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Baby Shopping Guide

Around the House

Register at a baby gear store and you may be given a list that’s even longer than this one. Of course, they want you to buy everything they’ve got! Try to keep in mind that all you really need for baby is diapers, a place for him to sleep, and a blanket to bundle him in.

But we know you’re not living in the Stone Age. You need and deserve the accessories that will make your job as parent a whole lot easier. We’ve listed those as “necessities.” Other things that you might appreciate (but which some parents have found to be a waste of money) are listed as “It’s nice to have.” Items that are merely decorative or not very useful are categorized as “strictly optional.” Products that are unsafe appear under “no-nos.”

Nursery furniture

The necessities:

____ Crib or co-sleeper

____ Crib mattress

It’s nice to have:

____ Changing table

____ Bassinet (though it’s only safe until 3 months or 15 pounds)

____ Rocking chair or glider

____ Humidifier or vaporizer

____ Dresser/chest

____ Hamper

____ Baby monitor (if you have a big house)

No-nos:

  • A secondhand crib (get a new one for safety)

Linens

The necessities:

____ 2 fitted crib sheets

____ Crib bumper that ties on securely (this is controversial — some people worry that they’re a SIDS risk; others say they keep baby from banging into the bars)

____ Several thin cotton receiving blankets

____ 2 waterproof mattress protectors

Strictly optional:

____ Matching quilt or a crib skirt (they’re only decorative)

No-nos:

  • Pillows (a SIDS risk)
  • Sleep positioners (yet another SIDS risk)
  • Mattress padding (ditto)

Babyproofing

The necessities (not an issue until 4 months or later):

____ Gates at the top and bottom of all stairs

____ Cabinet latches

____ Drawer latches

____ Outlet covers

____ Fireplace bumper

____ Furniture anchors

It’s nice to have:

____ Toilet lock

____ Corner guards for low tables

Feeding

For formula feeding

The necessities:

____ 8 or so bottles with newborn nipples (try several brands to find the one your baby prefers)

____ Bottle-cleaning brush or a dishwasher basket

____ Bottle-drying rack

____ Several weeks’ worth of baby formula to start

____ 6 or more cotton bibs

____ 6 or more burp cloths (cloth diapers do the job)

____ Insulated cooler/carrier for outings

It’s nice to have:

____ Dry formula dispenser

____ Bottle sterilizer

Strictly optional:

____ Bottle warmer (heating in hot water takes the same amount of time)

____ Bottle proper (unless you have multiples and use it sparingly when you can’t otherwise feed all the babies at once)

For breastfeeding

The necessities:

____ Nursing pillow

____ 2-3 nursing bras

____ 2-3 boxes of nursing pads

____ 6 or more cotton bibs

____ 6 or more burp cloths (cloth diapers do the job)

It’s nice to have:

____ Breast pump (electric if you’ll use it every day at work, otherwise a hand pump is fine)

____ Breast milk storage bags or containers

____ Several bottles and nipples if someone else will be feeding baby pumped breast milk

____ Nipple cream (for the first few weeks)

Solid-food feeding

The necessities (not an issue until 4 to 6 months):

____ High chair

____ Plastic bibs

____ Infant feeding spoons

____ Infant bowl

It’s nice to have:

____ Mess mat for under the high chair

____ Baby food mill (if you’re ambitious enough to puree your own baby food)

Basic Baby Care

For diapering

The necessities:

____ 2 packs of newborn diapers to start

____ Wipes

____ Diaper rash ointment

____ Waterproof changing table pad

____ 2-3 changing table pad covers (usually cotton or terry cloth)

____ Diaper pail or trash can with a lid

It’s nice to have:

____ 4-5 waterproof square or rectangular pads for under baby’s bottom (protecting the cover that’s protecting the pad — you won’t be sorry)

____ Baby cream (if your baby has dry skin)

____ Non-talc powder (to help the diaper area dry faster)

Strictly optional:

____ A wipe warmer

____ A diaper stacker (though they’re pretty)

For bathing and grooming

The necessities:

____ 2 hooded towels

____ 4 washcloths

____ Infant tub (for after the umbilical cord falls off)

____ Bath seat or inflatable tub-within-a-tub (for after 6 months)

____ Baby bath wash

____ Baby shampoo

____ Baby comb and brush set

____ Nail scissors/nail clippers/nail file set

____ Cotton swabs

____ Cotton balls

It’s nice to have:

