- A watch with Indiglo or a large, readable clock in every room of the house. Moms doing the all-night baby walk will appreciate seeing the the early morning hours pass without having to fumble for eyeglasses or walk back to the bedside alarm clock. Note to self: pick up a few more alarm clocks at yard sales.
- Phones anywhere you might plant yourself with the baby--as long as the phone next to the bed has the ringer turned OFF>
- A newly made bed. You will feel like a queen when you slip between clean sheets at night (even if you don't get to stay there long). To me, this is well worth the cost of an extra load of laundry per day! Keep a blanket or quilt folded at the foot of the bed for daytime napping.
- A basket of nightgowns within reach of the bed. This makes it easy to change into something fresh in the middle of the night. Likewise with undergarments and pads.
- An extra squirt bottle and an 18-count pack of washcloths ($3.88 at Walmart) for the changing area. Diaper wipes are irritating to most newborns, but traipsing to the bathroom sink to wet a washcloth each change is slow. A filled squirt bottle at room temperature works great for wetting washcloths and bottoms. If you don't want to buy washcloths, cut squares from older towels or flannel sheets with pinking shears.
- A big travel cup with lid and straw. You can sip all day without spilling ice cold water on a sleeping baby. Can you tell I learned this one the hard way?
- One-handed pleasures. Chiefly, paperback books and snacks which can be eaten in the middle of the night while the other arm holds the baby (muffins, popsicles, cheese cut into sticks).
If you have a favorite new-mom convenience, please share in the comments below!