I strongly believe you need far less “baby gear” than you think, but these are the very few books and essentials I most frequently recommend.
* There is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting or childcare. The reason I so highly recommend these books is because they acknowledge the individuality of every child and parent; they provide frameworks, not recipes.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: The Sleep Bible. No other book on sleeping is nearly as comprehensive or well-researched.
- Baby Knows Best: All the guidance you need to care for an infant from newborn to 2 years. Incredibly thoughtful, cohesive, and part of a well-developed methodology.
- CALMS Guide to Soothing Your Baby: Short-and-sweet book on crying. Very therapeutic for the parent, not just the infant.
- Bebe Day By Day: Another very short book by the author of Bringing Up Bebe, with useful, easy-to-remember little tidbits to read now and then.
- UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller & Bassinet: This system conveniently knocks out a lot of birds with one stone in the early months – transport, sleep, and play.
- Evenflo Playard: Minimalist, no-frills pack-n-play for when baby outgrows the bassinet. Perfectly simple sleep arrangement, and suitable for play until baby becomes more mobile.
- HALO Sleepsack: I got one in every single size from newborn until my daughter was old enough to ask for a blanket herself (around 2 yrs).
- North States Superyard: When baby starts creeping, crawling, or sitting up, a pack-n-play isn’t spacious enough to encourage mobility and this is a great option to create a safe space to play.
- Knitted Blanket: I somehow was gifted 20 different blankets and this is the only one I used. My 3-year-old sleeps with it to this day.