A baby does not need much more than love, warmth, food, diapers, and you, but there are products available to make your life a little easier.
You probably read a number of articles telling you to get a good baby rattler, but there are so many other things you might not have considered. The following are four baby products you should have that are sometimes overlooked.
1. Special Diaper Bag
As a new parent, you probably think that any old diaper bag will do and you are partly correct. The problem is that purchasing a diaper bag without putting some thought into it will likely come back to bite you because you may notice that the bag does not match your look.
In essence, you are going to have to treat the diaper bag like a new purse. Make sure you find the color and style that best matches your look. This should ensure that you keep your diaper bag for a long time.
2. Video Monitor is Better
Most people have used baby monitors for some time, but technology continues to get better, and you need to consider graduating to video baby monitors. You may think that this upgrade is not necessary, but the reality is that it can give you a lot more than you think. A audio-only baby monitor cannot tell you if your baby is sitting up or is starting to stand up.
Furthermore, a video baby monitor can help make sleep training a little easier for you since you can evaluate your need to go into your baby’s bedroom using the video feed. Keep in mind that most of these new monitors can stream live footage to your phone, so you can literally watch your kids anywhere and everywhere. Sure, this piece of equipment is going to cost a little more, but what these monitors offer parents makes them worth it.
3. A Firm Mattress
Your baby’s mattress is another thing you need to reconsider. Sure, some parents just buy the baby crib without giving much thought to the mattress, but this is not a good idea. A good mattress cannot only promote quality sleep; it can also keep your baby safe as he or she sleeps.
As you know, sleep is not as peaceful as some imagine. Sleep can be a little chaotic. The body moves from one side to the other and can sometimes even turn over, which is not good for babies. A baby turning over in his or her bed can put him or her danger of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The mattress will make it hard for him or her to breath. You want to make sure that the mattress you choose for your baby is not only high quality but is also firm enough to prevent your baby from easily tossing and turning.
4. Rocking Chair
A little rocking helps a baby go to sleep, which is the reason many people buy rocking chairs for their nursery. You are probably considering a rocking chair or are now thinking of it. These chairs are great, but they can also be a little noisy, depending on your floor.
The squeak may not sound too loud, but it may be loud enough to wake your baby. You want to make sure that the rocking chair comes with a glider. It may even be a good idea to get a matching ottoman with a glider so that you can rock your baby to sleep comfortably without worrying about any squeaks. It will cost you a little more than a regular rocking chair, but your baby is worth the trouble.
Hopefully, some of these products make enough sense for you to give them a chance. Keep in mind that these are just a few of the items that you can choose from depending on your needs; for example, some of you may want to buy a hands-free pumping bra. Some women may want a large carabiner that you can use to hook your bag on your stroller. Be sure to talk to experienced mothers to see if you can get a few additional and helpful tips.