Newborn Baby Must-Have
It’s been awhile since I had a newborn baby of my own, but a newborn in the family recently drew attention to the fact that a lot of things have changed when it comes to babies – but the basic needs have stayed the same. Still, there are soooo many new things that make it easier to take care of baby in those first few hectic months following a birth. For that reason, I thought it would be nice to run down a few things that new moms absolutely need for their new bundles of joy, based on my own experience and that of our newest addition. Don’t bring home baby without these must-haves:
• Swaddles. Babies have a natural “startle” reflex that keeps them from staying asleep soundly. Swaddling is an age-old practice; if you’ll recall, Baby Jesus lay in “swaddling clothes” in a manger! However, new-fangled swaddles are so convenient and make swaddling less of an art form and a whole lot easier to accomplish. Just stick baby inside, and then pull the flaps closed and fasten them with Velcro. You cannot get enough swaddles during the first four months of life and they make them now for older babies too, so you can keep your little one snug as a bug in a rug (literally) and snoozing for hours.
• The RIGHT bottles. This was a tricky one for our household. We read the recommendations and everything pointed toward the Avent system of bottles, which are a little pricey but we got them anyway. Mistake. The baby didn’t like them much and kept getting choked when he nursed. So we switched to Nuk bottles. Nuk was the way to go for us. No more choking and they have such pretty prints! As a bonus, they also make pacifiers…which leads us to…
• The RIGHT passies. Our little guy goes nowhere without at least three or four “suckers” in tow. We tried plenty of different ones, but when we found the sweet spot with the Nuk bottles, we also bought the matching pacifiers. At 8 months, he’s still digging these; even a fall hayride wasn’t reason to uncork.
• Diapers. Ok, we know you gotta have them, but which are the best? The truth is that they’re all about equal when it comes to several factors, including absorbency, ease of putting them on with one hand while holding a bottle in the other, and cuteness factor. However, for the newborn, PAMPERS can’t be beat. They have a special cutout for the umbilical cord as it heals and falls off – AND they have a wetness indicator that turns blue if baby is wet. Once baby is into a size 3 (that happens fast, by the way), Huggies, Luvs, they’re all the same. Buy what’s on sale!
• Clothing. Another basic that hasn’t changed. However, sizing has. The new size NB stands for NEWBORN. None of us had experienced a recent newborn to know that size 0-6 months no longer means ZERO can wear it. You need NB size sleepers, onesies, so on. What I’d avoid: sleepers with zippers – they’re stiff and uncomfortable and pose a risk of zipping fat legs into them when you’re dressing a squirming baby.
• Bassinet. If there’s one thing you can hold off on buying your baby until he’s around five months or so, it’s a crib. Ours slept in his bassinet until that age – he wasn’t sitting up and turning over on his own till then. As a bonus, you can wheel it from room to room as needed.
• Baby swing. Babies love to swing, and now they can from birth on up in the new swings that let them lie down while swinging. They play music too, so it’s a good way to soothe a fussy baby.
• Baby handprint kit. Get this NOW because those hands and feet do not stay little long. The type that you can make an impression in the clay with is the best. Precious memories, how they linger!
Those are the essentials that I can recommend for the first few months. Of course he/she will need more (oh-so-much more) in the months to come (jumper, walker, high chair, toys), but for now, this will do!
(Content Writer – Melissa Spicer)