Baby Gear / July 26, 2018 / Lola Guajardo.
A Place to Park Your Baby: Rocker, Bouncer, or Swing. Babies find motion soothing, but your arms get tired from rocking them all the time. Rockers, bouncers, and swings give you a place to park your baby while you take care of things or get a shower. Bouncers and rockers (not to be confused with adult rocking chairs, also called rockers or gliders) vibrate or move with a manual push. Swings are machine-powered (so you don’t have to keep pushing them), and they’re more expensive.
Seasonal Clothes - Winter coat or bunting sack for winter babies - The bunting sack is a little easier to use with a newborn. Slippers or shoes - You could potentially skip this for summer newborns, since socks will keep their feet warm enough. For winter babies, find slippers or shoes that will be hard for them to kick off. Sun hat - Pretty necessary if you’re taking your baby out in sunburn weather since you’re not supposed to use sunscreen on your baby until they’re six months old. Swim diaper - Handy if you’re taking baby to the beach or the pool!
Could Be Essential for Parents: Mirror to Watch Your Baby While Driving - This may seem like an odd one, but if you’re driving baby around by yourself, it’s so reassuring to keep an eye on baby while driving. Babysitting, Childcare and Household Help - Chances are you’ll be waking at least three times in the night to feed your newborn, plus postpartum recovery can be physically taxing for many moms. Simple tasks like cooking, cleaning and even showering require more effort and planning than they used to. Line up help in advance by putting help & favors on your registry, too.
In the end, most people told me that no matter which one you choose, they all stink after a while. So I decided not to even buy one. Instead, I use a cheap plastic trash can that I dump into my big garbage can outside each evening (or if it really stinks, then during the day). This process has worked really well for us, and I didn’t waste money on a pail or the refill cartridges. And if you decide to save money using cloth diapers instead of disposables, you won’t even need a diaper pail at all.