Whether you’re filling out a baby registry or listing items you want to buy yourself, it’s easy to become overwhelmed deciding what to get. Meet baby’s needs with items you’ll love using—discover ten must-have baby products to make life easier.
1. Baby Carrier
A baby carrier lets you practice babywearing or carrying your baby against your body while leaving your hands free. You can use a baby carrier to soothe and bond with your baby once they reach about four months old. Decide which type of baby carrier is most comfortable and practical for you and your baby, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use to ensure your baby’s comfort and safety.
While a baby carrier lets you secure your little one to your body, a stroller is another must-have baby product that makes life easier. A stroller will allow you to walk long distances with your baby in comfort. Depending on the stroller you choose, you may have excellent storage capacity, as well.
Compare the benefits of different types of strollers to pick one that fits your lifestyle. An all-purpose stroller has a lot of special features, but a lightweight stroller is great for travel and is easier to push through crowded or narrow areas. And if you love to run, use a jogging stroller to enjoy your pastime with your baby.
3. Changing Table or Changing Pad
You’ll change a lot of diapers, and a secure diaper changing station will help you complete the task efficiently. Organize all your diaper gear, including diapers, wipes, cream, a stash of clean baby clothes, and a diaper pail, around your changing station.
You can use a changing table, which is a piece of furniture made specifically to facilitate diaper changes, or you can top a dresser with a changing pad. Some parents choose to use a changing table as a primary changing station and a changing pad in a secondary changing location.
4. Diaper Bag
A diaper bag makes it easy for you to run errands or spend time out of the house with your baby. Diaper bags come in many different styles, including backpacks, messenger bags, and totes. Get a bag with plenty of compartments to organize baby’s must-have items such as diapers, wipes, a changing pad, hand sanitizer, burp cloths, feeding supplies, a pacifier, and clean clothes.
5. Baby First Aid Kit
Prepare for minor injuries or illnesses with a well-stocked baby first aid kit. As with all first aid kits, organizing these supplies will mean you’re ready to quickly address any mishaps.
Your kit can include items like rash cream, nasal aspirators, sanitizing wipes, ointments for cuts, bandages, nail clippers, and tweezers for babies. You can buy a complete kit or put one together yourself, just make sure all items are safe for the baby’s use. For example, the design of baby nail clippers makes it possible for you to safely trim tiny fingernails and toenails.
A crib keeps your baby safe and secure as they sleep. Use a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib and cover the mattress with a fitted sheet. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping the baby’s sleeping area clear of loose bedding and soft objects for their first 12 months of life. This means avoiding the use of bumper pads, blankets, and pillows in the crib.
As with other items on this list, be sure to compare crib options. Consider your budget, space, and the functionality of the crib. For example, you can turn a convertible crib into a toddler bed as your child grows.
7. Car Seat
A car seat is an essential piece of baby equipment that protects your child in the event of a crash. When considering car seats, it’s critical to choose a seat that’s built for your child’s height and weight. Once your baby outgrows an infant-only seat, don’t delay moving them to a larger seat. Place your baby’s car seat in the back row, away from airbags, and fasten the seat securely and properly, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Another practical consideration is the ease of installing the car seat, as well as other factors like stroller compatibility, portability, and ease of cleaning.
8. Feeding Pillow
Whether you nurse or bottle-feed your little one, a feeding pillow is a wonderful baby product that can reduce strain on your arms, shoulders, and neck. The U-shaped pillow sits on your lap and wraps around your body, and you can use it to hold your baby in a comfortable feeding position.
The feeding pillow offers other benefits, too. If you’ve had a C-section, the pillow can make feeding more comfortable for you as it takes pressure off your healing midsection. The pillow can also prop baby up during tummy time.
Choose a pillow with a thickness and length that comfortably fits your body. If you have a longer torso, you might want a thicker pillow.
9. Baby Clothes
Your little one will outgrow their newborn clothes quickly, but they need multiple pieces of clothing in case of messy spit-ups and blowouts. An assortment of bodysuits, one-pieces, T-shirts, long pants, gowns, beanie-style hats, socks, and booties will keep your baby warm.
While swaddles aren’t clothes, your baby will spend a lot of time wrapped up in these little blankets. Get a few swaddle blankets and learn the right swaddling techniques to hold your baby securely.
10. Toys and Loveys
Toys and loveys will comfort your baby and facilitate their development. A newborn won’t immediately play with a toy, but once your baby becomes aware and interested in toys, you’ll see how essential they are to your baby’s well-being.
You can use toys to help your baby reach age-appropriate milestones. For example, from zero to two months, your baby will start making eye contact and tracking objects’ movements. During tummy time, hold a soft toy in front of your baby to develop their neck and core muscles and visual abilities.
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