The Best Baby Checklist from A Mom of Four!

I’m finally done with my new-baby checklist. This is everything I personally need for a new baby in the house and some more things that I always like to have for extra comfort during the first postpartum weeks. If you have any questions about anything on here, let me know! I have listed some of my favorite products, and I’m going to give you guys the link to each one of them so you can check them out yourself!

 

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Here is the HUGE List of my favorite items. Most of these you can find on Amazon (score!).

  1. My chair from American Signature Furniture. It is the best, softest thing to sit in, sleep in, rock in while you’re pregnant, and during those long nights and getting used to nursing. It is the best. I love it so much.
  2. Tucks pads.
  3. Colace Stool Softener  not super fun to talk about, but its such a necessity for postpartum.
  4. Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray also a big necessity.
  5. Boppy Nursing Pillow
  6. Medela Tender Care Lanolin– My favorite! This is my first choice among all of the brands.
  7.  Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote – Also my personal favorite.
  8. Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Medium– These were life savers for my twins. They were so tiny and had issues latching at first, which can cause any mom to rethink breastfeeding at all. You NEED these in your hospital bag!
  9. Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier, Pink/Purple, 0-3 Months, 2 Count– These pacifiers are the ones they give you in the hospital. I love these because there is virtually no risk for a choking hazard. But please be sure to change it as your baby gets older, there are 3+ month Soothies that are made a little tougher to keep babies from putting the entire thing in their mouths. Hands down these are the best pacifiers out there. My babies have never used anything else!
  10. Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge– This is the bath sponge that I love to use for newborns, it adds a lot of security during bath time and its easy to keep clean. Take a look at the price!
  11. Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper– This is what I’ve been talking about in all of my posts. I love it. Its a major necessity for me.

So those are my favorites out of the list! I hope you find the list useful and you can narrow it down by checking off what you need, or adding other things you want to have! I have also added a safety checklist of things you need to be aware of before bringing baby home.

I have just published an article about baby toys that will be helpful for new moms as well, it is The Best Toys for Babies! Check it out!

Don’t forget to make the most of your pregnancy, click here to see my favorite Pregnancy Keepsake Ideas.

I want to know what else is a must-have for pregnancy, postpartum and baby. If you’re a mom of multiple children or a first-time mom, let me know what you think! I want to hear from you. Comment below!

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The Biggest Car Seat Safety Mistakes You May Be Making!

 

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The goal of my blog is to inform moms and dads as much as I can to help them enjoy their babies and help keep them safe! Safety is my number one priority. I see way too many car seat mistakes when I am out and about and it bothers me down to the core. My first instinct is to get REALLY mad, you know? Why would someone be so careless? Why would someone put their kid in harms way, when a simple safety check takes three seconds? The issue is that there are too many parents out there who are uninformed, who simply do not know the real and true dangers behind these mistakes. And its really sad because without that information, these children are unprotected, and accidents will happen.

When I was little, I grew up riding in the back of a pickup truck and obviously seat belts weren’t really a big deal. So why am I so adamant that my kids get the best car seat protection in my power? Because the world has changed. There are people texting and driving. There are so many people drinking and driving.  There are more people going way too fast But some of the car seat safety problems happen outside of the carThere are huge risks to your child’s safety in other ways that you may not be thinking about.

Using the Proper Car Seat- Check the height and weight limit of the car seat, and make sure your child is within those limits! You must have an infant car seat for your newborn, a convertible seat for your toddler on into preschool, and finally booster seats. Try not to graduate your child too early. I highly recommend Britax car seats, and you can use their website to help choose the best one for your baby. Just my personal opinion! 

Keep your child rear facing as long as possibleThere are countless studies PROVING that rear-facing seats are the best protection for babies and toddlers in the event of a crash. They have been calculated as being FIVE times safer than forward facing car seats. Please don’t rush your child into a forward facing seat. She’s fine, EVEN if she is tall. If you have a tall preschooler, she can fold her legs while riding in the seat. Having legs bent for short periods of time will not bother your child. If it’s a long trip, make pit stops to stretch those legs! Check your infant seat’s height and weight limits, and upgrade to a rear-facing convertible car seat when your baby turns one.

Make sure the car seat is properly installed Your local fire department will be happy to help you make sure that your kids seats are installed correctly! If you’re unsure after you install it, don’t hesitate!

Check those straps and buckles! Make sure the straps are clean and untwisted, NEVER wash the straps. The entire seat is made with fire-resistant chemicals (safe for your child) and if you wash it, you risk any part of the seat not being fire-safe. Please read your car seat manual to find the best way to clean your seats and straps.

The Chest Clip. Make sure you adjust this extremely important clip the right way every single time you put your baby in the seat. Make sure the straps are snug but not too tight. The reason why is that the placement of this clip during a crash can make the diffe

These are some of my favorite infographics that I have seen around the web.

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In the one above, the the upper chest clip is way too high, and in an accident, it can damage a child’s airway. The pink clip on the bottom is way too low, and it can injure your child’s soft organs. A big rule of thumb is to make sure the chest clip is at armpit level.

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Take Jackets OFF 737a07afe1140a22737bdef573b37376It might be tedious in the cold weather, to keep taking the jackets on and off in the car during errands. It can be dangerous to leave your baby in a thick jacket while in the car, because you run the risk of overheating, and in the event of a crash, that extra room from the straps you had to loosen to fit the jacket, well now they are too loose for your child. The puff from any jacket will instantly compress in a crash, and that means your baby is not secure in his car seat.

Car Seat Decor– I’ve seen them. I’ve been tempted to buy them.

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They’re frilly and pretty and so much cuter than the basic designs you see on car seats every day. But they’re unfortunately unsafe. Car seat companies send their seats through rigorous testing and any aftermarket item that you put on your seat may affect how the seat functions during a crash. I would much rather look at an ugly seat than hinder its safety mechanisms if there was an accident. 

This goes for head supports, shoulder strap cushions, car seat blankets (the ones you put under your baby and around the straps), anything that goes on the car seat. Just because they make it, doesn’t mean it is safe. If your car seat company doesn’t include it OR if they don’t make it themselves, DO NOT USE IT. 

SHOPPING CARTS.  PLEASE DO NOT put your baby on top of the grocery cart. It is not made for that, the clips DO NOT mean that it is secure. Death and critical injuries have happened because parents don’t think there is anything wrong with it, or that their seat is made for it. There are no seats made for grocery carts! And speaking of putting your baby on elevated spaces, keep your car seat ONLY on the floor, the stroller, or in the car. 

There is so much more information out there, that I cannot cover on one blog post, so I highly recommend reading the Car Seat Lady Blog. If you need help in any way, there are people eager to answer any questions you may have regarding the safety of your child in his seat. Remember always to talk to a trusted source for advice on car seat safety.