Baby Gear / July 12, 2018 / Marilyn Luu.
BassinetCradle - As I mentioned in the above section of essential baby items, a play yard is a must have due to its mobility and versatility. So if you are definitely going to buy a play yard, such as a Pack ‘N Play, don’t buy a traditional bassinet or cradle because those would be redundant purchases. You can buy play yards with bassinet features on them that work just as well. That said, the co-sleeper bassinet is an exception since it has additional functionality discussed above.
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.
Infant Car Seats - For me, the infant car seat turned out to be a waste of money. My son really hated being in it, and apparently, this is the case with many babies. I ended up having to buy a convertible car seat when my son was only a few months old. Eventually, all babies need to be in a convertible car seat when they grow out of their infant car seat, but any baby can ride in a convertible car seat as long as they meet the minimum weight, which is usually about five pounds. So why not start your baby out in a convertible car seat? One advantage to an infant car seat is that it provides added protection and prevents newborns’ heads from falling forward or swaying too far to either side.
Burp Cloths - Although you do need something to protect your shoulder from spit-up, it doesn’t have to be official burp cloths, it could be any kind of cloth. Burp cloths are a nice size and shape for your shoulder. Baby Washcloths - You may be confused: how are baby washcloths different from adult washcloths? They’re smaller, thinner, and cheaper. It’s kind of like having reusable paper towels (they help with mess control as well as bathing).