Babies don't actually need a lot of things. However, there are lots of products out there that can make life easier for new parents. Read here for 10 gadgets that you don't necessarily need, but will make your life much easier.
If you're expecting a baby, congratulations!
There's so much to think about when getting ready to have a baby. And as much as you might want to stock up on toys, it'll be a while before your baby cares about them.
Instead, let your focus be on how to make life easier for you. After all, your baby will need you in the beginning more than anything else.
Make Life Easier and Keep Your Baby Happy Too
Of course, you've probably started researching different items and gadgets that will make your transition to parent go a little more smoothly. But there's a lot out there!
So we're breaking it down to the ten essentials for you.
So if you're planning to use disposable diapers, you're going to need one of these handy dandy dirty diaper keepers.
Forget about those dirty diapers in a plastic bag hanging from the bathroom door. Keep the smell in the vault and out of your house.
It's a changing table, sleeping quarters and playpen all in one. It just depends on what your baby needs at each stage of his or her infancy.
Plus, the pack and play is easy to break down and slip into a case to take with you when you're heading to less baby-friendly homes.
Tech has given baby monitors clearer screens, night vision capability, and connectivity to your smartphone so you can monitor more easily. Some monitors even allow you to play music on them, as well as talk to, record and even take pictures of your baby.
When a baby is first born, it finds great comfort in being up against a body. This is especially true for babies experiencing discomfort.
A sling or carrier frees up both of your hands so you can get back to life while giving your baby as much comfort and support as needed.
There are so many noise machines on the market that offer an array of sounds from waves to rain showers to a heartbeat. Whichever you choose, ambient sound can be very soothing for your baby and help them learn to sleep on their own.
If your baby starts to get tired and fuss, no need to go to the crib. You can place him or her in this seat and gently rock it until sleep comes - staying with baby all the while.
Many parents swear that this is the only way they got their babies to sleep those first few months.
While it might look like a neck pillow for a very large person, the Boppy is essential. It's great for breastfeeding too. And as baby gets older, it's a great support for when he or she starts to develop the muscles to sit upright.
When your baby begins developing head control but can't yet sit up, they can become frustrated. But this seat offers enough support and a bit of an incline to prop baby up and give him or her a new perspective.
And with baby happily contained, you're free to take care of business.
When it comes to teething, nothing beats Sophie. No one can explain this phenomenon. It just is.
This isn't so much a gadget as an absolute necessity.
If you're new to this, you'll be amazed at all of the stuff that's going to come out of your baby. Especially in those first six months. So be prepared.
Enjoy the Journey!
That first year with your new baby passes quickly. So make life easier for yourself so you can enjoy every moment together.
And for more great tips and advice on navigating life with an infant, keep checking back with our blog!