With thoughts on planning a baby’s arrival, many parents tend to get caught up in all the cute and must have items that are available when you walk into a baby store. Planning for your new arrival doesn’t have to break the bank.
Newborns are not active or playful for the first few months. The essentials should really be all you buy to bring your little one home. The most needed items are blankets, diapers, wipes, food, bottles, crib, clothes, and a car seat.
- Car Seat – one of the most expensive items that you will need to purchase. When selecting a car seat be sure to keep in mind that more expensive is not always better. A great economical choice is to select a car seat/stroller combination. These sets offer the convenience of having a stroller as well as an infant car seat. The car seat attaches to the stroller and raises the baby up – allowing you to keep a better eye on him/her when out in public. The car seat can also be used as a carrier and a comfortable resting area for your new baby while on the go. Best of all, the stroller lasts well into their toddler years. The car seat typically lasts about 6 months. After which, you can select convertible model for the remainder of their car seat years. Most local fire departments and police stations will check your car seat installation for free. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Food & Diapers- Even if mommy chooses to breast feed, there needs to be a supply of bottles, liners, creams, breast pump, breast pads (yes, you will need them either way). If using formula, don’t stock up.The same applies with diapers. Find out what brand the hospital uses and try to stick with that. I recommend only having a week’s supply on hand. You want to make sure that the little one tolerates the brand. Not all babies like the same brand. Their tummy’s and tush’s can be sensitive to some brands. Most stores do not allow the return of formula so any extra you buy might be a loss.
- Clothing- While you may be tempted to buy every outfit that you see, babies grow fast and may only use newborn clothes for a few weeks. The best buying habits for babies are one piece jumpers and onesies (body suits). Newborns will be most comfortable in one piece suits that don’t rise up their tummy and back. Having three or four nice outfits will be more than enough for the first few months. Otherwise, you will soon find outfits with the tags still attached that no longer fit.
- Linens- two fitted sheets will be a great start. One in the laundry and one on the bed at all time will soon become your motto. Receiving Blankets are a real life savior with newborns through about six months. Newborns love to be swaddled in the blanket to maintain body temperature as well as to feel safe. New parent’s will also find comfort in always having an extra around when holding and feeding their little one. The clean up the split up in a flash. Sleeping blankets that offer warmth should be used with caution as they do present and increase the risk of SIDS. Most babies are very comfortable when correctly swaddled for the night.
- Crib- It’s easy for many parents to fall into a friends offer of their crib. be careful when selecting this option. Drop down sides and wide gaps are dangerous situations to your little one. In the past year, there have been a significant number of recalls of baby cribs due to situations similar to these. It is best, if possible, to purchase a new crib. Avoid using excessive bedding and bumpers. While they make baby’s new bed look great, they are not necessary and create an unsafe sleep area for your newborn.
Caring for your newborn does not require all the gadgets available on the market today. The most important possession a baby can have are people. Babies need to feel the comfort and bonding that comes with holding them close to your chest; they can hear your heartbeat just as they did during the previous nine months.