When Little Coop arrived in this world, Big Coop and I became parents for the first time. We had heard, over the months, all of the things we needed. We had a great baby shower and were given so many wonderful gifts. Blessed is an understatement. While all of the gifts were helpful in one way or another, there were some that stood out as being rock stars. Here are the 5 must-have baby items.
1. Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner, White Noise Machine – I had heard that the more noise you introduce your child to in utero, the more adapted they are to noise on the outside. We have dogs, so half of the job was already done for us, with all of their barking. We did not shy away from using the blender, vacuum cleaner, or any loud noise emitting item during my pregnancy. Once Little Coop was on the outside, he could sleep through any noise. We also used this noise machine every single time he would go down for a nap or the night. We still use it to this day and hearing it alone almost lulls him into sleepy land.
2. Summer Infant Turtle Digital Temp Tester – After taking our “how to be a good parent” class at the local hospital, I was scared to death that I was going to accidentally scald my child. This bathtub water temperature tester is not only a calming peace of mind, but it also makes for a cute toy for Little Coop to play with while we are cleaning off all of the assorted food goop from his body.
It blinks red when the water is too hot, orange when it’s too cold and green when it is in the perfect temperature range for our wee little ones. It also recalculates the temperature every 10 seconds, so you will also know when it is starting to get too cold.
3. Pediatrician Choice Baby Nasal Aspirator – You heard it here first folks, I sucked snot right out of Little Coop’s nose. It was not gross. It did not get in my mouth. There was no weird flavor or smell or anything off-putting about using this aspirator. I found it to be so much easier than the bulbs. Honestly, I was hesitant at first but once I saw him fighting the bulb and feeling miserable, I did what I had to do. And now, I would not turn back. The bulbs…gone. This is my go-to booger sucker! I know there are other brands, but this one does not require filters that need to be replaced. It is also dishwasher safe. I mean, you do have to clean the boogies out.
4. Ergobaby Original 3 Position Baby Carrier Marine – Little Coop’s nursery is underwater themed. So we have a lot of dolphins and whales. His baby carrier was no exception. Once again, there are a ton of baby carriers out there, and they offer different features. The ErgoBaby was the one for us. There are three different positions that you can carry the baby, which makes it evolve along with your child’s increased weight and neck holding up ability. Little Coop loved to be seated facing me and keeping his head on my chest, and it is my favorite too. It is very snuggly without being claustrophobic inducing.
This was the only carrier that I tried that I was able to manage to get on, load a baby, and take off, without the help of another adult. This is a BIG plus, as I’m a stay-at-home mom and don’t always have my husband around to help me load Little Coop up. Minimum weight for this carrier is 7 lbs, and the maximum is 45 lbs. That’s a LARGE span of time that you can use this carrier.
There is also an Ergobaby Easy Use Design Original Infant Insert that we used to help cushion and prop him up higher when he was a newborn. It’s for when the baby is between 7 lbs and 12 lbs. It doesn’t state that it is mandatory, but I definitely recommend adding the infant insert.
5. Fleet Pedia-Lax Glycerin Suppositories – Not everything comes out as it is supposed to. There isn’t much to say about suppositories that you don’t already know. Food goes in, food doesn’t come out, and baby gets extremely upset. You will notice that all suppositories say that they are not to be used by children younger than two years old. PLEASE consult your pediatrician before use. Little Coop had a tough time for a bit, so our pediatrician recommended that we use 1/2 a suppository. If you suspect your infant/child is constipated, call your pediatrician for a recommendation. I’m not a doctor.
I highly recommend these if you are expecting and starting a registry or if you’re shopping for a baby shower. Of course, make sure the mom-to-be wants these items. 🙂
What would items would you add to this list?
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