Nursery Must Haves
Hatch Baby Lamp
I learned about this lamp when I worked for the company as their sleep consultant and I haven't let it go since! This product is useful in many ways. It is a night light, plays white noise or lullaby's and becomes an okay to wake clock for your toddler. You will use it for years to come. The best part is how easy to program this is from your phone. I've used many different "okay to wake" clocks for toddlers and this is my favorite because of the simplicity and ease of use. Program the lullaby to come on at bedtime to set the stage for sleep. Need to go in and feed in the middle of the night? Turn the light up from your phone so you can see what you’re doing. Easy peasy.
My favorite newborn pacifier because the plush part rests easily on your baby’s chest, which makes it easier for her to reinsert and harder to lose. In addition, your baby will enjoy touching and stroking the plush toy.
The Emily Organic Crib Mattress
When I was buying my daughter a twin bed for moving her out of the crib I cheaped out. Yep, not gonna lie, I ordered a mattress from Wayfair. And it arrived and smelled like chemicals. I let it air out outside for a couple of days and then had her try it. Her hair smelled of chemicals in the morning and I promptly returned it. Then I started searching for organic mattresses. I stumbled upon My Green Mattress and I loved their story of starting out being handmade. These mattresses are made with natural materials like GOTS certified organic cotton, GOTS certified organic coconut and wool layered over an innerspring, makes this mattress perfect for your baby's crib.
It’s not sexy or new, but has stood the test of time. This is for newborns to 14 weeks and is the only swaddle that kept my 10 lb 4oz newborn’s arms in.
4 Month and Older Tools
The BEST sleep sacks because this one size fits from age 4 to 24 months. It's an investment but you will only by 1 for all 4 seasons and it will last for years. Otherwise you will have about 4-6 sleep sacks in your life for different sizes and different seasons. I LOVE the weight of this sleep sack. It's substantial and makes your little one feel safe and cozy. It's made of high quality wool which is the best material for regulating your baby’s body temperature. You really can use it in the winter AND the summer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding any blankets in the crib until age 12 months. However, I have found babies older than 5 months with core strength and good arm control do very well having a small 6 “ by 6” lovie blanket to help them soothe. Repeatedly stroking different textiles between their fingers is very soothing. Not a must have, but can be a nice to have if it's the right size and your baby is mobile. The perfect lovie blanket has a few different textures on it for your baby to touch.
by lactation consultant Tracy Jedrzejek, MA, IBCLCt
An illustrated guide to breastfeeding that is a great resource for your entire breastfeeding journey. This book is jam packed visual reference and laid it out in a simple, easy to use manner. If you live in the San Fran Bay Area you can also see Tracy for private consultations and she's my go to for lactation referrals.
Super Baby Food
by Ruth Yaron
I used this book for both my kids and continue to recommend. This gives you simple, healthy meals that you can feel good about giving to your baby. This book guides you from first solids through to toddler meals and provides a variety of ideas and recipes. I was so proud that my baby was eating kale, sweet potato and nutritional yeast and having each bite packed with nutrients! This book will educate and empower you.
Bringing Up Bebe
by Pamela Druckerman
A humours, enlightening parenting perspective for the practical, rational Mom. Are we over parenting? Is it all just too much? I loved this book because it took me out of North America and gave me another perpsective of parenting which was refreshing and relieving. It can seem like reading a book is the last thing you have time for when you have a baby, but this book was worth every second of "me time."
by Dr. Sheryl G. Ziegler
A thoughtful, accurate book for the Mom children from toddlerhood to teenager. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or depleted from being a Mom this is a must read to gain perspective on why this is happening and what you can do about it.