Young parents may be told their sleep will suffer in the first few months of a baby's arrival, but you don't realise what that means unless you've lacked contiguous sleep for months at a time. Newborns put all of your senses on high alert. Whether you feel sleepy or not, over time the brain starts playing tricks on you and loved ones. You become irritable, and due to the high alert, even a small perceived indiscretion by loved ones can lead to a fight. This is a testing period for the relationships of new parents and gifts that reduce that stress get remembered far more than another cute baby outfit.
Not having to drive to stores for baby necessities due to Amazon's free 2-day delivery and getting more entertainment options is good for the parent's sanity. Don't hesitate to get one if they don't have it. You can still expand their current plan if they do, but introducing someone to a cool new thing can be more memorable than paying a bill for some families (Check their DreamList or ask them to create one).
SIDS can happen any time in the first year. No gadget can guarantee safety, but this one helped keep our sanity. Keep this sensor on the diaper during sleep and if the baby stops breathing for more than 20 seconds the sensor wakes him and alarms you. You may get some false alarms if the diaper is loose, but a few false alarms beat a life-saving catch any day. Huge peace of mind for parents.
This rocks automatically for 30min to 6 hours and plays tunes to put the baby to sleep when you are struggling to sleep or he is crying. Saved our sanity on many nights in the first 2-3 months.
We used this in our bed for the first couple of weeks when the newborn got home - allows you to see if the baby is ok and comfort him/her by just opening your eyes instead of getting up.
If you don't control the temperature in the baby room they will wake up more often at night sweaty or cold. If you don't control humidity and it gets dry - they will wake up with sore throats and coughing.
Medium thick sleep sack for warmer nights.
Pick the one you need based on baby size. Our baby slept the longest in San Fran winters with a cotton pajama and one of these on him. Best sleep came from steady bottom temperature in the house as well. If you have a thermostat, set it to not go below a certain temperature that works for you at night. If the baby doesn't get cold, it sleeps longer.
This type of sleeper is what we used the most every day and night in the first 6 months. Newborns hate cold and if you cover their feet they sleep happily and cry less. Get 6 or so of every size. There are thick and thin cotton versions. The buttons are better than zippers because you can check diaper without waking baby. Zippers also scrunch making tummy time uncomfortable.
Some families chose to start investment plans for little ones as early as possible, so the power of compounding can work for them in the years to come. Unlike other baby registries, which get abandoned after the baby arrives, a DreamList baby registry evolves into a wish list for the little one you can use on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions for life. Go ahead and dream big, your family deserves it.
This was the most used infant car seat I've seen among friends. Get the AIR version (not on Amazon) - much less sweat-inducing. You can attach it to most strollers directly or via attachments. Get a second base if you have more than one car.
Pick whatever attachments you want - we never used the changing table but the bassinet setup stayed next to our bed for the first 6 weeks before the baby went to his own room.
A super light stroller that can also go on gravel and is the most compact we could find for public transport. Joggers are hard to carry in car or busses and smaller plastic wheels tear up and are hard to move as well. This one also closes with a one hand-pull (We have impressed many airplane cargo workers with that one during gate check.)
Perfect for rainy and cold days - wraps the baby nicely in a stroller. There is a smaller version for a carseat. Water proof.
What a perfect gift for a baby shower! I call it a win-win-parents-nap solution. (Jokes aside, do not leave children unattended with a video phone, but do allow them to spend more time with family members you love.) My little one learned so many facial tricks from his cousin 6000 miles away. Life is short.
Breast pumps are usually covered by health insurance providers - we wouldn't recommend buying one as a gift unlesss the mom has requested it. Moms are raving about this pump for its portability (moms need to pump wherever they are - in the car, on an airplane, at work) and hospital-grade suction.
Baby loves it and plays with the toys after he can hold his head steady - 5months +
The best camera we've seen for night-time observation. You can hear the faintest baby breathing sounds with the camera being 5 feet away.
Great so you can watch the little one play if you are away at work via your iPhone.
Useful when the baby starts learning to sit at 4-5 months. Once-size fits all, so some babies use it more than others. Ideally, try it will little one before you buy.
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