Baby Gear / July 17, 2018 / Nancy Sotelo.
Bedding - On the cover of every baby gear catalog, there is always a crib with a nicely laid out quilt and bedding set complete with bumper and dust ruffle. Most of them are very cute and they tend to set the theme of the room. However, bedding for a baby is not only completely unnecessary, it is also a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends not putting any soft bedding in, on, or near a crib. This includes bumpers as well. Truly, the only bedding a baby really needs is a sheet. If your baby is cold, put them in a wearable blanket or footed pajamas instead of baby bedding. You can still design a strongly themed nursery without the bedding.
Owlet Smart Sock 2 - Most baby monitors use audio and video to detect whether newborns and infants are moving, crying, or in any type of distress. Owlet goes a step further to track babies’ heart rates and oxygen levels via a "smart sock" powered by a sensor, battery, and Bluetooth connectivity. Parents attach the fabric sock to their baby’s left or right foot using Velcro straps and connect it to a mobile app to view stats in real time.
Nice Big Bibs - Why buy them before starting solids? They protect baby’s clothes from drool. (Babies have a lot of drool especially when they’re teething.) For older babies starting solid food, they’re even more necessary. Hooded Towels - These keep your baby’s head warm after a bath, but it’s also about the photo opportunities. Hello duck towel. Baby Soap and Shampoo - Although adult products can be too harsh to use on babies, it’s possible to get baby pretty clean using just water and a washcloth. Baby Safe Laundry Detergent - It’s nice to have this for babies with sensitive skin.
Crib Sheets and Mattress Protectors - Make sure you pick out your crib before you look at sheets because the sizes can vary depending on your crib or bassinet. A waterproof mattress protector can protect the longevity of your mattress, so it’s definitely a good buy.