Your Newborn Checklist - Comfort Items
Latest update: September 12, 2018
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
This second part of the newborn checklist has
the comfort items: maybe not 100% unmissable but very (!) good at
helping your baby sleep.
1. A wrap sling
To me personally, a good wrap
sling is actually a must-have rather than a comfort item. But a good
one takes a bit of an investment so that's why I put it here: you can do without.
But if you can get one somehow, please do so, you'll love every second
of wearing it!
It's simply a great way to go out and about, from Day 1 and the
perfect companion to help your newborn sleep. You
can read my
personal experience here.
With a good wrap sling, such as the Hug a Bub, carrying your newborn
is safe and good for her, comfortable for you ...
... and it's the perfect partner to comfort and soothe a fussy or
colicky baby to sleep, see the article on baby
carrying benefits for more details.
2. A baby room monitor
Whether you need a room monitor depends
on your personal
preference and the way your house is set up.
Either way it can be great to keep an eye, or ear, on baby while she
sleeps, even though it can never take the place of live parent
To help you decide if you need on or not, see my baby
monitor review, with info on the different types of baby
monitors and how to choose.
The simplest, and cheapest solution will be a basic sound monitor which
is a good start. You may want to add the comfort of also having video
3. A musical toy or mobile
A musical mobile or toy
looks cute, creates a cozy and recognizable
place for your baby and it can become a valuable sleep helper.
A bedtime routine is important to help your baby learn to sleep
independently. Going-to-sleep cues tell your baby it is time for bed.
These kinds of associations work not only mentally but also on a purely
physical level, and that's what makes them so effective.
Done consistently, the cues help your baby's body get ready to settle
and sleep. The music in a musical toy makes a great end of the bedtime
routine: pleasant, reassuring and easily recognizable.
I especially love the most simple ones that you attach to the crib,
like the Kids
Preferred Sunshine Pull String Musical.
In a couple of months your baby may even be able to
switch it on by herself to help her re-settle at night: a very
special moment when you see or hear that happening for the first time!
4. A humidifier
humidifier avoids dry air in your baby's room. This can
help keep her airways free during a common cold and avoids dry
Because you'll use it near baby when she sleeps, you will
want it to be a cool mist one that is as quiet as possible, such as the
Cool Mist humidifier.