5 Must Haves for Working Moms

Going back to work after having a baby isn’t always easy, though many women do it all the time. That’s why there are helpful products that make the transition a little easier for mom. It seems as though there are useful baby products for everything, so here’s my list of the 5 top must haves for working moms.

Car Seat
Obviously you are going to need a car seat before you leave the hospital with your little one. If you are returning to work, however, having a quality car seat will give you peace of mind in a safe and comfortable commute with your baby on board. It’s critical to invest in a car seat that meets current safety regulations, therefore it’s one must-have you should buy brand new.

*Always check the latest car seat recalls to ensure your child’s safety. We will never review or recommend products that are currently on recall; however a product we’ve mentioned may become recalled after the time the article was written. Always register your car seats as well as other infant gear after purchasing to get updates from the manufacturer should your product become recalled.

Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat
ChiccoThis car seat is ideal for the busy mom who doesn’t have time to fight with installing a car seat and especially those who switch out vehicles. The Chicco Keyfit is one of the best rated infant car seats for its easy installation. The base is designed to ensure simple and accurate installation with bubble levers and a center pull adjustment. The seat comfortably accommodates infants as little as 4 pounds up to 30 pounds.

If you are breastfeeding and have plans on continuing after you return to work you will need a breast pump. A good quality pump allows you to express so you can provide breast milk for your baby when you can’t be there to breastfeed.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote
MedelaThis double electric breast pump is essential for any working breastfeeding mom. It has a dual phase technology that pumps more efficiently to express in half the time. You can adjust the settings of the speed and vacuum per your comfort and the battery pack allows you to pump while on the go. A plus is the included tote that conveniently holds everything you need discreetly and a cooler bag to keep your expressed milk cold up to 12 hours with the ice pack.

Formula Dispenser
For those who bottle-feed their babies, a formula dispenser is definitely a working mom’s must have item. Pre-measure your baby’s formula to eliminate any confusion or mixing errors for the daycare or babysitter.

Munchkin Powdered Formula Dispenser
formula dispenserA perfect solution for daycare, babysitters, or simply while you’re out, this dispenser holds formula for up to 3 feedings. Each section can hold enough formula to make an 8oz bottle and the snap on lid with easy-pour spout makes preparing bottles easy and mess-free. The dispenser is made of BPA-free materials and also includes a single serving container.

Nasal Aspirator
This is definitely a must-have for any parent along with other baby care essentials, but working parents will find much use out of this. Babies in daycare settings typically stay with runny noses from the various bacteria and germs they are constantly exposed to around other children.

Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
NosefridaAt first glance, this seems very unappealing but I can assure you it is completely safe, hygienic and very effective. The Nosefrida works better than a standard bulb syringe for clearing out stuffy noses and it’s non-invasive. It is designed to use mom’s suction with a long tube and filters so there is absolutely no bacteria transfer. It can be washed in the dishwasher and is composed of BPA- and Phthalate-free materials.

A Smart Device
These days nearly everyone has a smart phone. High-tech devices such as smart phones, tablets and e-readers are incredibly useful with a multitude of convenient features at your fingertips. These devices help us stay better organized with apps that make life simpler, especially for us busy moms.

Kindle Fire HDX 7” Tablet
KindleThis is the latest generation of Kindle with a few upgraded features. You can watch videos, browse the web, and manage key factors in life. The tablet is packed with features that allow you to stay on track with support for email, calendar, access to over 100,000 apps, live tech support, a camera to capture those precious moments with video sharing and so much more. The tablet boasts a high resolution display on a 7” color screen, has a longer lasting battery life, and a powerful processor.

Before heading back to work be sure to prep yourself with these must haves for working moms. Find balance between work and family with the right gear to help make the transition smoother for you and baby. For more articles like this please check out my blog at itsbaby.com.

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