What to Buy Before Baby Arrives: 25 Truly Useful Items for Infant and Postpartum Care

Recently a story about Baby Boxes given to new moms in Finland hit the news and struck a chord. The concept of one box packed full of everything a new mama needs for herself and baby is a great one and we wondered — what would Mothering mamas put in such a box? What would really be useful to a new parent?

So we went ahead and asked our readers, and here are the results — the ultimate Mothering baby box packed full of helpful, safe and natural items to grab before the little one arrives!

 

Clothes and Baby Care

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Under The Nile Bunny Blanket Friend 

Our blanket friends will soon become your baby’s best friends! Knotted hands and feet make it easy for baby to hold and teethe. Size: 12″ tall. Made with the finest 100% organic Egyptian cotton.

 

 

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Positively Organic Onesies 

The dyes used are low-impact so they will not only be gentle to the skin, but to our planet as well. Positively Organics are made by “fair trade” manufacturers, so they are kinder to the people who make them too. Lap shoulder and a snap crotch for easy changes. 0-3 mths.

 

 

 

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Under the Nile Organic Baby Gown 

This item is made of 100% Organic Egyptian Cotton, and only natural dyes are used on the fabric. Made by Under the Nile, a company that practices Fair Trade. Size: newborn-6 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kate Quinn Organic Zipper PJs 

Let her dreams soar! You can rest assure that baby will be cozy in the sweetest sugar plum pjs. Features long sleeves, a front zipper closure, snap collar tab at neck, and our essentials sparrow screen print on back and front. Made from the softest 100% organic cotton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SwaddleDesigns Organic Receiving Blanket 

A certified organic flannel receiving blanket with an added bonus – swaddling instructions sewn to its edge! Much larger than the average receiving blanket and square in shape, the Ultimate Receiving Blanket is made using premium, preshrunk, super-soft certified organic cotton flannel. Made in the USA using certified organic cotton.

 

 

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BabyKicks Hemp and Cotton Burp Cloths 

The BabyKicks Hemparoo Premium Duz it All’s are even better than the originals. They have the same double layer of hemp and certified organic cotton jersey knit, but have an additional layer of our super soft and absorbent hemp fleece. Use as a burp cloth, cloth diaper insert, and emergency diaper (just in case).

 

 

Baby Bath Care

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Shea Moisture Baby Body Wash and Shampoo

 

Bathe skin gently with this sulfate-free, ultra- moisturizing organic Shea Butter body wash and shampoo. Soothing Aloe Vera, skin-softening Argan Oil, and healing Chamomile, Frankincense and Myrrh extracts cleanse and nourish baby’s delicate hair and body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SwaddleDesigns Organic Cotton Hooded Towel 

SwaddleDesigns Organic Hooded Towels are made from the finest Certified Organic Turkish Terry Velour Cotton. After bathtime or swimtime, lovingly wrap baby with our cozy, soft, absorbent organic hooded towels. Made of 100% certified organic cotton with silky satin trim. Machine washable and proudly made in the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

Diapering

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Blueberry Coveralls Snap Diapers 

Whether you just want the simplicity of having one cover for the majority of your child’s diapering years, or have more than one baby in diapers, this cloth diaper cover will prove to be highly economical and functional. This is an adjustable diaper cover for use with your favorite prefold, flat, fitted or contoured diapers.

 

 

 

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Kissa’s Newborn All-In-One Diapers 

From the makers of the ‘perfect newborn fitted diaper’ comes another winner, the perfect newborn all in one diaper. It is soft, absorbent and super easy to use. Leak-free PUL and snap-down umbilical protection means you can focus on what’s important, cuddling up with your new bundle of joy. Made in USA.

 

 

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Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers 

Introducing our new organic cotton prefold diapers. These are a totally affordable luxury. Made of 100% certified organic cotton twill, they are wonderfully thick and thirsty.

