Becoming a new parent is one of the most exciting (if not THE most exciting) time in anyone’s life. However the journey has looked for someone – whether it happened overnight or it’s been years of heartbreak and disappointment, that moment when you find out you are having a baby changes EVERYTHING. No longer is this just about you and your partner, you are now going to be responsible for raising a tiny human and that thought is both exhilarating and frightening at the same time!
One of the things most first-time-parents aren’t short on, especially in those first few months of parenthood, are other people’s opinions. And we aren’t just talking about opinions from family and friends, we mean complete (and often well-meaning) strangers. It will be information overload and can honestly cause some prenatal anxiety for some parents.
The hardest part of preparing for a new baby is the unknowns, and we aren’t just talking about gender. Will your baby be able to breastfeed or will he/she need to bottle feed? Will they like being swaddled or free as a bird when they sleep? Will they want a soother or will they be able to self-soothe? Will they be fussy? Gassy? Colicky? SO MANY QUESTIONS! And the truth is, many of those will only be answered once the baby is here and the parents have time to get to know their child.
But there are lots of things a new parent CAN prepare for before the bundle of joy arrives and thankfully, many baby stores, both online and in-store, have you covered with baby registries. Think of it like a bridal registry, but for babies! Everything and anything you need you can find and add to your list to share with family and friends so that they can help outfit your home for the new babe.
Today we wanted to share with you two of our TOP picks that everyone should have on their baby registry that while they may not be the most glamorous, they are total game changers, especially if your baby should become sick.
A baby thermometer is a must-have on every new parents' baby registry list. Now, the truth is, most new parents will likely think to put a thermometer on their list, but perhaps they aren’t sure which kind. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to brands when I was a first-time mom for stuff like this because we’ve been through AT LEAST five thermometers in the last eight years of having kids! That’s an insane amount of thermometers! We didn’t start with a touchless one, which was a problem, to begin with. No baby wants something to put in their mouth to test their temperature. Then I think we graduated to the inner ear one – and while that one wasn’t as troublesome for the kids to endure, it just wasn’t that accurate we found.
The Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer with Age Precision is a game changer! Not only does it read the temperatures in a matter of seconds by just scanning your child's forehead, but it also allows you to enter three different age ranges for better accuracy. Even better is that this thermometer can be used to read the temperature of bathtub water (which is essential for newborn babies) as well as the temperate of food (perfect for growing toddlers).
While a good quality thermometer might not be on the top of everyone’s wish list for a new baby, it absolutely is one of my go-to gifts for any new momma in my life!
2. Vick’s Humidifier
Have you ever heard the expression “as dry as the Sahara desert” before? Chances are you have and chances are you’ve actually experienced even dryer levels in your home during the winter months in Canada! True story!
Having lived through eight winters with three babies in our home, I can’t tell you how many times we have used our Vick’s humidifier to help fight against the cold and flu. Sickness is an inevitable part of life, unfortunately, especially if your children are going to daycare and/or school. We all hate seeing our kids sick and will move heaven and earth to try and nurse our kids back to health.
That’s why I swear by our humidifier, especially during cold and flu season. Did you know that studies have shown that keeping the humidity level of indoor air between 40-60% can help reduce the survival rate of viruses on surfaces and in the air at home?! That’s why humidifiers can make all the difference in your home and why this item should be on the top of everyone’s baby registry list!
Even though my kids are all a little older, we still regularly use our Vick’s FilterFree Humidifier along with the Vicks VapoPads to add soothing vapours, which really makes a difference with coughs and congestion.
Becoming a new parent is one of the best times in anyone’s life. Bringing a new human into the world is such a gift to be cherished. But it can also be super overwhelming trying to prepare and get everything in order before the baby arrives. While having the super cute outfits and stuffies are definitely a part of the entire experience, making sure to add in a few of these essential items will help every new parent thrive once their new baby arrives!
Love & Blessings,
Note: This post was sponsored by Helen of Troy. As always, the thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
As a 2nd time mama, you end up learning what you “actually” need for baby and learn of the things you can do without. With Aleia I remember going absolutely crazy with my baby registry and shopping for everything. To be honest, a lot of things I received we simply didn’t use or had forgotten about. I mean at the end of the day what babies really need for the most part are: clothing, a comfortable/safe place to sleep on, milk, a lot of LOVE & of course a trustworthy thermometer & humidifier just in case baby catches it’s first cold or flu! If you are anything like me, you’re always prepped in case one of your children or both get sick. This is why my fave baby registry must-haves are the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer and the Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier.
Braun No touch + forehead thermometer
First off, baby thermometers are an absolute must-have as a new parent but have an accurate thermometer is key. Braun is #1 brand used by pediatricians and highly recommended by moms everywhere. I have been using Braun thermometers (I have 3!) since Aleia was a newborn and I swear by it especially because of its accuracy. My favourite features about the Braun No Touch + forehead thermometer are the Age Precision Technology® and that I don’t have to wake my children up to take their temperature! All I need to do is simply hold the thermometer 5 cm away from my sleeping child’s forehead and voila, it tells me their temperature!
Clinical research shows that the definition of fever changes as newborns grow into little kids and little kids grow into adults. The Age Precision® technology helps parents interpret your child’s temperature considering their exact age. With the new Age Precision® technology, you get an accurate reading and, it also and has age-adjustable fever guidance which completely takes the guesswork out of interpreting your child’s temperature.
Taking your child’s temperature with the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer is super easy!
Step 1: Set your child’s age with the Age Precision® button.
Step 2: Take the temperature.
Step 3: The colour-coded fever indicator will help you understand and interpret the results and act accordingly- (green: normal, yellow: elevated temperature, red: high temperature).
The Braun No Touch + forehead thermometers are available at Amazon.ca, Walmart, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, London Drugs, Snuggle Bugz, Babies “R” Us, Jean Coutu.
My 2nd baby-must have for every parent's registry are Vicks humidifiers! My Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist humidifier is an absolute lifesaver! Just recently, my newborn baby caught the sniffles and cough from her sister and having our humidifier made a huge difference in how our night turned out. She was able to breathe easier with a stuffy nose and cough, which made breastfeeding a lot easier and everyone was able to have restful evening! A total mom-win!
The Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier helps restore essential moisture to any room, helping to provide soothing relief once those coughs, sneezes and congestion strike. Cool Mist humidifiers help maintain the overall room temperature and can be used in conjunction with Vicks VapoPads soothing scents. It’s ideal for medium sized rooms, and runs up to 20 hours of operation per filling (minimum run time is 8 hours on high) 4.5 L/1.2 gallon capacity).
Whether you are a new mom, a mom the second time around (or third!) choosing important and trustworthy baby products for when your littles get sick is key. This is why I personally choose the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer and the Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist humidifiers for my family.
*This post was brought to you by Vicks humidifiers & Braun thermometers. All opinions are of my own.
For more information or to purchase the product mentioned, click HERE for the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer and HERE for the Vicks Cool Mist humidifier.