The list author says: "We had a rough time of it with our daughter for the first 6 weeks or so. She had some feeding issues that took us a while to get resolved, and before we figured out what was going on, life was difficult for everyone. She is still quite particular about things, but now we are better equipped to handle her. Here are the things we needed to get through those early weeks (and beyond)"
"Don't bother with the popular stuffed animal that plays different kinds of white noise - it only goes on for 45 minutes. A cheaper and better solution is to get a white noise CD and put it on repeat."
"This was crucial for the early days. it was the only way we could get out and do anything. It was also good for wearing around the house and dancing to keep her quiet. Good for babies as small as 7 lbs.!"
"We stuck these up in various places around the house - on the wall above the diaper change station, in her crib, etc. These black and white graphics hold her attention and even calm her down when she is fussy. She really likes looking at them."
"This was great when our daughter was first learning to hold things and put them in her mouth, but her coordination wasn't perfect yet. Lots of places to grab easily, and the odds of getting part of it in her mouth was very high. It's also a good height for tummy time chewing."