When you’re expecting your first child, it’s important to feel like you’re prepared. There are many necessary items which will ensure your baby is as healthy as possible – and you are as sane as possible – in their early stages of life.
You’ll need essential new born items like a baby walker, stroller, car seat – the list is endless! The following advice will hopefully give you some guidance for the first steps of getting prepared.
1) Baby Clothes
It’s hard to know what size clothes are needed until your baby is born, but you’ll have to get a few pieces ready for when the baby arrives. Buy clothing that’s soft and durable, in styles such as a one-piece, t-shirts, leggings, sweaters and coats, socks, pyjamas and hats.
2) Diaper Kit
You’ll need around ten diapers a day, along with wipes, cream and a portable changing pad or towel to lay on changing tables.
3) Carrying Baby
If you want your baby close to you, you can buy a carrier or sling. If you’d like some storage, a stroller is the best and most efficient way to move around and carry as much stuff as possible. You’ll also need a safe car seat; some strollers are car seats and strollers combined!
If your arms ache while feeding baby, a nursing pillow might be helpful: you can hold your baby while avoiding straining your shoulders. If you’re breastfeeding you might also need some cream to soothe your nipples, as it can be very sore for the first few weeks. It’s also essential to purchase burp cloths and bottles, a breast pump and formula if you’re not planning to solely breastfeed.
Pacifiers are great for soothing some babies; others aren’t too keen. You might want to get a bouncer seat to give your arms a break, or a play-mat to keep your baby entertained, along with a few toys and board books. Once baby starts to show an interest in standing, a baby walker can be a great toy, but be very careful with stairs.
You’ll need a crib or small bassinet, along with bedding and small blankets for covering and swaddling.
7) Baby’s Safety
Baby proofing will be necessary as soon as he or she is moving around. Baby monitors will help if you’re in a different room, and make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit.
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is an exciting and stressful time. Be sure to take it easy and have fun with getting ready for the big arrival.by