Oh Boy! Things can get confusing when you start looking at what baby gear you might need for your new arrival…. We’ve summarised our Top 10 Baby Gear Must Have’s…..
Top 10 Baby Gear Must Haves
Congratulations on your pregnancy and soon-to-be new arrival. It’s lucky that pregnancy gestation is nine months, as that allows you plenty of time to research about labour, breastfeeding and life with a newborn baby. We understand that everything can certainly get confusing, especially when you start heading into baby stores to look at baby gear.
We’ve tried to make things a little easier for you here, by summarising ourTop 10 Baby Gear Must Have’s. These recommendations are based on our experience with our own children, and from feedback of hundreds of mothers in our Breastmates community.
Breastmates Top 10 Baby Gear Picks
Nappies – perhaps you are considering using reusable nappies? Whether going with reusable or disposable we recommend that you get some of both, to trial what you like and also for emergencies. If going with disposable nappies – don’t purchase too many packets in newborn size because your baby will soon outgrow them.
Baby Room Thermometer – a room thermometer is a handy baby gear item which helps you to know how many layers of clothing to put your baby in, and how much bedding to use. Babies don’t self-regulate their temperatures like grown-ups do, so you should always dress baby in one layer extra than you are wearing yourself. A baby room thermometer will also help you to know when extra heating is required.
Strollers – if you invest in a good quality stroller, it may last you from newborn to when your child is around 3, or longer if they still don’t want to walk! Many strollers can recline into a cradle position for newborns, and can then adjust into upright and toddler style buggy positions. When buying a stroller – another recommendation that is often overlooked – is to test drive it with a heavy child sitting in it. They all test very easily with a lightweight newborn, but see if you can borrow a friend’s child to sit in it and test drive the steering with their heavier weight. Also check how small they fold up to see if you can fit them in your car.
Nappy Cream – Nappy cream is another top baby gear must have, use it at every nappy change to protect your precious baby’s skin. Because of the moisturising and healing properties of nappy creams (such as our Papaw Cream) you can also use it on cuts, bites, and sores. Look for nappy creams that are natural and don’t contain petroleum.
Insulated Bottle Bag – Insulated bottle carriers are portable and convenient when you’re expressing breast milk away from home, travelling with baby bottles and formula, or keeping your baby’s bottle chilled.