10 Baby Basics For The First 6 Months
When you don’t have the right gear, getting from Point A to Point B with a new baby can feel like you’re trying to tackle Mount Everest in flip flops. Don’t fret though – we’ve got 10 basics that will help you reach “Base Camp” with ease.
When it comes to adjusting to life with a new baby, having the right basics on hand can make the transition to parenthood a lot less rocky and a whole lot more enjoyable. During the first six months of their lives, babies spend a lot of their time sleeping, however, they are also busy strengthening their core and neck muscles through activities like tummy time, sharpening their eye-sight and beginning to dabble with a bit of hand-eye coordination. While they are growing like little weeds – they’re still dependent on you for absolutely everything. This can be daunting, we know. Simple things like having a shower, a cup of tea, going to the grocery store or checking the mail can seem like a Herculean task when you have a newborn in tow. Luckily – there are products out there that can save the day.
While things like baby carriers, strollers and bouncers have been around for decades, the brands we love and recommend have a firm grasp of the needs of today’s parents and are creating pieces that give a bit extra. They are either designed to grow with your child, offer multiple uses or be past down from sibling to sibling or friend to friend. If you’re like us (conscious about the environment, your family’s health and after pieces that offer versatility as well as style) then you’re going to want to know about these 10 basics.
The classic bouncer is still around for a reason – it works! But the award-winning Dutch brand, Nuna, decided to take the concept a bit further and made a bouncer that grows with your baby. That’s right – even when they’re walking and talking they’ll still be able to sit in their cozy Nuna Leaf.
The Dockatot Deluxe Dock is a genius product that lets you safely put your baby down for a rest, a play or tummy time – anytime and anywhere. Made from 100% non-toxic and breathable materials, it is designed to prevent your baby from rolling and offers a safe spot for them to lay.
The first year of a baby’s life is usually just full of cuddles, but with such a delicate immune system, it can also be full of coughs and colds. To make sure your baby is getting the best care possible, we recommend the Innovo Thermometer. Easy to use, accurate and BPA free, it’s a medical box must have.
Want your baby to sleep through the night? Get them a sleep bag. While blankets can fall off or potentially obstruct your child from breathing, sleep bags are designed to keep your baby warm, cozy and SAFE. The Kyte Baby sleep bag is extra wonderful because it’s made of bamboo rayon, which is naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and all sorts of soft.
Whether you’re doing jobs around the house, running errands, traveling through an airport or simply having a park play date – the Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier will keep your hands free and your baby cool and comfortable. The best part: it can be used as a backpack to carry your toddler up to 33 lbs.
Bugaboo is one of the bests when it comes to combining luxury, functionality and versatility. The Fox Stroller is the latest in their line of innovative strollers and offers easy mobility, loads of storage and most importantly – a safe and comfortable ride for your baby. This complete set includes a bassinet configuration option as well as a toddler seat.
Feeding pillows are a great way to save your neck, back and shoulders from aches and pains when you’re holding or feeding a baby. Since you’re going to be doing that non-stop in the first six months, the Nook Niche Feeding Pillow is a must.
One of the main things we look for in gear for babies is longevity. Unlike other options, the Lovevery Play Gym has 12 months+ (at least!) worth of features and exercises to help your baby’s cognitive and physical development. Once they’re old enough it becomes a cute little nook by transforming into a tent.
Bath time can be nerve-racking for new parents, which is why we love Stokke’s Flexi Bath + Newborn Support. Completely non-toxic, it’s durable, safe and most of all – comfortable. Little ones will love splashing around, while you’ll love knowing it’s a product you can use kid after kid. It’s also insanely easy to store! Once your kids have outgrown it, turn it into a handy storage box for toys!
When it comes to car seat safety, the Nuna Pipa 2019 Car Seat sets the bar high. Featuring flame retardant free fabric, side impact protection, a heavy duty yet lightweight shell and a swift and simple installation system, this infant seat ticks all the boxes.