Whether you’re pregnant and looking for a little bit of pampering to get you through your last (swollen) months, or you’re a new mom wanting to recapture some part of yourself that’s been lost in the sleepless nights, spit-up, and stretch marks, we want you to treat yourself with a few feel-good products that are just for mom. (Sorry kids, mama’s not sharing these!)
Put Yourself First and Spend Time with You
I saw a meme the other day that dropped a big truth bomb about motherhood: it mentioned how you only hear how taking a shower is “self-care” for moms, because somehow, even basic hygiene is promoted to moms as a “luxury.” Ouch.
As a mom of 5 kids myself, I have to admit, I look forward to a nice, hot shower at the end of the day because it is a luxury for me, but when you think about it, it is kind of absurd that the standard is set so low for moms that our “self-care” comes down to taking a shower alone. And while we are realistic that sometimes, nothing beats a hot shower, we also think you totally deserve to set the bar a little higher and put yourself first—without feeling guilty. Here are some of the feel-good products that our own Truly Mama moms have been loving as a way to both pamper and take care of themselves.
I had a friend once gift me peppermint foot lotion when I was pregnant and to this day, I could cry with gratitude over how much that gift got me through me through some rough days. Working 12+ hour shifts as a nurse and being pregnant in the summer = some seriously swollen feet.
Peppermint lotion at the end of a long day—whether you’re pregnant or taking care of a new baby—just feels like a total refresh, and it helps bring down the swelling too. This version is vegan, with no harmful chemicals, making it a great choice during pregnancy.
Move aside, dry shampoo, because there’s a new kid in town. We love head wraps for all different styles and textures, and it’s just a bonus that it hides the fact that we haven’t had a chance to actually do our hair, right?
Get Lost in a Good Book
OK, hear us out—you’re tired, you’re sleep-deprived, but you might still be craving a good book to that you can lose yourself in. As book lovers who also rarely manage to stay awake long enough to actually read anything, we get it. Someday, we’ll get back into it, but until then, choose some books that will keep you engrossed, like Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (yes really), the new “Friends and Strangers,” or summer release “The Secret Women.”
This mug is for those mornings when you might need just a little reminder about how strong you really are.
Oh, hey, new chin hairs sprouting up after pregnancy. Having a baby can do weird things to your body and if you’re one of the lucky ones who noticed increased chin hair through pregnancy, you’re not alone. This lipstick-sized hair remover makes taking care of those little stray hair super easy, even on-the-go. I’ve taken to stashing tweezers in all my bathrooms and cars just for this purpose, so this remover is going in my Amazon cart ASAP.
Yes, hydration is never a luxury, but staying hydrated can feel just a little bit nicer if it’s in a pretty water bottle, am I right? This option keeps your water chilled, while still giving you the feeling of a glass and straw—plus, it comes in multiple colors. Keep it nearby for easy sipping while holding a baby, or tote it around during your pregnancy.
Sure, you’ve heard of a pregnancy pillow, but trust us when we say you should also consider a mattress topper for those sleepless pregnancy nights. “My hips were so sore and I’m a back sleeper, so getting used to sleeping on my side was a challenge,” says Truly Mama Heather. “As soon as I got that topper, this hip/shoulder/back pain was sooo much better.”
You never quite know what to expect when you buy clothes on Amazon, but this best-selling wrap dress is a winner: you’ll get an affordable dress that’s perfect for lounging at home with a newborn, and it has easy access for nursing. Plus, it’s stretchy enough to use during pregnancy as well.
Listen, the newborn stage is no time to try to push yourself to get fit. And while we are all for exercise when your body is healed if it makes you feel good, we want you to feel reassured that even as a new mom, you’re getting plenty of work in every day taking care of your little one. If you’re feeling stressed about missing a workout, or just curious how many steps you’re logging in the nursery at night, consider adding a simple tracker to your days—you might just be surprised! You can also get notifications for texts, calls, and social media mentions so you don’t feel tied to your phone all day long.
OK, I fully admit that I put off buying these for myself forever. They’re too much, I’ll just lose them, it’s a luxury I don’t need, etc., etc. And while I will fully admit to all of those truths, I’ll also say that when I finally broke down and bought a pair, my life changed. I can pop even just one AirPod in my ear and go around the monotonous tasks at home, like laundry or cleaning my kitchen, or even pumping, and listen to a podcast or an audio book, and feel less like a mom robot. I also love that I can easily talk on the phone without my baby grabbing it, or losing the one free hand I actually do have. And, if you’re working from home right now with young kids, I’d say these are even more of a necessity.
I bought this body scrub because I wanted something affordable that still would feel good on my skin. If you haven’t tried exfoliating scrub yet, you’re definitely missing out. I keep mine stashed in the shower and use it on both my face and body for gentle exfoliation that makes me feel just a little bit more put-together.
There are beauty products for people with lots of time to spend preening in front of the mirror—and then there are beauty products for parents. If you blow dry your hair, this little tool will change your life. It’s a must-have for new moms especially because 1) you can use it one-handed if you must 2) it cuts down drying and styling time extensively and 3) it’s so much easier than drying with a brush. It’s a best-seller for a reason, and it can feel good to give the “mom bun” a break for the day.
Are there any products that you’re loving as a new mom? Tell us how you’re pampering yourself these days!
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