7 Baby Basics for the First Six Months

7 Baby Basics for the First Six Months

April 18, 2018

7 Baby Basics for the First Six Months

7 Baby Basics for the First Six Months
Here are some everyday basics you’ll want to have on hand to get you through those first few months.7 Baby Basics for the First Six Months

Getting ready for your first baby is fun, but a lot of work. Preparing the house, researching products and emotionally preparing for your little one’s arrival sort of takes over your life. Plus, you don’t really know what things baby will like when you bring them home.

There’ll be a lot of trial and error while you both get used to each other and figure out what baby likes—and what baby doesn’t. Until then, here are some everyday basics you’ll want to have on hand to get you through those first few months.

Out and About

Getting out of the house with a newborn or young baby can be a challenge! But can also be good for your sanity—even a walk around the block can improve your day.

A car seat is, of course, probably at the top of your gear list. Infant car seats are great for easy mobility. They easily snap in and out of the base in your car, so there’s no need to wake baby or reinstall the base when you take of them in and out of the car.

A car seat needs to be installed correctly to be safe (49 percent of infant car seats are used or installed incorrectly!). The Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX Infant Car Seat has a hassle-free 3-step installation with SnugLock Technology that clicks when it’s securely installed so you know you’ve done it right. There’s also extra impact absorption to help protect your infant in frontal crashes. The large shade canopy adjusts without disturbing baby and protects them from the sun, and the seat cushions are machine washable.

Additional Specs
Child specifications 4-35 lb and up to 32”
Weight 21.89 lbs

For getting around outside, many parents love baby carriers—they leave your hands free and keep baby close to your body, rocking with your movement. But, chances are you’ll also want a stroller.

Travel systems make life during those first six months to a year easier. You can snap the infant car seat in and out of them, so you don’t have to transfer baby. Most strollers can’t be used with newborns without a car seat, so this is one of the only ways to stroll with a baby under six months. Plus, you can continue to use it when baby is older.

This Graco travel system includes the top-rated SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX Infant Car Seat that securely attaches to the stroller, so you can it use it right away. Once baby can sit up, use it as an infant stroller and then for your toddler up to 50 lbs—so you can keep rolling for a long time. Featuring a one-handed standing fold, a pivoting tray with cup holders for your little one, and a large storage area for all of your belongings, the Graco Modes LX Travel System is one travel system many parents really like!

Additional Specs
Stroller For child up to 50 lbs
Infant Car Seat Rear-facing for infants from 4-35 lbs. & up to 32”

Rest

Sleep is one of many parents’ concerns when it comes to life with a new baby. You might be wondering “How much or how little sleep am I going to get?” Probably not as much as you got before. Babies sleep a lot, but unfortunately not for more than a few hours at a time for the first few months (their internal clock doesn’t kick in until around 4 months). But there are things you can do to help establish a better bedtime from the beginning.

A cozy sleep environment for baby is key. Here are some tips:

  • Many babies sleep better in a swaddle. It keeps their little arms tightly bundled next to them and helps prevent the startle reflex from waking them.
  • Keep the temperature on the cool side so baby doesn’t overheat.
  • Sound machines can help keep outside noises from around the house from waking baby.
  • A baby monitor can provide you with peace of mind while you make dinner or catch up with a friend.
  • Pacifiers can also help babies sleep better and can help prevent SIDS. If breastfeeding, you should wait until that’s well established (around 3 or 4 weeks) before introducing a binky.

The orthodontic nipple on this NUK pacifier is asymmetrical to promote healthy oral development, while the scoop bottom shape allows for maximum tongue movement. They fit under baby’s nose for easy breathing, and come in lots of cute designs, like this sweet Disney pattern.

Put all these tips to work in this comfy, portable sleep space:

This playard’s portable features makes it easy to keep baby by your side as you move around the house. Infants can snooze in the portable bouncer that attaches right to the playard, and also easily removes with the click of a button so you can move it from room to room. The bouncer also features soothing vibrations and cozy, plush fabrics for baby’s ultimate comfort. The playard also includes a wipe-clean diaper changer making clean up quick and simple. Since all the extras are easy to take on and off, it’s simple to pack the playard up when it’s time to travel—and it includes a carry bag for convenient use on-the-go.

Additional Specs
Child specifications Portable Napper: infants under 3 months and unable to roll over; Bassinet: babies under 15 lbs; Diaper Changing Station: babies under 30 lbs; Playard: children under 35” and unable to climb out
Dimensions 32” x 29.5” x 37.5”
Weight 35 lbs

For soothing, not sleeping, a swing can keep baby happy while you get things done.

You’d rather hold baby in your arms, but that’s not always possible. The Graco EveryWay Soother with Removable Rocker can keep baby happy when you need a few minutes to get things done. It offers eight ways to swing in two directions for a total of 16 soothing motions. And the seat doubles as a removable rocker so you can keep baby by your side throughout the home.

Additional Specs
Child Specifications Swing weight limit: 5.5-25 lbs; Rocker Weight Limit: 5.5-18 lls
Dimensions 35” x 25.5” x 28”
Weight 22.5 lbs

Feeding

During the first few weeks and months of your baby’s life, you just might feel like all you’re doing is feeding them, whether breastfeeding, formula feeding or a mix of both. Newborns eat every 2-3 hours, but even as baby gets older, they’ll still be eating 3-5 hours.

Bottles can help make your life a lot easier. Feeding time can be shared among caregivers, friends and other family members (who doesn’t love giving baby a bottle?).

The flexible nipple in the NUK Simply Natural Bottle has multiple holes (similar to mom) to help make an easier transition for babies who are also breastfeeding, and it moves with baby’s mouth for a continuous latch. The one-piece anti-colic air system helps reduce colic, gas and spit up, and parents love that the bottles are easy to clean.

For breastfeeding moms, a breast pump can be a lifesaver, even if you’re not going back to work full time. We like electric pumps, as they make expressing milk a lot of faster. A super-useful accessory for your pump? Collection cups.

These BPA-free collection cups allow you to pump discreetly, hands free. Simply place them inside your nursing bra, connect them to a pump (they’re compatible with most major brands) and then pump directly into the cups. So you can use your hands for other things, like playing with baby. There’s also the NUK Simply Natural Double Electric Breast Pump, a portable, hands-free pumping system that gives you the freedom to pump anywhere, anytime.

The first six months definitely will be an adventure—but by then, you and your new little roommate will have gotten the hang of this whole baby/parent thing.

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