5 Indispensable Items For New Parents
Babies are little time and money sinks, and they're pretty awesome, unlike all your other time and money sinks.
This particular little item has made bedtime so much easier for our kids. My littlest one is a very light sleeper, and having the sheep on makes it much more likely she'll stay asleep when she's put in her crib. My first child was not quite as bad, but it still was indispensable in terms of keeping him asleep in the transition from holding him to putting him to bed. It produces several different, soothing types of white noise, from whale noises to rain, and stays on for 45 minutes, plenty of time to get them sleeping soundly. In addition, it's small and has a velcro strap that you can use to attach it to nearly anything - crib bar, car seat, etc. I highly recommend it.
For our first child, my wife didn't breastfeed long, but for our second, she's doing that exclusively. This product sits and collects extra milk from the non-nursing side while the baby eats, and it routinely collects an ounce or more. That's milk that would have been wasted, and any breastfeeding mother will tell you that milk is like gold, especially when your supply isn't that solid, or hasn't quite come in yet fully. My wife swears by this thing and we've bought one for each of our friends who have recently had babies and were going to nurse.
Our son was sick for about six straight months - nothing serious, but, like me, he has chronic allergies and sinus problems. He was often stuffy and miserable, which made it hard for him to eat and sleep, which was making it hard for us to sleep, and we felt like we had nothing we could do. You can buy suction bulbs at pharmacies but any parent that's used them will tell you they're awful and don't do anything.
The NoseFrida, on the other hand, is a wonder instrument. It...seems a little gross, I admit, but essentially you put the tip into the child's nose (with a filter they provide) and you suck on the other end. It works exactly how you'd like, and it works well, AND it's easy to take apart and clean. It's pretty cheap, too, so it's very worth the investment.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder
This item is intended primarily for the child to taste fruit, veggies, whatever, without worrying about pieces coming off and choking them. Our son loved it, but we found, by happy accident, that it makes a GREAT teething item. Taking frozen berries and letting them thaw just a bit, and then putting them in the mesh worked a wonders in both giving him a new treat to try and soothing his painful gums. The only caveat I will point out is that, particularly with berries, it gets juicy and messy, so be sure to use bibs or just strip them down to their diaper.
Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor
As awful as it is to talk about, SIDS is a very real thing, and it's a huge worry, particularly when the baby transitions to a full crib. This is a monitor that is put underneath the crib mattress itself, and it will monitor the micromovements of breathing stirring, as well as the bigger movements of a baby during sleep. If it doesn't sense any micromovements for 20 seconds, it will sound an alarm that could wake a mountain - trust me, we tried it out.
One thing I will state, we learned that this is a VERY sensitive instrument. When we were seeing what the threshold of movement was, we found that a box fan nearby was providing sufficient vibration to keep the alarm going off without the baby being in the crib on the mattress, so make sure you do your own check to see what around you could cause it to register movement when there might not be any. It's kind of expensive, but the peace of mind is worth every penny.
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