Baby Gear / July 7, 2018 / Maliyah Trahan.
Start with a stroller that fits a newborn. This means one where baby can ride lying down flat or almost flat. We love old-fashioned prams, but because they're expensive, heavy, and only safe until the three-month mark, we don't recommend them. A better alternative is one of the "carriage systems" sold by some European companies, in which you buy a separate bassinet that snaps onto the stroller frame for those first three months, and then use the stroller seat after that. But they're pricey, too.
Cribs. Strollers. Onesies. Bacteria-trapping bottle valves? Baby gear may not seem like a dynamic technology sector, but each year engineers, scientists, doctors, and designers introduce gadgets that aim to make caring for newborns and infants safer, more efficient, and less messy. Often, the creators are first-time parents who grow frustrated with existing gear and invent their own solutions.
Sheet Savers - Sheet savers are waterproof pads you put on top of the fitted sheet on the crib mattress. When your baby spits up or has a leaky diaper during the night, you can supposedly change the sheet saver instead of the entire fitted crib sheet. When I heard of them, I thought it was such a good idea that I went out a bought a whole bunch. The first night my baby came home from the hospital, I put him in the crib on top of the sheet saver thinking he would stay right there. Little did I know that even newborn babies can move all over their cribs and get some distance with their spit-up. Needless to say, the sheet savers never saved my crib sheets from anything.
Diaper Cream- Also charmingly known as butt paste, the occasional use of diaper cream both prevents and treats diaper rash. Nasal Aspirator- Babies are too tiny and helpless to blow their own noses, so this is the solution! You can clear baby’s nose of snot without things getting too gross. A Comfy Nursing Pillow - This is a conveniently shaped pillow to hold up your baby during nursing so your arms won’t get tired from holding baby. It’s just as handy for bottle feeding as it is for breast feeding. If you have a long torso, pick a tall firm pillow like Ergobaby’s, but otherwise you might find the squishy Boppy more comfy. (Regular pillows work too, but it’s annoying to pile and stack them right every single time.)