Becoming a parent is a life changing endeavor and the journey of parenthood starts well before your little one arrives. The preparation and time that goes into preparing your home for a new life can be exhausting, especially when the list of things to buy is endless. I am a mother of two who just recently navigated through the long list of baby essentials and through years of trial and error I have pinpointed three essential items that no new mother should be without.
1. A Go-To Book for Sleep Training
The notion that someone needs to be taught how and when to sleep seems outlandish but the amount of literature dedicated to an infant’s sleep needs suggests the opposite. The one piece of much needed advice that was absent from my pre-baby world was the need of teaching babies good sleeping habits. While there are varying philosophies on sleep training methodologies, adhering to one can help prevent many sleepless nights for you and your baby. Elizabeth Pantley’s The No-Cry Seep Solution and Marc Weissbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, are two great books that both provide differing methodologies for the same solution of healthy sleep for you and your infant.
2. A Baby Bouncer or Infant Seat
Whether you call it a baby bouncer or infant seat, a place to put your infant whether s/he is dozing off or actively awake (besides your arms) is essential to surviving those first couple of months. There are a variety of different models available and you can purchase anything from the complicated variety that stand on their own and swing back and forth to the smaller portable ones that you can place beside you while doing everyday activities. Whatever model you choose should be based on your own personal preference; most importantly, it’s having a safe place to put your infant (other than your arms) that count.
3. A Nursing Cover
This item only applies to those nursing moms. A nursing cover is basically a piece of cloth that you use to cover up your nursing infant and any exposed flesh that is a result of that nursing infant. The cover drapes over you resembling a shawl and provides just the right amount of coverage. I keep one in my diaper bag and one in the car in case of an emergency; I never leave home without it. I support a mother who wishes to feed her baby wherever she wants and in whatever form she wishes. I personally like a little bit of privacy. I won’t leave the room, you know what I am doing, you just don’t have to see me do it.