Getting ready for the arrival of a new baby can be overwhelming. There are so many baby products available that it can be hard to know what you really need. The truth is that there are really only a few basic things that you absolutely can’t live without. Here are five essential natural products that you’ll want to make sure you have on your baby registry.
From the moment I pulled out my first baby wipe I wondered how I ever managed through life without them. Babies and kids make life a lot messier and wipes are an easy go-to for everything from diaper changes to sticky fingers. Look for natural baby wipes that are biodegradable and are free of chemicals and dyes, which makes them gentler on your baby and the environment.
2. Baby Shampoo
Newborn babies don’t need baths every day since they don’t exactly get very dirty –although you’d be surprised how much milk can collect under that adorable double chin. As your baby grows older, however, baths might become a vital part of your bedtime routine. Having a daily schedule of winding down can help your baby get calm and give him cues that it’s time to go to sleep. A relaxing bath can be a great way to soothe your baby as part of the routine. Because I give my baby a daily bath as part of our bedtime routine, I like to use a gentle, natural baby shampoo so that frequent bathing won’t lead to dryness or skin irritation.
Although your baby’s skin can seem impossibly soft, it can be very sensitive and easily dry out, especially after bath time. Using a gentle baby lotion after bathing can help keep your baby’s skin soft, and most importantly help avoid any additional irritation. I like to use a natural baby lotion, like Tom’s of Maine Baby Lotion, which has minimal ingredients and is free of potentially harmful parabens and phthalates. It’s also a great addition to a soothing baby massage as part of our bedtime routine.
Despite your best efforts to stay on top of changing every wet diaper immediately, rashes can and will still happen. Diaper cream works by creating a barrier between the diaper and your baby’s skin, locking out moisture so that the skin stays dry and has a chance to heal. Choose a diaper cream for your registry that is natural and uses minimal ingredients to make sure your baby’s skin isn’t irritated further. (Diaper cream picture caption: “Diaper cream helps make changing time a breeze.”
5. Reusable Nursing Pads
If you plan on breastfeeding nursing pads are a must, especially during the first few weeks when your body is still learning to balance out your milk supply and you will likely encounter an overflow. Skip the disposable kind, which are not only wasteful, but can also be uncomfortable and show through your clothes. Instead, register for reusable nursing pads, which are soft, absorbent and easily washed. Make sure you get a few pair to avoid having to do laundry constantly.
Parenting is hard enough without worrying about which baby care products to use. Keep basic baby care simple by using natural products. Help first time parents out and share your baby registry must-haves in the comments.
Photo source: Sher Warkentin
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