____ Bath toys

____ Mesh bag to hold bath toys

____ Bath thermometer

____ Faucet guard

Strictly optional:

____ A baby-size robe (it’s hard enough to get baby dressed in her real clothes!)

Clothing

The necessities:

____ 7 or more snap-crotch bodysuits/onesies

____ 3-4 T-shirts and/or side-snap shirts

____ Several snap-up rompers

____ Several shirt-and-pant sets

____ 7 pairs of pajamas and/or sleeping gowns

____ Sun hat

____ Cold-weather hat

____ Cardigan sweater

____ Bunting or snowsuit if it gets cold

____ 6 pairs of booties and/or socks

____ Baby hangers for the closet

It’s nice to have:

____ A special outfit to bring baby home in and/or show her off

____ Several diaper covers

____ A wearable sleep sack, to use instead of a blanket

Strictly optional:

____ Shoes (until baby is walking outside, i.e., the toddler years)

Going Out

The necessities:

____ Car seat that fits a newborn

____ Stroller that accommodates a newborn

____ Diaper bag filled with diapers, wipes, and a spare outfit

____ Front carrier, like a Snugli or Baby Bjorn

It’s nice to have:

____ Sling (for the newborn stage)

____ Baby backpack (for after 6 months)

____ Stroller that your car seat fits onto

____ Rain cover for the stroller

____ Infant headrest for the car seat (if it doesn’t come with one)

____ Warm blanket or “boot” to wrap baby in during winter strolls

____ Sunshades for the car windows

____ Big diaper bag for overnight trips

No-nos:

  • Mirror to see baby in the car (it can be a hazard if there’s an accident)
  • A secondhand car seat (always get a new one)

Just for Fun

First toys

No necessities, but it’s nice to have:

____ Soft books and board books

____ Rattles

____ Plastic links

____ Soft blocks

____ Activity gym/play mat

____ Crib mirror

____ Toys that attach to the stroller

____ Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks

____ Baskets to store toys in all the key places: baby’s room, the living room, the kitchen

No-nos:

  • Car seat toy bars (an added risk if there’s an accident)

For sitting baby in

The necessities:

____ Bouncer seat or infant seat

____ Stationary activity center (once baby is 4 months old)

____ Heavy blankets and quilts to lay on the floor

It’s nice to have:

____ Swing

____ Moses basket (though only usable until baby reaches 3 months)

____ Portable play yard

No-nos:

  • Walker (get a stationary center instead, for safety)
  • Jumper (also generally considered unsafe)

When Something’s Wrong

For soothing

The necessities:

____ Several pacifiers (try different brands to see which one your baby prefers)

____ Mobile for over the crib or changing table

____ Lullaby CDs or other soothing music

It’s nice to have:

____ Music box made for the crib

The medicine cabinet

The necessities:

____ Thermometer

____ Petroleum jelly

____ Infant Tylenol

____ Nasal aspirator

____ Electrolyte drink (such as Pedialyte, to treat dehydration)

It’s nice to have:

____ Teething ointment or other teething remedy

____ Vapor cream and/or vapor bath

____ Saline nose drops

____ Antigas medicine

 

By Jessica Hartshorn

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The Most Fashionable Kids on the Internet

Featured below are a group of 11 young fashionistas and fashionistos that are taking youth style to the next level. While they may not be styling themselves they definitely know how to rock a fashionable look while bringing in tons of likes on social media. Here are the instagrams of 11 of the most fashionable kids on the net.

 

  1. Elle

Username babyellestlye, here she is styled in a Disney inspired outfit.

 

  1. Alonso Mateo

Having Luisa Fernanda as a mother surely has impacted this little ones sense of style. As you would expect from a child born from an actress, singer and model, Alonso’s style doesn’t fall short. Not so new to the fashion scene he has been capturing attention since he was a toddler. He is typically featured on his mothers insta @luisafere.

 

  1. Scout

With an extraordinary name comes extraordinary fashion. This 5-year old New Yorker know how to dress for any occasion. He mother runs a successful lifestyle blog and lil Scout is on her way to following in her chic footsteps.

