Newborn Essentials*

April 14, 2017

Newborn Essentials*

Preparing for the arrival of your new baby may seem like a daunting task. There are so many decisions to make and things to consider, from picking out the cutest of outfits and crib lining to choosing the best feeding accessories.

We’re here to help! By making this entire process easier on you and selecting some new-baby essentials that you will find useful and practical.

FEEDING

Already know how you want to feed your baby? Whichever method you choose, consider having the following on your list of new-baby essentials:

Breastfeeding: It is important you have a supportive nursing bra for breastfeeding. There are a wide range of options on the market with a variety of fabrics and prices but here are a good top three:

Motherhood Maternity Wrap Nursing Sleep Bra
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
A Pea in a Pod Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra

Breastfeeding pillow: If you are going to nurse a baby, get the right pillow to support your him/her in the proper position. Here are 2 really good options:

  • My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow: this is a wrap around nursing pillow, designed to helping mom and baby maintain positioning and latch-on properly. The back rest helps you maintain good posture during feeding and prevents getting a sore back and neck. It even has a convenient little pocket to keep water bottles, burp cloths, your cel and other items you might need within reach.
My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow, Fireworks
  • The Boppy Pillow: it's designed to be a versatile support pillow for breastfeeding time, as well as a soft prop for sitting and tummy time as your baby grows. Keep a few removable Boppy Pillow Slipcovers on hand for easy clean up. 
The Boppy Pillow

      DRESSING

      Buying cute little clothes before the birth of your baby is ever so exciting. It’s good to have some basics ready for when they’re born, including:

      Carter's Fleece Sleepsuitmittens and caps

        Once you’ve selected these, you can add in more outfits, cardis and jumpers or a warm stroller suit, depending on the season.

        SLEEPING

        According to the NHS, it’s a good idea to have your baby sleep in your room for the first six months of life. You might consider buying:

        • a lightweight Moses basket or crib, with a new mattress is a good option. You might want to try this one from Badger Basket. It's got a removable hood and removable lining that can be washed any time as well as a comfy little mattress.
        Badger Basket Natural Moses Basket with Hood, Sage Gingham Bedding
        • a baby monitor to help to keep an eye on them as they sleep
        • a baby pillow. The Love Nest is an adorable option that you can easilly spot because of its heart-shaped design. It was designed by a French pediatrician to support the head of a newborn and help shape his skull. It offers a slight slope, which helps prevent flat head syndrome, also known as plagiocephaly. They are made of breathable fabric and come in a plurality of colors.
        Love nest pillow

         

        BATHTIME

        Newborns usually just need a quick top and tail at first, using cotton balls or a sponge. But it won’t be long before your little one is having a good splash about in the bath with their toys. These can all be useful:

        • a baby bath or a bath support. The one from The First Years comes with a mesh sling and padded headrest for extra support and comfort and it actually grows with your baby. 
        The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub, Blue
        • soft baby towels. Hooded ones are the best! 
        • a non-slip bath mat

        You can check that the water is the perfect temperature with a bath thermometer. And if your baby is relaxed after bath time, it may be a good time to trim their nails.

        FOR PLAY

        Playtime is fun and will also help your little ones with their development. There are millions of options to choose from so we've narrowed it down to the most popular for babies from 0 to 6 months:

        Teething toys

          Your baby may also enjoy something for the car or stroller when you’re on the move

          GOING OUT

          The best way to take your baby out and about is using a baby carrier, wrap or sling. Newborns don’t really like to be far away from the body of mom or dad in the first three months, so these prove to be a perfect solution. Baby carriers are a great option to allow your baby to be close to the sights, to sounds and smells of your body but while allowing you to have free hands to do chores or finish some work. For structured support, look for Ergobaby, Boba or Tula carriers. If you prefer wraps, than Baby K’tan will surely capture your fancy.

           Baby K'tan baby carrierTula Baby Carrier

           

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