Going shopping for items for your newborn baby can be overwhelming. There are a lot if things to buy: nursery essentials, baby clothes and sleepwear, baby bath and skincare, things for the Go Bag, the Diaper Bag, baby feeding… The list goes on. As a first time mom (parent), it is so important to get only the best for Baby. Researching what to buy is laborish. There are so many products! I would like to buy everything if space wasn’t an issue (we live in an apartment); or if money wasn’t an issue (I hate buying things that goes to waste).
Now that Emily is 6 months old (omg just like a blink of an eye!), I like to share with you our handy checklist of items we purchased, things we recommend, things we wished we never bought – our tried and tested (broken down my categories) – to make sure you don’t have to!
- Baby Nursery Essentials
- Baby Gear Must Haves
- Baby Travel & On The Go Essentials
- Baby Essential Gear and for the Home
- Baby Skincare Must Have for Dry Skin / Eczema
- Baby Feeding Must Haves and Nursing Essentials
- Baby Feeding Essentials: months 6+
To be honest when we first registered at our baby registry at our local baby store, we were given a list that’s even longer than this one below.
While most items were very Pinterest worthy – however merely decorative or not very useful. Because honestly baby could care less whether the walls are pink or white. All baby cares about are boobies (or formula milk), if she sleeps comfortably and has a fresh change of diapers.
Baby Skincare Must Have for Dry Skin:
Newborn babies tend to have dry skin, rashes, pimples and eczema. When Emily was born initially her skin was fine, however; after a weeks she started having very dry skin. None of the over the counter creams seemed to work. We wondered if we should talk with the doctor about my child's dry skin.
We were frustrated. Baby was frustrated, uncomfortable and very fussy (who can blame her with dry itchy and cracked skin). Doctor suggested we wait it out before using prescription medications.
Her skin started to improve almost immediately after we started using the following products.
La Roche Posay: This LIPIKAR Baume AP+ cream is anti-Itching, lipid-replenishing, soothing balm. It is non-greasy and absorbs very quickly. I love that it is fragrance-free and paraben-free. It relieves very dry, irritated skin prone to itching, extreme dryness, sensitive and atopy-prone skin. Suitable for babies, children and adults.
Also on the list is La Roche Posay's LIPIKAR SYNDET AP+ shower cream. Dryness starts in the shower and this shower cream reduces severe dryness.
Aveeno Baby: This is a heavy nighttime balm designed for soothing dry itchy skin. This colloidal oatmeal nighttime balm helps care for your baby’s skin with eczema. This unique balm intensely moisturizes however I find it to be very greasy. It also strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps soothe and prevent recurrence of dry, itchy skin, so your baby will feel relief when applied at bedtime.
Polysporin: When baby's skin is cracked and I'm afraid that she will get an infection I will use a little Polysporin Complete. Our pediatrician says it is ok for babies, however; if you are concerned please consult with your medical professional first!
Is there anything you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below please! Thanks!
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