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I’ve had several friends recently ask me about what baby products I’d recommend that they add to their registries. While I believe each person (and thus each baby) is different, there was definitely some baby gear I couldn’t do without in my son’s first year that I think would be useful for most new parents. These items are listed below, in no particular order.
Yes, everyone raves about the Boppy Bare Naked Feeding and Support Pillow, and for good reason. When you first arrive at home, especially if you are nursing, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your sofa. And you might as well keep yourself and baby comfortable. The Boppy gives you an easy way to position yourself and the baby for ease of feeding. I have been known to prop my child on the pillow, while nursing, and take the whole set-up with me to the fridge. Desperate times…
I didn’t discover this item until I had baby #2. I used the Newborn Boppy at a friend’s house and it worked so well, I went straight home and ordered it from Amazon with overnight shipping. It’s basically a Boppy with no hole in the middle, so that a small baby can lay safely on it. As an infant, my son would lay on this and often fall right asleep on his own. You can set it next to you on the sofa and have your baby close at hand without actually holding them (so you can do things like eat a sandwich – vital in the first few months). It even has a handle for portability. I used mine at a party so that I had a place to lay the baby down.
Boon Grass Drying Green + Twig
Once you get the little one on bottles, you’ll go through them like crazy. And the Boon Grass and Twig, Green + Gray
holds those little run-away bottles quite well. And my husband may or may not have used the Boon Grass to dry beer bottles as a part of his beer brewing efforts. You can also get extra matching trees (or stems) to go in the grass, which can be used to hold nipples, lids and other small items.
Rock n Play
The Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Newborn Sleeper was a God send for us. Our son basically slept in this up through six months (until he was big enough to roll over in it, which led to the daunting transition to the crib). Of course, he had reflux, which meant he needed to sleep elevated, and luckily the Rock n Play is at an angle. I can’t say whether this will work for your baby, but I got it and it was used daily. So much so that we bought a second one used, so we could keep one downstairs. These can be folded, also, making hem easily portable for trips.
Graco Pack n Play
The Graco Pack n Play Playard with Newborn Napper Elite Station – Vance is still in our living room, and our son is 17 months old. We use the changing pad daily. When my son was little, he occasionally slept in the newborn napper (which we have now removed). We never really used the vibrating/music feature, though. While my son has never been one to nap at home (we did a lot of weekend car rides when he was little), we have gotten him to sleep in this on occasion. And when traveling, hotels often have a modified version of this, which he seems willing to sleep in when the crib is not an option. And now that he is mobile, if I really need to contain him when no one else is home, I can put him in this for a few minutes (it’s basically a fancy playpen).
Some people say that the Diaper Genie isn’t all that great. I beg to differ. We also have two of these, one in our son’s room and one in the living room. Let’s face it, if your kid just pooped his pants, your house is going to stink. But this thing contains it and the smell stays in there for the most part. And it isn’t terribly expensive. Sam’s Club even has the refills on occasion.
Honest Detergent (or any other fragrance-free detergent you choose)
I’m pretty sure my husband thought I was being a little neurotic at first, wanting all the fragrance-free items for our son. But the first time our little guy laid on a well-meaning relative whose clothes were washed in Tide, causing his skin to turn red, my husband decided spending the money on Honest detergent wasn’t so bad. And really, it’s not that expensive. We wash all our son’s clothes (and some of ours) in this stuff. And we don’t even miss the smell that comes with other detergents.
Ah, the Nose Frieda. The NoseFrida Snot Sucker Nasal Aspirator was one of those items that I wasn’t sure about. But I read the Amazon reviews, and others raved about it, so I got it. And let me tell you, the first time my son had a cold and was all stuffy, this thing worked like a charm. It sounds really gross (as Amazon reviewers have stated), but once you use this thing to suck out the snot in your baby’s nose, you will thank me – or the makers of the Nose Frieda. And I even caused my husband to convert. He was asking for it by name any time our child was stuffed up. I recommend this as a great shower gift – even if you get a few funny looks.
The Occasional Bottle of Wine (no link necessary)
Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. And I must say, when I had occasional glass of wine, my son seemed to sleep better (or maybe I just couldn’t hear him).
Check out my post on Prepping for Baby’s Arrival for more ideas on getting ready for baby.
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