When thinking about what you would need for a new baby, most people think of crib and changing table, car seat and stroller, diapers and wipes, bottles and bibs, hats and onesies, and those adorably tiny socks. However, there are a few things that probably don’t come as readily to mind for most people, yet are a parent’s best friends when it comes to everyday care of an infant. If you’re an expecting mother or couple, be sure to add these essential items to your baby shower gift registry; if you plan to attend a baby shower, consider giving these as gifts.
Infants’ bodies don’t regulate temperature very well, which makes keeping them comfortable a challenge at times. These thin cotton blankets are perfect for swaddling a newborn, tucking around a baby’s legs for just the right amount of insulation, or as a light cover for older infants at nap times and bedtime. They can be used to cover a carrier car seat to keep out the sun and other elements, or be rolled up and used as head support padding. They can be laid out on the floor for tummy time, used as a makeshift changing pad in a pinch, and they make decent burp cloths as well. These baby essentials are usually sold as multi-pack items, and they make great baby shower gifts.
Back Seat Mirror
Most people know you need a car seat to transport your baby; hospitals won’t allow parents to take their newborns home without one. But given that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that car seats remain rear-facing until the child reaches the age of two, day-to-day traveling can be difficult. While it’s much safer to keep kids rear-facing for as long as possible, the downside is that the driver can’t see the baby. Enter the backseat mirror, which can be hung in front of a baby’s car seat, enabling the driver to see through the rear-view mirror if the baby is awake or asleep if silent, or if fussy, give a better idea of what the problem might be. It can also be useful in the event of an emergency, such as an infant with a fever going into a febrile seizure; since it can be seen through the mirror when it happens, the driver can pull over immediately and call an ambulance, which is the recommended response to a seizure. If you plan to buy this item, whether for yourself or as a baby shower gift, look for a convex design; it gives a larger range of visibility.
These C-shaped pillows are wonderful for support while holding a baby for feeding, whether nursing or using a bottle. As a baby grows, these pillows can be used to keep a reflux-y infant’s head and shoulders elevated to prevent spitting up, as well as provide support either during tummy time or as a baby learns to sit up. When purchasing this item, whether for yourself or as a baby shower gift, be sure to get extra covers; check to make sure they’re machine washable, which makes parents’ lives much easier.