During the hustle and bustle of a holiday, staying close may be all a new baby needs to feel safe and serene. Baby items like slings and carriers let you hold your baby while keeping your hands free to get ready for, or enjoy, the holidays.
Also lovingly dubbed "the baby bucket," an infant car seat gives you the liberty to move her from car to holiday festivity without waking a snoozing baby and throwing off her delicate nap schedule.
Also called playpens or a pack and play, this is one of the most versatile baby items for traveling. Most can be used as a changing table, safe play area and secure sleep station for babies on the go.
When embarking on a family holiday, a travel bed for your new baby makes it easy to sleep safe when away from home without lugging a travel yard. Most collapse down to the size of a medium diaper bag, and can also double as a place to change or entertain your little one.
When it just isn't practical to carry your babe in arms, a take-along swing or bouncer seat can be a sanity saver for both you and your baby. These compact baby items can help soothe fussy infants while freeing up your hands for a short time.
So you won't miss a minute of merrymaking, invest in must-have baby items like a nursing cover to keep you from having to isolate yourself to feed your hungry infant.
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Whether home with a house filled with guests or traveling to another's abode during the first holiday for your new baby, baby items like a sound machine produce soothing white noise to keep the chaos -- or at least the sounds of it -- at bay. Also known as a sound spa, kick it on while she's sleeping to keep sudden noises or loud merry-making from startling your little one.
When holiday time becomes overwhelming for your little one, remember to communicate with your partner and take turns caring for baby to ensure that you all get a chance to enjoy the seasonal celebration. But whether you're on the road or staying at home, these seven must-have baby items for the holidays can make things for your baby -- and you -- a little easier.
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