Baby Gear / July 11, 2018 / Hazel Clemens.
Other nice-to-haves: Secure Safety Gates, Fun Baby Toys and Teething Toys, Baby Books, Hard-to-Spill Sippy Cups, Baby Spoons, Toddler Bowls, Baby Food Maker, Furniture Corner Protectors, Baby Safe Bug Sprays & Sunscreens, Plug Socket Covers We hope this article helped you figure out what you really needed. If you don’t get absolutely everything before baby arrives, don’t stress out. Stores will be there after you have the baby (if you have Amazon Prime, you’ve got free two-day delivery to help you out). It may seem overwhelming at first, but you’ll be surprised to see how fast it all comes together. With every item you add, you’ll see it more clearly in your mind’s eye: the safe, cozy home that’s prepared for baby.
Very ssential for newborns: A Safe, Convenient Car Seat. Baby needs this to get home from the hospital, so it’s a great place to start. Your first decision will be: infant or convertible? The infant car seat is light to carry and will snap into strollers, but will only be useful for about a year. Convertible car seats work for both infants and toddlers, but they’re so heavy they stay in the car. New car seats are all really safe, but if you pick a used one, research it carefully.
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.
Breast Pump - A good breast pump is essential if you’re a working mother and want your baby to have the benefits of breast milk throughout the day. Moreover and this may be the biggest perk you can pump before bed at night and your husband can wake up to feed the baby while you get your much-deserved sleep. You can purchase expensive electric pumps, but I recommend a simple manual one that is easily portable, such as the Avent models. It’s also a relief to have one on-hand if your body thinks you need to nurse when you’re somewhere without your baby, like at work.