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Whenever you're on the go with your baby, you'll need an easy-to-carry bag to tote diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and more. You can choose a tote bag or backpack in a wide variety of styles. Look for a fabric that can be wiped clean and helpful accessories like a changing pad.
Slings or Infant Carriers
Worn over one or both shoulders, a cloth sling cradles your baby close to your body and beating heart. It frees your hands for other activities, and your body's warmth and movements can lull your baby into a contented slumber. Depending on its design, a sling may also offer a convenient and discreet way to breastfeed when you're in public. Infant carriers serve many of the same purposes and provide a comfortable way to go for walks with your baby.
Studies suggest that an infant who shares a bed with his or her mother is more likely to have an easier time sleeping. Placed next to (and at the same level as) your bed, a co-sleeper puts your child within arms' reach for feedings in the wee hours of the morning. Your baby will benefit from your warmth and nearness while sleeping a safe distance from your pillows and fluffy bedding.
Whether you prefer a glider or a traditional rocker, choose a chair that gives you ample arm room to nurse, burp and comfort your baby. Look for a style and design that complement the other furnishings in your home, because you're sure to keep this item around after you've packed away other baby equipment. Long after 2am feedings become a memory, a rocking chair and a mother's arms retain their power to soothe a feverish toddler or comfort a frightened preschooler.