This post is a continuation of a "Baby Items for the First Year" series. In it, I'm sharing items that we've found to be essential as well as those that we've not found necessary. Every Mama's list is going to look different based on preferences and lifestyle. The following is simply what we've found useful for our two children.
We've already covered BATHING, SLEEPING, TRAVELING, FEEDING,CLOTHING, DIAPERING and so today we'll focus on grooming and healthcare.
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GROOMING & HEALTHCARE
- baby q-tips
- comb & brush
- baby nail clips
- bulb syringe- Note: Moisture can get trapped inside of these which facilitates mildew/mold growth (similar to what happens to certain bath toys). Therefore, it's a good idea to purchase a new syringe for each child.
- thermometer- For whatever reason, we ended up starting out with all three types of thermometers for our first child. We had the kind that inserts in the ear or glides across the forehead, the pacifier thermometer and a traditional thermometer. We found that the first one was highly inaccurate as you had to get a really good seal between the thermometer and skin, which can be difficult to achieve with a wiggly baby. The second one (pacifier thermometer) was not accepted by either baby at all (one child didn't take a pacifier and the other one has, but neither took the thermometer version). The basic thermometer has proven to be the most accurate and the simplest to use. In all the selection of fancy thermometers, basic is best!
*Most of these items can be purchased in a kit. These are the most useful items in those kits, in my experience. The "deluxe" kits aren't necessary. We purchased items individually.
- Play (gear and toys)