 

 

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Lusa Organics Baby Wipe Juice 

Lusa Organics Baby Wipe Juice is the only natural solution that provides your child a gentle and complete cleansing diaper changing experience. Locally grown and tested, Lusa Organics Baby Wipe Juice is designed for new borns, infants, and toddlers. Lusa Organics Baby Juice has hints of witch hazel, aloe vera, calendula and other essential oils.

 

 

 

 

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Satsuma Designs Organic Wash Cloths 

Satsuma Designs’ ultra-soft reusable organic terrycloth baby wipes and wash cloths are absorbent, soft and easy to clean. Made from a combination of rayon derived from organic bamboo and organic cotton. Choosing a reusable wipe is a smart sustainable decision that protects the environment for baby and all of us.

 

 

 

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Shea Moisture Organic Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment

 

Shea Moisture’s Story – Sofi Tucker stared selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. Organic and free of synthetic ingredients this ointment is perfect for delicate bottoms and soothing baby and mama all over.

Babywearing

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Boba Baby Carrier 3G 

This carrier incorporates the Boba Baby Carrier design that so many have come to know and love, and now includes more than a dozen new and updated features, making this truly a one of a kind baby carrier that grows with baby! Boba 3G features a high-quality cotton fabric, ideal for any activity, both indoors and out.

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Moby Wrap Original Baby Carrier

 

The award-winning original Moby Wrap is the most recognized wrap-style baby carrier on the market. Its simple yet versatile design makes it suitable for any wearer. The benefits of babywearing are many, and with the slightly, but not too stretchy, 100% cotton fabric, there’s no better place for your baby to be.

Breastfeeding

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Bella Materna Women’s Nursing Cami 

Bella Materna’s most popular Anytime Nursing Bralet has been built into this amazing cami. A great transition piece from maternity to nursing, the cami stretches out for pregnant bellies and offers superior support with a sexy crossover bust for nursing. Just slide cup edge over to side of breast while keeping shoulder strap in place.

 

 

 

 

 

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Boppy Nursing Pillow  

The new Boppy Nursing Pillow was designed specifically for breastfeeding moms. Features two different surfaces: a firm flat surface with a soft minky fabric provides a stable platform for nursing, while the other softer fiber-fill surface provides a more snuggly surface.

 

 

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Lilypadz Reusable Nursing Pads 

Lilypadz are the revolutionary alternative to traditional nursing pads combining such unique features as flexibility, breathability, invisibility and “sticks-to-you-ability” to provide the kind of leakage protection that every expectant and nursing mother needs. Return to activities you thought you couldn’t enjoy while nursing – swimming, a leak-free night’s sleep, a night on the town in a strapless dress.

 

 

 

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Zoe Organics Nipple Balm 

Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful ways you nourish and bond with your baby, so we have created a balm to help make breastfeeding more comfortable for you. Our Nipple Balm is safe and non-irritating for both mom and baby. Made with soothing and restorative oils, butters and herbs; no need to wash off before breastfeeding.

 

Books

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Dr. Sears Baby Book 

The Baby Book offers a contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. Focusing on the essential needs of babies–eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort–it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents. Dr Sears acknowledges that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child.

 

 

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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 

Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postpartum Mom

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GladRags Nighttime or Postpartum Pads 

GladRags Night pads are longer and wider to provide more coverage while you are lying down. The night pad can also be used as a post-partum pad and some of our customers with larger bodies or heavier flows use it during the day.

 

 

 

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Mama Bottom Balm 

Mama Bottom Balm soothes and cools with an organic olive oil base infused with healing organic herbs St. Johns wort, yarrow, Witch hazel, Calendula, Shea butter, and more. Store it in the refrigerator and apply often! You will be sitting pretty in no time.

 

 

 

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Endangered Species Dark Chocolate

 

Endangered Species Chocolate All-Natural Panther Bar – Dark Chocolate (88% Cocoa Content) This 3oz. dark chocolate bar is made with all-natural, shade-grown, ethically traded, single-origin dark chocolate. At 88% cocoa content. A perfect special treat for any new mom.

 

 

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