Natalie’s Picks: 7 Must-Have Baby Registry Items
by natalie fitzgerald
Setting up your baby registry can be overwhelming, and there are SO many products out there to choose from! I like to keep things simple. Here are 7 of my favorite baby products to add to your registry!
I love this accessory for naps on the go! Napping on the go can be hit and miss, but setting your baby up for successful sleep can really help! If you want to help your baby sleep soundly on the go, just try to keep the sleep environment similar for them – cover carseat, white noise, and stick within the nap time you usually put them down for a nap at home. I discovered the Rohm portable white noise machine after my third baby and wish I would have known about it sooner!
Swaddling is so important for younger babies and can help bring comfort and security after spending months in the confinement of the womb. The Halo sleepsack swaddles allow you to wrap your baby tight, while leaving plenty or room throughout the hips and legs for movement, which is important for avoiding issues like hip dysplasia.
Speaking of the familiarity of the womb, babies are used to hearing the loud sounds of blood rushing through blood vessels in utero, which can be a similar sound to white noise or shush-ing. This is why these sounds oftentimes bring so much comfort to a crying baby. Use a sound machine in your baby’s room to help bring that comfort and also to help block out other noise (like dogs, or traffic noise, or loud and untamed toddlers if you have them like I do!) I recommend the white noise setting on any sound machine, and one that is not set on a timer. Let it run the entire duration of the nap or nighttime.
Finding the right bottle for your baby can be challenging. The Comotomo’s medical grade silicone body and nipple make this bottle malleable just like the breast, which can make switching from breast to bottle easier for breastfed babies. I also love these bottles because they are easy to clean!
This carseat cover doubles as a nursing/pumping cover and can even triple as a cart cover for trips to the grocery store once your little one is sitting up. These covers come in so many fun patterns too. I recommend having two on-hand so you’re not stuck cover-less when it needs to be washed.
Baby gas – it’s a thing! And it can cause a lot of discomfort for your baby, making it hard for them to relax and sleep. Colic Calm drops can help ease tummy troubles your little one might experience. It’s a homeopathic made with active natural ingredients and works within minutes!
There are tons of products out there to help ease teething pain. Copaiba essential oil is one I’ve found that’s safe and effective. It’s a natural anti- inflammatory and can be applied with a roller on the jawline, or directly onto the gums. Make sure if you plan to apply direct you’re using a high quality, food grade oil. Teething pain can be at its peak 4 days before a tooth pops up and then up to 3 days after, so if you notice gum swelling and lots of drool, it’s likely your baby might need help managing that pain during teething weeks.
Natalie Fitzgerald is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula. Natalie’s approach to sleep training is tailored to each family she works with, meeting them exactly where they are and developing a customized plan to help them reach their sleep goals, based on their unique baby’s needs and their parenting style. Natalie walks alongside families during the time they need the most support, encouraging parents and helping them find a rhythm that works best with their baby and lifestyle. Before consulting with families, Natalie taught high school English and Campus Ministry. Natalie and her husband Danny live in San Diego with their three children Connor (6yrs), Kate (3.5yrs), and Makenna (10mo).
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