Baby Gear / July 15, 2018 / Elise Jansen.
Swaddle Blanket - Unless you are a nurse, wrapping a newborn in a swaddle can be a bit foreign. As much as I tried and tried, I just could not get my little one swaddled as tightly as the nurses did in the hospital. So instead of wasting my time and getting frustrated, I used a blanket specifically designed to easily swaddle an infant with the use of flaps and Velcro. Not only did it simplify my life as a parent, but my son looked so cute all swaddled up!
As for wipes? The best wipe brand depends on the sensitivity of your baby’s skin. Eco-friendly brands are great for sensitive skin, but can be pricier. A Comfortable Baby Carrier If your baby cries whenever you put them down, tucking them in a carrier leaves your hands free for household tasks. Wrap carriers are the most snuggly for newborns, but structured carriers (the ones that look like baby backpacks) ease the strain of carrying older babies. There’s a lot of different styles to choose from, and some easier to use than others.
Items for Older Babies: Although it’s nice to get more expensive items (like the high chair) at the baby shower, there are a lot of items your baby won’t need right away. Your baby probably won’t show any interest in toys until they’re at least two months old. They won’t start solid food until they’re 4-6 months old, and the crawling (and thus, babyproofing) doesn’t start until 7-10 months. If you want to get them at your baby shower, go for it. If you’re running out of time and energy to research this little later gear, these are all fine to postpone.
What’s your baby really going to need when you bring them home from the hospital? Chances are everyone is telling you a different story about what’s a "must-have." To simplify this chaos, we’ve divided our baby essentials checklist into seven tiers from "VERY essential" to "Um, Maybe" with context to help you figure out what’s a "yes" and what’s a "no" for your unique situation.