you about that you'll begin to realize early on, like the fact that your designer handbag will likely be replaced by a diaper bag for at least a year, so why not choose a stylish one that doubles as your personal tote? Also, while you won't be going out much in your first few months, you can still dress up for the occasion of staying in with a set of pajamas chic enough to make you feel good and functional enough for your never-ending cycle of pumping and feeding (should you choose to breastfeed). Noticing changes to your skin? We've got you covered with the best body oils for those new stretch marks. While you think about your baby's needs, we've rounded up the most stylish (and practical) items for you.
Diaper Bags That Double as a Purse
Your diaper bag will ultimately become your only bag during your first year of motherhood, so you'll want to find one that's equal parts functional and chic. It should also be unstructured and lightweight so it can be tossed easily into the bottom of your stroller.
Button-Front PJ's for Nursing
As excited as you'll be to wear normal clothes after months of maternity dressing, you won't have many opportunities to dress up just yet. With your postpartum days full of pumping, feeding, and changing diapers, consider indulging in a pair of chic button-front pj's instead. (In this spirit, button-down shirts and dresses are the way to go for a day out with your baby.)
Body Oil for Dry, Stretched Skin
Pregnancy and labor inevitably come with many changes to your skin. Stretch marks are the most common skin side effect of pregnancy. In order to speed up your skin's recovery, be sure to fill your beauty cabinet with the best postpartum body oils. Now's the time to spend money on pricey skin care—guilt free!
Sexy Nursing Bras
Sure, maybe you're not feeling your sexiest while pumping or feeding, but that doesn't mean you have to resort to a lackluster nursing bra. There are plenty of sexy nursing options in the market, so throw on a little lace or push-up bra to make you feel as badass as you are.
Stylish Memory Savers
Between the high adrenaline and lack of sleep, it's important to slow down and appreciate these moments with your new baby. And while you can't bottle up memories, you can certainly try. For the ambitious moms who find a moment to come up for air, jot down your baby's firsts in a baby book that you'll keep forever, or simply store some of their favorite items in a keepsake box. Brainstorming the perfect push present? How about a meaningful gold locket by Monica Rich Kosann?
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