Baby Gear / July 15, 2018 / Kendall Stockton.
Spacious Diaper Bag - A regular bag or backpack can work as a diaper bag, but diaper bags are designed with lots of pockets, extra space, and conveniences like stroller clips. Orthodontic Pacifiers - Not all babies are soothed by pacifiers, but some definitely are! Look for an orthodontic one (that means it holds baby’s jaw in the correct position). Silicone is preferable to latex, in case baby has latex allergies.
Breast Pump or Formula - Include a supply of formula if you don’t plan to breastfeed. If you’re breastfeeding, breast pumps can sometimes be handy for stay-at-home moms, not just working moms. It’s nice to have the schedule flexibility that comes from letting other caregivers do feedings sometimes. Newborn Bottles That Suit Your Baby - If you’re using a breast pump or formula, you need bottles. Note that babies can be pretty picky about what bottles they like and dislike. One safe approach is to get a variety, then buy more of the type your baby likes best.
Moby Wrap - My son has a really big personality and a really big voice to go along with it. He is extremely vocal about what he wants, and most of the time, his number one want is to be held. Holding a baby can be an amazingly peaceful thing, but holding a baby 247 is not only impractical, it can also drive you a little nuts. That is why I loved the Moby Wrap. It allowed me to carry my son with me and still have my hands free without overly straining my poor arms.
Changing Table - Many bedrooms are very small and there is not much room to squeeze in furniture. If this describes your situation, consider which nursery furniture you really need. You will definitely need a crib, you’ll probably want a dresser for your baby’s clothes, and you may want a rocker as well. This leaves little or no room for a changing table. So instead of making the costly purchase of a changing table, consider making a changing area on the dresser or on the floor. I found that changing my baby’s diaper on the floor was the safest place once he became mobile.