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If you’re anything like me, you did/are/will find that creating a baby registry is not as fun as you were expecting.
I didn’t know much about kids to begin with and then we got our diagnosis for Down syndrome so of course, being the over-the-top person that I am, I dove headfirst into researching what I needed to make my baby girl’s quality of life a little better.
Well, to my ignorant surprise, I found that the majority of my baby registry was going to look like anyone else’s (#WayMoreAlikeThanDifferent). That being said, there are a few things that have stood out to me in the past 8 ½ months.
Kara has some really great stuff that have become major must-haves for our little family. After many inquiries, I’ve decided to share our most favorite items, divided into categories. (You will find the full list at the end of this post.) Stay tuned in the coming weeks and I’ll share much more about each item’s details, a few quick thoughts, and how we use it in relation to Kara’s Down syndrome.
This week I’ll go through our favorite items for
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Keep in mind, these are my absolute favorite items special needs or not, and the ones that I’ve found most useful (so far) for raising our Baby Lemonade.
::::: SoundSpa Sound Machine from Target [$24.99] :::::
Back when I was pregnant (which seems like FOREVER ago), I had a co-worker tell me that I needed to get our baby girl a sound machine. And not any sound machine… THIS sound machine. Her daughter used it for her kids and it was a miracle worker at bed time.
After checking out the awesome reviews and seeing that the price was well worth giving it a shot, I added it to our registry.
Low and behold, this item is a staple in our bed time routine. Every night after her belly massage, bed time story and cuddles, I lay Kara in her crib and turn this on so she can watch the projections and listen to the sound of the ocean. She loves it and will easily dismiss me to watch her stars as she drifts off to sleep.
**Buying tip** If you have a Target RedCard, you know that you can get this 5% off + free shipping (sign up here). The machine above is the one that we use and the only one I have experience with, but there is a newer version on Amazon that you might want to check out. (Find it here and tell me what you think.)
::::: Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier from Amazon [$39.99] :::::
A humidifier was one of those things that I would have never thought about needing when registering for the nursery. A humidifier will add moisture to the air and will help to create optimal breathing conditions, as well as avoiding dry, irritated skin. This Ultrasonic humidifier is about ten thousand times easier to fill, clean, and operate than our last humidifier. I make it a part of our bedtime routine, she watches me from her crib while I fill it up and turn it on. It even has a built in night-light which will be a great option when Kara stops using the projector mentioned above.
**Buying Tip** If you’re signed up for Amazon Prime, you can get this with free 2-day shipping (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial). This Ultrasonic humidifier is actually our second one. The first was the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier and it broke in less than 5 months. We are MUCH happier with the Ultrasonic.
::::: Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer from Target [$149.99] :::::
Kara has a couple of happy places in our home. One is her Boppy Lounger pillow that I mentioned in my last post, one is her high chair, and the last is her swing. This swing is a better babysitter than over half of the humans in this world.
Whether I need to finish dishes, switch the laundry, or take a cat nap on the couch, I can trust that her swing will keep her happy while I do so. She loves to kick back, listen to her tunes, and watch the teddy bears dance above her.
Something that’s cool about this is that it is also a vibrating bouncer (I am all for dual purpose items). Just the other day I needed to get some work done while she was napping so I just lifted the bouncer out the swing and took it with me in the office. When she started to stir, I flipped the vibration switch and she was out for another half hour.
Oh, and no need for batteries, this sucker plugs right into the wall. Easy peasy.
**Buying tip** Right now, this swing is only $109.99, that is the lowest I think I’ve ever seen it! Snag this at a 27% savings while you can and get an additional 5% off + free shipping with the Target RedCard (sign up here).
::::: Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit from Walmart [$19.97] :::::
Survival kit for real. We try really hard not to rely on medications, but sometimes its necessary. During those times, its important to trust in the product you’re giving your baby. We’ve had good luck with Little Remedies brand. I like them because they don’t use any artificial dyes or parabens.
This kit comes with infant acetaminophen (Tylenol), cough syrup, saline spray, gripe water, gas drops, a nasal aspirator and syringes. Everything that a new parent might need. Something I’ve learned as Kara has developed is not to dismiss something if it doesn’t work the first time. Gas drops used to never have an affect on her tummy pains, but we recently tried them again and they work like a charm. It’s nice to have a little bit of everything on hand for those desperate times.
Something to add to the list is Boogie Mist Saline Spray I will recommend this all day, every day!!!
*Its important to note that people with DS can have low levels of GSH (an antioxidant) and acetaminophen can deplete those levels even more. Tylenol isn’t something that you want to use all the time if not necessary.
::::: Dexbaby Spin Changing Station from Amazon [$19.99] :::::
There are many ways to organize the nursery, but since we are lacking a little on space, this changing station is a game changer. It fits perfectly next to Kara’s changing pad and helps me feel like I’ve got my shit together. (Literally.) It spins so I can easily access everything I need with one hand.
We have ours stocked with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, lotion, massage oil, burp cloths, nasal aspirator, Boogie Mist spray (mentioned above), temporal thermometer (I DON’T recommend), and hand sanitizer. Seriously huge space saver.
**Buying tip**If you’re signed up for Amazon Prime, you can get this with free 2-day shipping (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial).
Bottom line is that a baby with Down syndrome is a baby first. Though there are some things to keep in mind and some things that they might get some extended use out of, you might be surprised to find that there isn’t much extra needed to accommodate that extra chromosome.
Below is my full list. I will include details in the coming weeks
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