Having a new baby is challenging enough, and for first time parents it can be overwhelming. It can be impossible to get out of the house to go shopping and even harder to know exactly what to buy. On-line shopping is a godsend for the over-stressed parent. Below are some quality, affordable products that have made many parents' lives much easier. Many of these have been recommended by American Baby Magazine and others. I hope you find these items as useful as I have. Please let me know if you have new items to add or if any of these didn't work for you.
I had one of these for each of my children. Once your baby starts crawling
it's important to have a safe place to het him/her down when you can't be right there.
The Pack 'n' Play is also great for picnics (no worries that baby may start putting
grass or bugs in her mouth) and doubles as a travel crib.
Of all the pacifiers I've tried, I'm convinced that Nuk is the best.
The shape of the pacifier helps it stay in the baby's mouth without popping out.
The latex version is shown here, but I actually prefer the silicone version
as it is odorless, tasteless, and hypo-allergenic.
This chair has been indispensable for us due to our colicky baby. It takes one D battery and will vibrate like a moving automobile. Our baby slept through the night for the first time in this thing. We use it for feeding, sleeping, and everything else. You can take it apart and throw the fabric cover in the washer. My older kids like to sit in it too. Some assembly is required.
In the olden days you had to put the baby in the carrier, then take her out of the carrier and put her in the car seat, then once you arrived at your destination you had to take her out of the car seat and put her in the stroller--usually with a considerable number of tears in between. Those days are gone. This "travel system" is a carrier, car seat, and stroller all in one. Just snap the carrier into the car seat base, then snap it into the stoller when you're ready to go without ever disturbing baby. Whoever invented this is a genius.
A baby swing is an essential item for all new parents. It has literally been a lifesaver for me and my husband as we struggle with a colicy baby. The six speed model is shown here, but I have the three speed model which works perfectly fine and is a little less expensive. It's battery powered, so no winding is needed. Considerable thought has been put into the design of this swing, so don't settle for anything else! Warning: extensive assembly is required.
What to Expect the First Year
by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
This book has month-by-month information about when to expect
as your baby grows and develops.
There are useful breastfeeding tips,
and a comprehensive list of baby illnesses with symptoms.
Information is easy to find and comprehensive.
Nursing a baby can result in a lot of embarassing dripping and leaking.
Don't leave home without some good nursing pads. These are disposable --
change them often and don't get the reusable kind as these can facilitate breast infection.
Medela makes some of the very best pumps I've tried (and I've tried quite a few!).
The Mini Electric version works well for me and is affordable.
If you plan on doing more heavy duty pumping, you might try their hosptial grade version.