Baby Gear / July 17, 2018 / Elise Jansen.
Postpartum Care Products and Doula Services: In terms of products, nipple cream or gel packs can provide pain relief when adjusting to breastfeeding, and a sitz bath can relieve pain from childbirth recovery. Postpartum doulas are also a great service that teach newborn parenting skills, help around the house, answer your questions, and just generally assist you in adapting to life as a new parent.
Your Basic Baby Clothes. Stores cycle through baby clothes every season, so you need to register for clothes pretty close to your baby shower date. Make sure you ask for the right amount (how much is the right amount depends on how often you plan to do laundry). Ask for varying sizes: Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Otherwise people will default to the smallest size, and some babies are born bigger than newborn sizes.
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.
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.