Newborn Essentials: Must-Haves to Navigate Through Parenthood
Newborn Essentials: Must-Haves to Navigate Through Parenthood
If you’re expecting your first child, congratulations and welcome to parenthood!
This journey you are about to embark on is challenging but OH SO REWARDING! Being a new parent can be nerve-wracking— from worrying about getting your baby to sleep to deciding on which types of clothes they need to keep warm, and many more situations that you didn’t even know existed before having your baby. But don’t worry, we are here to help!
This article will provide you with some tips and tricks, as well as a selection of products that will help get you ready for parenthood when your little one arrives.
Newborn Night Time Essentials
Sleep is essential for everyone— especially for your newborn— as it helps improve brain function and development. A well-rested brain lets babies absorb more information and enjoy the day a lot more. Ensure your baby gets optimal sleep by creating a comfy and safe environment with the help of these products:
Baby sleeping bags are a safer alternative to loose blankets as it helps prevent sudden temperature changes that may disrupt your baby’s sleep. It comes in different Thermal Overall Grade (TOG)—a unit of measurement used to calculate the thermal insulation of a product—that works with different room temperatures. The right TOG will depend on the temperature of the room your baby sleeps in.
In addition to the different TOGs available, sleeping bags are also made from different fabrics like muslin and bamboo. Some sleeping bags are also designed with a two-way zipper to make diaper changes throughout the night possible without waking your baby. Here are our top picks:
- Kyte Baby Sleeping Bags are made from 97% bamboo rayon, making it feel buttery soft and breathable. You can choose from a wide range of designs and colors.
- Loulou Lollipop Sleeping Bags are made from cotton muslin and come in two sizes– small (27.5”) and large (33.5”). You can also choose from different patterns and designs, from a safari-themed one to a floral one.
- Perlimpinpin is a Canadian brand that produces sleeping bags made from bamboo viscose, which is ideal for babies with allergies and eczema. This ensures that your baby is safe and sleeping comfortably overnight. Below is a list of available TOGs with the suitable room temperature:
Apart from making use of sleeping bags to give your babies a safe and comfortable place to sleep in, having a little music can also help soothe them and get them to sleep faster.
From the youngest age, music can help with your baby’s brain development and promote predictability and enjoyment. After hearing a song repeatedly, your baby will know what to expect, when to dance, etc. And once your baby is older, you can use these adorable musical toys and plushies to teach your them about different animals and make learning so much fun! Here are some of our best-sellers:
- Little Big Friends is a French brand that produces musical animals that will sing your baby to sleep. Their three universe— Jungle, Farm, and Ocean Friends— can be useful in teaching your child about the different animal species when they are older.
- The Sophie Touch Musical Giraffe is an innovative, multipurpose plush toy that serves as a friend for your baby to cuddle to sleep. While they are awake, they can help your baby develop motor skills as well as help them understand cause-effect relationship.
Newborn Daytime Essentials
The Snuggle Me Organic Baby Lounger is one of our best-selling products because of its unique shape that is meant to hug your babies to sleep when you need extra support. They are made with organic and hypoallergenic fabrics and are designed to hug your baby’s full body to ensure maximum comfort. Choose from the following colors:
Swaddling is often learned by parents from the nurses in the hospital. It’s a method where a swaddle is wrapped around the baby’s body, resembling the mother’s womb. This is an effective way to calm babies and promote better sleep. Choose from a variety of swaddles made from bamboo, cotton muslin, and more:
- Aden + Anais Swaddles are made from 100% cotton muslin, which is a breathable, versatile and, soft fabric that has been used by parents for generations. It is also multipurpose as you can use the swaddle as a burp cloth, a tummy time blanket, and even a changing table cover. Their swaddles come in packs of three and four and have multiple designs to choose from.
- Another great brand that produces swaddle blankets is Kyte Baby. Their Bamboo Knit Swaddles are soft and cozy and can be used as a lightweight blanket, knotted gown, or car seat cover.
When you have a newborn, chances are you will be carrying your baby for hours on end. Having a baby carrier lets you get things done while your baby is safely nestled against you. It is also one of the many ways that parents can soothe their baby. Once babies feel safe and secure, they tend to be more available and ready to explore the world around them. Choose from a variety of baby carriers that fit your needs:
- Minimonkey Sling Carriers are designed to help you ergonomically carry your baby as it is lightweight and compact. You can choose from three colors: Dark Grey, White, and Black.
- BabyBjorn is a Swedish family-owned business that offers different types of carriers ranging from more simple models suited for newborns to more ergonomic ones that allow you to carry your baby for longer periods.
Playtime is essential for your newborn as it contributes to their cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being. It is found that the average wake time for a newborn is between 45-60 minutes, so giving them a nice and colorful environment to look at while they are awake is essential. Choose items that help enhance their creativity and develop their imagination. Here are our top picks:
- The Little Big Friends Activity Playmat and Wooden Arch offers your baby a new world to explore. They come in two different designs– Jungle Friends and Farm Friends– that gives your baby multiple activities to enjoy and explore.
