Baby Gear / July 17, 2018 / Marilyn Luu.
Cozy Swaddles - Wrap your baby up in a blanket like a little baby burrito, and they’ll be soothingly reminded of the womb. Since they wake up and cry when they wriggle free, an escape-proof swaddle is ideal, but it’s also got to be user friendly for a sleep-deprived parent. Socks - You’re looking for the ones that are good at staying on the baby’s feet, otherwise the perpetual missing sock hunt will drive you crazy. Hats - Many people believe that babies should wear hats all the time, but actually babies can go hatless between 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, it’s good to have a few (in varying sizes; baby’s head will change size fast).
A Place to Park Your Baby: Rocker, Bouncer, or Swing. Babies find motion soothing, but your arms get tired from rocking them all the time. Rockers, bouncers, and swings give you a place to park your baby while you take care of things or get a shower. Bouncers and rockers (not to be confused with adult rocking chairs, also called rockers or gliders) vibrate or move with a manual push. Swings are machine-powered (so you don’t have to keep pushing them), and they’re more expensive.
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.
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