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.
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.
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.
Breast pumps are usually covered by health insurance providers - we wouldn't recommend buying one as a gift unlesss the mom has requested it. This pump offers slightly weaker pull if not plugged in, but it allows you to pump on the go (in the car, on an airplane, at work). I bought the Advanced version as well, for the stronger suction, but this is the one I ended up using the most.
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.)
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