I’m all about saving money when it comes to purchasing baby items, especially the ones that won’t be used for long. (Did you catch my post on what I recommend skipping prior to the birth of your new baby?)
However, there are a few pieces that I knew we would “splurge” on for Baby Dean. Most of them involve safety because as a mom, I want to know that I am making Dean’s environment as safe as possible.
1. Snuza Hero – We actually just received this device a few days ago after a recommendation from a friend. I think it is fairly common for new moms to wake up to make sure that their baby is breathing multiple times throughout the night… or maybe it is just me ;) Regardless, the Snuza Hero takes some of the worry away which allows for Mom to grab a few more minutes of shut eye. It easily clips onto the front of your baby’s diaper and senses motion. If for some reason, there is no movement (aka – breathing) detected for 15 seconds, the Hero will vibrate. If there is still no movement after the vibration, an alarm will sound to alert Mom and Dad (or another caretaker) of a potential issue. There are multiple types of these devices on the market, but what I loved about the Snuza Hero is that it is easily transportable and simple to use. Approximate retail: $120
2. Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat – When it came to car seats, Kyle and I were clueless. After some advice from friends and reading multiple safety reviews, we decided to purchase the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat for Dean. While I’m sure any car seat on the market that you decide to purchase for your little one is safe, as a parent you want to make sure that the car seat you use is new and is up-to-date on all of the newest safety features and standards. I’m guessing using a car seat multiple times for your own children is a-okay, but I would be cautious about purchasing a used car seat from a garage sale or online market where you do not know the full history of the item. Safety first! We also spent extra to have a car seat base in each of our cars. It allowed each of us to have our car seat installed and inspected by a “professional” and not have to move one base depending upon who would be driving with Dean. Approximate retail: $200; Additional bases: $85
3. Diaper Bag – Call this “splurge” what you want, but I knew that if I was going to be carrying a diaper bag around for at least 2 years, I wanted to have something stylish and more purse-like than baby-like. If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, right? In terms of a diaper bag, you do want to make sure the bag you have is sturdy (it goes everywhere with you), is easy to clean (babies are messy), and can carry everything! I went with the Marc by Marc Preppy Nylon Eliza A Baby Diaper Bag in gray and I LOVE it. It has enough compartments to store diapers and bottles and wipes and toys and pacis and everything else a mom might need. A few of my girlfriends actually carry this bag as their work/laptop bag so I think it’s pretty fashionable as well as functional. Approximate retail (for this specific bag): $348
4. Halo SleepSack Swaddle – I may be the only mom out there that is terrified of swaddling. The nurses in the hospital were experts. Their blankets were wrapped tight around Dean and I knew they wouldn’t come undone by a squirming infant. Mine on the other hand? Not so much. While I understand the basics of swaddling, I had no desire to swaddle a baby with a blanket multiple times throughout the night. The thought of the blanket coming lose and increasing the risk of suffocation made me really nervous. Plus, I was too tired to attempt a swaddle job at all hours of the day. At our birthing class, the L&D nurse recommended Halo SleepSack Swaddles and I’m so glad she did! These make swaddling a breeze and alleviate any “lose blanket” fears. We actually just ordered two more in a larger size since Dean likes them so much. The SleepSacks allow for safe sleeping and you can quickly and easily swaddle your baby with arms in or out, making nighttime feedings and diaper changes much less stressful (at least for me!). Approximate retail: $25 <– not necessarily a splurge but pricier than a swaddle blanket.
Obviously, this is what worked best for us so figure out what is best for your baby and your budget. Let me know what splurges you have found to be necessary for new babies!