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Laura's Registry Recommendations

Updated: Oct 16

*Disclaimer - this article contains links to my Amazon affiliate account...But I have been recommending these products for years to many patients, and would never recommend anything I didn't truly believe in. Feel free to purchase these from your local baby store too!!*

Health and Safety

  • A humidifier - this is key for dry air, baby's sensitive skin, or baby's first cold! I recommend a cool-mist humidifier for safety.

  • The Crane Drop humidifier is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing

  • A nasal suction device - a Nose Frida is my go-to baby shower gift, but a bulb syringe will work too!

  • Nose Frida *do it!*

  • Bulb syringe, ideally one you can clean/see inside in case of germ growth

  • Nasal saline spray (made for baby's small noses)

  • Little Remedies is an easy-to find, reliable brand!

  • Two thermometers: One to take a temperature while they are sleeping, and one to check to make sure it's accurate (to take a rectal temperature - you will need to check a rectal temperature from 0-2 months of age!) Do not forget to label this as a rectal thermometer!

  • Digital Thermometer (for rectal temps)

  • Temporal (Forehead) thermometer

  • Diaper cream

  • The key here is to have a really good barrier to protect the skin, so pick something nice and thick! There are a lot of good ones out there, so I'm not super picky here.

  • Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Triple Paste, Desitin are all great...but to be honest, I mostly just use Aquaphor (I put it on everything!)

  • Hypoallergenic lotion, soap, and detergent (Sorry, J&J, I never recommend your products)

  • Clients of mine swear by Tubby Todd all-over ointment for eczema/dry skin patches

  • I also love Aveeno, Dove, Cetaphil...but feel free to use what works for your baby!

  • Dreft is a great hypoallergenic laundry detergent!

Development and 4th Trimester troubleshooting

  • I love, love, love this travel baby play mat from A to Z adventure gear. Lightweight and packable, it promotes floor play wherever you are (park, beach, travel). Say no to containers and yes to the floor! It was also developed by a Colorado couple :)

  • White noise machine - for good sleep and baby soothing

  • Hatch, Dohm, and Baby Shushter (this one is portable!) come recommended by parents, but any speaker and a phone app will work too.

  • Swaddle or wearable blanket - helps soothe fussy babies in their fourth trimester (just stop with any signs of rolling over

  • Halo is a well-loved brand!

  • I personally loved this swaddle from Freshly Picked when Finn was really squirmy!

  • We now used a Nested Bean sleep sack (and used their Zen swaddle for a while)

  • Baby carriers

  • Osprey hiking pack - Great for hiking and when you'd like to carry a water bladder (so much storage) - for use when your child sits independently

  • Ergo embrace - We still use this at 7months but he's feeling a bit big for it which is sad because we have LOVED this carrier. Comfy, soft, easy to use

  • Boba wrap - We used this in the tiny newborn stage! He eventually didn't love being covered so much but it was great when he was little.

Breastfeeding help

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