Baby Gear / July 13, 2018 / Hazel Clemens.
Seasonal Clothes - Winter coat or bunting sack for winter babies - The bunting sack is a little easier to use with a newborn. Slippers or shoes - You could potentially skip this for summer newborns, since socks will keep their feet warm enough. For winter babies, find slippers or shoes that will be hard for them to kick off. Sun hat - Pretty necessary if you’re taking your baby out in sunburn weather since you’re not supposed to use sunscreen on your baby until they’re six months old. Swim diaper - Handy if you’re taking baby to the beach or the pool!
Willow Wearable Breast Pump - Though breast pumps are crucial for many new mothers, the gadgets seemed to be stuck in a time warp for several decades. No longer—several entrepreneurs launched new designs in the past year alone. One of the most promising is Willow, which liberates nursing mothers from the cumbersome external tubes, cords, and dangling bottles attached to most breast pumps. Instead, Willow built the pump apparatus and bag for collecting milk into a cup-shaped device that fits inside a bra, which allows women to move freely while pumping. A corresponding iOS app lets them monitor how much milk they’re expressing and track other metrics, such as the length and output of past pumping sessions.
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.
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.