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10 Things Every New Parent Needs

By: Heather Somaini

There are a ton of things you need when you have a newborn and they’re all necessary and worthwhile.  These 10 things were either a surprise or I had to be talked into them.  Be smarter than me and get them right out of the box.

1. Orbit Baby Car Seat & Stroller

No matter what you do, get a good car seat. We loved the Orbit Baby Infant System and stroller set. The drawbacks are that they are expensive and a little heavy but the awesome thing is that the car seat actually swivels in the seat so it’s sooo much easier to get baby in and out.  When seasoned parents saw ours, they screamed over how ingenious the design was.

2. Personal Baby Carrier

Having your hands free when you’re out and about with the babies is critical so get a good baby carrier.  We really liked the Baby Bjorn but we also used a Baby Pouch Sling .  It looks complicated but it really isn’t.  You’ll have that sling wrapped around you in no time and your baby will be sound asleep.

3. Burp Cloths

There are all kinds of burp cloths and they all work.  Our kids ultimately used them as “lovies” also which eliminated one particular favorite thing they had to have.  Free still keeps his with him to this day.  I think these Baby Burpies are super fancy but the basic ones like these are probably the ones you’ll like the best.

4. Eco-Friendly Diapers

You’re going to go through almost 2800 diapers in your baby’s first year.  Try to send some eco-friendly, more bio-degradable diapers to the landfill.  They can be somewhat problematic when out and about so try them on short jaunts or just use them at home.

5. Soothie Pacifier

I’m not sure why these things work but they do.

6. Dishwasher Basket

My wife loved this thing because she could put all the baby bottle tops into this one basket, throw it in the dishwasher and done.  No more fishing at the bottom of your dishwasher for that one bottle ring that you can’t find.

7. Hospital-grade Breast Pump

You can rent a breast pump from the hospital and it’s probably the best one you can get.  They’re powerful and get the job done.  The version we rented was a Medela Symphony.

A smart buy in addition to the rental is the Medela Swing breast pump.  It’s totally portable, runs on batteries and easy to use.

8. Aquaphor& Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer

Aquaphor is the best healing ointment ever made!  We had to go through a few others before someone turned us onto this stuff.  Honestly, it heals super fast, isn’t as greasy as others and goes on clear so you’ve got one less mess to deal with.

Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer is your best friend – don’t leave home without it!  It’s critical to have on hand after vaccinations/shots and when you travel.  We had a terrible flight once with Free and Baby Tylenol was the only thing that helped him calm down long enough to fall sleep.

9. Born Free (BPA-free) Bottles

Every baby is different and may like a particular bottle over another, so don’t buy a ton of bottles before you try them out on your baby first.  We found that these Born Free bottles actually decreased the amount of air our babies took in, which resulted in our spending less time trying to get that glorious burp out of them.

10. Changing Table

I swore up and down we didn’t need one and could just change the babies on the bed.  Not so much.  I’m not 22 and bending over a bed is not fun for the long haul.  Spend real money on the cribs and rocker – go cheap on the changing table.  I got a simple one from Target and it lasted exactly as long as we needed it to.



[Photo Credit: SandyEm]

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