- The Babybjorn Bouncer Bliss Mesh can serve as a cozy place for your baby to play or rest when you need some time to do chores. It generates a natural rocking motion when your baby kicks their legs or waves their arms.
Newborn Feeding Essentials
Whether your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed, you have a lot of products to choose from. To make the process easier, here are some products to help you get the hang of things:
- The Medela Maternity Nursing Pillow can be your best friend, supporting you through your pregnancy and beyond. It works as both a maternity support pillow and a breastfeeding pillow. Simply wrap the pillow around you to discover which positions provide the most support for you and your baby when breastfeeding.
- Everyday Baby is a Swedish brand known for its innovative products like their Heat Sensing Silicone Glass Bottles that indicates when the formula is too hot for your baby by changing color. It also has a silicone coating that prevents it from making a mess when the glass shatters.
- The Medela Breastfeeding Pump has an innovative mechanism that generates vacuum with micro-vibrations for effective breast milk expression. It is also clinically proven to increase milk volume by 11.8%.
Newborn Bath Essentials
Mess is a constant thing when you have kids. If it becomes difficult to handle at times, just know that’s perfectly fine. In fact, you should let your baby get messy while eating and experiencing during the day as it leads to several benefits like sensory acceptance and hand-eye coordination. Just plan for some extra cleaning time after meals or any messy activities.
Baby Bath Towels
Having separate towels for your baby is essential as their skin tends to be more sensitive and would require a towel that is made with extra soft fabric. Choose from the following brands:
- The Loulou Lollipop hooded towels are made with ultra-soft terry cloth from bamboo and are generously sized to keep your baby’s head and hands warm. You can choose from a variety of designs and patterns.
- Zoocchini produces animal hooded towels made with 100% cotton fuzzy fabric. You can choose from a wide range of animal prints like bunny, duck, monkey, piglet, and lamb.
- Give your baby a more enjoyable bath with the Blooming Baby Bath Lotus. It is designed with wide, contoured petals that are meant to secure your baby during baths. They come in four wonderful colors: Gray, Pink, Blue, and Yellow.
Baby Bath Products
Although it may be tempting to choose bath products that make your baby smell oh-so-good, added fragrances might cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Check the product label and opt for simple ingredients/composition instead. Choose from these gentle bath products:
- Mustela is a popular brand when it comes to skincare for babies. They are made with plant-based ingredients and are specifically designed to suit your baby’s skin.
Newborn Clothing Essentials
The best outfits for your newborn are clothing made from soft fabrics to ensure they are comfortable throughout the day. We suggest getting some bodysuits and pajamas for your little one. Choose among these amazing brands:
- The Kushies Bodysuits are made from 100% cotton material and snaps at the bottom for easy changing, as well as a tagless design at the neck for ultimate comfort.
- The Kyte Baby Bodysuits are made from Bamboo Rayon, making it extremely soft and comfy. It is also made with stretchy material, so your baby can move around freely and comfortably.
Newborn Health and Safety Essentials
Baby proofing your home before your baby’s arrival and as they grow is a great way to prevent any accidents or mishaps. Here are some things you might need to consider to ensure it is a safe environment for your baby:
Having a baby monitor around lets you keep an eye on your baby when you have to get some work done. Getting a multi-purpose baby monitor lets you record videos, track motion, and even talk to your baby to get them to sleep:
- The Mobi Baby Monitor has a two-way audio feature that allows you to soothe your baby to sleep through your mobile device. This allows you to have peace of mind and feel your baby’s presence wherever you are.
- The Motorola Baby Monitor is a video baby monitor with a 5-inch screen and two cameras that allow you clearly communicate with your baby from up to 1000 feet. You can also keep an eye on your baby at night with the infrared night vision and monitor what matters.
When your baby is feeling unwell, putting your hand on your baby’s forehead is not a reliable way of diagnosing a fever. In these instances, using a digital thermometer provides the quickest, most accurate results:
- Motorola offers two types of digital thermometers— the 3-in-1 Touchless Thermometer and the Smart Ear Thermometer. The Touchless Thermometer can be used to measure not only your baby’s temperature instantly, but also your baby’s food and liquid temperature during feeding time.
The Smart Ear Thermometer provides accurate measurements in just one second and uses Bluetooth Wireless connectivity that allows you to track and transmit your baby’s temperature history to your smartphone and tablet.
- Safety 1st offers more affordable thermometers that allow you to measure your baby’s temperature easily.
Finally, for car seats we recommend the Clek Infant Car Seats because they are engineered to keep your newborn safe and secure, wherever you go. The brand’s primary focus is ensuring your child’s safety while traveling, especially on your trip home from the hospital. It is also designed with your baby’s comfort in mind.
And there you have it! That sums up our list of newborn essentials that can make parenthood easier. You can include more items to your list after three months, when your baby becomes more alert. For now, all you have to worry about is being there for your newborn, providing them a cozy place to sleep, proper feeding equipment, and you’re all set! So first time parents, don’t stress, you got this!