Must-Haves for New Moms

The amount of baby paraphernalia on the market today is enough to overwhelm any new mom, or anyone trying to buy gift for a new mom. Buggies, binkies, wipe warmers - how do you know which ones you'll use, and which one will end up in the closet? Here the new moms of Parent Soup share the things they couldn't do without. May their suggestions help you buy only the items you'll need and love.

"My rocking chair is my most needed item. My husband got me a glider rocker for Valentine's Day (what a lovely surprise!). It's the best. My breast pump comes in a close second."

"I love my rocking chair too. I also couldn't imagine doing without sleepers with buttons on the bottom for quick changing."

"My washing machine has to rank up there. I can't imagine what life would be like if I had to go to a laundry, given how much laundry babies create! My number two item is my Natalie Cole CD. During my daughter's worst colicky episodes, dancing to that CD usually gets her calm in 2 or 3 songs. It's a lifesaver."

"As much as we hate to admit it, my husband and I would probably both say the pacifier. We had vowed when I was pregnant that we would not be using one because it was such a painful habit to break. But we gave in. As for my second-most valuable item, I have to say my now baggy maternity pants. Thank god for them because I still do not fit into normal pants!"

"It has been nearly been two months and I am still nowhere near fitting into my old jeans! For that reason, one of my favorite items is '"The Girlfriends Guide To Surviving The First Year of Motherhood'. The author contends that it took nine months to get to that end of pregnancy shape, and it will take nine months to get out of it. Really made me feel better to have someone say it was okay to still not be back into my old body."

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