Baby Gear / July 13, 2018 / Sandra Jameson.
Items for Older Babies: Although it’s nice to get more expensive items (like the high chair) at the baby shower, there are a lot of items your baby won’t need right away. Your baby probably won’t show any interest in toys until they’re at least two months old. They won’t start solid food until they’re 4-6 months old, and the crawling (and thus, babyproofing) doesn’t start until 7-10 months. If you want to get them at your baby shower, go for it. If you’re running out of time and energy to research this little later gear, these are all fine to postpone.
Stroller Accessories - Depending on the weather in your area, a stroller rain cover might be an essential. Also, some parents love cup and phone holders that may or may not come with your stroller. Sun Shade for Car Windows - Babies can be really fussy in car seats, but they’re less fussy when they’re not overheated. Wipe Warmers - There’s a lot of controversy about whether this product is useless or amazing. Some babies yell in protest when you touch their butt with a cold wipe, other babies don’t care. Wipe Holder - This one is more for the parent’s convenience than baby’s preference. It’s a convenient way to store wipes so they’re easy to grab, but won’t dry out. Photo Props - Having photo props (like memory cards) can make baby photos so much more satisfying and fun.
Co-Sleeper or Co-Sleeper Bassinet - For nursing mothers, the co-sleeper is a lifesaver! Or at least, a sleep saver. This is a safe place for your infant to sleep that attaches securely to your bed. It’s a better alternative to directly sharing the bed with your infant and allows you to easily breastfeed your baby in the middle of the night without having to get out of bed and travel to the nursery. Plus, I found that next to me, my baby slept much more soundly than he did in his crib.
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.