New Baby Stuff – Things You Might Not Have Thought of Yet
Okay, so the stuff below isn’t absolutely necessary, and it isn’t even necessarily critical for a new baby. But if you’re a new parent, and if you’re like us and trying to balance work, parenthood, and hanging on to a semblance of the life you lived before, here’s a list of new baby stuff you’re going to want to look into sooner rather than later. Trust us.
- Breast Pump – If you’re breastfeeding and you’re a two-income family, start thinking about acquiring a breast pump sooner rather than later (you can rent them from local pharmacies, pediatrician offices, and hospitals). You won’t need it while you’re on maternity leave, but it’s good to start practicing with it well before you go back to work so that you’re comfortable using a breast pump when the time comes. It’s also good to train your husband in the intricacies of thawing and preparing breastmilk for your baby while you’re not around. And no, just in case he asks, thawed breast milk doesn’t taste good in your morning coffee.
- Stroller(s) and Bike Trailers – Yes, that’s strollers with an s (as in plural). If you’re going to Babies R Us, you’re going to be tempted by the deluxe padded model with the transferable car seat option, drink holders, and multiple sun and wind shades. If that’s your cup of tea, power to you. But if you’re like most Coloradoans, you’re going to need more than that in order to meet all of your baby transportation needs. That deluxe model isn’t going to take well to the trails, so you’re going to want to invest in a jogging stroller as well, and it’s a little much for navigating DIA, too, so plan to add a cheap umbrella stroller to your arsenal for easy travel. And if you’re a bike enthusiast, as so many Coloradoans are, start shopping for a bike trailer that you can hook to the road bike for trips across town. Sounds like a lot, I know, but it’s all money well spent if you like to get out and about (and why wouldn’t you if you live in Colorado?).
- Baby Backpack – I know, we already covered baby carriers, slings, and wraps. That said, if you like spending time in the outdoors, you’re going to want to invest in a good baby backpack. They’re great for summer music festivals and long hikes in the mountains. To be honest, we wear ours around the house all the time, too. Front oriented baby carriers are the way to go when your new baby is still a grub, but once your kid gets a few months older and can hold their head up on their own, it’s nice to throw them on your back while you’re gardening, cleaning the house, or even cooking dinner!
- Broom/Vacuum Cleaner/Mop/Dog – In our opinion, this is one of the most essential new baby pickups, and one that expecting parents rarely have on their radar. It’s not a must for the first few months when your new addition is hooked on the bottle or breast, but as soon as your kid switches to solid food, look out floors! Your previously clean carpets, linoleum, and hardwoods will be a canvas of cheerios, goldfish, half chewed steamed vegetables, and mercilessly gummed fruit. Your broom, vacuum cleaner, and mop are going to get a workout. And if you don’t have a dog, I recommend you get one. An opportunistic pooch will literally save you hours of time on your hands and knees cleaning up after your bundle of joy!