Over the past many months we've touched on a lot of topics to prepare us for pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn stage. As we wrap up our pregnancies, the Product Spotlight feature, and the whole board as we start our transition to FB, I wanted to take a peek at some product needs we may need at a later baby stage in a new three-part Older Baby Series. There's still a lot of gear to buy once we're out of the immediate newborn chaos, and it's never too early to do a little research and add to our registries. Today we'll discuss 1) seasonal needs for our particular August babies, then next week we'll explore 2) Teething and Feeding, and then 3) Babyproofing.
This group has a pretty broad geographical expanse so my mild northern California seasons won't look the same as, e.g., Canadian seasons, but at least we're all in the northern hemisphere so we'll all be tackling winter when our babies are 3-6 months old, and summer when they are 9-12 months old (I grew up in the southern hemisphere where seasons are inverted and December is high summer!). Winter
What clothing should we be buying in the 3-6 month sizes? Do you use super warm fleece onesies and footie pajamas, or is it easier to deal with separates at that point? A couple of big warm pieces or is layering the way to go? How do you keep those little feet warm--are there special winter booties or socks you can recommend? I feel like babyhats show up and proliferate almost spontaneously the second there's a new baby in the house, but in case we're going out and buying some, are there any hats you found to be especially warm and good? Do babies that age wear mittens or is that a lost cause--and if so, how do you keep their hands warm? Those of you in serious snowy climates, do you have puffy snowsuits to recommend? If your rainy season looks more like a neverending rainstorm instead of a snowy winter wonderland, do you bother with tiny little raincoats or boots? And what about overnight for sleeping? We can't tuck our babies into bed under a pile of covers, so do you substitute with layers and particular winter sleep sacks?
Other than dressing your babies, there are some other winter considerations. Do you deck out your carseat or stroller with any special winter accessories as you're loading up your babies in frigid temperatures? Special carseat bunting? And of course winter is cold+flu season: how do you deal with that with these tiny humans? How do you manage and treat the winter sniffles when you can't just give them a bucket of Dayquil? Winter can also be a time of rough indoor environments as well as we crank up the heat: can you recommend a humidifier to help counteract that dry air? Or any special baby lotion or mega moisturizing cream for dry delicate baby skin?
(And just for fun--winter is also the time for holiday celebrations. Are there any adorable seasonal outfits or products you have loved? Hats with reindeer antlers? Santa suits? Formal baby dresswear for family portraits?)Summer
What clothing should we be buying in the 9-12 month sizes? As next summer rolls in our babies will be pretty mobile, either crawling everywhere or starting to take those first steps and toddle around! What are outfit ideas that will be cool for warmer temperatures and allow for good mobility? Rompers all day long? Onesies or separates? What fabrics do you recommend for maximum ventilation and coolness? And what shoes are best to provide support for those first few weeks and months of walking, but that will also be summer-appropriate? Do you put them to sleep in just a onesie so they don't get too hot overnight? And what if your baby will only sleep with the security of a sleepsack--are there lighter ones for the summer months?
Babies' skin is especially vulnerable to the sun, so we need to keep an eye on sun protection: any recommendation for summer hats, which will likely be the most important item? For additional shade, do you use portable baby tents for outings, or special pull-over shades over their strollers? Any chance you got your baby to keep on a pair of sunglasses? If you do use sunscreen, what brand is best? And if all of our precautions still don't prevent sun exposure, what can we get for sunburn treatment? Summer is also a great time for swimming fun: can anyone recommend cute and functional swimsuits or rashguards? Do you use swim shoes at that age so that they don't slip and fall as they're walking tentatively? Any fun accessories to use when playing with your baby in the water, like puddle jumpers, or floaties, or inflatable baby toys? Little blow-up baby-seats so they can float around in the pool? Do you have a set for sand toys for castle-building and sand-digging (most of which will end up in their mouths haha). Any special tips to keep babies hydrated, other than frequent offerings of bottles, sippy cups, and boob? And do you install anything at home to keep baby warm, like a fan in their room or a little portable AC?
Please share!Prior and Upcoming Product Spotlights
Me: 36, DH 38
MFI: somewhat short-lived sperm, otherwise unexplained
2012-2016: TTC #1
2015-2016: 5 negative IUIs
August 2016: IVF with ICSI: 13 day-5 blasts, non-PGS tested
BFP on fresh transfer, DD born May 2017
FET #1 planned for January 2019, but surprise BFP December 2018: EDD August 2019