Required: Baby nail clippers, baby nail file, baby hair brush, baby tooth brush
Highly Recommended: 6-8 soothers or pacifiers, 3-4 teethers, 3-4 soother chains
Recommended: Soother steriliser
Don’t forget to create a baby list to keep track of all your information and also that Crux Baby has put together a number of extremely helpful example baby lists of what to buy for baby to help guide you.
These products fall under nitty gritty, but essential baby care items. Your baby’s nails grow very quickly and you will need a file and clippers specially designed for baby’s small fingers to trim baby’s nails every 3-4 days. You may not need it straight away, but a hair brush is another essential and is also useful for giving baby a gentle head massage. As soon as your baby’s teeth come in, you will need to start cleaning them – this is harder than it sounds, but “chewable” toothbrushes are a great little invention for teeth cleaning.
Sucking (non-nutritive sucking in this case) is known to be a comforting mechanism for babies, and soothers (also known as pacifiers or dummies) can be life savers for parents, especially when trying to settle your baby when out in public. Many parents worry about potential negative effects of using a soother for too long – recent evidence, however, shows no detrimental effects to speech or dental development if use is stopped by 12 months of age. In fact, there is actually some evidence linking the use of dummies at nap and bed times with reduced risk of SIDS. Most parents will at least try using a soother at some point, and they can absolutely be “worth their weight in gold” if your baby takes to them. A separate dummy steriliser can be a useful addition in properly cleaning pacifiers, and we highly recommend purchasing several dummy chains which prevent dummies from falling to the floor when falling out of baby’s mouth. Teethers can be life savers for parents in soothing sore gums or just as a comforting device in many babies during the initial teething stage, usually around 4-6 months.