Are you currently pregnant and looking for must-haves for your new baby? Are you shopping for the perfect gift for your friend or family member’s new bundle of joy? There are so many accessories for babies. Some, you’ll find are essential. Others, you’ll likely realize is just extra ‘stuff’ taking up space in your house that you rarely use.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of 7 accessories that will help you meet the ever-changing needs of your new baby.
Babies, especially those who are used to breastfeeding, are used to drinking warm milk. Many babies who are used to warm milk will flat-out refuse a bottle of cold breastmilk or formula. Investing in a good bottle warmer will help you avoid a screaming baby upset by the raw milk you are offering them! It will also help make it easier for a breastfeeding mom to leave her baby in someone else’s care since they’ll be able to warm the milk up to the temperature the baby is used to getting when they get it directly from mom. There are many bottle warmers on the market. Some of them even double as a sterilizer! One bottle warmer you might want to consider is the OMORC Baby Bottle Warmer. It includes an auto shut off, making it safe for use at night. It can quickly heat your baby’s bottle in about 3 minutes!
A portable cot or bassinet is another accessory you’ll be glad you purchased! If you’re planning on visiting friends or family (for just a few hours or a few weeks), you’ll need a safe place for your little one to sleep. When you’re over at a friend’s house for the evening, you won’t want to hold your sleeping baby the whole time. Plus, they’ll get much more restful sleep if they’re in their own space in a quiet room. It is very unsafe to let a baby sleep on a bed, even before they’re an able roll, so you’ll need a travel bassinet for them to sleep. A travel bassinet will also make it possible for you and your partner to plan get-aways with the baby since you’ll know you have a substitute for their crib that you can bring with you. The Dream On Me Traveler Portable Bassinet folds up quickly and easily. It has breathable mesh sides, so you know you’re baby will be safely able to breathe.
A wipe warmer is an accessory your baby will be glad you got on those cold nights! Babies have sensitive skin, so you want to treat it kindly. A cold wipe could cause your baby to get into a screaming fit, so you’ll be glad you got that wipe warmer too! This Hiccapop Wipe Warmer has a gender-neutral design. The silicone lid seal helps to make sure that you get a warm wipe each time you reach for one!
A sound machine can be a game-changer for many parents with babies who have trouble sleeping. Having white noise or other relaxing sounds in the background can help change some terrible sleepers into, well, a sleeping baby! The Hatch Baby Rest Night Light and Sound Machine are more than just your typical sound machine. It also has a soothing night light. And, once your child is older, it can be used to let your child know when it is an OK time to leave the bed. And, one of the best things about it is that you can control it remotely, so you don’t have to sneak into the baby’s room and cause more of a disruption!
When your poor baby has a stuffy nose and is congested, you’ll be glad you have a bulb syringe so you can help clear out their nose. Seeing your baby having trouble breathing is something no parent wants to experience, so you’ll want to do everything you can to help them get some relief. Another product that is similar to a bulb syringe is the Nose Frida. In many cases, it can be more useful for clearing a stuffy nose. With the Nose Frida, you suck the boogers out of your child’s nose. Don’t worry, there’s a filter, and nothing gets into your mouth!
A humidifier is another product you’ll be glad to have when your baby is congested. A humidifier helps to increase the humidity in the air, thus improving your baby breath. The PureGuardian Humidifier is very quiet so that it won’t disturb your sleeping baby. It has a sensor to detect the humidity level of the room, and you can set it to bring the place to a given level of humidity.
An activity mat is not something you’re going to need immediately upon returning home from the hospital, but you will want it soon! Young babies benefit immensely from tummy time to help them develop their neck strength. Your baby will also enjoy looking up at the toys hanging from the activity mat. Once they’re a little older, they’ll even start batting at the toys. The Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym incorporate lots of vibrant colors that your baby will love into the design. It comes with four hanging animals as well as a mirror.
Preparing for a baby takes a lot of time and energy. And, let’s face it, we’ll never fully understand all that goes into caring for a newborn until we experience it! We hope this list will help you get as prepared as you possibly can to welcome home your new bundle of joy!