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I am expecting my third child pretty soon. I’ve been amazed at how much less stuff I feel like I need for this child. Granted, part of that is because I already have a lot of stuff from the other two kids, but a lot of it is the fact that I’ve realized that babies don’t really need all that much stuff. Diapers, wipes, a way to eat, a car seat, some clothes, somewhere to sleep, and arms to hold them. Babies really don’t NEED swings and toys and bottle warmers and all that other junk that people (stores mostly) tell you that you need. However, there are a few things that I have found REALLY help make motherhood a bit easier.
1. A car seat mirror: This thing has been a life saver for me. You just put it on the back seat of your car so the baby can see themselves in it. Then, if you adjust your mirrors right, you can also see the baby and the baby can see you. It’s a great way to keep your child occupied and check on him/her every so often.
2. Rock ‘N Play Sleeper: This was amazing to have for my daughter. She only wanted to sleep on an incline so this worked well. It is also super easy to fold up and take places. My daughter slept only in this until she was about six months old.
3. SwaddleMe: A lot of babies love to be wrapped, but it can be kind of hard to get a blanket as tight as a baby wants it to be. My oldest would only sleep if he was wrapped in one of these. He also would sometimes want to be wrapped in it when he was awake. I think it helped him to limit his senses and not get overwhelmed by everything that was going on around him.
4. A Baby Carrier: A good baby carrier is worth it’s weight in gold. There are SO many different carriers and some of them are really expensive. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on one but if you buy a $20 one, chances are you’re throwing your money away. My kids lived in carriers of one kind or another. It’s a great way to keep your hands free and comfort the baby at the same time.
5. Forehead Thermometer: I’m not going to lie, I don’t actually have one of these. But I cannot tell you how often I wished I did. It is NOT fun to take a sick baby’s temperature under their arm print. And even if you can get a good reading, you always assume it’s wrong because of how much the baby is wiggling around. I really think this would be a great thing to have.
There you have it. Five baby items that aren’t necessarily essential, but are REALLY nice to have. What baby item is/was your must have item?Share