Everything You Will Need For Baby
A new baby is coming into your life, and during these happy, but sometimes trying times, it is best to be prepared. New parents are notorious for forgetting some of the most obvious items that their babies will need, and well they should with everything else they are trying to remember at this time. To help you to prepare for baby’s arrival, here is a list of some of the items you may want to have before the baby is born, and definitely after.
If you have decided to breastfeed your baby, then you will need to purchase items to support breastfeeding. Nursing bras and pads, a comfortable nursing chair, a milk pump, plenty of light blankets to shelter the baby while he or she nurses, soft washcloths to clean you and the baby with, and bottles and nipples.
If you are not going to breastfeed your baby, then you will need to find the right baby supplement to feed your baby with. You will need purified water, or a filter to purify the water, to mix the supplement with, something to warm it in, and a bottle and nipple.
These are just a few of the items that you will need during the first few weeks. Depending on your baby budget and how many items you wish to purchase, you can stick with just a few baby feeding tools or go all out with self sterilization kits and timers. In the beginning, try to start out with simple items that are low maintenance and easy to clean.
Diapers, Diapers, and More Diapers
You will need a small truckload of diapers when your baby first arrives, and many new parents are quite shocked at the amount of diapers their little baby goes through in just one week. Stock up on the diapers that you will need for at least the first few weeks. No one wants to make mad dashes to the store in the middle of the night, so have a good amount on hand.
If you are not sure what type of diaper approach you want to take, cloth diapers or disposable diapers, have both on hand in case you change your mind; at least enough to last you for a few days. Cloth diapers will need either a service to pick up and clean the diapers or you will need the cleaning supplies at home. Disposable diapers will need to be placed in a sealable waste container to cut down on odors.
Diaper supplies such as plenty of wipes and any powders or diaper creams should be purchased as well. Some diaper supplies like wipe heaters are not necessary but lend an extra level of comfort to the diaper changing experience for your baby. Diaper changing stations, pads, and blankets can also be included in the diaper baby needs list.
Not too long ago, many mothers would just bath their newborns in a big cooking pot. Today, there are many alternatives to keeping your baby clean and fresh, but if you want to use a cooking pot too, that is okay as well; just make sure that you have something to safely hold your baby while you give him or her their first sponge baths. Baby shampoo and lotions may also be needed, as well as very soft towels and washcloths.
Additional baby hygiene products include burping clothes, baby toe nail and fingernail clippers, and some gauze and tape to protect the umbilical cord.
Baby clothes are some of those items that you can have as much, or as little, as you want. As long as the baby is covered and warm, then its needs are being met. Plenty of baby blankets should be at hand; new babies have a tendency to burp up their meals on their blankets, and a lot of your laundry will begin to include lots of blankets and wash clothes so be prepared. Little baby booties will protect baby’s feet, and you may want to have some baby mittens to protect the baby from accidentally scratching his or herself during the first few weeks. If you are in cold weather, a small hat and baby wrap will keep the baby nice and warm.
Whatever baby clothes or protection items you choose, keep the baby’s comfort in mind. The material should be very soft and loose. Do not use tight fitting items that will hurt the baby’s new delicate skin, and always use very light cloth.
You will need to have some baby transport ready when you leave the hospital or birthing center. A car seat with comfortable baby blankets should be ready; if you are driving home in your own car get the baby seat ready beforehand so you do not have to worry about it when you leave the hospital. If you are being driven home by someone, purchase a car seat that will fit safely inside any car, and let the person know beforehand that they will need to have an area with a seatbelt in the back ready for the baby seat.
Transport for new born babies can include a baby stroller, or just a baby carrier. Most new mothers want to have their babies with them, and a baby sling or baby backpack may be the item you need to move around comfortably with your baby close to you.
A small baby carrier that you can lay your baby in while he or she sleeps, and move from room to room in the house, may also be needed.
Baby Night-time Items
Some new mothers insist on sleeping with their babies, but it is a good idea to have a separate sleeping area just in case the mother needs some time to rest on her own. Little pillows made just for newborns will help the baby to stay in the correct sleeping position, and a beautiful mobile with soft music may help to lull the baby too sleep. Purchase a crib that will be easily moved in case you want to change where it is placed, and don’t forget to include some comfy baby jammies and blankets as well.
You may need a few additional baby items based on what type of home you live in, if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, and what type of environment you live in. Try to keep a list with you at all times so you can add to it, and just stick with the necessities in the beginning.
Keep in mind that a lot of baby ‘necessities’ these days are not really necessities but luxuries that appeal to the parents. If you are on a tight budget, stick with the real necessities and save the luxury items for when the baby gets older and can appreciate them a little more. While it is important to keep a few days worth of stocks in the house at the beginning, some items that you originally purchase may not work for you and your baby down the road; keep your receipts in case you need to exchange items, and always keep an open mind. Some companies offer free trial baby products so that you can test their products. Sign up for as many products as you can to find the right supplies that will work for you and your baby.
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