Baby Gear / July 20, 2018 / Marilyn Luu.
Often Essential for Newborns: Baby Specific First Aid Kit - Your adult first aid kit won’t do the job. Babies need different thermometers, over-the-counter medications, and nail clippers than adults. About those nail clippers: Babies have no control of their hands, so they scratch everything, including themselves. Clipped nails clipped prevent these minor injuries.
Easy Wash High Chair - Picking the right high chair is a lot about how much space you have to put it (and weight matters too if you’ll be moving the high chair around a lot). You definitely want a tray that isn’t too annoying to adjust, wash, and remove. Crib - If you opted to put a bassinet or a cosleeper on your registry, remember that your baby will usually outgrow it around six months, so you’ll need to switch to a crib. If you started with a crib, keep in mind you’ll need a "big kid bed" some day. Some cribs have the ability to convert to toddler beds!
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.
Humidifier - This is great for helping your baby feel (and sleep) better when they’ve got a cold! Portable Playard - A playard is a worry-free play spot that can double as a portable crib, so it’s a great thing to have when traveling. Some playards come with diaper-changing stations and built-in bassinets, too. Storage - Do you have space to put all the new things you’re buying? Extra laundry totes, storage hampers, and toy cubbies could come in handy.