As a first time mom I was a bit overwhelmed with adding baby gifts to my registry. There was so much to choose from and I was not really sure what exactly I needed versus wanted. There is a difference.
Now that my son is almost four, I have a go-to baby gift list that I recommend moms add to their registry – many of these give the best gift of all – the gift of safe and healthy sleep.
#1 SafeSleep Crib Mattress
The most important baby gear decision you will make is what type of crib mattress you will buy. I actually forgot to add a baby mattress to my registry and my husband ran to the store last minute and grabbed one.
When we discovered that our son was a tummy sleeper we got nervous about him sleeping face down so we found the SafeSleep Breathe-Through crib mattress and it is hands down the safest and most comfortable baby crib mattress.
Here’s how it works:
The SafeSleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress’s open-air design with side openings and airpermeable surface (no sheet required!) creates passive airflow that sustains an oxygen-rich environment for your baby. So even if your baby rolls over and is face down all night long, he or she can breathe normally right through the air mattress. Otherwise, a regular fiber-fill mattress can trap carbon dioxide which is believed to be the biggest risk factor to many infant sleep related deaths. Every baby should be sleeping on this mattress. This is the safest crib mattress for babies.
#2 Woombie Swaddle
Invented by a nurse and mom of five, this swaddle was a lifesaver for us. Our son wore his Woombie even in the hospital after he was born. He kept wiggling out of the hospital blanket swaddle so we put him in his Woombie and he was calm and content. It was super easy to use – we tried swaddling with the blanket but couldn’t get it right like the nurses could. At 2 AM after having a baby you don’t want to be up trying to learn how to swaddle correctly.
My favorite Woombie swaddles are the Woombie Air which has a ventilated design so excess heat can escape. Regulating baby’s body temperature is very important as overheating is a risk factor of SIDS.
Another favorite is the new Grow with Me swaddle – buying swaddles as baby grows gets expensive but this swaddle grows with your baby from birth to 18 months! Simply genius. Buy two or three in case one gets soiled and needs washing. You don’t want to be caught at night without a spare Woombie on hand.
#3 Marpac Dome Classic Sound Machine
Sound machines help babies sleep better – our son is three and still uses one. I love the classic Marpac sound machine.
Don’t place the sound machine too close to baby. Put across the room on medium sound.
#4 Bamboo Wash Cloths and Hooded Bath Towel
My son had dry skin patches on both arms and legs and then when he was a toddler he had a red patch of eczema on one side of his face. Here’s how I healed his eczema naturally:
Changed bath wash. We now use The Honest Company Shampoo + Body Wash. It’s eco and doesn’t have any irritating ingredients.
We changed his washcloths and towels to Juddlies hooded bamboo bath towel for babies and toddlers with matching bamboo washcloths for kids. Bamboo is amazing! Click to see the benefits of bamboo for babies and kids here.
We use this amazing eco healing stick for kids from Perfectly Posh – it’s all natural and we put it on my son’s face daily and the eczema patch never comes back.
#5 Buncha Farmers Eco Stain Remover Stick
Doesn’t seem like a typical baby shower gift, BUT it will be one of mom’s favorite essentials. This stain remover is all natural and works like MAGIC. One morning on Easter my baby had a diaper blow out – and let’s just say it was not chocolate all over his white onesie.
Within minutes I had the onesie completely white and clean using this stain remover stick.
Babies are messy whether it be spit up, pureed food, or diaper blow outs; Buncha Farmers will help get those tough stains out so your baby’s clothes are not ruined and you don’t have to use toxic stain removers with chemicals.
It even removes berry and red wine stains!
It also makes the perfect stocking stuffer!