10 Essentials for Your New Baby

What to Buy For a New Baby?

Do you, or someone you know, have a new baby? If you are wondering what types of gifts to get for that new baby, or what things you will need. Read on...

For first time parents, it's over whelming the number of products that are in the stores as "Must have" items for your new baby. We did our research and found that these 10 items (in no particular order) are the most recommended not counting the obvious (a crib, stroller, car seat, etc.)

1. A Sound and Movement Monitor: Having a sound monitor in your nursery room enables you to move around the home while still being able to monitor baby wherever he is. No need to worry that you won't hear him when he wakes. A movement or apnea monitors check baby's breathing. An alarm goes off if baby does not inhale for an extended period -- usually twenty seconds. Often cited as a preventative measure against SIDS, these monitors do not necessarily prevent SIDS, but they do provide peace of mind. If all is quiet, you know baby's OK.

2. Baby Music: Music created especially for babies helps develop their sense of hearing, concentration and even speech. Watch baby come alive when you put on a CD created especially for them.

3. A Nursery Rocking Chair or Glider: Essential for maximizing mom or dad baby bonding time. Your nursery rocking chair is the place where you will spend countless hours of snuggle time.

4. The Perfect Diaper Bag: Moms and Dads need a diaper bag that's roomy, resilient and good looking so you don't mind carrying it with you. Nowadays there are so many stylish designs and fabrics that you can't even tell they're diaper bags!

5. A Baby Sling or Pouch: This is useful for keeping your young baby close to you while you are getting a few things done around the house. New babies don't sleep for very long at a time in the beginning and when they're not sleeping they like to be held. To have any hope of keeping your home in a livable state - you have to have a pouch! Baby pouches are also a wonderful help if you have a colicky baby. The warmth of your body against her little tummy is very soothing and calming.

6. All Natural Bath and Skincare Products: Babies skin is very delicate. Be sure to choose all natural bath and skincare products that soothe and protect them. Keep lots of different creams and lotions on hand so when diaper rashes, dry skin and cradle cap appear you'll be ready. The best diaper rash cream I have found is Butt Paste.

7. A Baby Journal: Don't miss recording the special moments as baby grows in the perfect Baby Journal. Baby will also enjoy having a one of a kind keepsake when they're grown.

8. Cloth Diapers: Not only are cloth diapers comfortable on your new little baby's skin, they can also save you a bundle! It's estimated that you can save up to $2,500 from the time your baby is born to the time your little one is potty trained. Another reason not to use disposable diapers is they leave an average of 2.7 tons of non-biodegradable waste each year! We will be holding a cloth diaper workshop on Aug. 28th from 1pm to 3pm.

9. A Wheat Bag: A little warm bag of wheat is said to be the best on a sore little tummy and beats every colic remedy on the market hands down. It soothes, relaxes and comforts! We now sell these in our boutique!

10. An Infant Health Book: There's nothing worse than having a sick baby and not knowing what to do. You don't want to call the doctor in the middle of the night, but you're not sure if you should wait until morning. A good baby health book will help you to relax and determine the best course of action - put baby back to bed, or rush him/her off to the emergency room.

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