 

  1. Coco

This 6-year old makes everyone around her look way less cool. Coco brings loud style and attitude to the forefront in her quirky-cool looks sure to turn heads. This Tokyo based fashion star can be seen on her insta: @coco_pinkprincess

 

  1. Zuri

This beautiful lil diva embraces 90s style and always has the best poses. A natural model and fashion icon Zuri can be found on her insta: @____zuri.

 

  1. Ol’ka and Esenia

These lovely Russian girls have a beautifully curated image filled with pink and feminity thanks to mommy who is also featured on their insta @sheriandsheri

 

  1. Ryan Secret

This stylish little guy is bound to be the coolest most stylish little boy in any given place at a time. His style is comprised of hi street-wear. You can find more of Ryan on his insta: @ryansecret

 

 

  1. Haileigh

Looking wise beyond her years, due to her fabulous wardrobe, this 8 year old is an fashion icon for any age group.

 

  1. Amelia

Amelia, styled by her mom can be seen wearing lots of denim and minimalist outfit choices. This adorably fashionable toddler can be seen on her insta: @cissifio

 

  1. Ryker and Grey

This handsome brother duo makes looking stylish and cool all too easy. Featured on their insta you can find their momma and papa also their younger baby brother. Their insta is: @ministylehacker

 

 

  1. Laerta

 

This young lady knows how to accessorize. From Chanel bags to fluffy stuffed animals Laerta keeps it classy and fun always. To check out some of her fabulous looks you can go to her insta: @fasion_laerta.

 

 

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Trending Baby Product Must Haves

Bird Themes

Birds seem to be a reoccurring theme amongst Baby products making their way around every few years. As of recent we have seen this trend reappear with a variety of products from bedding, to clothing and even cloth diapers like these ones by Bumkins, which are super stylish and give a chic retro feel.

Fuchsia and Teal

Light pink and light blue seem to have totally taken over the baby market. Two substitutes that seem to be on the rise though are the colors fuchsia and teal.  If you’re looking for something different, loud and fresh these colors work perfect. While reviewing this trend we found two bright strollers in these colors by Bugaboo

Bottles to Simulate Momma

Many parents find that after breast feeding its hard to get their youngster to take a bottle. Something we’ve found particularly astounding is the new bottles that are being put out to combat this problem. The bottles are formed to simulate the mothers breast in look and feeling. Brands such as Avent and Tommee Tippee now have bottles that better mimic a breast, but probably the most unique one is this angled bottle by Mimijumi

Versatile Strollers

Manuevering strollers can often prove to be a task seemingly harder than it should be. For awhile there existed many limitations on strollers where it seemed there was a gab in consumer need and practicality. Now companies are making a much wider range in the strollers theyre putting out leaving parents very thankful. This stroller by Kolcraft Contours Bliss, seemed to perfectly meet consumers wants and needs.

Inventions by Parents for Parents

Its one thing for a baby product to be aesthetically pleasing, it’s totally another for it to have practical implications on parents everyday routine. As of recent many parents have sought to solve some every day issues they have for themselves by inventing. A great example of this is Mixie bottle, which stores formula powder inside — when it’s time for a feeding, just release the powder into the water and shake.

 

 Pastels

While we are seeing a lot of bold colors we are also equally observing a lot of soft muted toned clothing with trendy designs. Companies are throwing together more fashion forward designs. Many of these designs include prints of animals, graphic shapes and lines and abstract patterns giving a textural element to your baby’s clothing.

Retro

If you’re into high end style and want to go against the grain a bit this pram from Inglesina is perfect for you. The pram gives homage to a more retro style and era where simplicity was key. While you do get that nice clean and simple look with this product it still functions as a new one would and is very maneuverable.

Grey

Seemingly replacing that chocolate brown that we’re happy to see go is tones of greys in baby products. These products give your baby’s decor a more chic and cohesive look as everything seems to match with it. A great example is this modern looking bassinet by Monte.

Practical Jewelry

It is seemingly impossible to not have your little one yanking or biting on something on you. Trending now is chewable pieces that your baby can interact with. This eliminates the worry of your baby harming itself or breaking your jewelry because the pieces are made for direct safe interaction.

Tasteful Pattern

When utilizing patterns for baby products its can be very easy to hit tacky pretty quick. Brands like Clek (pictured here), Skip Hop and Itzy Ritzy putting out tasteful products that are still playful and full of color. This car seat with this Paul Frank design is a great example.