4 must-haves for expecting parents

(NC) Becoming a new parent can be equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. Before you introduce your baby to the world, here are some essentials that you’ll want to have on hand.

Infant car seat
A properly sized and installed infant car seat is crucial for your baby’s safety and comfort. It’s also required by law, and the hospital won’t let you leave with your baby without one. Infant seats face towards the back of the car, so you’ll want to pick up a mirror that hangs off the back seat headrest to keep an eye on your little one.

Baby monitor
With a monitor, you can keep track of baby’s sleep habits without having to open the door and disturb your little one’s slumber. Higher-end models include video monitors and motion sensors that can alert you if your child isn’t moving.

Baby carrier
While a newborn’s neck isn’t strong enough to support its head on its own, ask your pediatrician when it’s safe for them to explore the world from a carrier. This not only keeps baby snug up against you, it gives your child a new view of the world around them and frees up your hands while keeping the baby close.

Pumps and accessories
Help other family members handle some feedings and buy yourself some extra personal time by pumping excess milk. Manual pumps are cheaper, but can get tiring to use on a regular basis. A battery-operated pump makes the job much easier and more efficient.

Also stock up on nursing bras that can do double duty to help provide both support and pumping access, such as the Medela 3-in-1 Nursing & Pumping bra. And to prevent nipple soreness and dry skin make sure you have a soothing lotion on hand, like Purelan lanolin cream, which is safe to use nursing.

Find more advice to support your parenting journey at medela.ca.

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