As a first time mom you think you need a lot of stuff. You think you need the newest baby gear, the best clothes, and every possible object. In actuality, you don’t need a lot for them to just sleep, play, stroll, eat and sit in. I’m here to tell you that you only need these 5 things when you have a newborn.
The basics are covered: You have soap, wash cloths, towels already. You can get smaller, softer and cuter versions if you like, but is it not a needed now. Also simple comfy onies and blankets will do.
You need to hold the baby close. You will not spoil them. They are used to being inside of you for 9 months and you were their first and only home that whole time so they are used to you. So let them enjoy you some more. It is also beneficial to regulate their heart, temperature, emotions, and is easy for breastfeeding. You are also, hands free to do chores around the house and not have the stress of a crying baby.
A furry or shag rug for the little to to lay on, roll on while playing or tummy time. This added texture give much needs stimulation and helps with their fine motor skills because they can pick it up. Being on the floor helps baby to explore the world around them safely and comfortably.
The biggest thing you want to develop are fine and gross motor skills. Hand-eye coordination and exploration. Keep minimal, simple toys around like balls of different sizes, cups, rattles, and things they can safely grab and put in their mouth. Their mouth is their biggest sensor and helps them learn so you want to make a safe space for them to roam and explore freely. Wood, natural based toys, less lights and sounds are just fine.
Having a mirror low to the ground attached to the wall. Plexiglass is a better option. In front of where you will lay down your plush, soft rug. Baby can see himself to build stimulation and cognition. Vision also because they can see the space around them. Check this site out for more.
There are so many strollers but the Baby Jogger, City Mini 2 was my go to stroller. It has one handle folding, has great accessories and easy attachments. Its super lightweight, comfortable for baby (I was jealous of their reclining) and perfect for city strolls, malls, and trail walks. When I was not carrying the baby in the carrier and we needed a break, walks kept us both sane. I don’t know where I would be without those walks. so My advice is to get a stroller thats comfortable and easy to push, makes a huge difference.
Those are my 5 accessories you need when your baby arrives that will keep you sane and connected with your baby. While also helping baby grow comfortably and develop the skills and stimulation they need.
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