When you’re expecting, no (wo)man is an island. You automatically gain admittance to a secret society that has its own language, tools, and traditions. I’ve discovered that a large number of its members swear by Giggle for decoding. Not familiar with Giggle? Just wait, you will be. It’s a chic baby emporium with a well-edited list of items that makes even the most reluctant mom-to-be coo. I asked founder and CEO Ali Wing to tell me what I need for baby’s arrival.
If I am taking the trapped-on-a-desert-island approach to planning, what are the five items I will need the day baby comes home from the hospital?
1. An infant car seat. You need to get home from the hospital, and infant car seats are one of the few categories experts unanimously recommend against hand-me-downs.
2. A bed. Someplace to sleep — whether it’s a crib, Moses basket, bassinet, or co-sleeper. Whichever you choose, you need one by the time your baby arrives.
3. Swaddles and/or receiving blankets. Lots of them. They will save you. Swaddle blankets are essential sleeping companions and the utility infielder of a nursery. Use them for swaddling, holding, warming, sleeping, changing, and playing.
4. Gentle diaper wipes and diapers. But unlike swaddles, you don’t need lots. Start out slow, because what styles, sizes, and types you like take practice — and depend on your baby. But you will still want a few when you get home. You can stock up after you figure out your favorites.
5. Glider/rocking chair. I used to think of a glider/rocker as a nice-to-have, but after ten years of customer feedback I now think of it as a must-have. Whether you’re breast- or bottle-feeding (the latter requires supplies, so add that to your top five), every mom wants a go-to comfort chair for around the clock — and often sleep-deprived — feedings, soothings, and snuggles.
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