It is the end of September and you’re coming up on your 9th-month of pregnancy. The leaves are changing, and the nights now require you put to use to that maternity jacket you bought the day the test read ‘pregnant’. In just about a month your little one will be here, but now you’re stuck wondering: what do I REALLY need?
Car Seat Cover
A car seat cover is definitely a must-have for those first few months of your little one’s life. If you live in a cooler climate you are no stranger to the icy mornings, and brisk whipping winds that come with the seasons change. It is important to note that no child (newborn, and toddlers alike!) should be buckled into their car seat with a winter coat on. A bulky coat under a harness can result in the harness being too loose to be effective in a crash. So, stick with safety and find a cozy cover!
Newborn Sleep Sack
While your newest family member may look far too tiny in their bed, especially without the comforts of blankets, it is important to keep all objects (pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, etc.) out of the crib. Welcome the popular alternative; a sleep sack! This wearable blanket will provide your newborn with the warmth and security of a blanket while also remaining safe. Most brands will offer a fleece or lined version for the cooler months.
Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
So goes the common tale… Newborn’s skin is very sensitive! They are brand new to this world (and chilly climate!) so it is important to treat their skin accordingly. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! The cool air and heat inside the house tend to dry skin out, so be sure to lather them up at the end of each night before bedtime. Using a moisturizer that is gentle, and contains no fragrance is ideal for small babies as it is the option least likely to irritate their skin.
Just as a newborn’s skin can dry out in the Winter months, so can the air in your living environment! The indoor air tends to become dry from your home’s heating system robbing the natural moisture in it. Babies are far more susceptible to congestion so it is important to protect against dry air in their nursery for comfortable and safe sleep. A humidifier will not only provide moisture in the air, but also has a soothing ‘white noise’ effect that is known to mimic the sounds of your womb, and thus help your baby sleep more soundly.
Late Fall and Winter special arrivals are some of the best. The cool days and cozy fireplace nights are the perfect way to journey into this new beginning. With a few essentials, you will be ready to take on the first couple months!