Baby Gear / July 24, 2018 / Elise Jansen.
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.
There is a lot of baby gear on the market these days that can significantly enhance your ability to care for your child or just make it that much easier. But sorting through the available items and making sense of the marketing hype is often overwhelming. Plus, the potential expenses can be frightening. So how do you determine what is worth spending money on and what is essentially worthless?
Wipe Warmers - As if having your pants pulled down 10 times a day for all the world to see isn’t bad enough, babies also have to go through the shock of getting their behinds cleaned up with wet, cold wipes. My son does pretty good with diaper changes until that cold wipe hits his skin. An obvious solution to this problem would be to get a wipe warmer that stores wipes at a nice, cozy temperature of about 99 degrees. The problem with such products is that they are recalled again and again due to fire hazards. I’m not sure about you, but I would rather continue to use a cold wipe on my son than put a fire hazard in his room. Tip: You can achieve the same effect as a wipe warmer by using a cloth and warm water. It’s better for the environment too!
Postpartum Care Products and Doula Services: In terms of products, nipple cream or gel packs can provide pain relief when adjusting to breastfeeding, and a sitz bath can relieve pain from childbirth recovery. Postpartum doulas are also a great service that teach newborn parenting skills, help around the house, answer your questions, and just generally assist you in adapting to life as a new parent.