Small Discoveries Saturdays is a series of journal entries on SCOUT’s site where we shine a light on the little tips and treats that we have found help make pregnancy and parenting go a bit smoother.
This month: Challenges and Solutions During the First Weeks
The inevitable sleep deprivation and fog of early parenthood can make everyday problem solving seem overwhelming. I went back and forth on adding one more “baby gear essentials” list to the interverse, but our gratitude for these smartly designed, stress- and time-saving items won out.
Challenge: Diaper rash
Solution: Zoe Organics Diaper Balm. It’s an effective blend without harsh chemicals or strong odor that quickly eliminates any signs of redness.
Challenge: Velcro in the dryer
Solution: aden+anais easy swaddle. Since adults tend to have Velcro-free wardrobes, some of us learn about its destructive properties the hard way. Delicate fabrics like muslin swaddles were eaten alive in our dryer when washed with a sleep sack swaddle that had Velcro. The aden+anais easy swaddle has snaps instead of the sticky stuff and keeps baby snug and asleep through the night.
Challenge: Congested baby nostrils
Solution: FridaBaby NoseFrida the Snotsucker. Not the most graceful of child rearing tasks, but modesty takes a back seat when babe has a hard time breathing! It’s an odd looking contraption, but an upgrade from the old school bulb syringe.
Challenge: Dressing a squirmy baby
Solution: oeuf kimono onesie. The bottom snaps allow for quick diaper changes, and the front snaps allow for easy dressing. Plus, it’s made of a super soft organic pima cotton that is GOTS-certified.
Challenge: Wimpy burp cloths
Solution: aden+anais burpy bib. They’re large, absorbent, and cut to fit and stay on your shoulder. Added bonus: a set of snaps quickly converts it into a bib.
Challenge: What to do about a changing table?
Solution: Keekaroo Peanut® Diaper Changer + Dresser. We decided early on to pass on the changing table and opt for a piece of furniture that we could use post-diaper changing days. The Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer is slip resistant, so it sits (and stays!) perfectly on a standard dresser. No changing pad covers means less laundry. Just wipe clean!
Challenge: Cold feet
Solution: Etiquette Clothiers sock bundle. Babies’ extremities get cold easily. Etiquette Clothiers socks stay on and still fit at four months. Stash a couple of pairs in your diaper bag and keep the rest at home.
Challenge: Where do I put my baby when I need to brush my teeth!?
Solution: Skip Hop Activity Toy Gym. We started our girl on this play mat around three weeks. She was fascinated from day one and it still keeps her engaged, challenged, and provides us with some breaks to knock out quick chores.