How old are my kids? They are so old that they slept on their tummies in cushy little cribs surrounded by tons of stuffed animals. They survived their early years without owning a cell phone or ipad.
Having a safe place where where your baby can comfortably hang out is essential.
Having them on a comfy 45 degree angle is a bonus.
Dr Anne likes the Boppy newborn lounger
Some of Dr Hurd’s favorites are
Diane, a mom of twins passed along a tip. “When I started asking other twin parents which products I should buy two of, at least 5 people told me I should get two fisher price rock and plays (with auto rock). They were all correct. The rock and plays are amazing. When my girls are a little bit congested (which has happened a lot in the first 6 weeks of life), the incline helps them sleep better. And on those challenging nights where they are both fussy, I can put them each in a rocker and turn them on and they can rock gently for hours. Make sure to buy the one with the auto rock option, because the regular one you have to rock manually”
For kids over 4 months, my husband Sandy says I can’t leave the doorway jumpers off the list. Our daughter Lauren absolutely loved hers and would bounce and twirl in that thing in rhythm to music.These of course only work if you have sturdy door jambs. With any carrier or swing, use your common sense and don’t keep the babies in there for ridiculous stretches of time.
Wherever they are hanging out, Dr Anne also suggests checking out the
Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers- this is terrific for small newborns or babies having a having a hard time transitioning to bassinet in first month.
If you are carrying your baby around with you check out the Nesting Days carrier. These are invented by San Francisco’s postpartum doula Julie Arvan
Once the babies are over 4 months old, Noe Valley Pediatrics' Lily loved her infantino flip advanced convertible baby carrier
For the Crib:
Dr Hurd suggests that all of her patients get invest in a simple crib wedge.
One of our patients Amy (mama of twins) told me about wonder bumpers
These are one of those “why didn’t I think of that” products
Amy also recommends Dr Brown's mixing pitcher
This is especially helpful for a family with twins who are mixing larger quantities of formula at a time
Many parents and Dr Anne all really like the Merlin Sleepsuit to help with the transition out of the swaddle around 3 months
Elizabeth adds:One of my new favorite baby shower gifts is the Love the Dream Swaddle: https://www.amazon.
When asked for his favorite item, Dr. Schwanke put Sophie the Giraffe on the list.
This is a classic favorite of his that has been much loved by generations of patients.
For the tall parents out there -- the Uppa Baby stroller line is great.They have the Uppa Baby Vista and the Uppa Baby G-Lite strollers and both are great for Riccardo (who is 6'8').
The book "Baby Bargains" - http://amzn.com/1889392499 - was a great resource to help them find general baby equipment (strollers, car seats, cribs, etc). It's not just about bargains - it's about quality, and they test and know about all the latest products.
The Frenchie Mother towell - is a towel that velcros around mom or dad's neck and makes it easier for you to take the baby out of the bathtub (and keep you dry at the same time.) So simple but such a good invention!
Mama Regan let me know about the Oogie bear, little scoop for removing little boogies
I couldn’t do a post like this without checking in with Jennifer of Hint Mama.
She send along the following tips
1.) Glow-in-the-dark pacifiers:
2.) Sleep sacks with loveys attached
3.) These lunch boxes:
Clive’s mom Kylie says favorite toy as infant and now great distracter in car seat is baby Einstein take along tunes.
(Bells and whistles are fine and entertaining. But there is nothing as great as a cabinet full of food storage containers and lids!)
Beyond equipment, there are now all sorts of apps
Robert, the new daddy of baby Noah says that they find the baby tracker app really useful
Parenthoods is another great resource. It is available on i phones, but the general website is available to anyone
If your favorite life changer is missing from the list, let me know. All of my posts end up as resources on my blog. I will be happy to keep this one updated.
After she told me about it, I have passed this tip along and many parents have called it a difference maker
Ash sent me info about a brand new product that I had never heard of:
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