With so many different Baby products available, it’s hard to know what is a must have and what is not. Obviously every Baby is different and what works for one Baby will not always work for another, however, educating yourself on what Baby items were most coveted by other Mothers will help you weigh your options. This is my list of must have baby items.
1) Baby Carrier – This is a must have baby item, in my opinion, you can never have too many baby carriers. Of course this comes from someone who instead of having a “shoe” fetish, has a Baby Carrier fetish. I personally have three Baby Carriers, and each one serves a different purpose. They’re great for colic babies, like my daughter, who always want to be held. I was able to hold her, hands free, and get my house work done. I could not have lived without my Baby Carriers.
2) Breast Pump – When I look back, one of the most used baby items I owned was my Breast Pump. My daughter was three weeks early, and my milk supply had not fully developed, therefore I pumped every day after every feeding. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t waste your money on cheap breast pumps, get yourself a high quality breast pump that cycles several times a minute. I had a Medela Swing Single Pump, and I loved it! Of course I went through probably 3 different pumps before I finally bit the bullet and bought the Medela. So, in my opinion, if you’re having trouble with your milk supply, or your little one has trouble latching on properly, a Breast Pump is a must have baby item.
3) Baby Swing – Sometimes Mom and Dad just need a break, and a Baby Swing is the perfect stand in, therefore it makes my list of baby must have items. Whether your little one is colic, or not, Baby Swings are not only designed to sooth and comfort, but they can also provide plenty of entertainment. Ours had a little mobile attached that hung above our daughters head, she was obsessed with it, always starring at it, trying to grab it. I used to put her in the swing, with the baby monitor set up next to it of course, and then I’d hop in the shower. It was sometimes the only way I could get a shower!
4) Security Blanket – My daughter wouldn’t take a pacifier, and she was never much of a thumb sucker, so when it came to finding something she could use to sooth herself, I went with the security blankets. Hers had satin material on the inside and a little bear head attached. When she got a little bit older and started taking naps in her crib, she would suck on the blanket until she finally drifted off to sleep. She became so attached to this blanket that she had a hard time sleeping without it. So, if this is something that interests you, my only recommendation is that once you find one that your Baby likes, buy a couple, that way when you have to wash one you’ll have a stand in.
5)Crib Mobile – The Crib Mobile became a baby must have at about 3 months when I began trying to get my daughter to fall asleep on her own. It was tough, actually unbearable. She would cry non-stop for up to 45 minutes, and in the end I would usually cave and run in an rescue her. A friend suggested that I put a mobile in her crib, and when I finally did, I wished that I had done it months earlier. All it took was 20 minutes of Bach or Beethoven, and she would calmly and quietly drift off to sleep.