The promise of a baby on the way fills parents with wonder, joy, and anticipation. It is also a time that can be overwhelming for many reasons. The reality that very soon, a tiny human being will be totally dependent on you can be extremely daunting. There is a plethora of baby equipment available, and it can be difficult to distinguish between what is a need, and what is a luxury. Obviously, things like a crib and car seat are at the top of the list, but there are other items that can help to ease the transition into parenthood.
Once the new bundle of joy arrives there will be plenty of cuddle opportunities, however pediatricians recommend following the rules of the “back to sleep” campaign. It is safest for babies to sleep on a firm mattress in their own crib in the same room as their parents. Stuffed toys, blankets, and pillows may look cute, but pose suffocation hazards for little ones. Sleep sacks, or wearable blankets, offer a cozy and safe alternative. It is a great idea to have a few of different styles and materials on hand. They will keep baby warm, with absolutely no risk of entanglement.
There is a large push among the medical community to encourage breastfeeding, as it offers countless benefits to baby and mom alike. It may seem like an easy and natural process, and for many it is. According to a high risk maternal care specialist Dr. Gilbert W Webb, for some mothers, nursing proves more difficult. A nursing pillow can help aid in positioning of an infant, and can help make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable for both mother and child.
Cool Mist Humidifier
Hopefully it will be far down the road, but eventually baby will get sick. That first cold can be extremely rough for all involved. A cool mist humidifier helps keep the baby’s nasal passages moist, and can help improve comfort. It is a wonderful thing to have on hand when you hear that first sniffle, for years to come.
White Noise Machine
The world can be a loud, busy, and over stimulating place. This is especially true for one that has spent 9 months in the comfort and seclusion of their mother’s womb. White noise machines can help create a soothing atmosphere for nap time. There is a huge selection of machines, varying greatly in price and functions. A basic one is typically adequate for a baby. Doctors warn that while noise machines can help sooth infants, and help mask distracting background noise, there are some important precautions to take. The volume should be set very low, and the machine should be placed over 200 cm from the crib to protect the baby’s hearing.
This handy device may not get use right when baby arrives, but is a huge time and money saver when solid foods are introduced. It makes it easy and convenient to puree a variety of food very quickly. Stick blenders are significantly cheaper than most baby food makers, and also more versatile, as they can be used in adult food preparation too!
A new baby brings many unexpected joys as well as expenses. A little bit of forethought and preparation can make the transition slightly easier for everyone!
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