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Newborn Essentials

Natalie G.
NATALIE G.
Baby Gear Specialist
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Just brought your little one home? Congratulations! Now, let's get you geared up. Join Tinyhood Gear Specialist, Natalie Gentile, for everything you need to make your first few months with baby a breeze.

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What essentials would you recommend for a second baby (will be 22 months apart)? We plan to reuse as much as we can. Thanks!
MEGHAN, PARENT OF 4 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD

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NATALIE

Hi Meghan,

The good news is that you won’t need to purchase much since you can reuse most of your gear! But here are some things to consider buying for your new baby!

1. A double stroller. There are many different styles of double strollers; tandem, side-by-side, all terrain. Choose one you feel will work best for your lifestyle for example, getting in and out of the car vs. city living. And consider if you’d like to use your infant car seat on a stroller and which strollers your current car seat is compatible with. If you didn’t use an infant car seat with your first child, you may consider purchasing one so you can use it on a stroller. Otherwise, you will need to purchase an additional convertible car seat.

2. If you haven’t already, remember to purchase new bottle nipples with newborn flow (if you’ll be using bottles) and pacifiers for 0-6 months.

3. Replace any products/gear that were damaged and/or anything your first born hasn’t yet grown out of such as an additional crib or even an extra white noise machine (if you use).

4. It sounds like your second will be born in a similar season to your first but you may want to consider any seasonal products you will need that could be different from the first time around.

If after reading this you need specific recommendations on items you feel you will need to purchase, I’m more than happy to help!

Natalie

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Essentials?
JOHANA RAMOS, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi! Would like to know more. What are the essentials?

Natalie
NATALIE

Hi Johana!

While there are many products on the market that could be called essentials and do make life easier with a newborn, the absolute essentials are the following.

A Car Seat. Obviously you can not drive in a car with a baby without one! Car seats run the gamut in pricing. My advice is to purchase the most expensive car seat you can comfortably afford and/or choose one that fits best in your car or on the stroller you would like to purchase.

/>A safe place for baby to sleep. Wether you are planning to co-sleep, use a bassinet, pack n’ play or crib, plan out what you will need for your baby’s sleeping environment. Remember, the only thing that should be in your baby’s crib is a mattress and sheet.

Food. Whether it’s breastmilk or formula, make sure you have everything on hand before you have your baby. For breastfeeding that means a good nursing bra, nipple cream and nursing pillow. For bottle feed babies, have bottles and formula on hand for when you get home from the hospital. And if you plan to, a breast pump. It’s worth looking into if our health insurance will provide you with one.

Diapers. To start you’ll need newborn sized diapers.

Clothing: Again, to start, most babies wear newborn size clothes but will quickly grow out of these so do not purchase too many!

Other gear that's good to have: a few swaddles, a stroller, baby carrier, bouncer/swing, bathtub and thermometer.

Please let me know if you have any other questions about essentials.

Natalie