10 Essential Products to Have When Baby Arrives Home
Which products do you need for your newborn baby aside from the nurture, love, and attention that you’ll provide?
It is a common question asked by many expecting mothers, and the answers can vary to the extreme.
Working as a nurse in reproductive medicine for over a decade, there are often lots of uncertainties and natural anticipation once pregnancy is achieved. We often discuss how to manage fears along with excitement, while maintaining some level of sanity.
I recommend focusing on what can be controlled and channel fears in a productive manner. Shopping for baby products and prepping a nursery can be an excellent way to redirect worries, but it can also be quite overwhelming.
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It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my first child that I fully understood how challenging it could be to make decisions along with my hormonally driven emotions. (Let’s just say that I may or may not have created a spreadsheet for baby wearing options while I was on bed rest).
Fully recognizing that individual preferences vary, I offer these ten essential products for your consideration.
ERGO Baby Carrier – I lived in Manhattan, and this baby carrier saved my back while lasting many years. There are many baby wearing options, and it’s a personal decision to find what feels right for you.
Muslin Swaddling Blankets – I can’t tell you how many swaddle blankets you’ll need, but I needed a lot of them. When the laundry is piled up, and you’re trying to find a clean swaddle blanket that doesn’t have the spit up scent at 1 am, you’ll understand what I mean. Don’t judge, we’ve all been there.
Cosleeper Crib – I borrowed this from a friend after I got home from the hospital after the birth of my daughter and it saved me. This is not something I would have thought I needed, but after four blood transfusions and a complicated delivery, this was a product that helped me so much in the early days and nights.
Organic Crib Mattress Coverlet – If you’re getting a full-size crib, this coverlet is magical. The zipper around the outside edge of the drop seam makes it so easy to change, and I’m all about whatever makes it easier.
Inflatable Safety Tub – You don’t think you need an inflatable safety tub, I get it. Neither did I until I saw how happy it made my son at bath time. He was able to lean up against it comfortably, and it was a lifesaver when we traveled.
Infant Car Seat – There are so many choices, and this is one product that I recommend doing a lot of research based on the car that you own. Lots of resources online to check and see what would fit best and feels comfortable carrying.
Baby Proof Products - There are so many baby-proofing products as well, but it will depend on your living arrangements to determine what you need. Please, safe proof your living environment before you arrive home with your baby. Once you are home, it will be so busy and tiring and often can be overlooked. It’s critical to provide a safe and healthy environment for you and your baby to feel secure.
On Becoming Babywise Book – I used this book with my son and adapted it to our needs.
3-in-1-Thermometer – An oral, rectal, axillary (underarm) thermometer so you can be prepared when baby isn’t feeling well.
Sound Machine – Soothing sound can help promote sleep. We lived with a sound machine for many years. We took it with us when we traveled. Everywhere.
The needs of your baby change rapidly, but there is one more essential product that we need to talk about, and it’s something that is for the parents: A diaper bag.
I admittedly splurged on diaper bags and it is a personal choice, but I have a deep love for this particular Diaper Bag. Once I found it, I used it well beyond the diaper years as a travel bag. Let your personal preferences guide you to finding the right diaper bag.
Are there baby products that you consider essential? Here are a few more of our favorite essentials:
The ERGO is the way to go when it comes to baby carriers. It's the best all around choice for carrying a baby anywhere from around the house to public places. The ERGO baby carrier is conveniently compact, comfortable to wear and provides sturdy support for your baby. The ergonomic design of the carrier ensures that your baby is in the correct sitting position to encourage proper hip, pelvis and...
On Becoming Babywise – The Infant Sleep Book
#1 Bestselling Book on Infant Sleep Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep Distinguished pediatrician Dr Robert Bucknam, M.D. and co-author Gary Ezzo are two of the world's leading experts on infant management concepts. In this revised 5th edition, they have updated their groundbreaking approach which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 16 languages around the world. For...
Be Prepared Diaper Bag
Are you an over packer? Do you have more than one in diapers? Twins? How bout the perfect bag for overnight tripsor the airplane? Kitchen sink not included..but would probably fit if needed&hellip Machine Washable ... air dry. 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets Crumb Drains ... bye-bye mess! Light Colored Linings ... you can actually see what's inside, it's not just a big black hole in there. Full zip-down mommy...
All-in-One Organic Crib Mattress Coverlet
The All-in-One Organic Crib Mattress Coverlet by Moonlight Slumber is made with a premium organic cotton fabric tailored perfectly to wholly encase a standard size crib mattress. A zipper partially around the outside edge of the dropped seams allows for easy mattress dressing. Twice the cover, twice the protection and no chance of slippage or bunching. Fully machine washable (and dryer safe). Made from USDA certified organic cotton grown without...
Linda Scruggs RN, BSN has specialized for over 12 years in reproductive medicine and women's health as a nurse. She is a mom of two young children and her work can be seen on her family health/parenting blog, as a contributor for The Huffington Post, and in one of the top fertility centers in the country. Follow Linda on Instagram @UnboxedMom, and Twitter @MOMtility.
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