From the moment a baby is born, she is showered with gifts. From the baby showers with diapers and blankets to the hospital's baby hats and bulb syringes (I'll come back to that later). But what does a baby really NEED? Well, ok, not that much. But there are some very clever baby gear items that we found quite helpful. And, of course, some that we owned, but never used.
Bouncy chair: With vibration, that's key. This item made it possible to pee without holding the baby.
- Newborn sized clothing: People kept telling us not to stock up on newborn sized clothing
- Swaddles: We tried to swaddle Ella when she was tiny and she did not enjoy it. Newsflash: she doesn't have to like it if it works, which it does. We did not try again for way, way, way too long. The first time we bit the bullet and put her to sleep in a Velcro swaddle....was the first time she slept for longer than 45 minutes. Ah-mazing.
|When my wife found a swaddle Ella can't "Houdini" out of|
- Baby carriers: We registered for two and we received a few hand-me-downs as well. So far, we've "worn" Ella a collective total of three times, only one of which I would consider successful. Maybe it's because it's been 10 degrees here basically every day of Ella's life...or maybe it's because the Baby Bjorn directions make my head spin. Either way, I think Ella is destined for the stroller.
Trying to put that *adorable* but complicated
outfit on a wiggly baby
- Cute, but not at all practical outfits: Before you're actually holding your 8 lb, wiggly human
Figuring out snaps at 3am in the dark
- Aiden & Anais receiving blankets: What's the big damn deal? We were told by many people that these were must-