Baby Gear / July 17, 2018 / Sandra Jameson.
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!
A Snug Secure Sleeping Spot. During the first six months, it’s safest for baby to share a room with parents, but a full sized crib might not fit in your bedroom. You’ve got options: mini cribs called bassinets are easy to place by your bed or move around the house. A co-sleeper attaches to the parent’s bed for easy nighttime nursing. Bed-sharing with your baby has much-debated risks and rewards. You can place your baby in a soft area with firm sides that rests on your bed to make bed-sharing a bit safer. Keep in mind that crib and bassinet mattresses are sometimes sold separately, and you’ll need the right shape & size for the sleeping option you select.
Self Care Coupons or Items: Consider putting a few small luxuries for yourself on your Babylist registry. It’s not just the new baby that needs care, the new parents need care too! Newborn Care Books - The Internet may have everything you could possibly want (or not want) to know, but it’s nice to have curated information from a trusted perspective. Breastfeeding Clothes or Covers - You don’t necessarily need anything special, but consider some clothes with breastfeeding access points and awesome infinity scarves designed to be breastfeeding covers.
Can you steer it? We have to laugh at the number of strollers that call themselves "an SUV for baby." It's not easy to park an SUV, and it's not easy to squeeze a giant stroller through store aisles. Some barely fit through store doors. Always test-push a stroller. Can it turn corners? Maneuver through tight spaces? Pretend baby just tossed his sippy cup on the sidewalk and you have to spin around 180 degrees. Easy?