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Five Simple Baby Items You Might Forget
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In the past week, I've had several friends tell me their great news - they are expecting for the first time, or again! This means lots of excitement and preparation around these holidays-bound babies. I'm recommending a few not-so-sexy items which I found out later on were essential, so add to your registry or shopping list! These can all be found a mass baby stores.
With air conditioners on, sometimes baby's room temperature is overlooked. This thermometer not only tells the temperature, but also turns if it's too cold (generally temp should be 68-72 degrees) and yellow, then orange if it's too hot. So even if you peak into baby's room and can't see the numbers, you can see the color! Plus, this serves as a nice nightlight, and your baby will love to look at it.
I really didn't think a diaper caddy was a necessary item until my daughter started squirming on the changing table and later tried to pick up the diaper cream, lotion, etc. and put it in her mouth. If you don't have much space, this caddy hangs on the edge of your table and not too low, so you can avoid having to bend down. Plus, there's special area covered by a lid to keep baby from getting to items like Purell.
There's a lot of opinions about sleep positioners, and there are a lot of options when you buy. I am a strong supporter of this Dex Baby product in the beginning months (before he can roll over) to help to prevent flat head because it has a Tempur-pedic like foam. The adjustable cushions also help to keep baby on his side after feeding should he spit up. This one sticks with the basics and thus is easier to wash. You don't need one with more air flow, and one with recline / elevation options can be more harmful if baby can move.
Another great Dex Baby product, you'll thank yourself for getting this instead of using rolled up towels when baby is sick, stuffy, and crying. It goes right under the mattress and simply uses gravity to help nasal passages stay more clear so she can sleep better.
This is so simple it's easily forgotten. I was looking for a small table to rest my baby bottle and books on while feeding and reading in her room. For those of us with smaller spaces, this hamper does double duty. I use it as a table, and I have a place to put her clothes. It's very sturdy, has a removable bag and wipes off easily. Plus, with a little paint, it could be personalized.