Life with a newborn can be challenging at times. Here is a comprehensive list of essentials for new mums.

1. Hair ties

There will be many days when it’s midday and you still haven’t washed your face and your hair is all over the place. Having a hair tie handy can be a life saver of your sanity as you’re trying to do things with your baby – especially if you’ve got long hair. Pulling your hair into a quick ponytail or bun makes it one less thing to worry about and quickly helps you look presentable. The trick is if your hair is down and free, always have a hair tie on your wrist even when you’re sleeping. It saves you time on trying to fumble around in the dark when it comes to those midnight feeds.

2. A large cup or water bottle

You’re going to need a big one – the biggest cup you can find. A water bottle is even better because when you’re breastfeeding, you will get thirsty. Sometimes it’s easy to neglect yourself when you’re trying to take care of your baby. But remember – you need to stay hydrated too! The more water you drink, the easier it is for you to produce milk for you baby.

3. Premade meals

It easy to skip a meal or two when you’re busy with baby. Premade meals makes life a lot easier as you can just pop them in the microwave and viola! You don’t have to be fancy and if it means increasing the amount of dinner you cook so you have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, it can save your sanity when you are starving, home alone and there’s no time to make a proper meal.

4. Stock up on little wash cloths

Stock up on them and stash them everywhere you’re likely to take your baby. Keep one on you at all times for those unexpected spills, sick, sticky hands, mouths, sudden stains on your top. Little wash cloths are one of the handiest things you’ll ever have and use with your little one.

5. Wear a watch

Knowing the time becomes important when you’re a new mum. While you don’t have to be regimented about it but its good to have something on your wrist to help tell the time. Yes, you can just use your phone but when you’re holding baby and haven’t a clue where you’ve put the device because of mummy brain (yes, you can still get it after pregnancy) having a watch on your wrist can save you a ton of stress.  When you’re doing things you can quickly loose track of time. Having one on your wrist helps you gauge when your baby will be up again after a feed, approximately what time your little one fell asleep or time to wake up because its been almost over four hours since your baby last ate.

6. Ask for help

You’re a mum now. Get someone else to do the chores for you. You don’t have to do it all. Have a friend around? Great! Ask them to do the vacuuming while you feed the baby. Need something from the shops? Send the other half out with a list. Life with a newborn can be exhausting and while you’re still getting into the groove of things with your baby, don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially when it comes to the mundane things like helping keep the house clean.