Welcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting and joyous occasion. However, for first-time parents, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of baby products. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know what items are essential and which ones are not. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 10 baby products every new parent needs.
Nappies and Wipes One of the most essential items that a new parent needs is nappies and wipes. Babies can go through up to 10 nappies a day, so it is important to have an ample supply on hand. Wipes are also necessary for cleaning up messes. You may decide to use reusable cloth nappies which cost a bit in the beginning but will end up saving you money plus they're way better on the environment.
Swaddles and Sleep-sacks Babies are used to being in a snug environment in the womb, and swaddles and sleep-sacks can help recreate that feeling. They can also help to prevent the startle reflex that can cause a baby to wake up suddenly. Swaddles and sleep-sacks come in a variety of materials, so it's important to find one that works for your baby's needs. You don't need to spend too much money on a swaddle, I used a large muslin cloth for all my babies. I can recommend a sleep suit (when they get bigger) from the Sleep Store.
Infant Car Seat An infant car seat is essential for any new parent. It is required by law in New Zealand, and it is the safest way for a baby to travel in a car. When choosing an infant car seat, make sure to select one that is appropriate for your baby's weight and height. Think about longer term use and value for money. A capsule only lasts 0-6 months so you may want to think about putting your baby straight into a convertible car seat like the Nuna Rava or the Nuna Exec.
Stroller A stroller is a must-have for parents who want to get out and about with their baby. There are many different types of strollers available, including lightweight strollers, jogging strollers, and travel system strollers. It's important to choose one that fits your lifestyle and needs. Also something to think about, do you want to be able to see your baby while pushing them but also front face them as they get older. The Nuna Mixx Next Stroller is a great option that allows you to do this.
Baby Carrier A baby carrier can be a lifesaver for new parents who need to be hands-free. There are many different types of carriers available, including wraps, slings, and structured carriers. It's important to find one that is comfortable for both you and your baby. If your partner is going to be using the carrier you need to think about the adjustability of it. Is the waist band easy to adjust. It also needs to be ergonomically correct for your babies hips. We recommend the Nuna Cudl as its acknowledged as a “Hip Healthy” product when used as directed by the IHDI
Breast Pump Breastfeeding is not always possible or practical, so a breast pump can be a lifesaver for nursing mums. There are many different types of breast pumps available, including manual and electric pumps. It's important to find one that is easy to use and comfortable.
Bottle Feeding Supplies Even if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, it's important to have bottle feeding supplies on hand in case of emergencies. This includes bottles, nipples, and formula. It's also a good idea to have a bottle brush and sterilizer for cleaning and sanitising.
Baby Monitor A baby monitor can give parents peace of mind by allowing them to keep an eye and ear on their baby from another room. There are many different types of baby monitors available, including audio, video, and movement monitors. It's important to choose one that meets your needs and budget.
Changing Table A changing table can make nappy changes much easier and more comfortable for both you and your baby. It's important to choose one that is sturdy and has enough storage space for diapers, wipes, and other essentials. Never leave a baby alone on a change table, they might just choose that one time to learn to roll over.
Baby Bath Tub Bathing a newborn can be a bit intimidating, but a baby bath tub can make it much easier. There are many different types of baby bath tubs available, including inflatable, foldable, and traditional plastic tubs. It's important to choose one that is safe and comfortable for your baby. We recommend the Shnuggle bath tub.
In conclusion, these 10 baby products are essential for any new parent. While there are many other items that can be useful, these are the ones that will make life with a new baby much easier and more comfortable. When shopping for baby products, it's important to choose items that are safe, durable, and fit your lifestyle and needs. Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations from other parents or do your own research before making a purchase. And remember, every baby is different, so what works for one may not work for another.
Lastly, while it's important to have all the necessary baby products, don't forget that the most important thing your baby needs is your love and care. Enjoy this special time with your little one and cherish every moment.