In our commercial culture, big companies often bully their way into our homes by implying that we need much more than we actually do to keep our baby comfortable and happy. But newborns really need so little.
My list of necessities (I realize everyone’s list is a little different) includes:
- Diapers and wipes
- Burp cloths
- A nose sucker thingamabob
- Onesies and sleepers
- A car seat
- A stroller
- A couple of swaddling blankets
- A baby carrier (or two or three) and – the most important thing of all-
- Love and attention.
That’s about it. [Notice I left out a crib, but that’s for another post…].
Anyway, swaddling blankets definitely made my list of necessities. When I think back on the sleepy, overwhelming, emotional, and magical moments of newborndom, I remember that swaddling was a huge lifesaver. We never had anything quite as fancy as the Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket (we used plain old receiving blankets), but – even so – being securely swaddled always seemed to calm our little “burrito.”
Our daughter must not be the exception because plenty of sleep experts – including Harvey Karp, Elizabeth Pantley, and Bob Sears – recommend swaddling as a fantastic way to soothe newborns. In fact, swaddling is one of Harvey Karp’s famous five “S”‘s. [P.S. If you want some super ideas to help your baby sleep longer, I highly recommend Dr. Karp’s “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD.]
I’m excited to try the Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket when we get pregnant with and have baby #2. After reading about the benefits of the blanket, I have a feeling that we’ll use it all of the time.
P.S. If you need a refresher about how to swaddle, here’s a one-minute video from YouTube.
While we’re on the topic, what items made your “newborn necessity” list or – perhaps even more interesting – what common items didn’t make your list?
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