With so many baby products on the markets, it’s easy to become overwhelmed at all of the options. Particularly for new parents that may not have much experience with babies, it can be hard to know what items are necessary, what can be done without, and what is simply a bad idea. These ten items, in no particular order, are the most important baby products that every new parent should own for a successful start to life with their baby.
Mothers, who are breast-feeding, should avoid eating foods such as broccoli, beans, onions, garlic and anything spicy. These foods can all play a role in exacerbating symptoms and giving baby gas.
Any rhythmic motion will also help to calm fussy babies. Rocking them, walking around the room with them, placing them in a baby stuff (if they are old enough) or taking them for a drive can all be helpful.
Battery Vs. Wind-Up: Wind-ups are usually compellingly less expensive, but the winding mechanism on ours was so noisy, we finally sold the wind-up and sprang for the battery. Battery-operated baby swings are easier to operate and usually feature more speeds and music settings to match baby’s mood.
In addition to being a seat to hold baby, this child safe product is created as a swing that moves in a gentle back and forth motion. There is also a mechanism that plays eight soothing tunes to help lull your little one into a relaxed and calm mood. The unit has a mirror so baby can see his or her own image as the seat moves back and forth and there is also a mobile with colorful images that hangs over the top front section to help engage the child’s eye movements. These items have been shown to help strengthen the eye muscles in small children as well as provide a degree of entertainment for them.
Being rocked reminds the babies of their time while in the womb. The mother would walk around and that would give a rocking motion to the baby while he was in his mother’s tummy. The rocking motion gives the baby comfort and that is why it also helps when trying to get them to sleep.
The specific formula given to an infant can also have something to do with whether or not they become colicky. Parents should try switching formulas, to one that is soy based, to better prevent the onset of colic.
When shopping for a swing baby gate, there are obviously many choices. The Dream Baby Swing Closed Security Gate sells for about fifty dollars. It is made of metal rails and would not be purchased for my home. It does not appear to have the one hand open and close feature and it seems the operator would have to step over a small portion of the gate when passing through. For around one hundred dollars you can purchase the Evenflo Baby Swing Gate in a beautiful Oak Finish. Although this gate may blend in with the other trim found in the home, it again does not have the one hand open and close feature. The First Years All Clear Swing Gate comes highly recommended. It sells for around fifty dollars and is well worth the money. It has the great one hand open and close feature and is a breeze to use.