Sunday, August 31, 2014

Top 5 Picks for Baby H

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With Baby H due in less than 7 weeks, I thought I would do a post about our top baby picks, without having used them with a baby. After she is born, I'll do another post reviewing our top picks and if our opinions and thoughts have changed.

Hubby and I decided, even before we found out I was pregnant, that we didn't want a bunch of baby "stuff" that we didn't need. Neither of us has really cared for a newborn on a long term basis, but we have been around a few of them. I used to babysit for 6 month old twins and various other ages so I am at least familiar with a lot of the baby gear. After we found out I was pregnant, I began the unending research journey on various gear, necessities, reviews, benefits and drawbacks. My goal was to be able to make an informed decision when it came time to register and purchase the gear that took into account cost. Since I work in early childhood, my opinions of baby "stuff" has been firmed up due to the strengths and disabilities that I see on a daily basis.

For example, I in particular, want to avoid TV for the first 2 years. "The AAP recommends that TV and other entrainment media be avoided for infants and children under age 2." I firmly agree, and Hubby is on board, for the most part. We realize when we are not in our own environment, we will have less control, but in our own space, we have total control. We also realize that this may change as time goes on and as more children come, but as first time parents, that's where we are. While TV isn't necessarily a "baby item", it's still a decision we have made in preparation for Baby H.

Another example is the use of infant carrier carseats. I think they are great, when used correctly, but I think they are grossly misused in our culture. Since babies spend so much time on their backs with the "Back to Sleep" campaign, I think it's important to have them free moving as much as possible. That means carrying them more- in wraps, Ergo-type carriers, etc. Again, I have some pretty strong feelings about this and I digress. Maybe I'll do another post about this later!

Top Baby Picks for Baby H


1. We went straight to a convertible seat because I want to avoid the misuse of the infant car seats that you see all of the time. This one is great because you can use it on babies as small as 4lbs.

2. We opted for a space-saver chair because we don't have a ton of space in our house, especially for a an additional chair. This one is awesome because it adjusts as the child grows, reclines and adapts.

3. I plan on nursing and know that nursing pads come with that choice. I hate throwing stuff away so I wanted reusable ones. I haven't actually gotten any, but I will. I may even make some because they seem easy enough

4. Since we aren't using an infant-carrier car seat and we want to wear Baby H, I did some research on different baby carriers. I chose the Ergo because it was midline in budget terms, but it also has great reviews from various occupational and physical therapists, which is important to me.

5. I chose these bottles because they are supposed to be good at preventing gas and colic. My mom used these when I was a baby, and I remember playing with them when I was older for my dolls. I love them (without having experience) because I can pump right into the liners and freeze in the liners instead of having to pump into bags or bottles. It seems like one less step I'll have to do.

Any thoughts on these products or your very favorite products as a first time parent?
elevision and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx#sthash.xoxflnNb.dpuf
elevision and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx#sthash.xoxflnNb.dpuf
elevision and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx#sthash.xoxflnNb.dpuf
elevision and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx#sthash.xoxflnNb.dpuf
elevision and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx#sthash.xoxflnNb.dpuf
elevision and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. - See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx#sthash.xoxflnNb.dpuf

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