A new baby brings so much joy and happiness—and often, a serious learning curve. With so much information awaiting new parents, we wanted to provide a few can’t-live-without necessities and tips from the new mothers among our friends and family here at Pharmaca, from helpful toys to homeopathic remedies.
Safe, entertaining toys
Toys need to be safe, fun and keep them entertained for long periods of time! For napping or bedtime, marketing manager Cathy turns to Cloud B’s Twilight Turtle. “It’s one of his favorite toys, and also helps my baby sleep!” This plush turtle projects constellations on the ceiling, providing a focal point that relaxes babies and offers a nightlight effect to ease fear of the dark.
For bath time, choose toys that can’t trap water. “Squirty toys are fun, but they can hold in water and tend to grow mold,” says Tess, mom to 9-month old Hagen. “I like to make sure my little guy’s bath toys are soft and squishy yet sealed, so I don’t have to worry when they inevitably end up in his mouth.” We love Green Sprouts' adorable Stacking Duck Set for bathtime.
And for on-the-go entertainment, Water WOW! books are inexpensive and mess-free, and feed kids’ creativity anywhere—in the car, on a plane or at the kitchen table. These travel activity books will keep kids occupied for hours with reusable pages and a refillable pen—when your child is done with a page, just erase and start over!
The daily diaper grind
In those first months, be prepared to change a LOT of diapers, so think about what kinds of diapers you want to use. If you’re looking for disposables, Seventh Generation offers a convenient solution without fragrances, latex, petroleum-based lotions or chlorine processing. And while the idea of cloth diapers can be intimidating, “It’s easier than you think!” one of our moms insisted. “Try GroVia’s reusable diapers—we’d throw dirty diapers into a bucket with a secure lid and just wash.” A word of warning when going reusable: be sure not to use diaper rash ointments with talc, which creates buildup in the diaper and reduces absorbency. For more on the ins and outs of GroVia’s diapers, check out this handy guide.
Finally, make sure you’re ready to conquer diaper rash. There are several effective products that our moms recommend to quickly eliminate this uncomfortable skin condition, caused by wetness trapped under diapers. GroVia’s Magic Stick Diaper Ointment works immediately to sooth and clear any irritation caused by diaper rash. And when it comes to cleansing delicate skin, Cathy, mom to 2-year-old Rhone, recommends the Mustela line, in particular their naturally formulated Stelatopia Cream Cleanser.
On the go
Traveling with infants can be a challenge, but with a few convenient and packable products, it can be a stress-free experience. Whitney, mom to Avery, made a habit of taking a portable tent from PeaPod with her when leaving the house. The tent provides a comfy and contained environment for picnics in the park and backyard barbeques, allowing your baby to feel nested anywhere. It’s also a great portable sun shade for beach days and sporting events.
Another key element of travel with children is, of course, snacks. Make sure you’ve always got nutrition in hand by packing it up in Kids Konserve’s stainless steel food containers that are leak proof, insulated and keep food hot or cold for hours. Convenient and durable, these containers ensure you’re always ready to nip hunger pains in the bud!
Keeping them healthy
When your little one gets sick, you want access to effective remedies—that are safe and don’t come with side effects. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be great for just this time in your little ones life. Here are the most popular supplements recommended by our expert parenting panel .
Gaia Herbs' Sniffle Support, a natural blend of herbs known to support and soothe ear, nose and throat inflammation, is especially helpful for croup, an airway infection that often results in a dry cough.
Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets work fast to relieve the pain of teething
Nordic Naturals’ Baby’s DHA encourages healthy eye, brain and heart development, are thought to have calming effects, and come in a convenient dropper
Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about other recommendations for newborn necessities.