Shopping for baby stuff can be fun but also challenging. With so many products and items available in-store and online, parents are overwhelmed. The plethora of baby stuff should not intimidate you. Some are just eye-candy. Parents should identify the needs of their newborns and the stuff they will need as the baby grows.
To help you out in identifying the baby stuff you need, we have compiled 10 items every parent should get for their baby. The list comes in no particular order.
Babies spend a lot of time sleeping. If you have a family size bed, it will be big enough for you, your partner, and the little one. But eventually, you will need a crib so you can place the baby in a safe bed while you do some house chores. Check safety recommendations of the crib you are buying. Hand-me-downs are ok, but make sure they are sturdy and durable. Baby safety comes first.
Babies can be messy. From spilled milk to poop, you want to have linens that are easy to clean but comfortable and safe for the baby’s skin. Linens are one of the baby bedding essentials you need to get. Babies rarely need pillows, bumpers, and blankets. These may cause suffocation.
Stock up on newborn diapers, whether cloth or disposable. Average diaper change ranges from 70 to 90 on a weekly basis. While you’re at it, keep a diaper rash cream handy.
Your newborn baby needs just the basics. Keep clothing to the essentials for the first three months. Use onesies with wide neck holes and openings in the crotch area. It will save you so much time and effort when changing your wriggly baby. Make sure clothes are either drawstring, snaps, and zip-up front. Avoid buttons. It might choke your baby.
Bath time will be a fun part for your baby. Make sure you have a non-slip bathtub. Check soaps and shampoos. These should be sensitive to baby skin.
Even if you are breastfeeding, you will need to have feeding bottles and nipples for water and expressed breast milk in case you need to leave the house for work or errands. Get a bottle brush and bottle dishwasher to keep your baby stuff clean.
Invest in comfortable and durable breast pumps. You will be using this every day to express milk for your little one.
This will be beneficial for traveling. Get a baby car seat if your baby will be traveling by car often. For more casual traveling, you might need a stroller or cloth sling to carry your baby. Ever heard of babywearing? Some mothers have opted for stylish baby wraps to carry their babies around.
Are you a working mom who needs to leave your baby with a guardian or babysitter? A health monitor is an essential partner. This device can be attached to your baby and helps you monitor the baby’s heart rate and temperature. It can also monitor diaper change and feeding time. This way, you can work with peace of mind knowing your little one is safe. Check available health monitors and see how you can use technology to your advantage.
This baby stuff list is your guide to shopping. Have a great time!