Ummm what else?
-A shoulder to cry on
😂 Kidding! You will be fine. I’m sure a box of kleenex will be good. Haha.
-DUSTBUSTER!!!! (Also, a good handsfree foot pedal trashcan to empty it in because germs and doing ambidextrous things with one hand while holding baby will be hard enough.)
Sorry for all caps, but it is that important. I have been through two dustbusters so far. Kids constantly produce crumbs and crumbs are like jackrabbits…they multiply.
For real though, I made a registry using “babylist” to give some examples of my favorite baby products and gear. I tried to put similar items at different price points. Leaving out diapers because you may want to go disposable or cloth. Pumps, formula, and bottles were left out as well because that is another decision based on preference. Besides, both my babies were exclusively breastfed so I would not be much help with those items. Although I did try a couple of lower-end pumps. Even with good reviews, I felt they did not work the best thus the exclusive breastfeeding. So I would suggest springing for the mac daddy Medela pump from the start.
Before I share the registry link these are a few things that I learned along the way, but wish I would have known beforehand.
Babywearing was a foreign concept to me. Everyone, I know just lugged around the infant carrier car seat. A little tidbit about carriers they aren’t meant to ride on top of shopping carts. We see it all the time right? I did it once or twice not realizing the cart seat actually cautions against that. And hey, these are our precious babies so why chance a bump to a display that will send your little one sliding off.
Buying a stroller may just be a waste of money. Most times my kids screamed to get in it. They felt safer closer to me. I was happy to sell our stroller and use a baby carrier instead. Needless to say, it freed up space in the cargo and I no longer had to take the heavy contraption in and out while toting a baby. Talk about a backbreaker. They aren’t always store aisle friendly either.
If you decide to carry I advise to skip the baby sling. There are plenty of articles of the dangers of suffocation due to the c-shape baby sleeps in. Also, pay attention to the babies leg positioning. Legs together can run the risk of hip dysplasia.
I wouldn’t feel too much pressure over having the perfect nursery set up in the beginning. You and your newborn will probably spend a great deal of time feeding and rocking anyway. Another hot topic you may want to be informed about is SIDS. I still see cutesy crib bumpers on the market and those are not considered 100% safe. There are plenty of new mesh products out there now worth looking into. We used a Safe Beginnings Crib Mattress and a mesh crib bumper, but now there is also a baby hammock that may be worth looking into. Of course, in my opinion, will be short-lived because the baby would grow out of it fast. Also, the baby’s position would be similar to that of a baby sling so I would caution that product.
Very important things to consider…
1. Car seats have expiration dates on them.
2. Careful when receiving used car seats, if one was in a small fender binder it should no longer be used.
3. Follow car seat safety pages on social media.
4. Installation seems simple but can be tricky. (You will need to follow car seat installation instructions in your VEHICLE MANUAL.)
5. Our state troopers hold FREE car seat installations once or twice a week so check with yours. You can try asking for a certified car seat safety specialist’s phone number to schedule a visit to your home. We had ours come out to the house twice so far and are so thankful to know that the kid’s seats are 100% safely in place.
6. Convertible car seats may seem pricey, but are a really good investment because they last through the rear and forward facing phases. Some even go as far as a booster seat.
Click the link to see my example registry.
(I do not get paid for the app or merchandise suggestions)
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Take care mamas!