Walk into the baby department at any store and you’ll find aisles stretching to infinity filled with “must-have” baby items. There are a few basics most parents agree are necessary, like cribs and car seats. Beyond that, though, what is worth spending the money to have? It will vary from family to family – and all babies have their own preferences and quirks – but here is my own list of the top five most useful baby items.
1. Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper bassinet. Hold on, those of you opposed to co-sleeping. Despite the name, this isn’t the same as having your baby in bed with you. This bit of sleepy time heaven looks similar to a Pack and Play with a bassinet insert, and it attaches securely to the side of an adult bed. The baby sleeps in her own safe space next to mom. I love that I don’t have to get out of bed and feel my way down the hall to comfort my baby in the night, and it is bliss for breastfeeding moms who can prop themselves up in bed or lie down to nurse. I love this bassinet so much that when we traveled during the holidays and the baby slept in a borrowed Pack and Play a few feet from our bed, I was bummed that I actually had to step out of bed to care for her at night.
|I love my baby carrier... and so does Abby|
2. Baby carrier or sling. It’s not easy to set a fussy baby down, but there are some things that just have to be done every so often, like washing dishes or doing your hair. The solution is to free up your hands by wearing your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends carrying your baby in one of these while shopping instead of perching the car seat on top of the cart. Besides, people seem to think it’s extra adorable when you wear your baby while shopping, and they will smile and compliment you like it’s show-and-tell day at the grocery store! A word of warning: it may be tempting to tote your baby around in a carrier all day, but young babies tend to fall asleep when they are carried like this. If you want to improve the chances of your baby sleeping more at night, go easy!