Don’t Get Peed On! – A New Parents’ Survival Guide
by Lou Goldhaber, New Daddy and Co-Founder of SunnyBump.com
Anybody out there a new parent? An expecting parent? Yeah me too. I just had a new baby boy. What a wild ride, right? The other day, I was hanging out with the little guy watching a little TV, and I stumbled upon a commercial on CBS for an upcoming episode of the hit show Survivor. I started to really give some serious thought to the whole process of being a new parent. I began to think that despite all the success Survivor has had on CBS over the years, the producers had made a huge mistake and really missed the mark. The American public has become addicted to watching these comical, everyday people or former B-list celebrities survive under some very tough circumstances. They throw these people into the jungle, the desert, and who knows where else. I truly haven’t even heard of half of these places anyway.
Well let me tell you CBS, and the rest of the world, nothing says “Survivor” more than being a new parent and having a kid. Now I won’t take away from the fact that these people are out there roughing it in the jungle, eating crazy food, and doing all kinds of crazy tasks so the American public can tune in and be entertained. But have you all ever seen my jungle?..aka my nursery. Man…it’s like thunderdome in there. Yes Thunderdome!
Let’s get this party started, shall we? Here are my top 5 picks for “New Parent Necessities”:
Starting off the list at #5: Viva Paper Towels
Ok, I know its an awkward choice to start off the list, but these really do come in handy around the house and especially in the nursery. Recommended by our pediatrician, these are SUPER soft and are much better than the paper towels they give you at the hospital to take home. I mean come on guys…the stuff you guys gave me is like sanding paper….my kid’s tush is sensitive!!!! These can be used to wash off your little guy or girl during bath time or to clean up some unpleasant accident. A must have!
People say this one is overrated and you really don’t need it, but I disagree. For starters, when you are a new parent, you worry about everything. Is the baby hot? Cold? Whatever. In my house, the temperature changes a lot and the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not the room is the right temp. But, it’s hard to find ones that look cool. Look no further…this one rules!
Ok, I know we live in a world where everyone has smartphones and clocks, but this timer still is the best for new parents. This portable timer can go anywhere with you and keeps track of feeding, sleeping, and changing times that makes a new parents life so much easier. When you are really tired, I mean really tired, the last thing you want to do is remember anything. Have no fear anymore!
I refer to this thing as “The Throne”…the place my son feels most comfortable ruling the house from. He spends a lot of time in this thing. I recommend this to any parent who has a newborn who is not yet ready to make the jump into the “big crib”. When your kid is only 8lbs, that big crib can seem like the Pacific Ocean to the little one. This Play Sleeper is so awesome, and affordable, that I bought 2. That’s right….2. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. This is a great investment for your kid.
I know, it’s not the sexiest baby product out there but it truly is a MUST have. Its hard to imagine before you have a kid that you would ever really forget when your kid went to the bathroom (ie…you changed a diaper) or how long since you last breastfed. WRONG! You are so darn tired at 2am when you awake from a broken sleep that you can’t remember what day it is let alone which side you started feeding on last time. This book is your bible. Your Holy Grail! You will take it everywhere, share with all your doctors, and take great pride in updating it for your child. This will be the best $15 you invest in for your newborn.