I wish pregnancy flew by as fast as these first six months of his life have. I know some of you reading are pregnant or new moms so I thought I’d share some of the baby items I found incredibly helpful in the hopes that it helps you too. [And yes diapers, and clothes are important- and not on the list- but get them, you’ll need them]
Moses Basket. When we brought our baby home from the hospital and lay him down in his crib it was like putting a goldfish in the ocean. He looked so small and the crib? Ginormous. We put the moses basket in the crib and it helped him feel much more secure and cozy and I could lift it by the handles and carry him everywhere. Now that he’s outgrown it I use it to store his bath towels, and other random stuff- and I’ve heard some people use it to store toys. Ofcourse it may be even better to buy a full-out bassinet or co-sleeper, but this was cheap and did the job well.
Swaddlers. Specifically, the Kiddopatamous ones. They helped him feel womb-like, and he slept like magic in them. In fact we did not have any sleep challenges until we weaned him from those swaddlers. I miss swaddlers.
Bouncer. I was told I either needed this or a swing. I think each serve their purposes and I particularly enjoy the bouncer because you can put him with you when you eat dinner, or need to hop in the shower- its his little chair- and its not too pricey at all.
Play-Gym. While balloons and gift bags are the top mode of entertainment- I have found that he did love the play-gym, though it was for a brief moment in time, and I’ve been told that for babes who hate tummy-time play-gyms can help motivate them stay on their tummies just a little while longer.
Snap-n-Go Stroller. I am so glad I didn’t purchase an SUV stroller. Friends who had one of those said that they found them very heavy and burdensome to lug around and that as soon as they kids were old enough to sit up they switched to the cheap stroller umbrellas. Since Snap-n-Gos only last until the child outgrows their infant car seat, it worked out to get this since by the time he outgrows that he will be ready for an umbrella stroller anyways.
Convertible versus Infant Car Seat. I was planning to get a convertible car seat that a baby can use from birth to two years of age since I thought it seeemed like a penny wise option but I think an infant car seat is very important. Its small enough to help the baby feel secure. It fits in the snap-n-go stroller. And you can carry baby in it so you don’t disturb them when they fall asleep. And you NEVER disturb a sleeping baby. Ever.
Baby Carriers. I wrote about this extensively here. Buy one. They rock.
Boppy. When I brought this home, K looked at me with a raised eyebrow- and I admit I was a bit skeptical- it seemed like a very unnecessary purchase- a fufu thing- but no, it helps me so much in nursing- and frees up my hands so I can read or type, or blog. (weren’t you wondering where I found the time to blog with a baby?)
Medela Pump. If you plan to nurse, this is vital. Its a hefty price, I got mine second-hand from K’s co-worker for $75 and I have friends who also got them used- just buy new parts (tubing, shields) and the rest is fine. I ended up not even having to buy new parts because the hospital provided them to me free of charge. Make sure to ask for a lactation consultation and they usually hook you up.
Coming up next. . . things that were way over-hyped and under-needed, but in the meantime- what did you think was absolutely essential or a must-have? [If this was helpful, please share and I’ll do another one for the 6-12 month range]