Baby Gear / July 15, 2018 / Jaylynn Sample.
Diaper Cream- Also charmingly known as butt paste, the occasional use of diaper cream both prevents and treats diaper rash. Nasal Aspirator- Babies are too tiny and helpless to blow their own noses, so this is the solution! You can clear baby’s nose of snot without things getting too gross. A Comfy Nursing Pillow - This is a conveniently shaped pillow to hold up your baby during nursing so your arms won’t get tired from holding baby. It’s just as handy for bottle feeding as it is for breast feeding. If you have a long torso, pick a tall firm pillow like Ergobaby’s, but otherwise you might find the squishy Boppy more comfy. (Regular pillows work too, but it’s annoying to pile and stack them right every single time.)
Well-Planned Diapers and Wipes. Registering for diapers is a smart thing to do, and we have lots of ideas for getting diapers at your baby shower. Will you use cloth or disposable diapers (or both)? If you get disposable diapers, we recommend gift cards or diaper delivery subscriptions with places like Amazon or the Honest Company. Otherwise, a couple boxes of newborn, 4-6 boxes of Size 1, and a couple boxes of Size 2 will get you off to a good start. If you’re considering cloth diapers, here’s our guide to the different kinds. They’re less of a pain to wash than you might think, or you can hire a service to wash for you. A newborn poops about ten times a day (older babies less often) so buy a quantity that supports how often you want to do laundry.
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.
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.