Important Items to Have

Newborn / Baby Care & Feeding

Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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Important Items to Have

Every Nursery Should Have:

  • Rectal thermometer. In a normal infant and child, the temperature should range from 97.5º to 100º. Ear thermometers are not accurate in children less than three years of age
  • Petroleum jelly to lubricate thermometer when using rectally. 
  • Nasal bulb syringe. A syringe with a soft rubber or plastic blunt tip can be used for cleaning your baby’s nose. 
  • Normal saline nasal drops to help clean a stuffy nose. 
  • Infant car seat. See Car Seats and Car Safety.
  • Smoke detector located near your baby’s room. 
  • Cool mist humidifier. See Room Temperature & Humidity
 

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Helpful Items to Have:

  • Automatic swing. A swing can be helpful for soothing fussy or crying babies. Be sure the swing has a sturdy base and crossbars. 
  • Snugli or baby carrier. These carriers keep your baby close to mom and dad and safely away from others. If your baby must go with you into crowded places during the first two months, this is a good item to have. 
 

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Unnecessary Items:

  • Baby scales. These scales tend to be inaccurate.  There are other better ways to determine if your baby is getting enough to eat. 
  • Bottle warmer or infant feeder. 
  • Walker. Walkers are dangerous and can cause serious injuries. Once a baby can sit independently, without using arms for balance (typically around 6 or 7 months), a stationary (without wheels) exersaucer may be helpful. 

Written by Advanced Pediatric Associates

Reviewed July 2015

 


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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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