Newborns and Infants
Humanity Family Bed Co Sleeping Pad
I think this bolster is essential for cosleeping. Keeps baby safely on Mom's side of the bed for nighttime nursing, without any risk of falling off. This also lets parents stay covered under their blankets, without covering the baby. Also lets you cosleep with a second child on the other side of you. The pillow can also double as a body pillow during pregnancy. Highly recommended. And here's a review of this product by Hybrid Rasta Mama: http://hybridrastamama.blogspot.com/2011/12/really-high-beds-co-sleeping-safely-and.html
Shopping List for Your New Baby
I'm often asked by new parents what to buy before the baby arrives. I
truly believe that 99% of what your baby needs is YOU. Your arms, your
breasts, your warmth, your voice, your presence. Sure, a few blankets
depending on the weather, and diapers (if you aren't doing EC) but
really, much of what is promoted to parents before they have a baby is
However, there are a some items now available to parents that make life happier all around. Baby carriers like wraps and slings promote bonding and allow you to use your hands while still holding your baby securely. Nursing pillows make it easier to begin the breastfeeding relationship without hunching over and giving yourself a neck ache. Some strollers and car seats are better than others, if you need a stroller or car seat. And probiotics may even prevent colic!
So I'm a huge fan of anything that makes it easier to meet your baby’s needs, and your own. Since you won't be shopping with a newborn, you do want the necessities in advance. Here's my short list:
- Diapers - (unless you're doing EC). The rule of thumb is ten diapers/day. Wondering about cloth vs disposable? Disposables are more expensive over time and experts agree that they're worse for the environment. Cloth can be used for more than one child, and are much easier to use than they used to be. However, many parents say they just aren't absorbent enough to keep their baby comfortable all night, so some parents still use disposables at night. Here's a link to a forum at Mothering.com that has many links within it to start you on your decision-making journey: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/244102/making-a-diaper-choice-cloth-vs-disposable.
- Infant car seat if you will be taking baby home in a car. You might consider one that converts to a stroller so you don't wake your sleeping baby
- Sling, Wrap or other baby carrier - Essential. I recommend the Moby wrap, below, but here's a great forum at Mothering as you start thinking about which is best for you: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1297854/baby-carriers-wraps-slings. You can even make your own!
- Changing pad - You don't need anything fancy. You can fold up washable baby blankets and toss them in the wash every day.
- Either washcloths or newborn wipes
- Undershirts or onesies, socks, hats
- Baby gowns with the opening at the feet are so easy for dressing newborns
- Blankets- Several receiving blankets & a warmer one
Salve to prevent cracked nipples. Lansinoh is great, cheap & readily available (below), or go organic with Earth Mama Angel Baby.
Nursing bras and nursing clothes/nightgown so that you can nurse easily. Other nursing apparel is great but you can buy it later.
Reuteri infant drops made by Biogaia (Probiotics to prevent colic)
NICE TO HAVE:
- Nursing pillow - Makes getting started with breastfeeding much easier.
- Glider (or other comfortable rocker)-- not a necessity but oh so comfortable and smooth for nursing baby.
- Sleep sack so you don’t have to worry about a blanket covering their face
- Baby bag (instead of snowsuit/coat)
- Breast pump and bottles to express milk if you'll be giving bottles
- Baby monitor
- Infant "bouncy" seat (a place to put the baby down so she can watch safely while you cook or whatever.)
- Baby bath tub- Bathing with baby is great. Especially good to nurse in tub. Nylon/mesh sling is good if you won’t be bathing with baby
Moby Wrap 100% Cotton Solid Baby Carrier
Why is the Moby such a highly rated baby carrier?
- Uses the entire back and shoulders to the distribute weight
- Wide piece of fabric to wrap over both shoulders
- Keeps baby warm while freeing both hands
- Develops a strong and secure attachment to parents
- Can be used for a preemie to 35 pounds child
Simplisse Gia Nursing Pillow
- First-of-its-kind patented design by a lactation consultant - holds baby's head up higher for better digestion
- Easy to switch sides, unlike some pillows
- Thick-to-thin design to grow with baby for virtually limitless nursing positions
- Shell is anti-microbial and resistant to spills, stains and odors, quilted down-like 100% cotton shell
- Machine wash and dry/retains shape throughout washing, use with or without covers/covers sold separately
- Offers multiple sitting and propping positions for baby,
Earth Mama Baby Angel Baby Oil
- \• Grapeseed and organic jojoba oils absorb easily
- • Chamomile calms cranky babies
- • Calendula soothes and moisturizes dry skin
- • Rated zero for toxicity on Skin Deep Database
- • Contains no nut oils
- • Fragrance free, gluten-free
Harmony Kids Round Back Glider
- Glides, swivels and rocks for ultimate comfort
- Slip-covered cushions for easy care
- Soft Polyester fabric is easy to clean with mild soap and water
- Made in USA
- 5-Year Manufacturers warranty
Lamaze Activity Toy, Freddie the Firefly
Perfect for hanging over the car seat to keep your baby happy while you drive. Designed by child development experts from Yale University, this plush toy offers visual, auditory and tactile interest. Sorry, can only be shipped within the US.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
- Endorsed in the US by LaLeche League International.
- Safe for baby. Lansinoh does not have to be removed prior to breastfeeding.
- Pure, hypoallergenic and completely natural.
- Product of the United Kingdom.