Baby Gear / July 14, 2018 / Annalee Dangelo.
Occasionally Essential for Newborns: Changing Pad or Table (with Covers if Necessary) - Any surface with a comfortable height can become a changing table if you throw a changing pad on top of it. "Official" changing tables offer some extra storage and safety features. Rocking Chair or Glider - A comfy armchair that rocks back and forth to help you soothe baby may be a bit of a splurge– but it’s a cozy splurge you both can enjoy.
Moby Wrap - My son has a really big personality and a really big voice to go along with it. He is extremely vocal about what he wants, and most of the time, his number one want is to be held. Holding a baby can be an amazingly peaceful thing, but holding a baby 247 is not only impractical, it can also drive you a little nuts. That is why I loved the Moby Wrap. It allowed me to carry my son with me and still have my hands free without overly straining my poor arms.
Pacifier - Before I actually had a baby to take care of, I always thought I wouldn’t let my child have a pacifier. However, when my son was three days old, I remember crying, "Where’s a pacifier?!" My belief about pacifiers was forever changed. For the next several months, I was highly reliant on the pacifier to calm my son during the difficult transition from womb to world. Plus, he broke his pacifier habit on his own once he discovered his thumb.
Um, Maybe… : Bottle Warmers - You’re not supposed to microwave milk because it can get hot spots which scald your baby’s mouth. Parents either buy a bottle warmer, or warm up bottles by placing them in warm water. Depending on how often you’re heating bottles, determine which is easier for you. Bottle Sterilizers - You can boil bottles to sterilize them, but owning a steam sterilizer can be convenient particularly for parents of immune-compromised babies.