Becoming a new mom is tough business. You spend months. years (OK, maybe just weeks) preparing for the arrival of your little one, only to realize you're not prepared. Babies are a lot to handle, and it’s wise to try to be as ready as possible for this new way of life. Emergencies might come up, or you might just be too damn tired to hit the store for supplies. That’s why it’s always good to try and figure out what you’ll need to survive your first week of motherhood. After all, the learning curve is brutal, but at least there's one at all, right?
Some of the things on this list have to do with simplifying the process of caring for your baby. Considering how exhausted you’ll be (and the healing you'll have to do thanks to the rigorous and taxing activity that is childbirth) you don’t want to end up doing things the hard way. (Like sterilizing every baby bottle in a pot of boiling water. Seriously, invest in a sterilizer). Other items on this list have to do with keeping the new mama cozy as can be.
Then, of course, there are the things you can do to help make sure you maintain a bit of sanity in an otherwise chaotic and sanity-free time in your life. If you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world, use the following as a checklist and help yourself be as prepared as possible. In other words, you got this, mom-to-be.