Baby Gear / July 17, 2018 / Sandra Jameson.
Infant Car Seats - For me, the infant car seat turned out to be a waste of money. My son really hated being in it, and apparently, this is the case with many babies. I ended up having to buy a convertible car seat when my son was only a few months old. Eventually, all babies need to be in a convertible car seat when they grow out of their infant car seat, but any baby can ride in a convertible car seat as long as they meet the minimum weight, which is usually about five pounds. So why not start your baby out in a convertible car seat? One advantage to an infant car seat is that it provides added protection and prevents newborns’ heads from falling forward or swaying too far to either side.
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.
Could Be Handy for Newborns: Colorful Play Mat - These are great for entertaining your baby and teaching them motor skills. They can lie on their back and swat at the toys. Then when they get strong enough to hold up their heads, playmats are great for tummy time, too. (Tummy time is when you lay baby tummy-side down to help them strengthen new muscles.)
Cozy Swaddles - Wrap your baby up in a blanket like a little baby burrito, and they’ll be soothingly reminded of the womb. Since they wake up and cry when they wriggle free, an escape-proof swaddle is ideal, but it’s also got to be user friendly for a sleep-deprived parent. Socks - You’re looking for the ones that are good at staying on the baby’s feet, otherwise the perpetual missing sock hunt will drive you crazy. Hats - Many people believe that babies should wear hats all the time, but actually babies can go hatless between 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, it’s good to have a few (in varying sizes; baby’s head will change size fast).