Baby Gear New Parents I've Worked with Love!
I see so many new products every year in my work with new families as a postpartum doula. Some of these are favorites of mine as well, others were new to me but I can see why my client's love them.
Soft, and re-usable Bamboobies breast pads where a favorite for many of my clients.
There are lots of wonderful swaddle blankets on the market today but these are a consistent favorite! The designs are fun and gender neutral. The bamboo fabric is delicate and soft. I've also seen these used as a nursing cover or cute scarf!
There are SO MANY great bottles out there, and not every bottle works well for every baby. This specialty feeding system is for "infants with the following conditions – cleft lip/palate, oro-neuromotor dysfunctions, congenital heart disease, common or rare syndromic sequences and/or craniofacial anomalies," according to the Dr. Brown's website. I've had the pleasure of working with babies with some of these conditions and this bottle is very helpful and easy to use!
I'm a huge fan of The Moby Wrap company and products! I often wear my client's babies in a wrap while mom/dad is sleeping, showering, or taking a break. Once my clients see how much I am able to do with their baby snug in the Moby Wrap they want me to teach them how to use it too! Using a wrap is especially helpful for mothers of multiple babies. Babywearing with any product is wonderful for parents and babies! I highly suggest you try it out!
Modern Natural Baby is a local store in Metro Detroit, Michigan, that offers great cloth diapering options and classes. They created the display window pictured above. It's pretty amazing to see the difference cloth diapers can make on the environment. I used disposables myself since I didn't know anything about cloth diapers as a young mom. Now that I've watched several clients use a system of washing, and seen all the cute cloth diapers available I can see why people choose this option.
Thank you for reading this Top 5 list of products my client's loved this year. I'd love to hear about the products you loved as a new parent! Comment below!
Learn more about how I support new parents as a postpartum doula in this recent blog post Clinton Township Parents Recommend Postpartum Doula Services.
I love babywearing! My favorite for newborns is the Moby Wrap for several reasons. It is comfortable for mom and baby and ergonomically correct! After a few tries it is easy to use. It can be stuffed in a bag and is lightweight. You can breastfeed your baby while wearing it. You can easily check to make sure your baby is safe and comfy. If you wear it with only a little or no clothing underneath you are practicing Kangaroo Mother Care (see previous blog) and that is wonderful for you and your baby. The main reason is my favorite is because I can use the folds to be sure my baby is secure - hands free! I've even had the pleasure of comfortably wearing twins in the Moby!
For older babies I prefer the Ergo (pictured above). The Ergo is super comfortable and user friendly. It is similar to a backpack. I like to use it in place of a stroller while shopping and I have found my kids are much happier at eye level then down in a stroller.
A few things to remember while babywearing:
1. Wrap, sling or stow baby in a way you would normally carry them chest to chest, or on your back like a piggy back ride. You can also use carriers, wraps and slings to carry children on your hip. Facing a baby outward can put pressure on their spine and therefore it is not recommended you wear your baby this way.
2. Once you get baby into a carrier, wrap or sling give them a few minutes to get used to it and don't give up if they fuss a little at the start. I've found that if you jiggle around a bit and take exaggerated steps most babies will relax.
3. Like before you put your baby in a car seat try to have them diapered and fed (or feed them in the carrier of choice). This way once they are in - they're in!
4. Try to keep babies hips angled at 45 degrees, in other words their knee is slightly above or equal too their hip. Again, this is similar positioning to when we hold them in our arms and it is the most comfortable way for them to be worn.
5. Enjoy! Dads can wear babies too.
I'd love to hear comments about places you've worn your babies and your favorite products. There are lots to chose from!
Babywearing in the snow. My little one is warm and safe on my back.
Jill Reiter CPD, Author
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