Every first-time mom has wondered what baby items she needs, the items we should buy now before the baby comes. Most people will mostly go for fancy clothes, shoes, and toys but there’s is more to that and I will be more than glad to break it down for you. Boy or girl, these items are a must-have to every mom-to-be. Save yourself the hustle and maintain an easy transition all through. So, what do you need to have on your baby shopping list?
Newborn Baby Needs Checklist
Baby cribs come at the top of the list of every parent and this can be prepared as early as four months prior. This show preparation and lay grounds for your baby nursery. Choose a baby crib that takes into consideration not only the comfort of your baby but also security, peace of mind all in a class package. Choose a baby crib that allows your baby growth as well and that will serve you for a while before you go back hunting for another baby crib.
Invest in a good crib mattress, since your baby will likely use it for years, even though toddlerhood. I suggest you get a waterproof mattress for the inevitable messes, as well as at least two fitted crib sheets to cycle through.
Before you potty train your baby, you have to get into the diaper system. There has been a wide discussion globally on the kind of baby diapers to use and this is however variable on your geographical location and the specifications you are looking for. However, for a quality diaper, you should go for one that fits right, does not leak, and has a high absorption rate. This allows your baby’s sensitive skin to stay protected at all times and prevent burns and rashes. You can accompany this with other accessories such as baby powder to ease the process.
Baby bottles or breast pump
Milk is a newborn’s only meal and given that babies can have quite an unpredictable feeding habit it is only reasonable that you have baby bottles with you. Baby bottles are transparent bottles that have measurement markings on them and have ‘nipples’ on them to give the baby the same experience as when suckling from the mother’s breast.
A breast pump, on the other hand, is a mechanical device that allows lactating women to extract milk from their breasts and into the baby bottle. This, in turn, allows your partner to help you feed the baby while you are away or taking some rest. The simple reasoning behind this is that it gives your baby quality milk and not sachet milk that does not have the same composition to mother’s milk.
Many moms have found it indispensable, especially if they like to check on the baby without potentially waking him up (darn those creaking doors!). A baby monitor also makes it easier to nap when the baby naps, so you don’t feel compelled to run in each time the baby so much as whimpers.
And if you have a big house, a baby monitor allows you to do other things farther away from the baby. You’ll be able to check on him even if you’re not in the next room.
Swaddles will help your baby feel nice and snug, just like he was used to when he was in your womb. I’m a fan of pre-made swaddles that you simply Velcro or zip in place, as opposed to creating one from a blanket.
Baby skin is very sensitive and now and then it is important to inspect your baby’s skin to avoid missing any signs of an infection. Doctors all around the globe have said that among the things that are highly sensitive when it comes to your baby’s health are their personal effects such as soap, bathing cloth, and towel. Having twins should not be a reason for them to share towels. Get towels that can dry the water from your baby’s skin without having to apply so much pressure. Also, go for a towel that not only removes the water but also does not leave moisture on your baby’s skin.
Grab a couple of towels for your baby and change them regularly. Allows for the towel to get some fresh air and dry before using it again.
Even though children spend most of their time asleep, they also spend a substantial amount of their time awake. Now, this is the part that worries many parents since as long as the baby is awake, they will need to either see someone around or be engaged in something. Parents try as much as they can but trust me; there is a better way to doing this. Swings have for long been a real savior to many parents as they simply keep the baby ‘rocking’ to and fro and when the rhythm gets sweet, the baby will sleep peacefully.
A diaper bag is one of the essentials of a mother. This is as important as a handbag is to any lady. A diaper bag is used to carry baby supplies and accessories that they may need whenever you are out of the house. It is designed in such a way that it has mini pockets on the inside that allow it to accommodate more supplies in a more organized manner. Given that some of these supplies may spill, they help keep them stable, this way you can walk, jog or even take a trip and be sure that they are all intact.
Baby wrap/ carrier
You want to get your baby to sleep quickly, get one of these. The baby wrap allows you to carry your baby either on your back or on your front and you can walk around, sing to them or just have them with you as you handle some other tasks. The baby wrap leaves your hands free for you to do something else.
Being a mother does not mean that you have to hold your baby the whole time. However, you need to keep your baby engaged and as comfortable as possible to avoid them from getting bored and crying. The pacifier does exactly this. A pacifier is a nipple-like rubber that has a holder on the back end that your baby sucks on as much as they please.
A pacifier will help the baby self-soothe themselves back to sleep or just to relax. You could be hitting two birds with one stone.
Even with a pre-made swaddle, you’ll still want to have a few different receiving blankets on hand. You can use them as a nursing cover, to drape over the stroller, as extra padding to lay your baby on the floor, and so much more. I suggest you get both lights- and heavy-weight blankets for different purposes, grabbing at least two of each.
Nursing tops and bras
Breastfeeding moms will need nursing tops and bras for convenient feeding sessions. Grab several varieties of each, as you’ll likely live in these for the first few months. You can easily layer other clothes over nursing tops, and nursing bras allow you to wear “regular” clothes while still having easy access to nurse.
Car seat and stroller system
Having a baby needs you to be prepared not only emotionally and financially but also for you to be equipped with relevant stuff. Take time and invest in sourcing for the best for your baby. But with this breakdown, you can be sure not to miss any vital items. After all, I do believe in getting things right and getting the best out of everything.