Planning for baby essentials is crucial while being pregnant. The last thing you want is to be caught unprepared when it's time to welcome your little one.
However, the process can be a bit overwhelming. If you haven't yet, you may find yourself falling in love with too many things when 'baby shopping'. But, of course, you can't get all the items, no matter how cute they are. No matter what your budget is, you should first have a baby checklist in which you can keep track of all the necessary things for your future munchkin. If you are experiencing the nesting instinct, you may have already crossed out many of the items in the list!
When you are done with this baby list of essential items, then you can consider any extra stuff you might want to take home, or what you may want to rule out... And you can also start with another important checklist: The one for your hospital bag!
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Baby essentials: Let's go shopping
Where should you start? Almost certainly, clothes are what pops into your head—and a lot of them! It's normal to be excited, but you also need to know which items you’re going to need for your little nest. Make sure you have:
- Four to eight one-piece pyjamas.
- One to three rompers or other one-piece outfit
- Four to seven socks or booties
- A sun hat for the summer, and a warm one for the winter
- Loads of towels
Baby essentials: Nappy time
Talking about baby essentials, we can't skip nappies. Changing them will become a daily activity for you and Dad, so you'd better get familiar with them as soon as possible. Take note of this number: your little one will most likely need between ten to twelve nappies every day, so buying them in excess won't harm anybody. When deciding which kind to use, you can try either cloth or disposable nappies.
If you want to, though this is optional, you can also get a changing pad or a little table, in case you don't have a suitable surface to change nappies. Along with this purchase, you should consider having some nappy cream and wipes.
Baby essentials: The buggy, a 'must-have'
The baby carriage is probably the first item that future parents think about when creating a baby list, though it isn't absolutely necessary right away. Some couples choose to wait for a few weeks after birth, until they finally purchase a buggy. They tend to be pricey, especially if you are looking for a type of travel system that comes with two or three different pieces, often including a car seat. Before getting it, take a few points into consideration: how often will you use it? Do you have stairs at home? Will it fit in the boot? How safe do you want it to be?
Getting answers to these questions can help you decide the best option for you and your baby.
If there's something you can't miss under any circumstances on your new baby checklist, it’s an infant or convertible car seat. Not only is it mandatory beginning at birth, but it also needs to be replaced according to your baby's age. For a start, you will have to acquire a 0 or 0+ group one and no, don't even think of a second hand car seat. They have expiration dates following safety regulations, so avoid them!
Baby essentials: Sleeping comfortably
Newborns spend most of their time sleeping, so you can add a cot to the baby essentials. While deciding which kind of crib you want for your baby, first think of where you want him to sleep. Indeed, the 'baby bed' you choose depends on this decision. If, like most parents, you want to keep him by your side for the first months of his life and you want to save some space in the room, a carrycot may be the solution. No matter what you end up getting, make sure it has no cut-outs in headboard or footboard.
Once you have the crib, don't forget to buy a flat mattress that fits into it, and also a set of two to four crib sheets and four to six soft receiving blankets.
Baby essentials: Are you ready to eat?
If resting takes up an important spot in your baby list, so does eating. When you finally hold your son or daughter in your arms, you need to have all the eating tools ready. If you are breastfeeding him, take home nursing bras, breast pads and milk storage bags. Also, buy a few bibs. In case you are formula feeding, put some bottles, teats and bottle brushes in your shopping bag. Kitchen rolls and cotton wool pads will be useful as well.
Don't forget that, at some point before the baby turns 6 months old, you'll need to have a high chair. If it has wheels, better!
Baby essentials: Bathing stuff
And finally, all the bathing components are also part of baby essentials. Here it is good to have baby soap (of course), washcloths or baby sponges, hooded towels to keep him warm and, if you want to, some baby skin lotions or ointments. A regular thermometer and a bath thermometer are also a 'must', and you may want to consider buying a special baby bath as well – although a regular tub will also do the trick if you are careful.