The 10 Best Baby Items for 0-12 Month-Olds
Baby K'tan Original Baby Carrier (see review below)
Halo Swaddle Sleepsack
Uppababy Vista stroller
Dohm White noise machine
Baby Einstein Star
Pat the Bunny
Freshly Picked Moccasins
Joovy High Chair
My Pick: Baby K'tan Original Baby Carrier
Our first few days as parents were not the easiest, to say the least. I had a few different complications after delivery, including spinal headaches from a poorly administered epidural. My husband, Dan, nursed me back to health, advocated for me on the many calls with the doctor, and took care of our newborn daughter. He cooked meals, kept me on track with my medicine schedule, and was incredible moral support when I feared postpartum depression was creeping in.
I finally woke up one morning five days after Penny was born and could lift my head off the pillow without debilitating pain. Getting dressed for the first time in a week made me feel human again. I took Penny into the living room so Dan could sleep, and saw the mountain of gifts people had brought by.
There were a few different baby carriers, but since the K'tan looked the simplest, I pulled it out of the box. The directions were easy and straightforward; I got into the simple kangaroo position and popped Penny inside.
It was so strange reaching down to pat my belly and feeling something akin to a deflated balloon. Despite being so happy my daughter had finally arrived, I really missed being pregnant. I missed feeling Penny kick and knowing she was safely tucked inside.
Having Penny in the K'tan was the closest feeling I could find to having her back in my belly. I could feel her little heart beating against my chest, her long exhales, and her teensy fists curled up beneath her chin.
It was a beautiful October day in New York City, and there was a Starbucks one block from our apartment. After the week of 24/7 care Dan had given both of us, I wanted to do something nice for him. The K'tan enabled us to take our very first trip outside together, just me and Penny. No fuss, no hassle. I knew she was safe and warm inside her little K'tan cocoon.
That small feat of bringing home coffee and bagels is one burned into my memory from the first week of being a mother, and the K'tan made it happen.
After trying out the many other choices, my mom friends agree that the K'tan is the best carrier for infants. It doesn't require any wrapping or buckles, and it easily washes in the washing machine/dryer. Many friends of mine swear by it to soothe babies with colic, as the constant movement mimics being back in the womb.* Whatever your baby's temperament, I promise, it will be a well-spent $49.95.
*For more information on this, read Harvey Karp's "Happiest Baby on the Block
Lilly Holland is a former New Yorker turned suburbanite who writes about parenting and her former career as a teacher in an elite NYC private school. She can be reached at Lilly.firstname.lastname@example.org.